By: Maria Bakalian Nov 19, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 18:33-37
Prayers for Lebanon:
Almighty God. You are creator of all. You are the blessed and only Ruler. We come before you and praise you, for you are Lord of lords and King of kings.
You use your authority as the Omnipotent in ways unlike earthly kings.
Your rule brings peace and unity.
Your authority originates from doing the will of God.
We praise you for teaching us...Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Nov 14, 2018
The end of the dry season in Timor-Leste feels a little bit like being in a pressure cooker. From about September through November it gets hotter and more humid until usually sometime in mid-November the clouds finally burst, the rainy season starts, and people get busy planting corn.Read more...
By: Cara McKinney Nov 12, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 13:1-8
Prayers for Mexico:
Mother and Father God,
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico as they work towards creating a country where girls can grow up to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Please bring strength and compassion to the people who are fighting for girls’ rights.
Help us to challenge stereotypes and gender roles in our...Read more...
By: Bosela Eale Nov 05, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:14-20
Prayers for Kenya:
As we gather to worship you, fill us with anticipation and prepare us by your Spirit. Be the first thought in our hearts and help us to be conscious of your direction. Strengthen us for service, nourish us with the bread of life, transform us for mission.
We know that we have preferred to stay with the questions rather than to look...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Nov 01, 2018
In response to recent disturbing news about the suppression of Christianity in mainland China, the Hong Kong Christian Council held an ecumenical prayer meeting on the evening of October 24. Over 100 persons gathered at the hall of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yaumatei to sing, reflect and pray together for brothers and sisters in the mainland.Read more...
By: Joyce Ray Oct 30, 2018
In the third week of October, we can feel fall in the air here in Tochigi, Japan. Some days are still warm, but nights are pretty cool. We expected to see changing leaves, but they are still green, and the changes are in the mountains, we hear. September was busy with many visitors – university classes coming to gain experience in organic agriculture, Rotary clubs and women’s groups. Mealtimes were spent...Read more...
By: Joyce Ray Oct 30, 2018
In September, 2018, Asian Rural Institute (ARI) life is as we remembered it from 2013 – welcoming smiles, camaraderie, hard work, learning by doing, and everything that comes with a community sharing a common life together. The special blessing of returning is renewing friendships and also meeting a whole new class of participants and volunteers. We are grateful to Global Ministries, an ARI partner for their support.Read more...
By: Michael Joseph Oct 29, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 12:28-34
Prayers for Colombia:
Loving God, today we pray for the country of Colombia and our Global Ministries partners there. Laying down weapons of war after fifty years of internal armed conflict is not easy. But you commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and the people of Colombia are attempting to do just that through a comprehensive peace accord, signed in 2016. Today we pray for...Read more...
By: Ricardo Mayol Oct 23, 2018
The phenomenon of mass migration, in which migrants embark on the road and protect themselves, is new. So far, the migrants relied on the help of coyotes, largely linked to criminal networks. They were vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. In this new phenomenon, they protect each other and the humanitarian society covers them with gestures of love that are faithful to the gospel (I was a stranger and you took me in... Mt 25:35).Read more...