Mission Stories

  • Peacemaking, Piece-by-Piece

    By: Nishan Bakalian

    The very last day of January saw an amazing thing happen in Lebanon. The
    country, whose people had gone to the polls nine months earlier to elect a new
    government, could finally say that they had one.


  • Pray with Italy Sunday, September 15, 2019

    By: Fiona Kendall Sep 09, 2019

    Italy_Mediterranean_Hope_Aboard_Open_Arms.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 16:1-10

    Prayers for Italy:  

    Loving God,

    We live in confusing times when we often crave simplicity and black and white thinking can seem attractive. We can be slow to get informed, slow to think for ourselves and slow to express an alternative view.

    Italy_Mediterranean_Hope_Open_Arms.jpgYet we are called to live by kingdom values and not to take the easy way...Read more...

  • Pray with Thailand Sunday, September 8, 2019

    By: Anne Gregory Sep 02, 2019

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 14:25-35

    Prayers for Thailand:


    You ask us, Gracious God, through the words of Jesus, to “count the cost” of the holy journey. Help us to appreciate the freedom that comes from placing our life and our hopes in your hands, God of mercy. Let us, like the Christians in Thailand, be brave enough to appreciate “sacrifice,” and to trust that the Way of Jesus brings new life and...Read more...

  • Pray with Lesotho Sunday, September 1, 2019

    By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Aug 26, 2019

    Lesotho_Danielle_Murry_Knowles_02.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 14:1, 7-14

    Prayers for Lesotho: 

    O God, we pray for Lesotho, a country that holds both spectacular beauty and stark challenges within its borders.

    We are grateful for the magnificence of the mountains and the alluring austerity of the lowlands in mid-winter. We thank you for the richness and goodness of life lived, from the chaotic hustle and bustle of marketplaces to the isolation and solitude of expansive grazing...Read more...

  • East Timorese Young Adult Leaders Are Thriving

    By: Tom Liddle Aug 22, 2019

    Global Ministries mission coworkers Tom and Monica Liddle share these success stories of young adults of the Protestant Church of East Timor.


  • Thapelong, Cabbage, and the Divine

    By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Aug 20, 2019

    One of the most intimate settings in which we’ve been able to connect with our Basotho neighbors has been at our weekly Prayer Circle meetings, ThapelongThapelong gatherings are encouraged denomination-wide in the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa (LECSA) and are seen by many involved in church-life as a vital expression of their faith. The LECSA church that we attend in the capital city of Maseru is very large and has many Thapelong groups organized by neighborhood.


  • Pray with El Salvador Sunday, August 25, 2019

    By: Aura (Violeta) Rocha-Areas Aug 19, 2019

    El_Salvador_Violeta_Rocha_03.jpegLectionary Selection:  Luke 13:10-17

    Prayers for El Salvador:  

    We thank God for this woman hunched over from the Gospel of Luke, who impresses us with her strength to remain visible in spite of the bend in her back in religious and social spaces and at the same time invisible because of the reality of exclusion in her society and religion for 18 years.

    We thank God for the Salvadoran women who...

  • Pray with the Philippines Sunday, August 18, 2019

    By: Eleazar Fernandez Aug 12, 2019

    Philippines_Eleazar_Fernandez_01.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 12:49-56

    Prayers for the Philippines:  

    Our land is bleeding, O God, as well as your people. We raise to you our pains and laments!

    Extractive industries continue to expose the veins of the earth, mine its wealth, plunder its resources, destroy its ecosystem, and displace the indigenous peoples. Those who resist are often silenced. The Philippines has now topped others countries in the numbers of people killed in...Read more...

  • Prayers of Protest

    By: Tom Liddle Aug 05, 2019

    Alberto Viegas was the intern at Imanuel Church when we came back to Timor in 2016. We worked together for 9 months before he went back to school in Indonesia. Alberto has been in Lospalos this month doing some research for his Master’s in Theology. His topic is the church and poverty. For his research, he’s interviewing church members about their lives, work, struggles, and faith. Since Alberto is Timorese, he’s familiar with what life is like here. But after...Read more...

  • Pray with Guatemala Sunday, August 11, 2019

    By: Ricardo Mayol Aug 05, 2019

    Lectionary Selection:  Luke 12:32-40

    Prayers for Guatemala:  

    Pray with the pleas of your Latin American brothers and sisters:
    Ana Paula: May people who are faith committed raise their prophetic voice with the organized communities that are caring for Creation.
    Franklin David: May our Disciples of Christ and United Churches of Christ churches of the United States add their commitment of faith in the intercontinental campaign against environment killing companies. Earth, water, forest, and...Read more...

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