Mission Stories

  • Going to Deir Yasin to Remember

    By: Loren McGrail May 22, 2018

    Insanity housed
    upon atrocity
    generations ago
    so nothing should show
    so no one would know
    when those who witnessed are gone.

    Randa Hamwil Duwaji



  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday May 27, 2018

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 21, 2018

    Mexico_Carlos_Sediles_IMG-20180425-WA0000.jpegLectionary Selection: John 3:1-17

    Prayers for Mexico:

    God of the Past, the Present and the Future,

    We thank you for the new life you give us in your Son Jesus, through whom we can participate in your kingdom. Thank you for Jesus, our light and bearer of a new creation.

    We affirm our faith in the missionary God, who so loved the world that he gave his Son to save us....Read more...

  • Pray with Israel/Palestine on Sunday May 20, 2018

    By: Sara Makari May 14, 2018

    palestine_separation_wall_2016.jpegLectionary Selection: John 15:26-27:16:4b-15

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

    Come Comforter, Holy Spirit, Love Divine: descend upon your people – Israelis and Palestinians – in this land. Reveal to them a new vision of reconciliation amid conflict, and open before them new paths for peace. Uphold their pursuits of justice and righteousness in the face of violations against their humanity. Fortify their courage and tenacity for hope when despair assaults them and frustrates their quest...Read more...

  • Collective Efforts to Keep Girls In School

    By: Nia Sullivan May 07, 2018

    Before working in a village, it is important to greet the chief because he is the head of the village and needs to be informed of all events. Receiving his approval and support is important before proceeding with organizing any gathering that will be held in the village. I operate a girl’s Safe Center and Boys and Girls club in the Mathora village. Safe Centers provide girls with an...Read more...

  • Pray with Sierra Leone on Sunday May 13, 2018

    By: Nia Sullivan May 07, 2018

    Sierra_Leone_Nia_Sullivan_image3.jpegLectionary Selection: John 17:6-19

    Prayers for Sierra Leone:

    God of peace,

    We praise you for directing us towards unity. We know that through unity we reach joy, love, and protection. Today we pray for guidance toward visible unity so that we can overcome brokenness and reject oppressive practices such as colonialist values, racism, and economic domination. We praise you for Christian unity that translates to love and justice.

    Father, we ask...

  • Reflections on International Women’s Day and el Encuentro Mujeres Que Luchan

    By: Cara McKinney May 04, 2018

    Mexico_Cara_McKinney_Encuentro_todas_antes.jpegIn celebration of International Women’s Day, 9,000 women from all over the world gathered together at a retreat in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico to celebrate art and culture, play sports, and talk politics, grassroots organizing and self-love. Planned and led by the women Zapatistas, this international event was the first of its kind and drew women from as far away as South Africa, Patagonia, and Palestine. Every one of the...Read more...

  • Morija Times: May 2018

    By: Mark Behle May 03, 2018

    Lesotho_Mark_Behle_maize.jpeg“…we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…” (Romans 5:3-5)

    Dear Friends,

    These words of Paul in Romans bring to mind the teachers at Liepeleng Primary School. My last newsletter shared photos and information about the very trying conditions at this school of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). Having lost in a storm their old stone classroom...Read more...

  • Palm Sunday Sermon: The Invitation

    By: Loren McGrail Apr 30, 2018

    Mathew 21:1-11

    The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth.” (Mt. 21:8-11)


  • Thoughts on Concluding in Sri Lanka

    By: Andy Jepson Apr 30, 2018

    How do you describe 2 years of life in Sri Lanka as volunteer missionaries? A lifetime in American culture gave us assumptions and habits that make us as different to and from Sri Lankans as they and their culture are different to and from us. That was an ever-present lesson, one that made us constantly grateful for the patience of people who created a space of acceptance and love where we shared ‘citizenship.’ We all accepted that cultural differences challenged...Read more...

  • Sermon: Embody Me

    By: Loren McGrail Apr 30, 2018

    Luke 24:36b-48

    St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church
    April 15, 2018

    You are within us and among us, O Christ,
    as the one who is alive for ever.
    In the sorrow and the the sufferings of our lives you are with us
    as the one who holds the key of new beginnings.
    There is no ending in the world.
    There is no fear in our lives.
    There is no despair in our hearts,
    that your living presence cannot unlock.
    You are within us and...

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