By: Global Ministries Oct 15, 2019
Long-term Mission Co-Worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, was instrumental in coordinating humanitarian relief during and in the years following the 2011 Fukushima “Triple Disaster” of tsunami, flooding, and nuclear contamination. Since then he has facilitated an exchange of Christmas cards between U.S. congregations and those of our partner church in Japan. Jeffrey’s letter to participating churches is also an invitation to any new congregations to take part in this Advent season. You...Read more...
Families in God's plan: A reflection from the churches in Cuautepec. / Las familias en el plan de Dios: Una pastoral familiar desde las iglesias en Cuautepec.
By: Cindy Moraga-Selva Oct 14, 2019
Cuautepec is a community located on the periphery of Mexico City. It is part of the Gustavo Madero region, north of the City, which is the second largest region with 1.16 million inhabitants. Getting to Cuautepec is an adventure since the public transport service is of poor quality, and in the last section (Barrio Alto) you have to use the "vochotaxtis" (the VW bug taxis), which are the only ones that reach this point.Read more...
By: Martha Mensendiek Oct 07, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 18:1-8
Prayers for Japan:
Today we remember those in Japan who, like the widow in today’s gospel lesson are pleading for their rights.
We remember those who still suffer from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima 8 1/2 years ago - those who still are unable to return home to their beloved communities due to dangerous radiation levels. We stand with the plaintiffs who are deeply hurt...Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Oct 07, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 17:11-19
Prayers for Kenya:
God of hope, we pray for the work of The Mission of Hope School - the work they are doing in the community and country as a whole. We pray that quality education would be accessible for all of the young people of Liberia. AmenRead more...
By: Elena Huegel Oct 03, 2019
Facilitator training course at the Institute for Intercultural Studies and Research
During the month of August 2019, 13 people came to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, after finishing the first four courses in the "Retoños en las Ruinas: esperanza en el trauma" (Roots in the ruins: hope in trauma) program.Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Sep 30, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 17:5-10
Prayers for East Timor:
Loving God, in our fractured world you have brought us together with partners all over the world. You call us to unity and make us one in the sharing of bread and cup, the water of baptism and meditation on your Word. You ask us to be your people wherever we are. We are thankful for all that we learn from all our global partners. On this day we pray for the...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Sep 26, 2019
Today (Sept. 21), at one of the events celebrating the 28th Independence Day of Armenia, the announcer posed this question to the audience in Gyumri, the second-largest city: “Each of us must ask this: ‘What am I doing today to ensure that Armenia has a future?’” That’s a good question to ask about any endeavor in which you are involved. But it should be on the lips of Christians everywhere regarding the church and its calling in this world.Read more...
By: Ignacio Salinas Sep 23, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 16:1-13
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Dear God, help us to be faithful to you and our siblings in times of need. May your grace give us strength and commitment to serve your cause and to do it with honesty, transparency, and a sense of justice. Deliver us from intentions that move away from your will and teach us your path of peace, love, and hope. In the name of...Read more...