Mission Stories

  • It’s All Greek To Me

    By: Fiyori Kidane Apr 03, 2020

    “It’s all Greek to you, eh?” one of my co-workers joked to me after witnessing three different conversations happening simultaneously in front of me. It was my first week in Katerini and at that point, I knew very little to no Greek so I understood nothing that was happening in front of me. I’ve been told by many people that I have a very expressive face. Poker is not my strong suit and I fully believe that my face completely...Read more...


    By: Dustin Riebel Apr 02, 2020

    Lists everywhere…lists for packing, our dogs, our house, our cars, lots of goodbyes, and finally our travel arrangements. It all became a blur once we touched down in Guatemala City. Our life went from very hectic to very simple in a matter of a few hours. It has been an adjustment for sure, but even after leaving our precious family, friends, and dogs, we have been able to remain full of gratitude for this...Read more...

  • A Different Flight into Egypt

    By: Sean Amato Apr 01, 2020

    The city of Cairo is approximately 1,191 square miles – roughly the same size as Rhode Island, the diminutive locale where I and about a million others have lived for most of our lives. For many people in the Ocean State, a twenty-minute trip in the car is often “a little too much;” taking the highway to Boston may elicit gasps or groans and travel outside of New England is spoken of in hushed, aggrieved tones.


  • Reflecting on COVID-19 in Indonesia

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Apr 01, 2020

    The following was sent by mission co-worker in Indonesia, Karen Campbell-Nelson, in response to an email sent to all mission co-workers from Global Ministries Co-Executives, Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson.


  • COVID-19 in Hong Kong

    By: Judy Chan Mar 31, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    In late December, Hong Kong was becoming aware of reports from mainland China about a dangerous new virus that was rapidly spreading, especially in the Wuhan area. Immediately, this brought back memories of the panic of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Over 1700 people were diagnosed with SARS in Hong Kong and 299 died. That is a death rate of 17%.


  • Keeping in Touch with God

    By: Fiona Kendall Mar 30, 2020

    I understand that a number of you have been inquiring about what life is like for a mission co-worker in one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.


  • Pray with Dominican Republic Sunday, April 5, 2020

    By: Kaitlin Thompson Mar 30, 2020

    Dominican_Republic_Kaitlin_Thompson_IMG_2604.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 26:14-27

    Prayers for the Dominican Republic:

    Dear Heavenly Creator,

    As we approach the joyous occasion of celebrating your son and our living savior's resurrection let us not forget the evening in the upper room when Jesus gathered to break bread with his disciples. Be with us in every breaking of bread as you were with Jesus and the 12 disciples all those years ago. God, as we approach a...Read more...

  • Covered in Prayer

    By: Kahala Cannon Mar 26, 2020

    All over the world, people battle serious illnesses, terminal diseases, and life-altering circumstances.  Some have a wonderful support system of family and friends, whereas others have less support or seem to walk their journey alone. In Eswatini, the Prayer Shawl Ministry reminds those men and women that there is a group of women who journey with them through prayer regardless of their support structure.


  • Living out Presence

    By: Debbie Colvin Mar 25, 2020

    As I walk into the Dzake Clinic, I am greeted by patients waiting to be seen.  I take my seat at the Triage table and start to check in my next patient. He is a beautiful 12-month-old named Samson. His Grandmother has brought him in because he has been vomiting and not able to eat for a day.


  • Exam Time!

    By: Larry Colvin Mar 24, 2020

    The semester comes to a close, and then comes the dreaded examination week. Dreaded by whom? The students dread exam week, but at least for this lecturer, it is a dreaded time as well. Well, maybe I should say the preparation of the examinations is the dreaded part.


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