Mission Stories

  • Sunday Morning Semiotics

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Oct 08, 2019

    I admit it, church is not always the contemplative space for self-reflection and meditation that I need, especially in October when by 8.00 am the sun’s heat already blisters through the zinc roof.


  • Pray with Japan Sunday, October 20, 2019

    By: Martha Mensendiek Oct 07, 2019

    Japan_Martha_Mensendiek_wedding_party.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 18:1-8

    Prayers for Japan:  

    Dear God,

    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...

  • Pray with Kenya Sunday, October 13, 2019

    By: Phyllis Byrd Oct 07, 2019

    Kenya_Phyllis_Byrd_11.jpgLectionary 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. Amen


  • Roots in the Ruins: Hope in Trauma

    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. 


  • Erntedank – Thanks for the harvest

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Oct 01, 2019

    It’s that time of year again: this coming Sunday is Erntedankfest – a celebration of thanksgiving for the harvest.


  • Pray with East Timor Sunday, October 6, 2019

    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...

  • What Are You Doing Today about the Future?

    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.


  • Pray with Nicaragua Sunday, September 29, 2019

    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...

  • Pray with Hong Kong Sunday, September 22, 2019

    By: Judy Chan Sep 16, 2019

    Hong_Kong_Judy_CHan_protest_at_airport.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 16:1-13

    Prayers for Hong Kong:  

    O God, we know one day each of us must stand before you to give an accounting of our lives. How did we manage the responsibilities you entrusted to us? How did we handle the resources you placed in our hands? What did we give back to you in return for all you have given us? Whether we have little or much, may...Read more...

  • 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...

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