By: James Wilson Apr 08, 2013
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1:2-4Read more...
By: Kristine Tisinger Apr 08, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Prayers for South Africa:
Lord God, We thank you for the opportunity to worship you today. Show us the path you have for us and give us the courage and strength to follow it.
This week we pray for our mission partner, the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Be with the College in this time of adjustment as new staff members are...Read more...
By: John Campbell-Nelson Apr 02, 2013
Writing to you feels like the last step in a return to “normal” life here in Timor. We returned from five months of home assignment in the U.S. in early February, just in time for the start of a new semester at Artha Wacana Christian University (UKAW), where Karen and I have been asked to join the theological faculty as full-time staff.Read more...
By: Diane Fonderlin Apr 01, 2013
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-31
Prayers for Haiti:
Lord God, we delight in this new day and in the knowledge that Jesus has risen! We are filled with joy because in your Son, Jesus Christ, we can know genuine peace, truth and the fulfillment of all you have promised from the beginning of Creation.
Thank you for meeting us with love and not with frustration when we are fearful and when...Read more...
By: Lindsey Mercer Mar 25, 2013
I had the opportunity to attend the forum jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum 2013 this week. This year’s event was held at the Diocesan Commission for Woman (CODIMUJ) in San Cristo-bal de las Casas, Chiapas on January 22nd-23rd, 2013. I wanted to take a moment to explain to you what jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum is and why it is so important to the people living in Chiapas.Read more...
By: Global Ministries Mar 25, 2013
At the Last Supper, Jesus exhorts his disciples to take bread and wine, and divide it among themselves in remembrance of him. The words he uses to signal that his death is imminent become the essence (in Indonesian we say inti) of communion, a ritual practiced by early Christian communities that has continued for 2000 years. That is a very long time to remember, but especially during Lent we realize that remembering is a central...Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Mar 25, 2013
The participants of the human rights workshop in Solo visited a mosque and a church founded by two brothers, one a Muslim and one a Christian, that stand next to each other—an uncommon sight in Indonesia.
Prayers for Hong Kong:
We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection this Easter...Read more...
By: Marcy Gansler Mar 18, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Luke 22:14-23:56
Dear Lord, today we celebrate your son’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Unfortunately we know that the joy of the crowd, singing “Hosanna,” will soon be replaced by cries of “crucify him.” As we read today’s biblical texts, retelling the story of the last supper and betrayal of Jesus, we are called upon to meditate on the mystery of Jesus’ saving sacrifice. Before...Read more...
By: Zoltan Szucs Mar 11, 2013
Lectionary Selection: John 12:1-8
Prayers for Hungary:
Oh God, we pray for the church in Hungary to find creative responses to the new opportunities which have followed the collapse of communism. We ask that you help to strengthen their growing commitment to reconciliation and cooperation to overcome historic tensions between Hungary and neighboring countries, especially Romania and Slovakia, where ethnic Hungarian minorities feel the pressure of discrimination and injustice....Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Mar 04, 2013
Fourteen hours of traveling. Seven hours by bus through thunderous rains dousing rice fields and plantations with laborers weeding and harvesting. Another four hour shuttle ride scaling the mountain roads revealing garden terraces carved out of the face of the earth taking me to meet with a welcoming group. We ushered into the back of a jeep which took us another three hours through winding dirt roads passing through mining sites, narrow ridge tops, eventually stopping...Read more...