Mission Stories

  • Pray with Colombia on Sunday, July 22, 2018

    By: Michael Joseph Jul 16, 2018

    Colombia_Michael_Joseph_IMG_20171122_145401.jpegLectionary Selection: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

    Prayers for Colombia:

    Loving God,

    Today we pray for the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. Guide them as they continue to work for the full implementation of the peace accords that have brought terrible fighting to an end. Encourage them as they prepare for a new presidential administration that has spoken out against the peace accords. Show them a way forward for...Read more...

  • Competing Ideologies

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Jul 12, 2018

    Since February, I’ve been on home assignment in the United States, speaking about the work of Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) in Asia and preaching in local churches. My travels have taken me to Ohio, Colorado, the state of Washington, Montana and Wyoming. I’ve also attended Global Ministries meetings in Cleveland and Indianapolis and took part in the annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., where a focus of our advocacy with the Senate delegation from Ohio was the current immigration...Read more...

  • Walking with Refugees

    By: Judy Chan Jul 12, 2018

    June 2018

    Dear Friends,

    What a difference two years make.

    In 2016, the Hong Kong Refugee Ministry Group published its first refugee pastoral care handbook in Chinese and English. The aim was to get more churches interested in serving asylum seekers and refugees in the community. Since asylum seekers in Hong Kong come primarily from South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, the cultural gap with local Chinese presented a significant barrier.


  • What’s On My Mind This Election Year…

    By: Bethany Waggoner Jul 09, 2018

    Shortly after I arrived in Lebanon in 2016, General Michel Aoun was elected President by the Lebanese Parliament. This following a two-and-a-half-year period with no head-of-state, when the Lebanese government struggled to maintain basic services, such as trash pick-up and electricity services.


  • Pray with Ecuador on Sunday July 15, 2018

    By: Mary Kathryn Ball Jul 09, 2018

    Ecuador_Bethany_Waggoner_2014_14.JPGLectionary Selection: Mark 6:14-29

    Prayers for Ecuador:

    Dear God,

    As Ecuador faces a changing social landscape, I pray that you give them a peaceful resilience. I pray that you will give them courage in the face of challenges. John the Baptist chose to denounce leadership in favor of justice, regardless of what the consequences might be. In the same way, please help the people of Ecuador to...Read more...

  • Peace and Cassava Leaves

    By: Nia Sullivan Jul 09, 2018

    Last September, I arrived in Sierra Leone to serve on the staff of the country’s Council of Churches and join efforts to advocate for girls and women. In the past 10 months of working in the Tonkolili District, I have gained a deeper awareness of and appreciation for the love of God as made known through the peace and justice ministries of the Council.


  • Winds of Change

    By: Niko Sopepa Jul 09, 2018

    It is winter in the south. Winter in the tropics is not decorated with snow or below-zero temperatures, but rather cool winds and beautiful sunshine graces the Pacific. For the people of the Pacific, especially in the south and central Pacific, winter is a time for celebration. This is because from November to April we have our cyclone season. During this time, we have excessive rainfall and floods, lots of landslides and rough seas resulting in many of our seafarers...Read more...

  • Teaching Students to be Morally Responsible Citizens

    By: Victoria Peagler Jul 07, 2018

    Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraints and run wild… But happy are they whose God is the Lord.” (Proverbs 29: 18, Psalms 144: 15).


  • Checkpoint 300

    By: Susan Brogden Jul 06, 2018

    So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
    Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb.
    Genesis 35:19-20 (NRSV)


  • Arrival

    By: Susan Brogden Jul 06, 2018

    Hello Friends – After ten days in the Holy Land, I finally find myself with a few free hours in which to write. EAPPI “boot camp” has been a whirlwind. So many people to meet, villages and schools and organizations with which to familiarize myself, Arabic phrases to learn, cultural awareness and protocols to absorb. My group of 24 Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) is as diverse, interesting, and committed to human rights and the work we will do here as I had...Read more...

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