By: Fiyori Kidane Mar 11, 2020
As we wrap up Black History Month I feel compelled to write about my own experiences living as a Black woman in Greece. I’ve been here for a little over a month serving with Perichoresis NGO and the Evangelical Church in Katerini which has given me plenty of time to see the various ways that Greek people understand blackness.Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Mar 09, 2020
Lectionary Selection: John 4:5-42
Prayers for Kenya:
God, we thank you for the work of Rev. Helena in the Volta Region of Ghana with African Independent Churches on leadership and Social Transformation. We are grateful for the extraordinary work and role that Queen Mothers play in Ghana. We are blessed to have a tradition of strong women in Africa like the Queens Mothers and many others throughout Africa who stand in...Read more...
By: Thomas Smith Mar 05, 2020
Thomas Smith is serving in Korea which is categorized as a Level 3 country dealing with the COVID 19 virus. Global Ministries has been in regular contact with both Thomas and the partner and received this note about his well-being:
As you must be already following the news, the COVID 19-situation in Korea is getting serious. There are numerous actions taken and many international gatherings cancelled or postponed in Korea.
Thomas, who is doing his volunteer work in Haenam (Haenam...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Mar 02, 2020
Lectionary Selection: John 3:1-17
Prayers for Indonesia:
Loving Creator, the earth cries out against us. Open our ears! Volcanoes drown islands in ash in the Philippines and raging fires spin into tornadoes in Australia. Today we pray especially for Indonesia: for slum dwellers in Jakarta who die in floods; for the forests and air of Kalimantan where fires clearing land for palm oil plantations burn out of...Read more...
By: Debbie Colvin Feb 25, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:1-11
Prayers for Ghana:
Lord thank you for your love of the people in Ghana. As they live and work may they continue to praise you for all you provide.
When they are faced with temptations, give them the strength to remember what Jesus said to Satan on the mountain as he was being tempted, “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”
We lift the country...Read more...
By: Dustin Riebel Feb 17, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 17:1-9
Prayers for Ecuador:
God, thank you for all the blessings you give to us all. Even in times of difficulties, we can feel that you are with us. The people of Ecuador are a great example of this; no matter the circumstance of their lives, they are abundantly loving and ready to help anyone they encounter. In each moment, we witness human kindness and compassion in Ecuador,...Read more...
By: Maria Abigail Hernandez Feb 10, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:21-37
Prayers for Japan:
Thank you for who you are.
Thank you for being a God that sees us not for the rules we follow, but what is in our hearts.
When the rules only say, “do not be mean,” help us to be intentionally and especially kind. When the sign says, “do not litter,” help us to pick up even the trash that is not ours....Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Feb 04, 2020
Entonces le fueron presentados unos niños, para que pusiese las manos sobre ellos, y orase; y los discípulos les reprendieron. Pero Jesús dijo: Dejad a los niños venir a mí, y no se lo impidáis; porque de los tales es el reino de los cielos. Y habiendo puesto sobre ellos las manos, se fue de allí. Mateo 19:13-15Read more...
By: Fiyori Kidane Feb 03, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:13-20
Prayers for Greece:
Ever-present and ever-loving God,
We come to you with heavy hearts as we witness the growing number of displaced people attempting to create a new understanding of home.
They are tired, they are weak, they are worn.
We ask that you provide comfort and strength to the beloved children who are migrating.
Provide help and strength to those who are pursuing a better life...Read more...
By: Abigail Fate Jan 27, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:1 - 12
Prayers for Mexico:
God of love, today, in our beautiful and broken world, we pray for softness. In this world where gentle is often synonymous with weak, and where unfeeling is equated with strength, you bless the poor, the meek, and the merciful. Though our society tells us that wealth and power are markers of success, you bless those who strive for righteousness, the pure in...Read more...