Mission Stories

  • Apprehension

    By: Nishan Bakalian Jun 08, 2020

    After the resurrection, when Jesus told his followers to sit and wait for what was next, I wonder if they were filled with a sense of dread about the unknown future. It is easy for us, twenty-one centuries later, to paint that upper room scene in colors of joyful anticipation of the coming of God’s promise, but it is doubtful that those colors were on the disciples’ palette at the time. Meeting together behind closed doors to pray and elect...Read more...

  • Pray with the Dominican Republic, Sunday, June 14, 2020

    By: Kaitlin Thompson Jun 07, 2020

    Lectionary Selection:  Genesis 18:1-15

    Prayers for the Dominican Republic:  

    Dear Heavenly Parent,

    In this time of fear and uncertainty, please hear our prayers. In this time of the pandemic, where we feel separated both physically and emotionally, let us handle your presence. Remind us also of the importance of loving and caring for our neighbors. In times of social distancing, enlighten us with new ways to pull our neighbors in and break...Read more...

  • Spring Time in Lockdown - Looking outside and looking inward

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Jun 05, 2020

    “April is the cruelest month, breeding /Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

         Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain.

         Winter kept us warm, covering /Earth in forgetful snow, feeding

         A little life with dried tubers.”


  • Updates on China Partners Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    By: Global Ministries Jun 05, 2020

    I officially started to work for East Asia and the Pacific office of Global Ministries in April this year as a coworker for China, and my work is based in St. Louis Missouri. I am so excited to have this opportunity to serve Global Ministries and mission partners in China. The area executive Mr. Derek Duncan and I planned to visit China earlier this year, but we have to postpone this visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we couldn’t...Read more...

  • Will it ever be the same?

    By: Debbie Colvin Jun 03, 2020

    This is a question that I have been asking myself a lot these days.  When I reflect on how much life has changed in the past 3 months it‘s a little daunting to think about.  What used to be “routine” has changed.  We have now created new routines.


  • COVID-19 Update from Lesotho

    By: Mark Knowles Jun 02, 2020

    lesotho_mark_knowles_covid.jpgLesotho was the last country in Africa to have a confirmed case of COVID-19, on May 12th, and, as of May 25th, it still only has two confirmed cases. Interestingly, within those dates, Lesotho also saw its Prime Minister resign and be replaced, and the country (largely) emerged from a six-week lockdown, so it has been an eventful month, to say the least.


  • Bangkok—May 2020

    By: Anne Gregory Jun 01, 2020

    Read:  1 Thessalonians 5:5-11


    Christian friends and church members here in Thailand keep asking me about the United States in the current COVID-19 pandemic.  They are shocked and concerned that the disease is causing so much heartbreak and tragedy, and they want to know how to pray.


  • Pray with Jamaica, Sunday, June 7, 2020

    By: Rachel S. Pellett Jun 01, 2020

    Jamaica_Rachel_Pellet_churchinjamaicacovid19.jpgLectionary Selection:  Genesis 1:1-2, 4a

    Prayers for Jamaica:  

    Creator God, Light and Love, we acknowledge your goodness – as simply part of the essence of your very being, and the goodness of your inexhaustible loving-kindness towards us, your creation, your children, your beloved. Lord of Light and Love, we return love to you. Spirit, we thank you for your abiding companionship. Hover over us. We reach back out to you for...Read more...

  • A new perspective on time

    By: Rachel S. Pellett May 28, 2020

    I wish you could meet my friend Harpreet. God used her in the waiting period I had before coming to Jamaica. Harpreet is Sikh but she attended a Catholic school growing up in India. Continuing in this vein of diverse perspectives, she is incredibly well-read on a broad range of topics and shares from that wealth of knowledge as plentifully as rain from clouds during monsoon. We worked together in back-to-back...Read more...

  • The Tenderness and Rawness of Fasting

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson May 27, 2020

    After two months of house worship and empty church buildings, the Synod office of GMIT (the Evangelical Protestant Church of Timor) encouraged households to observe a day of fasting, an uncommon practice among GMIT’s rich tradition of rituals.


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