Mission Stories

  • Pray with Colombia Sunday, October 27, 2019

    By: Michael Joseph Oct 21, 2019

    Colombia_Michael_Joseph_Nueva_Venecia_Pedro_copy.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 18:9-14

    Prayers for Colombia:  

    Loving God,

    Today we pray for the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. As they work for the full implementation of the peace accords that seek to bring fighting to an end, may they feel your guiding presence. Encourage them even as they feel like a voice in the wilderness calling for peace. Give them stamina when others become discouraged at the...Read more...


  • Call for Christmas Cards to Japan

    By: Global Ministries Oct 15, 2019

    assorted-christmas-cards-1448895398jeQ.jpgLong-term Mission Co-Worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, was instrumental in coordinating humanitarian relief during and in the years following the 2011 Fukushima “Triple Disaster” of tsunami, flooding, and nuclear contamination. Since then he has facilitated an exchange of Christmas cards between U.S. congregations and those of our partner church in Japan. Jeffrey’s letter to participating churches is also an invitation to any new congregations to take part in this Advent season. You...Read more...


  • Families in God's plan: A reflection from the churches in Cuautepec. / Las familias en el plan de Dios: Una pastoral familiar desde las iglesias en Cuautepec.

    By: Cindy Moraga-Selva Oct 14, 2019

    Cuautepec is a community located on the periphery of Mexico City.  It is part of the Gustavo Madero region, north of the City, which is the second largest region with 1.16 million inhabitants. Getting to Cuautepec is an adventure since the public transport service is of poor quality, and in the last section (Barrio Alto) you have to use the "vochotaxtis" (the VW bug taxis), which are the only ones that reach this point.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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