Mission Stories

  • Pray with Mexico on April 14, 2019

    By: Elena Huegel Apr 08, 2019

    Mexico_2006_Felix_Ortiz_05.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 19:28-40

    Prayers for Mexico:  

    We can be kind by David Friedman

    So many things I can't control,
    So many hurts that happen every day.
    So many heartaches that pierce the soul,
    So much pain that won't ever go away.
    How do we make it better?
    How do we make it through?
    What can we do when there's nothing we can do?

                Chorus:

                We can be kind.
                We can take care of each...Read more...


  • Challenges and Hope

    By: Martha Mensendiek Apr 02, 2019

    2018 was a tumultuous year in many ways. Personally, I had to say goodbye to several dear friends, one of whom was Teruko Enomoto, the founder of the Bazaar Café. 

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  • Welcoming the Stranger and Loving the Neighbor

    By: Kearstin Bailey Apr 02, 2019

    The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.

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  • Pray with Thailand Sunday, April 7, 2019

    By: Anne Gregory Apr 01, 2019

    Thailand_Chapel_Service_at_McGilvary_College_of_Divinity.JPGLectionary Selection:  John 12:1-8

    Prayers for Thailand: 

    O God, you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change. There is trouble and devastation all around this world, O God. We pray for the people of Thailand at a time when industrialization is harming the air. We pray for all leaders who are trying to find the...Read more...


  • Here Lies Our Land

    By: Judy Chan Mar 28, 2019

    Whenever visitors come to Hong Kong, they are amazed at the density of high-rise buildings that house the city’s population of 7.3 million residents. Some towers go as high as 60 floors. This skyscraper phenomenon is due to Hong Kong’s geographical profile. Much of the city’s 425 square miles is hilly terrain, which is not suitable for construction. 40% is zoned for country parks and nature reserves. Thus, less than 25% of the land is developed for commercial and residential...Read more...


  • Agricultural Freedom Through Seedballing

    By: Phyllis Byrd Mar 28, 2019

    Planting trees has proven over time to have immense advantages ranging from its economic, environmental, and health benefits for individuals and the community at large. However, due to the realization of the concept of deforestation the earth has lost more than half of its natural trees.

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  • Reflections on the Eighth Anniversary of Japan's Triple Disaster: Part 1

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Mar 27, 2019

    March 11, 2019 marked eight years since Japan’s “Triple Disaster.” Communities and individuals are still marked by this disaster and continue the work of healing. Mission Co-worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, shares some reflections from a recent trip he took to Fukushima with Derek Duncan, Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific.

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  • Pray with Zambia Sunday, March 31, 2019

    By: Robert Breckenridge Mar 25, 2019

    Lectionary Selection:  Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32

    Prayers for Zambia:  

    O, Heavenly Father, we confess that, like the Prodigal Son, we are wanderers. We are always longing for something else. We seek novelty. We want something different, something exciting. Always we want more... more than we have, more than we need, more than our competitors, more than we deserve. You know our deep failings. Forgive us for taking advantage of your grace without real contrition. We know it is your nature...Read more...


  • Greetings

    By: Mark Knowles Mar 20, 2019

    How do you write, with any real understanding, about a place you’ve only known for three weeks? As of this writing that’s how long we’ve been here. Yes, it’s been a great three weeks, but at this point, we’ve only had an initial meeting, or a mere introduction, to this beautiful place full of friendly people. So how do you share with others what things are like when you’re just at the greeting stage? And yet, that is it. That’s...Read more...


  • A New Constitution in Cuba: What Lies Ahead?

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Mar 19, 2019

    On Sunday, February 24, the Cuban population went to the polls to approve a new constitution, drafted by the National Assembly (the legislative house of representatives, called diputados and elected by the provinces).

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