By: Bethany Waggoner Mar 21, 2018
When I showed up in Lebanon in October 2016, the stark reality I observed was that very few women hold positions of power or authority in large institutions here — especially political institutions and religious institutions. A year and half later and this is still the case — if you were expecting me to declare a massive revolution took place that shook up the ranks and made way for wave of women at the...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Mar 21, 2018
It’s not every year the tropical rains drench, and drench some more, but this is one of those years. And when the rains transform pah meto (dry land, the Timorese name for this island) from crusty, hot brown to lush and steamy shades of green, it’s easy to forget that water was once sacred. Oral tradition suggests that in a pre-Christian era, Timorese treated large banyan trees and the...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Mar 19, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
O Lord, we often do not understand why injustice continues to prevail in our world, or why your Divine purpose remains hidden from our eyes while we witness political oppression and hear the human cry for freedom. We witness your mighty acts in history: You look with favor on the lowly, and your mercy is for those who fear you...Read more...
By: Stewart Barker Mar 16, 2018
Today is February 20, 2018, my 25th birthday. I am thinking about how thankful I am for all I learned being a part of Global Ministries and now as I work at my return placement with the Partners in Service program. Last week, I had a Partners in Service retreat where I had a chance to both reflect on my current assignment in Kentucky and my Global Ministries assignment, in Swaziland. During this time of reflection, I understood that I...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Mar 16, 2018
Exactly a year ago we left the U.S., left family and friends, left a familiar environment and lifestyle, to come to another place and people we knew and loved. In the past year here in Beirut, Lebanon, we have been privileged to enter the world and the hearts of those among whom we are serving in the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches of the Near East (UAECNE) and...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Mar 13, 2018
It was dusk and the smoke of tear gas still hung in the valley like a benign cloud with the occasional whoosh of new rounds streaking the light grey sky. We had finished our late lunch of chicken fettuccine with Nawal and her mother and the lovely Janna.
We came to spend International Women’s Day with three generations of Tamimi women. What better way to celebrate Palestinian women then to...Read more...
By: Monica Liddle Mar 12, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 12:20-33
Prayers for East Timor:
For the women and girls in East Timor, who are subject to the desires of husbands, fathers, uncles, and brothers, dear God, we pray. When unwanted pregnancies occur, leaving a mother to bear the physical and emotional work of caring for babies and children, or sometimes leaving her in danger for her own life or safety, dear God, we pray. When violence against...Read more...
By: Kearstin Bailey Mar 09, 2018
As many of you know, getting my visa for my upcoming Global Mission Intern (GMI) placement has not been easy. My term in Hungary ended at the close of September 2017, and I have been back in the United States ever since, preparing for my next placement with the Evangelical Church in Greece. During my time in the states, I’ve been itinerating and traveling all over the country to speak with congregations about my work with the Reformed Church in Hungary....Read more...
By: Carmelo Alvarez Mar 09, 2018
As a Global Service Worker (Long-term Volunteer), having served for more than forty years as a Mission Co-worker in Latin America and the Caribbean, I am back in the field assigned to Venezuela, specifically to serve our longest standing Pentecostal partner in the world, starting way back in the 1960’s with Juan Marcos Rivera and Flor María Piñeiro Rivera, a couple from Puerto Rico, who worked intensely and with passion with this unique Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela....Read more...