Mission Stories

  • Pray with eSwatini, Sunday, April 26, 2020

    By: Kahala Cannon Apr 20, 2020


    Lectionary Selection:  Luke 24: 13-35

    Prayers for eSwatini:  

    Heavenly Father,

    You are the Lord God who is merciful and compassionate and abounds in lovingkindness and faithfulness. Great is thy faithfulness! You keep your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love You. And Your mercies never fail! 

    Because your mercies never fail, we lay our emotions, burdens, fears, and anxieties at your feet during this...Read more...

  • Presence in Times of Grief

    By: Tom Liddle Apr 17, 2020

    When we stepped across the threshold into Kodae’s house in Lospalos, I could tell he wasn’t breathing. His younger brother was sitting beside him on the dingy mattress he had been on for months, shooing flies away from the pale corpse. The boy turned to us with tears in his eyes. Their father appeared from a side room. “He just died,” he announced on seeing us. It was four in the afternoon, the sun was shining, and it was very...Read more...

  • COVID-19 in Jamaica

    By: Rachel S. Pellett Apr 15, 2020

    The hustle and bustle of Jamaican streets and roadways is usually invigorating (if you’ve ever visited or lived in this exquisite island-nation, you surely know exactly what I mean), but like most countries globally, the mood and modus operandi are eerily different now in the face COVID-19.


  • Theology in Action

    By: Bosela Eale Apr 15, 2020

    I am grateful to God for the opportunity to share some of the highlights of the activities I helped to organize for the last semester of 2019. The Department of Theology, Interfaith Relations, and Ecclesial Leadership Development of the All Africa Council of Churches successfully organized the following activities:


  • Making Hope Real

    By: Brigitte Eale Apr 14, 2020

    As we consider God’s blessings, we are in awe of His immense goodness toward us. The greatest gifts to us are His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the constant presence of His Holy Spirit working in the Church and in our lives.


  • The Right to Work: A Paradigm Shift

    By: Abigail Fate Apr 13, 2020

    In December, Melel Xojobal hosted the Second National Child Workers Retreat in San Cristóbal. My team of three had spent the weeks before the retreat in helpful but harried preparation. While we were still spending half our day working in markets around the city like normal, the other half of the day was jam-packed with planning activities for the retreat.


  • Pray with Lebanon Sunday, April 19, 2020

    By: Nishan Bakalian Apr 13, 2020

    Lectionary Selection:  John 20:19-31

    Prayers for Lebanon:  

    Lebaon_Nishan_Bakalian_IMG_9363_2020-3-23.jpgOur Lord and our God, help us to stop doubting and to believe, even when we huddle behind locked doors, building walls of anxiety that are not a true refuge for our souls. Because of your boundless love you enter our hiding places unhindered and boldly declare, “Peace be with you!” We sit, wounded and paralyzed by our fears and sins, yet you heal...Read more...

  • Hope Far from Home

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Apr 09, 2020

    Advent and Christmas went by in a flash. Now we’re well into 2020. Even when I was a young kid, the words, “Like sands though an hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” disturbed me. Do the days of our lives really run by as quickly as the hourglass on our black and white TV screen?


  • Replace Anxiety With Prayer

    By: Tom Liddle Apr 08, 2020

    If there’s one thing I learned during seven years as a pastor among the Timorese people, it’s that prayer is a simple, effective way to cope with anxiety.  They take their cue from St. Paul.  In his letter to the Philippians, Paul admonishes:


  • Update from Thailand

    By: Anne Gregory Apr 08, 2020

    This morning as I walked to the elevator, all disguised in my sunglasses and anti-particulate face mask, I exchanged pleasantries with a neighbor who sounded a bit like an Aussie. (We’ve got some diversity in this building, with Filipino, Thai, Korean, European expats, and even a Detroiter.)


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