Mission Stories

  • Don't Get in the Car with a Stranger

    By: Michelle McKay Oct 24, 2019

    As a child, you probably heard the sage advice from our adults, instructing us to "be safe." With a finger wagging in your face, you knew to heed their warnings.


  • Si Dios Quiere: Finding Time to Rest

    By: Kaitlin Thompson Oct 23, 2019

    I arrived in Santo Domingo the first Friday of September, with a small welcome crew to greet me at the airport. I have been preparing for this experience for about a year now, since my second semester of grad school when I approached my professors to ask for advice about what life after college looks like.


  • Update from All Africa Conferences

    By: Bosela Eale Oct 22, 2019

     Dear Partner,

    Greetings from the All Africa Conference of Churches!


  • 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.


  • The Neverending Story

    By: Judy Chan Oct 09, 2019

    Way back in June 2019, Hong Kong never imagined that anti-government protests would still be going on four months later.


  • Freedom, Honesty and Friendship

    By: John Campbell-Nelson Oct 08, 2019

    If you open your browser and type in "Seko, North Luwu, South Sulawesi," the satellite image will show you a yellowish patch surrounded by dense forest. That patch is the dry bed of an ancient lake where the Seko people have been cultivating rice and raising buffalo for centuries.


  • 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.


  • 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...

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