By: Anne Gregory Apr 01, 2019
Lectionary 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...
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...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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...
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...
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).Read more...
By: Aura (Violeta) Rocha-Areas Mar 19, 2019
I arrived on December 8 of last year to El Salvador, my neighboring country to the north, with a similar history to that of my Nicaraguan people - with a war that left thousands dead or disappeared. These are hard-working and dignified people in search of daily bread. During the Season of Advent, the Emmanuel Baptist Church received me in affectionate and loving ways, and a sister generously gave me lodging in her home for the first two months. Now...Read more...
By: Carlos Sediles-Real Mar 18, 2019
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:1-9
Prayers for Mexico:
God of grace and mercy,
Amid pain and death, you accompany us with your saving presence. Assuming our humanity, you stand in solidarity with the causes of oppression and injustice.
Forgive us for being indifferent and for our lack of faith and commitment to justice. Teach us to be sensitive to the many situations of violence and despair that many of our brothers and...Read more...
By: Nia Sullivan Mar 12, 2019
It’s funny to think about how long it takes to become accustomed to living in a new environment. Upon arrival and throughout my first few months living in “the provinces” (as my urban Freetown friends refer to the Bombali District) I truly felt as if I were struggling to adjust to living the “suffer-posh” life as friends jokingly call life here. The inconsistent electricity, water, internet access, and my daily use of motorbikes, packet waters, bucket-bathing, and mosquito nets were...Read more...