By: Ricardo Mayol Oct 16, 2018
They will beat their swords and plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.
(Micah 4:3b-4a)Read more...
By: Marilyn Cooper Oct 15, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:35-45
Prayers for Ecuador:
Oh Lord, this life can be tough. You know that. Your Son experienced it. Beggars from Venezuela, jugglers and buskers from Colombia, women without resources to give a good beginning to their children, little children who care for their younger siblings, youth who cannot find jobs, borrowers who cannot pay their debts, dogs too weak to search for food.
James and John asked to sit...Read more...
By: Robert Breckenridge Oct 09, 2018
Something is always happening here at the United Church of Zambia University. I have been sent to this Global Ministries mission partner to teach in the theology department. I have been entrusted with a full teaching load this semester, so I am in contact with students all the time.Read more...
Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) Celebrate 5th Graduating Class from Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center
By: Paul Turner Oct 09, 2018
The Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center (the Women’s Center) opened in 2015 with the goal of providing a place where women can receive training in productive skills. Global Ministries supported the construction of the Women’s center to advance its core values. The Women’s Center recently celebrated its fifth graduation, and has now graduated more than 100 women from throughout the Equator Province.Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Oct 08, 2018
One thing I like about late September in Japan are the Kin-moku-sei trees (osmanthus) in blossom. The flowers are small and hardly visible hidden amidst the dark green leaves. But the fragrance is so special that I find myself taking a deep breath to catch more of this seasonal blessing.Read more...
By: Paul Turner Oct 08, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:17-31
Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Thank you for your enduring presence in DR Congo, where people know they pray to a living God who cares for his people. Thank you for dedicated men and women from around the world who came to the Equator Province to fight the deadly ebola virus. The examples solidarity and generosity not only demonstrate compassion and empathy, but also an interdependence that is humanity’s strength, not its...Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Oct 05, 2018
Old Testament: Exodus 1:8–2:10
Epistle: Romans 12:1–8
Gospel: Matthew 16:13–20
God of life and of love, may the meditations of my heart, of my mind and of my spirit be acceptable and pleasing to you, and may they faithfully express the wisdom you have given to each one of us. In your Son’s name, we pray. Amen.Read more...
By: Nia Sullivan Oct 05, 2018
On the 26th of September I traveled to the city of Kabala, located in northern Sierra Leone. Once there I participated in an unforgettable General Assembly of the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone (CCSL). This event reunited CCSL staff working in different offices throughout the country, as well as partners, ministers, and families. I admired many aspects of the General Assembly, and particularly the genuine interest of participants in working together, staying connected, and responding to crises and injustices....Read more...
By: Michelle McKay Oct 05, 2018
Today is my fourth week of living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While this isn’t my first trip to this beautiful Caribbean island, Haiti is now considered my home. I am honored to serve the National Council of Spiritual Churches in Haiti (CONASPEH) for a three-year assignment. One of the ways I assist is as a Conversational English teacher at College St. Andre.Read more...