Mission Stories

  • Preparing a New Leadership for Pastoral and Diaconal Service

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 15, 2020

    The experience of the Theological Institute Word of Wisdom

    In December 2018, 12 students graduated from the Theological Institute of Wisdom Program (ITPS), which is part of the Theological Community of Mexico (CTdeM).  The ITPS is an institution of Pentecostal tradition with an ecumenical approach. It is committed to contextual biblical, theological, and pastoral reflection.

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  • Each for Equal

    By: Kaitlin Thompson May 14, 2020

    March 8th has been officially recognized as International Women’s day since 1975, and, over thirty years later, it is still imperative that we take this day to recognize the struggles and successes of our sisters across the globe. The theme for this International Women’s Day is “#EachforEqual” to stress the importance of collectivism in the movement for female equality.

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  • “The Steal of the Century” - A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    By: Middle East & Europe - Global Ministries May 14, 2020

    Pilgrims participating in our alternative tour earlier this year were meeting with a settler in the Gush Etzion settlement block, just outside of Bethlehem, when President Trump announced what he had been heralding as his Deal of the Century. The 180-page, so-called peace proposal is formally titled, Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of Palestinian and Israeli People.

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  • Taking Root and Growing

    By: Robert Howard May 12, 2020

    I have heard many people talk about wishing that they could go on a cruise or live in a tropical paradise. Many have wished they had the opportunity to own an island getaway. And now here I am living in an island paradise.

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  • Keeping Communities Safe during COVID 19: A Chiapas Perspective

    By: Elena Huegel May 12, 2020

    In the rural communities around San Cristóbal de las Casas, where most people have good reasons to be suspicious of anything coming from either the federal or state governments, many do not believe the warnings about a health crisis; it is just another strategy of a corrupt government to control and take advantage of Chiapas which has one of the poorest populations in the country but is rich in natural resources.  

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  • Pursuing the Paths of Peace and Reconciliation

    By: Victor Makari May 11, 2020

    On Epiphany Sunday, we posted a reflection on the lectionary text appointed for the day in lieu of a Christmas newsletter to family and friends, given how busy that season is for us in Bethlehem, as you can well imagine!

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  • Pray with Lebanon, Sunday, May 17, 2020

    By: Leda Zakarison May 11, 2020

    Lectionary Selection:  John 14:15-21

    Prayers for Lebanon:  

    Abundant and abiding God,

    We often think of Easter as a culmination – of the season of Lent, of Jesus’ life. Yet you remind us that our work is not complete. In this time of uncertainty and global crisis, it is even more evident that the good news of Easter is not that something is ending, but that something even greater is just beginning.

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  • Standing with the Oppressed

    By: Ricardo Mayol May 08, 2020

    The times during which Jesus was born resemble those of today; they were violent. Herod the Great felt threatened that a king would defy his power, although at that time the king was only a baby. Herod tried to eliminate him and, when he could not find him, unleashed his murderous rage and killed all children under 2 years of age. Joseph and Mary escaped after hearing a voice from God and fled to Egypt to protect their newborn child.

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  • Manifest Destiny

    By: Michelle McKay May 07, 2020

    Protesting. Rioting. Marching. Walking. Those words can conjure any number of images to mind. In Haiti, they are called manifestasyons (“manifestations.”) The Haitian people are no strangers to voicing the injustices they’ve been subjected to over hundreds of years; today is no different. 

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  • The Value of Dignity

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek May 06, 2020

    This is my second year working at the J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, where I serve as chaplain and associate professor of Christian Studies. My family still lives four hours away in the city of Kobe. When my son graduates from high school this June the family will move to Tokyo. I am very much looking forward to all of us living together again.

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