Mission Stories

  • Pray with Colombia on Sunday, December 17, 2017

    By: Michael Joseph Dec 11, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43

    Prayers for Colombia:

    colombia1.jpgLoving God,

    Today we pray for the country of Colombia and our partners in mission there. Over the past year they have been actively engaged with the implementation of the peace accords between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas that brought an end to fifty years of war. We pray that their calls for peace and justice may be heard.

    We also...

  • Feast of Saint Barbara. Eid al Burbara

    By: Loren McGrail Dec 04, 2017


    According to tradition, Burbara (Barbara in English) was the daughter of the pagan Dioscurus. On discovering that she became a Christian, her father tried to kill her, but she was miraculously transported out of his reach. Dioscurus denounced her to the authorities. Despite being tortured, she refused to denounce her faith. Her father killed her and was immediately struck by lightning and reduced to ashes. As a result of her father's...Read more...

  • Roots Planted in Wolverhampton

    By: Allison Trezona Dec 04, 2017

    United_Kingdom_Allison_2.pngAfter living in England for about 2 months, I have adjusted very well to my work schedule, made new friends, and know exactly the latest time I can leave the house to catch the train in time!

    This is my work schedule so you can get a sense of my daily life.



  • Correct Everything that Stands Against Love

    By: Loren McGrail Nov 30, 2017



        Love. Love God, love neighbor. This is the message this Reformation Sunday; the day we celebrate the founding of our

    Protestant faith; the day we remember when religious dogma was challenged and changed.

         Love, God. Love your neighbor. All the law and prophets depend on these two intertwined and entangled commandments.

       “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and...Read more...

  • Pray with Hong Kong on Sunday, December 3, 2017

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Nov 27, 2017

    Hong_Kong_Bruce_Van_Voorhis_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Mark 13: 24-37

    Prayers for Hong Kong:

    On this first day of Advent, Lord, we are watching and waiting to celebrate your birth and your life among us. We are in much need for your presence and your teachings in our world today. We already feel like the days of tribulation in Mark 13:24 have arrived, that the sun and moon are already dark and lifeless, that the stars...Read more...

  • Pray with Sri Lanka on Sunday, November 26, 2017

    By: Andy Jepson Nov 20, 2017

    sri_lanka_lindley_kinerk_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46

    Prayers for Sri Lanka:

    Gracious God, we thank and praise you for the many ways you offer us to be your people – hands and feet, listening hearts and inventive minds - to bring your love and creative spirit of help and healing to your people. In a world that seems increasingly to find reasons to solve problems with threats and anger and violence, we cherish your gift...Read more...

  • Blind Justice?

    By: Judy Chan Nov 17, 2017


    Hong_Kong_Fall_2017_(4).jpgOn August 17, three young Hong Kong student protest leaders were sent to jail with terms ranging fromsix to eight months. Nathan Law, Joshua Wong, and Alex Chow had been given community service or a suspended sentence last year for their part in the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations known as the “Occupy/Umbrella Movement”. However, the Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen asked the Hong Kong Court of Appeal to review the earlier sentences, stating...Read more...

  • It Takes Courage

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Nov 14, 2017

    In her seminal work, Texts of Terror (Fortress Press, 1984), Phyllis Trible gives us stories, a methodology, and a perspective for engaging with the Bible in ways that challenge us to admit: “Sad stories do not have happy endings” (p. 2). For example, Hagar is a woman of many “firsts”.

    Hagar is a pivotal figure in biblical theology. She is the first person in scripture whom a divine messenger visits and the only person who dares to name...Read more...

  • Vandalized Again

    By: Loren McGrail Nov 14, 2017


    On the afternoon of September 19th, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, St. Stephens Church was vandalized. Father Martinelli said  they must have come in through the small side gate during a visit of a Russian pilgrim group . They entered past the beautiful 4th century mosaics and went straight to the altar and side chapels and knocked over and broke statues and crosses.


  • Thrown Out

    By: Loren McGrail Nov 14, 2017

    The catastrophe will be that one day I pass the house, after they have kicked us out,

    to see an Israeli flag flying.” Mohammad Shamashneh


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