Mission Stories

  • Greetings

    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...


  • A New Constitution in Cuba: What Lies Ahead?

    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).

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  • In Search of Daily Bread

    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...


  • Pray with Mexico Sunday, March 24, 2019

    By: Carlos Sediles-Real Mar 18, 2019

    Mexico_Carlos_Sediles_66944_o.jpegLectionary 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...


  • “U Sabi Dance O”

    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...


  • Ximena’s Journey

    By: Cara McKinney Mar 12, 2019

    How many of you were the first person in your family to go to college? Or maybe your older sibling or a parent was the first person in your family to go to college. Do you remember what that process was like? How did you prepare? Did you choose a school close to home? Did you have to work while in school?  

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  • Pray with Nicaragua Sunday, March 17, 2019

    By: Jeanette Salley Mar 11, 2019

    Nicaragua_Jeanette_Salley_Children's_Sunday.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 13:31-35

    Prayers for Nicaragua:  

    Oh God our God how excellent is thy name in all the earth! You have prepared a place for us to love one another; to live in harmony; to forgive each other; to recognize your presence with us at all times. However, we confess that in all the earth, sometimes we do not have love in our heart for others. There is no harmony...Read more...


  • New Life and New Projects at Union Theological Seminary

    By: Eleazar Fernandez Mar 08, 2019

    This spring we have had two new projects at the seminary. First, Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines was part of the celebration of the Second Founding Anniversary of Peasants and Church People Movement of Cavite (PCPMC).

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  • Samaritans on the Route of the Migrants

    By: Global Ministries Mar 06, 2019

    The following is a reflection from Dr. Paolo Naso. He is a member of the Waldensian Church, a partner of Global Ministries and director of Mediterranean Hope Refugees and Migrants Program of the Federation of Protestant churches in Italy, also a partner.

    Dr. Naso is spending his sabbatical as a mission co-worker in residence, spending time at United Theological Seminary with his wife Angela researching, lecturing, and itinerating around the United States with Disciple and UCC churches and church-related agencies.

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  • Lent from New Lenses

    By: Aura (Violeta) Rocha-Areas Mar 06, 2019

    “Beware of practicing your piety before others to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,...Read more...



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