Mission Stories

  • Learning Across Borders

    By: Martha Mensendiek May 05, 2020

    Every year, I take my seminar students to the Philippines as part of their course in social work at Doshisha University. For many of the students it is their first experience in a country where most of the population is poor.


  • What do you do?

    By: Leda Zakarison May 05, 2020

    I’ve been in Beirut now for about almost two months, and two of the most common questions I receive from folks here and in the US are 1) are you still in Beirut? and 2) What are you doing there right now?


  • The Kingdom of God Is like a Mustard Seed / El Reino de Dios es semejante a un grano de mostaza

    By: Cindy Moraga-Selva May 04, 2020

    Small Training Initiatives that Make a Difference

    During 2019, the passage from Matthew 13:31-32 took on special significance in the work we do with groups of women, men, and adolescents. We gradually added different initiatives and training proposals to improve our close-friend and community relationships.


  • Pray with Kenya, Sunday, May 10, 2020

    By: Bosela Eale May 04, 2020

    kenya.jpgLectionary Selection:  John 14:1-14

    Prayers for Kenya:  

    Lord, you told us to keep heart and not be troubled knowing that you go to prepare a place for us in the Father’s house. We live in this world as pilgrims, as the nation of Kenya goes through a lot of challenges, economically, socially, and financially, we pray Lord that you help your people put their trust in you and you alone.

    God,...

  • The Golden Jubilee Celebration Begins

    By: Bryan Parrish May 01, 2020

    The week of March 8, 2020, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) began its 50th Golden Jubilee celebration. The theme for the celebration was “Live and Grow in Love” (Ephesians 4:1-16). From the 8th to the 15th of March, ECC organized a series of activities at the Century Cathedral and the Protestant University of Congo to start a year of celebration.


  • Responding in Love

    By: Eleazar Fernandez Apr 28, 2020

    On January 12, 2020, after 43 years since its last eruption (1977), the Taal volcano erupted. An Alert Level 4 was issued and residents within a 14-kilometer radius were ordered to evacuate. This affected towns surrounding the volcano in the province of Batangas and about 459,300 people.


  • Pray with Germany, Sunday, May 3, 2020

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Apr 27, 2020

    germany_1.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 4:14-21

    Prayers for Germany:  

    God of Mercy, Ground of Being,
    when your child Jesus was afraid, knowing the horror that lay in store for him;
    when he was humiliated and tortured;
    when his friends deserted him;
    when he writhed in anguish on a cross designed for a criminal;
    when, no longer able to hold himself up, he suffocated and died –
    I believe you were with him – you suffered his fear, his loneliness,...Read more...

  • I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills

    By: Rachel S. Pellett Apr 23, 2020

    At the end of my second day at Pringle Home for Children, a girl came running to me out-of-breath and with a most desperate, terrified look on her face. She revealed that a 15-year-old girl living with us at Pringle Home for Children had stripped her bed of its linens, snuck to a far corner of the property under the biggest apple tree, and thrown the bedsheets over a high branch to hang herself. Instinctively, I dropped my bag and...Read more...

  • Waiting Patiently and On Arrival

    By: Maria Abigail Hernandez Apr 22, 2020

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)


  • Community and Interdependence

    By: Andrew Larsen Apr 21, 2020

    Larsen__Andrew_image0.jpegWhen I contemplate the upcoming partnership with the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), I always go back to one of the core values of Global Ministries: Community. While this might be an obvious choice when reflecting and anticipating my time in the Philippines, I appreciate how Global Ministries words the value of community. Community is “Building interdependence and unity among all of God’s children.” The key word being...Read more...

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