Mission Stories

  • Listen to the Mangos Fall

    By: Gary Luallin Jul 08, 2013

    In my first week in Ghana the school’s driver told me that he would park and wait for me under the mango tree.  I replied that I didn’t know what a mango tree looked like.  Well after living through a mango season I will never forget what a mango tree looks like.  They are large leafy trees that are great for shade.  They grow fruit at the end of an eight-inch stem and it appears that someone has decorated the...Read more...


  • Pray for Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 14, 2013

    By: Julianna Nitz Jul 07, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Amos 7:7-17

    Prayers for Sri Lanka:

    Uniting God, it is in You that we are all able to come together as your people, without hierarchies, boundaries or divisions.

    Help us seek out ways to better unite our communities.

    Urge us on our journey to be your disciples.

    Persuade us to reach out to that unknown or unfamiliar person in our midst.

    Cheer us...Read more...


  • Pray for Guatemala on Sunday, July 7, 2013

    By: Gloria Vicente Canú Jul 02, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: 2 Kings 5: 1-14

    Prayers for Guatemala:

    Creator God, builder and teacher,

    We invoke you today and give thanks to you for the gift of life and the lives of our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.  We give thanks for the gift of memory that helps us remember the thousands of Guatemalan victims of war.

    Help us restore our flesh, our spirit...Read more...


  • World Refugee Day Hong Kong

    By: Judy Chan Jun 27, 2013

    Each year on June 20th, the United Nations and many civic groups celebrate World Refugee Day. Hong Kong is no stranger to refugee and asylum seeker issues. The history of Hong Kong is also a history of different waves of refugees.

     

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  • Pray for Lebanon on Sunday, June 30, 2013

    By: Marcy Gansler Jun 24, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14

    Prayers for Lebanon:
    God of Love and Peace,

    We have come again to seemingly unfamiliar ground. Unsure of the path ahead we entrust in you our faith that a way might be made from no way. As the seemingly unconquerable divisions continue to appear to divide us, may you remind us that in you we are one. In this time...Read more...


  • Pray for Laos on Sunday, June 23, 2013

    By: Nicole Betteridge Jun 17, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: 1 Kings 19: 1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

    Prayers for Laos:
    Our loving & gracious God,
    We are reminded of your daily presence in our lives through the relationships we build with the people around us, particularly the Lao. We thank you not only for providing us with your abundant love, stillness, solidarity, and grace, but also your peace, comfort in times of challenges and distress, as well as those moments...Read more...


  • Pray for Mexico on Sunday, June 16, 2013

    By: Kathleen Moyer Jun 10, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: I Kings 17:8-16

    Prayers for Mexico:
    God our Rock, our Refuge in times of trouble, and the One who has brought us to this day , we give thanks for the continuing signs of your presence in our world.  Help us respond in gratitude that we may love our neighbor, be they next door, in Mexico, or elsewhere in  your world.  Help us to make your beloved...Read more...


  • The Journey

    By: Victor Makari Jun 03, 2013

    The journey from Bethlehem to Jerusalem is approximately 10 kilometers (ca. 7 miles); yet it holds the full story of our faith: from the promise of a Savior fulfilled in the birth of Jesus, to his work of atonement on the cross, to his glorious resurrection and ascension, to the birth of the church that gathers in peoples of every tongue and race. It is here we are living; and while living here, its full...Read more...


  • Pray for Botswana on Sunday, June 9, 2013

    By: Jayanthi Wilson Jun 03, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: 1 Kings 17: 8-16 (17-24)

    Prayers for Botswana:
    Dear gracious and loving God,

    Help us to see every new day as an opportunity to transform our lives for the better and to make this world a better place for others. Help us to be inwardly open to what you have for us today…..Let us remember the people of Botswana- the United Congregational Churches of Southern Africa (UCCSA),...Read more...


  • Interview with Kim and Erik Free

    By: Erik Free May 30, 2013

    Meeting a critical presence request by the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, Kim and Erik Free were approved as missionary candidates to serve a full four year term working in rural Mozambique as a health worker and local minister, pending financial support for this position. UPDATE: As of February 24, 2014, more than $36,000 has been raised toward the goal of $50,000 for the first year of their missionary appointment! To make a contribution to their work you may give onlineRead more...



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