Mission Stories

  • When Nature Calls

    By: Tom Liddle Nov 14, 2018

    toilet.jpegLospalos, Timor-Leste

    The end of the dry season in Timor-Leste feels a little bit like being in a pressure cooker. From about September through November it gets hotter and more humid until usually sometime in mid-November the clouds finally burst, the rainy season starts, and people get busy planting corn.


  • Toilets in Sorolua

    By: Tom Liddle Nov 14, 2018

    We had a great morning in the village of Sorolua, a small village about 45 minutes from Lospalos. Two years ago Clinic Immanuel started a partnership with this village to do health education and some consultation visiting the village monthly for a year and then decreasing frequency. Part of the program included a “healthy home” project and building some toilets. Clinic staff worked with the village chief to figure out how to make the village “open defecation free.” Families that...Read more...

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, November 18, 2018

    By: Cara McKinney Nov 12, 2018

    Mexico_Cara_McKinney_20181013_104734b.jpgLectionary Selection:  Mark 13:1-8

    Prayers for Mexico

    Mother and Father God,

    Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico as they work towards creating a country where girls can grow up to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Please bring strength and compassion to the people who are fighting for girls’ rights.

    Help us to challenge stereotypes and gender roles in our...Read more...

  • Pray with Kenya on Sunday, November 11, 2018

    By: Bosela Eale Nov 05, 2018

    aacc.pngLectionary Selection: Mark 1:14-20

    Prayers for Kenya:

    Dear God,

    As we gather to worship you, fill us with anticipation and prepare us by your Spirit. Be the first thought in our hearts and help us to be conscious of your direction. Strengthen us for service, nourish us with the bread of life, transform us for mission.

    We know that we have preferred to stay with the questions rather than to look...Read more...

  • Opportunities within my Role

    By: Victoria Peagler Nov 01, 2018

    Dear friends, partners and co-workers of Common Global Ministries,

    It brings me no greater honor than to bring you up-to-date regarding my work at Kgolagano College, Gaborone, Botswana.


  • “Weeping With Those Who Weep”

    By: Judy Chan Nov 01, 2018

    Dear Friends,

    In response to recent disturbing news about the suppression of Christianity in mainland China, the Hong Kong Christian Council held an ecumenical prayer meeting on the evening of October 24. Over 100 persons gathered at the hall of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yaumatei to sing, reflect and pray together for brothers and sisters in the mainland.


  • Mission in Japan: Asian Rural Institute October 2018

    By: Joyce Ray Oct 30, 2018

    japan_ari_joyce_and_bob_ray_08.jpgIn the third week of October, we can feel fall in the air here in Tochigi, Japan. Some days are still warm, but nights are pretty cool. We expected to see changing leaves, but they are still green, and the changes are in the mountains, we hear. September was busy with many visitors – university classes coming to gain experience in organic agriculture, Rotary clubs and women’s groups. Mealtimes were spent...Read more...

  • Mission in Japan: Asian Rural Institute September 2018

    By: Joyce Ray Oct 30, 2018

    japan_ari_joyce_and_bob_ray_01.jpgIn September, 2018, Asian Rural Institute (ARI) life is as we remembered it from 2013 – welcoming smiles, camaraderie, hard work, learning by doing, and everything that comes with a community sharing a common life together. The special blessing of returning is renewing friendships and also meeting a whole new class of participants and volunteers. We are grateful to Global Ministries, an ARI partner for their support.


  • Pray with Colombia on Sunday, November 4, 2018

    By: Michael Joseph Oct 29, 2018

    IMG_20180930_110202.jpegLectionary Selection:  Mark 12:28-34

    Prayers for Colombia:  

    Loving God, today we pray for the country of Colombia and our Global Ministries partners there. Laying down weapons of war after fifty years of internal armed conflict is not easy. But you commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and the people of Colombia are attempting to do just that through a comprehensive peace accord, signed in 2016. Today we pray for...Read more...

  • The Migrant Caravan from Central America/ La Caravana de Migrantes de Centroamérica

    By: Ricardo Mayol Oct 23, 2018

    The phenomenon of mass migration, in which migrants embark on the road and protect themselves, is new. So far, the migrants relied on the help of coyotes, largely linked to criminal networks. They were vulnerable and exposed to kidnappings, extortion, rape, murder, and disappearances. In this new phenomenon, they protect each other and the humanitarian society covers them with gestures of love that are faithful to the gospel (I was a stranger and you took me in... Mt 25:35).


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