Mission Stories

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, October 7, 2018

    By: Jerri Handy Oct 01, 2018

    mexico_jerri_handy_01.jpgLectionary Selection:Mark 10:35-45

    Prayers for Mexico:

    On this World Communion Sunday, oh God of love and mercy, may we open our hearts, not only, to the reality of your love for us as individuals beloved, but also, to your call to serve. As we come to your table to share this meal of bread and cup; open our hearts, our minds, our arms to the life-giving ritual where everyone in welcome.

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  • Lekil Kuxlejal - The dream of the good life

    By: Elena Huegel Sep 25, 2018

    Mexico_EHuegel_1.JPGIndigenous Peoples' Day, 2018

    A few months ago, those of us in the area of Theology and Spirituality of the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research here in Chiapas were discussing the vision with which we live our individual and collective lives. jPetul (Peter in the Tseltal Mayan language) explained the Mayan concept of "lekil kuxlejal," which means to be well and at peace with oneself, one's family and...Read more...

  • Rice Christians, School Muslims

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Sep 25, 2018

    indonesia_karen_KN.pngIn July this year, in Oe Ue, a remote village in East Amanuban Sub-district of South Central Timor, 19 Christians, many of them children, recited syahadat. This is the basic confession by which one becomes a Muslim: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is His Prophet.”.A video of the event was posted on social media and news of the conversions went viral. The reaction of Christians, members of GMIT...Read more...

  • Communion in a Time of Ebola - Democratic Republic of Congo

    By: Paul Turner Sep 25, 2018

    DR_Congo_Paul_Turner_20180617_104534.jpegThe news on May 8th that confirmed cases of Ebola were present in the Equator Province of DR Congo just 50 miles outside the city of Mbandaka was paralyzing. The Ebola virus is one the deadliest on the planet with no known cure. That second Sunday in May, the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) began to mobilize to increase awareness and equip medical facilities to treat the victims and...Read more...

  • A Blessing from Cuba

    By: Elena Huegel Sep 25, 2018

    The congregation forms a circle large enough to include everyone. Each person either places their hand on the head of the person to their right or their right palm on the back of the left hand of the person to the right.


  • Timor-Leste: On-going Challenges

    By: Tom Liddle Sep 25, 2018

    Timor-Leste is facing what seem like insurmountable challenges these days.  I’ll mention three things that touch the daily lives of people here and ask for your prayers.


  • A Week of Growth

    By: Ha-un Priscilla Yang Sep 24, 2018

    St. Columba’s Scottish Mission held the annual English Day Camp 2-6 July 2018. This week proved to be a week of much growth in confidence, self-esteem, and friendship.


  • Pray with Zambia on Sunday, September 30, 2018

    By: Robert Breckenridge Sep 24, 2018

    Zambia_Robert_Breckenridge_image001.jpegLectionary Selection:  Mark 9: 38-50

    Prayers for Zambia:

    Lord of all,

    In your great mercy, forgive us our many failures. Some of us enjoy such bounty - comfort, leisure, wealth, education and more - but we neglect to look, see and assist those ‘little ones’ who struggle in want, perched precariously on the precipice of despair.

    Bless your servants in Zambia and in the United Church of Zambia.


  • CDCC Welcomes End of Ebola Crisis, But Remains Vigilant

    By: Paul Turner Sep 21, 2018

    On July 24th, The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the end of the Ebola crisis in DR Congo. The Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) welcomed the news after employing an “all hands on deck” approach to the May 8th announcement that the Ebola virus was present in the Equator Province. 


  • A Year Later - Restoring the Ruins

    By: Cara McKinney Sep 20, 2018

    Mexico_Cara_McKinney_DSC_0042b.jpgOne year ago, on the night of September 7, 2017, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake roughly roused us from our slumbers and sent us running for the streets, patios, stairs, and open spaces. The earthquake left many communities in rubble and left all of us waking in the middle of the night fearing another aftershock.


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