Mission Stories

  • Pray with Kenya Sunday, April 28, 2019

    By: Bosela Eale Apr 22, 2019

    Lectionary Selection:  John: 20:19-31

    Prayers for Kenya:  

    Lord, in our fear and despair, your comfort is always with your people in Kenya and the rest of the African continent. You always intervene in our difficult situations when we have no idea about what will happen.

    Your presence is enough to heal the wounded hearts and make happy those who are sad. Help your people to move from unbelief and believe in your promises. When we are stuck by unbelief or doubt or...Read more...


  • Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, April 21, 2019

    By: Sara Makari Apr 15, 2019

    Israel_Palestine_Sara_Makari_Easter_Sunrise_Service_on_Mt._of_Olives.jpegLectionary Selection: John 20:1-18

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  

    Gracious God, our Heavenly Father, by the resurrection of your beloved Son, Jesus our Lord, you have turned sadness into joy, doubt into faith, anxiety into peace, darkness into light, and despair into hope.

    We pray today for our neighbors in Palestine and Israel who work unceasingly for justice and peace but feel continually defeated by hopelessness, and cannot see light beyond the tunnels of...Read more...


  • Imagine

    By: Ron Dauphin Apr 12, 2019

    Imagine a life very different from yours and mine. Imagine being a teenage girl living in an African nation that is beset with violence and extreme poverty. Your parents are good and loving people, but the circumstances of life are overwhelming.

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  • Broken

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 12, 2019

     This Lenten season, my mind is stuck on an image of a dilapidated house that I saw in Fukushima. The house is still standing, but it is beyond repair. On first sight, it does not look habitable. Yet when evening comes, there is a light that goes on in the kitchen toward the back of the property. The house was damaged by the earthquake eight years ago. The trees in the small yard are overgrown. The front of the house...Read more...


  • Reflections on the Eighth Anniversary of Japan's Triple Disaster: Part 2

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 10, 2019

    March 11, 2019 marked eight years since Japan’s “Triple Disaster.” Communities and individuals are still marked by this disaster and continue the work of healing. Mission Co-worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, shares some reflections from a recent trip he took to Fukushima with Derek Duncan, Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific.  Part one can be found here. This is part two:

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  • Joyful Noises in Zambia

    By: Robert Breckenridge Apr 09, 2019

    One of the aspects of Zambian worship, which has most struck me during my term of volunteer service here, has been the very rich musical life of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).

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  • Pray with Mexico on April 14, 2019

    By: Elena Huegel Apr 08, 2019

    Mexico_2006_Felix_Ortiz_05.jpgLectionary Selection:  Luke 19:28-40

    Prayers for Mexico:  

    We can be kind by David Friedman

    So many things I can't control,
    So many hurts that happen every day.
    So many heartaches that pierce the soul,
    So much pain that won't ever go away.
    How do we make it better?
    How do we make it through?
    What can we do when there's nothing we can do?

                Chorus:

                We can be kind.
                We can take care of each...Read more...


  • When Cultures Meet

    By: Anne Gregory Apr 05, 2019

    Sometimes mission co-c workers get a bad rap. Even back in the 1970s, many Christian groups decided to find a name other than “missionary,” to use for those who feel the call to do the work of the Good News in another culture.

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  • Challenges and Hope

    By: Martha Mensendiek Apr 02, 2019

    2018 was a tumultuous year in many ways. Personally, I had to say goodbye to several dear friends, one of whom was Teruko Enomoto, the founder of the Bazaar Café. 

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  • Welcoming the Stranger and Loving the Neighbor

    By: Kearstin Bailey Apr 02, 2019

    The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.

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