Mission Stories

  • Standing with the Oppressed

    By: Ricardo Mayol May 08, 2020

    The times during which Jesus was born resemble those of today; they were violent. Herod the Great felt threatened that a king would defy his power, although at that time the king was only a baby. Herod tried to eliminate him and, when he could not find him, unleashed his murderous rage and killed all children under 2 years of age. Joseph and Mary escaped after hearing a voice from God and fled to Egypt to protect their newborn child.

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  • Manifest Destiny

    By: Michelle McKay May 07, 2020

    Protesting. Rioting. Marching. Walking. Those words can conjure any number of images to mind. In Haiti, they are called manifestasyons (“manifestations.”) The Haitian people are no strangers to voicing the injustices they’ve been subjected to over hundreds of years; today is no different. 

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  • The Value of Dignity

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek May 06, 2020

    This is my second year working at the J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, where I serve as chaplain and associate professor of Christian Studies. My family still lives four hours away in the city of Kobe. When my son graduates from high school this June the family will move to Tokyo. I am very much looking forward to all of us living together again.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...



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