Mission Stories

  • Reflecting on COVID-19 in Indonesia

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Apr 01, 2020

    The following was sent by mission co-worker in Indonesia, Karen Campbell-Nelson, in response to an email sent to all mission co-workers from Global Ministries Co-Executives, Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson.

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  • Stress Fractures

    By: Nishan Bakalian Mar 31, 2020

    In late January at 1 a.m., not far from where we live, a long-dilapidated, stone building reflective of Beirut’s architectural heritage collapsed into rubble. It was not without warning; eight years earlier the municipality had ordered the owner to refurbish it. But in recent days ominous cracks appeared, and, providentially with no loss of human life, most of the structure tumbled onto the street. Its sidewalk-level breakfast shop remained intact with the lights still on, yet unusable.

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  • COVID-19 in Hong Kong

    By: Judy Chan Mar 31, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    In late December, Hong Kong was becoming aware of reports from mainland China about a dangerous new virus that was rapidly spreading, especially in the Wuhan area. Immediately, this brought back memories of the panic of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Over 1700 people were diagnosed with SARS in Hong Kong and 299 died. That is a death rate of 17%.

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  • Keeping in Touch with God

    By: Fiona Kendall Mar 30, 2020

    I understand that a number of you have been inquiring about what life is like for a mission co-worker in one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.

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  • Pray with Dominican Republic Sunday, April 5, 2020

    By: Kaitlin Thompson Mar 30, 2020

    Dominican_Republic_Kaitlin_Thompson_IMG_2604.jpgLectionary Selection:  Matthew 26:14-27

    Prayers for the Dominican Republic:

    Dear Heavenly Creator,

    As we approach the joyous occasion of celebrating your son and our living savior's resurrection let us not forget the evening in the upper room when Jesus gathered to break bread with his disciples. Be with us in every breaking of bread as you were with Jesus and the 12 disciples all those years ago. God, as we approach a...Read more...


  • Covered in Prayer

    By: Kahala Cannon Mar 26, 2020

    All over the world, people battle serious illnesses, terminal diseases, and life-altering circumstances.  Some have a wonderful support system of family and friends, whereas others have less support or seem to walk their journey alone. In Eswatini, the Prayer Shawl Ministry reminds those men and women that there is a group of women who journey with them through prayer regardless of their support structure.

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  • Living out Presence

    By: Debbie Colvin Mar 25, 2020

    As I walk into the Dzake Clinic, I am greeted by patients waiting to be seen.  I take my seat at the Triage table and start to check in my next patient. He is a beautiful 12-month-old named Samson. His Grandmother has brought him in because he has been vomiting and not able to eat for a day.

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  • Exam Time!

    By: Larry Colvin Mar 24, 2020

    The semester comes to a close, and then comes the dreaded examination week. Dreaded by whom? The students dread exam week, but at least for this lecturer, it is a dreaded time as well. Well, maybe I should say the preparation of the examinations is the dreaded part.

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  • Children’s Trial Against Radiation Exposure

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Mar 24, 2020

       Nine years had passed since the nuclear disaster in Japan. It was a grey and dreary day as I got off the bus in front of the Fukushima High Court to meet my friend Terumi who is one of the co-representatives of the “Children’s Trial Against Radiation Exposure.”

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  • Leeto la Thapelo 2019

    By: Danielle Murry-Knowles Mar 23, 2020

    January marked a year since we arrived in Lesotho. And as we’ve revisited our memories from the past year, one event, in particular, stands out: Leeto la Thapelo. Leeto la Thapelo, which literally means “Journey of Prayer,” is the biggest event of the year for the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), our partner organization.

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