Mission Stories

  • Worship Liturgy from Mission Coworker Conference (Psalm 131)

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Oct 02, 2017

    Karen Campbell-Nelson, Global Ministries Mission Co-worker in Indonesia, shares a worship liturgy from the 2017 Fall Mission Coworker Conference. The message centers on Psalm 31.

    Worship Liturgy from Karen Campell-Nelson


  • Pray with Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, October 8, 2017

    By: Linda James Oct 02, 2017

    Congo_Linda_James_02b.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 21:33-46

    Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:

    Our Father, who art in Heaven,

    In this vineyard, we call the Democratic Republic of Congo, you have created a land of plenty. There is rich soil for planting. There are rivers, lakes, and an ocean that provide water – the earthly source of life. There is land containing a wealth of minerals. There is a people who are your faithful...Read more...

  • Biblical Themes Run Through It

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Sep 29, 2017

    2017_Sept_newsletter_Small_Souichi_1.pngI want to introduce you to some paintings by Soichi Watanabe, one of Japan’s most internationally known Christian artists. I happen to know him from thirty years ago when we met through a Bible study held at the house of a Christian professor in the city of Sendai. Watanabe’s paintings are special in many ways. First, his paintings are mostly based on biblical themes. Second, you will notice that the contours are...Read more...

  • Call for Christmas Cards to Japan

    By: Global Ministries Sep 27, 2017

    assorted-christmas-cards-1448895398jeQ.jpgLong-term Mission Co-Worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, was instrumental in coordinating humanitarian relief during and in the years following the 2011 Fukushima “Triple Disaster” of tsunami, flooding, and nuclear contamination. Since then he has facilitated an exchange of Christmas cards between U.S. congregations and those of our partner church in Japan. Last year 38 UCC and Disciples churches wrote cards to 86 churches in Japan. Jeffrey’s letter to participating churches is also...Read more...

  • Pray with East Timor on Sunday, October 1, 2017

    By: Tom Liddle Sep 25, 2017

    East_Timor_Vijay_DSCN1927.JPGLectionary Selection: Matthew 21:23-32

    Prayers for East Timor:

    Merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. By the power of your Spirit you send us into the world to witness to the grace and love revealed in your Son. But quite often we do not go. You work vindication and justice for the oppressed and call us to do the same. But quite often we serve you...Read more...

  • Pray with South Africa on Sunday, September 24, 2017

    By: Susan Valiquette Sep 18, 2017

    IMG_0080DawnBarnes.JPGLectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16

    Prayers for South Africa:

    Dear God,

    Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’...Read more...

  • Pray with Israel/Palestine on Sunday, September 17, 2017

    By: Victor Makari Sep 11, 2017

    Masada__Dead_Sea__Qumran_2007_Peter_Makari_011.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 18: (21-35)

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:

    Gracious God, your Word exposes our predisposition to retaliate, seek vengeance and pay evil for evil. Jesus’ picture of the Kingdom to which you invite our citizenship convicts our individual and collective consciences. By his sacrifice, you have shown us the breadth, depth and richness of your mercy, and have granted us forgiveness of all our sins. By the power of your Holy...Read more...

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    By: Global Ministries Aug 28, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 16: (21-28)

    Prayers for Mexico:


    Dear Lord: Help us to walk alongside those who are being crucified daily in the midst of a suffering people. Accompany us as we live today being aware of your presence, Jesus, in every human being, in every circumstance. Let us find you in the walks and ways of the borders, where constant threats, thirst, and hunger are part of the challenge of...Read more...

  • In the Heat of the Summer

    By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 23, 2017

    Lebanon_08_2017_Church_Yard.jpgIt has been an intense, tragic and difficult summer in many places in the world. But here in the sweltering heat of Beirut, teams of young people, in their teens, twenties and thirties, are spending week upon week serving children in refugee camps, overnight conferences and full-day Vacation Bible School programs throughout the city as well as the country. With energy, commitment and creativity, these young people start their planning work months...Read more...

  • Pray for Venezuela on Sunday, August 27, 2017

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 21, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

    Prayers for Venezuela:

    Jornada_Medica__Sanarito-Portuguesa__Nov_10-17_2002_099.jpgOh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.

    In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and...Read more...

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