By: Global Ministries May 28, 2014
Romania does not have a history of support for special needs adults or their families. Where the need is due to physical limitations, mental or emotional limitations or some combination, once the individual turns 16 they and their families are on their own. For many families this means someone must stay at home with the family member OR the family member is left strictly on their own. For those without family support the streets are usually the only option.Read more...
By: Martha Mensendiek May 27, 2014
Japan has been a major country of destination for human trafficking, especially into its notorious sex industry. Women and children are trafficked to Japan for commercial sexual exploitation from China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. The majority of identified trafficking victims are foreign women who migrate to Japan with hopes of working and sending remittances to their families back home. Upon arrival however, they are subjected to debt bondage and forced prostitution. Debts of up...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek May 27, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 17:1–11
Prayers for Japan:
“Protect them,” Jesus prayed in his last hours. “Protect them because they believe.” On this day we lift up the small and yet vital church in Japan, and all of the people to whom they minister. We lift up the children of Fukushima who are exposed to high levels of radiation. We lift up all people who are made to feel...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail May 19, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 14:15–21
The following is a call and response prayer. It begins with a piece of writing from the website, When I Return. May is the month that the state of Israel celebrates its independence and Palestine the Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe” of 1948) that led to over 750,000 people being forcibly removed from their homes and land. The writing speaks to what it will be like...Read more...
By: Mark Behle May 12, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Acts 7:55–60
Prayers for Lesotho:
This day we lift up in prayer our partner church in Lesotho, the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). We give thanks for their past 50 years of ministry since “coming of age” under Basotho leadership in 1964 after being nurtured by the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society since 1833. We pray for strong leaders who can lead the LECSA forward in...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel May 11, 2014
"I have lived in shalom!" Milca was bubbling with excitement when we met at the Shalom Center after she had spent two weeks volunteering with the Chilean National Forest Service. I have accompanied this vivacious and talented college student, a committed member of the the Pentecostal Church of Chile, in her spiritual walk from the time she was fourteen and began attending camp at the Shalom Center.Read more...
By: Xuyen Dangers May 06, 2014
On April 12, 2014, forty social work graduates celebrated the service and work of Xuyen Dangers, Global Ministries mission personnel, who will retire in May. Those present were part of the first four classes of social workers to graduate from the Social Work and Development Program at the National University of Laos, the only program of its kind in the country.
By: Rebecca Hardin-Nieri May 05, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:42–47
Prayers for Costa Rica:
God of the howler monkey, quetzal, and mighty fig strangler tree, loving Lord of the orphan, coffee bean picker, child prostitute, dairy farmer, politician, priest and cab driver, your creation is so vast and diverse. Costa Rica is but a small part of your world and yet it contains an incredible amount of diversity. Perhaps this country and within it the area of Monteverde...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Apr 29, 2014
In 1964, two years prior to Lesotho becoming an independent nation, the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society formally handed over the leadership of its mission church in Lesotho, the Church of Basutoland, to the Basotho people. This event was known as the church’s Thuthuho or “Coming of Age”. The event marked the beginning of a new era and the church took on the name of the Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC), which last year was changed to the Lesotho Evangelical Church in...Read more...
Decorah’s Nicole Betteridge describes her experiences in Southeast Asia as a mission intern for Global Ministries
By: Nicole Betteridge Apr 29, 2014
“Ultimately, human beings are all the same, equally important and loved, but different in such areas as what we define as home, what language we communicate in, what we eat for food each day, or where we find/buy clothes. In the end, we live differently, but at the core are all the same.”Read more...
-- From Nicole Betteridge’s blog post, September 2, 2012, before embarking on a 14-month stay in Laos.