Mission Stories

  • Carnaval in Ecuador

    By: Bethany Waggoner May 04, 2015

    Waggoner_pic1.jpgI write this letter as a delinquent. I’m embarrassingly late turning this into the patient folks at Global Ministries, but I admit I’m glad because now I can tell you about the last two weeks. They’ve been fast-paced, medicated, challenging, and travel heavy. They’ve also been two of the best weeks of my life.


  • Completing the Mission

    By: Gary Luallin May 04, 2015

    Luallin__pic1.jpgGraduations are so much fun! To see and feel the joy of someone completing a difficult task or an accomplishment is worthy of celebration! We have reason to celebrate. We have completed the mission in Peki!


  • Walking Along the Path

    By: Henry Brewer-Calvert May 04, 2015

    Brewer-Calvert_pic_Spring_2015.jpgAs I write this, I can hear the laughter. It echoes through the halls of Caminante’s office in a wonderful imitation of the children we serve! Caminante Proyecto Educativo, or Caminante Education Project in English, has a staff of approximately twenty people moving about their schedules with a joy you must experience to fully grasp.  During my first six months here, I have grown synthesized to the team's laughter and singing during surprise...Read more...

  • Pray for India on Sunday, May 10, 2015

    By: Teresa Henry May 04, 2015

    Lectionary Selection: John 15:9-17

    Prayers for India:
    Our loving God, we come into your presence with our hearts full of thanksgiving for the love you have shown us, even though our lives are far from perfect. We thank you and praise you O God, for your eternal love for us.

    We pray for our mission partners in India and ask for your guidance in their respective fields as they try to bring about the much needed change in areas of...Read more...

  • Pray for Hungary on Sunday, May 3, 2015

    By: Barbara Szucs Apr 27, 2015

    Prayers for Hungary:

    Almighty God, our merciful and ever loving parent.

    We praise and glorify your Holy name for your grace, esteem and trust in us for engrafting us into the real vine, into our self-giving, crucified and risen redeemer, Jesus the Christ. With shame we humbly confess that much too often we don’t really want to be His branches, for we are too wrapped up in our own selves and have no time to care about creation or our others. 

    ...

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

    By: Elena Huegel Apr 27, 2015

    (by M.C.E.P as shared with Elena Huegel)

     I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

    My healing process began in 2010.  I was finishing my last year of college and travelled to the Shalom Center for the first trauma healing and resilience development workshop.


  • Cuban Spirituality: What Lies Ahead?

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Apr 27, 2015

    Now that the process of normalizing United States and Cuban diplomatic, political and economic relationships is under way, it is appropriate to reflect on some of the issues that lie ahead, examining the deep spirituality so pervasive in Cuban culture and life. Touching the Cuban life necessitates traveling deep into the spiritual relationship of Cuban faith and culture and the ongoing struggle to define spiritual and cultural identity. This was within a twofold mixture of Spanish/indigenous cultures (mestizaje) and the...Read more...

  • Do You Remember Me?

    By: Mark Behle Apr 27, 2015

    Lesotho_-_Reanetse_Apr_2015.jpg“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)

    Probably most, if not all, of us end up being teachers in some way.  If not by being in the teaching profession, then by raising children, coaching sports or training a colleague at work.  Two of the most satisfying aspects about teaching are seeing your pupils grow in...Read more...

  • Xenophobia and Hypocrisy

    By: Scott Couper Apr 23, 2015

    You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  Matthew 7:5 (NIV)


  • We are First Africans and then South Africans

    By: Susan Valiquette Apr 22, 2015

    In Alexandra, a township near Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Emmanuel Sithole, an African foreigner, pleaded for his life.  He is a Mozambican who was the latest victim of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.  Mr Sithole was stabbed several times, taken to hospital by the journalist team who witnessed the attack and later died in hospital.  The accused caught on camera were charged in court with murder.


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