Mission Stories

  • The Kingdom of Jordan is a unique place

    By: Nathaniel Bailey Apr 21, 2015

    Jordan_-_Bailey_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgThe Kingdom of Jordan is a unique place. As I sit to write, the country is reeling from the shock of the murder of their pilot, Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a brutal event that shocked not only the people of Jordan, but also the world. In the past days, the country has rallied in the streets in memory and protest. F-16 fighter jets have shaken windows as they soar towards battlefields in Syria and...Read more...


  • I Lift Up Mine Eyes

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Apr 21, 2015

    Japan_-_J_Mensendiek_Spr_2015_pic1.jpg“I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come?”  Psalm 121

    The beautiful campus of Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) has captured my heart ever since I started working here in the spring of 2014. The landscaping is exquisite. There is a Japanese garden hidden between classroom buildings and walkways which allow passersby to enjoy the beauty of each season of the year. Most impressive, however, is the...Read more...


  • The moment has arrived

    By: Amelia Casillas Apr 21, 2015

    Paraguay_-_Casillas_Spring_2015_pic1.jpg“Porque De tal manera amo Dios al mundo, que envió a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en El crea no se pierda, sino que tenga la vida eternal” (Juan 3:16).

    The moment has arrived to walk for the pathways that Jesus showed us.  Streets, sidewalks, alleys and avenues.  There are no limits; Jesus came to the world to show us that a new way of life is possible.  The beauty...Read more...


  • Neighborhood Care Points in Swaziland

    By: Terry Hutter Apr 21, 2015

    Swaziland_-_Hutters_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgAs we work with the Neighborhood Care Points (NCPs) here in Swaziland, we are reminded of Jesus’ love for children. Many AIDS orphans are left behind due to the scourge of a terrible disease and of course they are innocent victims. Most of the NCPs are in rural areas that are sometimes hard to reach by car during the rainy season. Each NCP with which we are familiar has 2 “Grannies” who fix...Read more...


  • Pray for Mexico on Sunday, April 26, 2015

    By: Kathleen Moyer Apr 21, 2015

    4-22-2.jpgPrayers for Mexico:

    Loving Creator, on this day we come before you with joyful praise for we acknowledge you as the Source of our being. From you comes everything we need. Your loving care is reflected from shining seas to landscapes in a thousand places.

    We are humbled and gratified that you call us into your loving presence. We are your flock; people who are grateful for what you provide...Read more...


  • Through the Eyes of Children

    By: Kahala Cannon Apr 14, 2015

    India_-_Cannon_IMG_3133.jpgThe beauty of life is seen through the eyes of children all around the world. Just a short walk down the road from Christian Hospital Mungeli is the Rambo Memorial English Medium School (RMEMS). There, you have the vibrant energy of young people, from nursery to 12th standard. As you walk through the halls of the school, you can literally still hear the students’’ laughter and the pattering of feet, long after they...Read more...


  • Search for Peace

    By: Martha Mensendiek Apr 14, 2015

    Japan_-_M_Mensendiek_2015_pic1.jpgJapan’s peace constitution is in danger! The Abe administration has been making steps toward revising Article 9 of its constitution – the article that stipulates that Japan revokes military force.

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  • Congo continues to inspire me

    By: Linda James Apr 14, 2015


    Well, HELLO Spring!  Oh wait, here in Congo, it would go something like:  Well, BONJOUR, Rainy Season!  And let me tell you, it has been warm – with temperatures hovering between 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels at about 90% paired with surprise thunderstorms.  And so it goes 350 miles south of the Equator!

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  • STOP! LOOK! and LISTEN!

    By: Elena Huegel Apr 14, 2015

    The theme at the Shalom Center this last summer (January to March in the southern hemisphere) was traveling along the Pan American highway that stretches from Canada 30,000 miles south to Argentina with a small gap in Central America.  We have been reflecting on the signposts, markers and city names as symbols of the guidance of God in the voyage of our lives.  The small group Bible study areas have been names with villages and towns in Chile that are...Read more...


  • Pray for Thailand on Sunday April 19, 2015

    By: Nicole Betteridge Apr 13, 2015

    thailandprayer.jpgLectionary Selection: Luke 24: 36b-48

    Prayers for Thailand:

    Loving and grace filled God,

    We are grateful for your unconditional love and comfort through all the seasons of our lives. Sometimes we grow frustrated with one another, but we are reminded that our actions and words must carry a sense of patience, justice, harmony, and love despite differences.  Sometime we question ourselves, but we know you are always present with us...Read more...



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