Mission Stories

  • I see you!

    By: Elena Huegel Apr 07, 2020

    In one of my trauma awareness classes, we watched a now-classic test on perception.  It is a video where watchers are asked to count basketballs thrown amongst players dressed in white and black t-shirts.  Most people concentrate on counting the moving balls and fail to notice a big, chest-thumping, gorilla walking across the court.


  • United Under the Headship of Jesus Christ

    By: Fritz-Gerald Joseph Apr 06, 2020

    The Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church (EEAM) in Morocco, a partner of the Disciples and United Church of Christ through Global Ministries, are doing tremendous work for the betterment of human beings and Christians on this part of the world. On a daily basis, men and women, young and old are working to make this country a better place for everyone. A lot has been done for the unity of the Body of Christ on interfaith dialogue and...Read more...

  • Pray with East Timor Sunday, April 12, 2020

    By: Tom Liddle Apr 06, 2020


    Lectionary Selection:  John 20:1-18

    Prayers for East Timor:

    God of all newness, as we face a world of suffering and injustice, despair and cynicism, awaken us to the hope found in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Energize us by the power of your Holy Spirit for the renewal of the world. We pray especially for partners in the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). We rejoice in the...Read more...

  • It’s All Greek To Me

    By: Fiyori Kidane Apr 03, 2020

    “It’s all Greek to you, eh?” one of my co-workers joked to me after witnessing three different conversations happening simultaneously in front of me. It was my first week in Katerini and at that point, I knew very little to no Greek so I understood nothing that was happening in front of me. I’ve been told by many people that I have a very expressive face. Poker is not my strong suit and I fully believe that my face completely...Read more...


    By: Dustin Riebel Apr 02, 2020

    Lists everywhere…lists for packing, our dogs, our house, our cars, lots of goodbyes, and finally our travel arrangements. It all became a blur once we touched down in Guatemala City. Our life went from very hectic to very simple in a matter of a few hours. It has been an adjustment for sure, but even after leaving our precious family, friends, and dogs, we have been able to remain full of gratitude for this...Read more...

  • A Different Flight into Egypt

    By: Sean Amato Apr 01, 2020

    The city of Cairo is approximately 1,191 square miles – roughly the same size as Rhode Island, the diminutive locale where I and about a million others have lived for most of our lives. For many people in the Ocean State, a twenty-minute trip in the car is often “a little too much;” taking the highway to Boston may elicit gasps or groans and travel outside of New England is spoken of in hushed, aggrieved tones.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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%.


  • 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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