Mission Stories

  • International Day of the Girl - October 2017

    By: Susan Valiquette Oct 10, 2017

    Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. 

    –Former President of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela 

    Educate a woman, you educate a nation.

     –Former deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

    Inanda_Seminary.jpegInanda Seminary, an all-girls secondary high school in Durban, South Africa, has equipped girls with the ‘weapon’ of education for nearly 150 years and is leading the way currently...Read more...

  • Pray with Kenya on Sunday, October 15, 2017

    By: Bosela Eale Oct 10, 2017

    Kenya_Eale_2017_02.jpgLectionary Selection: Matthew 22:1-14

    Prayers for Kenya:

    God of life, lead Africa to peace, justice, and dignity.

    We know that you can do it, you can use us, for peace, justice, and dignity.

    We are deeply saddened at the turn of events in South Sudan since its independence, including the killings and unrest leading to a continual displacement of populations inside South Sudan and across borders to neighboring countries – the...Read more...

  • Back in Lospalos

    By: Monica Liddle Oct 10, 2017

    Hannah is back with us in Lospalos after 8 weeks in America visiting family and friends. She tells us that she really loved her time in the States, and she sees that there is so much more opportunity in America than there is here in Timor.  And still, she loves her lifestyle here: laid back, not worried about the petty school-yard mishaps that she imagines would rule her teenage world back in the States.  For Tom and me, to hear...Read more...

  • Staying Indigenous: The Challenge of Maintaining Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Indonesia

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Oct 09, 2017

    It isn’t easy to be one nation with 17,000 islands, 1,300 ethnic groups, 450 languages, and multiple religions. Indonesia’s early founders recognized the need for a uniformity of vision and identity that included opposition to centuries of Dutch colonial rule, a common language and currency, one flag, and a national ideology known as Pancasila, “five pillars”. However, as evidenced during former President Suharto’s 31-year dictatorship, abuses can occur in the name of national unity. The government’s repeated refusal to acknowledge...Read more...

  • Fireflies

    By: Elena Huegel Oct 04, 2017

    It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
    The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
    We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
    enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
    saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
    No statement says all that could be said.
    No prayer fully...

  • 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...

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