Mission Stories

  • Migrating Towards Our New Realities

    By: Cara McKinney Dec 10, 2018

    At the end of October, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a conference in Mexico City about Migration Theology.


  • Faith and Human Rights: Being Authentic Christians in a Sinful World

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Dec 10, 2018

    Sermon preached at Kowloon Union Church, Second Sunday of Advent and Human Rights Sunday

    Old Testament:   Micah 6:6–8
    Epistle:                 James 1:22–25
    Gospel:                Matthew 22:34–40

    Today, Lord, may the meditations of my heart, of my mind and of my spirit be acceptable and pleasing to you, the God of life that offers peace to all people, and may they express the wisdom you have given to each one of us....Read more...

  • Advent in Lospalos: Part 2

    By: Tom Liddle Dec 05, 2018

    Reflection for Advent 2, December 9, 2018

    Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

    Walking into the Lospalos hospital, we followed a trail of dried blood drops up the stairs, through a hall and across a dirty tile floor to the emergency room. We don’t do x-rays or casts at Clinic Immanuel so a few of us were taking a kid with a broken arm to the government hospital. My colleague put the child on a dingy examination bed. I stepped over some...Read more...

  • The Annunciation: Advent Reflection

    By: Anne Gregory Dec 05, 2018

    the_annunciation.jpegDuring Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee.  She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary.The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”


  • Pray with Israel/Palestine Sunday, December 9, 2018

    By: Global Ministries Dec 03, 2018

    Lectionary Selection:  Luke 3:7-18

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:  


    God Who Hears the Cries of the Oppressed, bring relief to all in the world who suffer the political ruthlessness of a Tiberius, Pilate or Herod, to all who suffer the self-serving religious indifference of an Annas or Caiaphas.

    Move the faithful in churches, synagogues and mosques, along with people of good will, to prepare your way, to fill every valley with justice, to...Read more...

  • La posada

    By: Elena Huegel Nov 30, 2018

    At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported  me back to my early childhood at the Theological Community in Mexico City.  There were "tejocotes" (the internet translates this fruit as the Mexican hawthorne), cinnamon sticks, "piloncillo" (blocks of distilled and hardened sugar cane), tangerines, raw sugar cane, raisins and tamarind fruit, the ingredients for the Mexican Christmas hot punch, neatly arranged in preparation for the coming of advent. I...Read more...

  • Sewing It All Together

    By: Michelle McKay Nov 30, 2018

    Meet Denis.

    Student. Seamstress. Business Owner. Visionary.


  • Advent in Lospalos: Part 1

    By: Tom Liddle Nov 28, 2018

    Reflection for Advent 1, December 2, 2018

    Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21:25-36

    It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m walking up a rocky trail to the house of a family of Immanuel Church. As I get closer, I see a huge blackened pot sitting atop a cooking fire. Smoke from the fire wafts in the breeze and drifts off over the top of a barren hill. The mom comes out to tend the fire. She is likely boiling cassava or taro, both staple foods...Read more...

  • !UNO!

    By: Larry Colvin Nov 28, 2018

    It was a hot day. Well, let’s face it, in Ghana every day is hot. On this day, however, the electricity had gone out rending any cooling effect our fans might give - void. The house heated up as the day continued and to seek some relief, we made a move to the front porch.


  • Because They Know Who We Are

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Nov 26, 2018

    Having grown up as an American in Japan, one of my great passions is to be a bridge for people who want to encounter new cultures. This month we had a group of ten people from Los Angeles, led by Mike Okamura of Altadena Community Church UCC. They visited our partner church, the Kyodan, to learn about issues facing the Japanese church, and to visit specific projects and ministries. Mike’s relatives live in Fukushima. He was particularly interested in taking...Read more...

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