By: Andy Jepson Apr 30, 2018
How do you describe 2 years of life in Sri Lanka as volunteer missionaries? A lifetime in American culture gave us assumptions and habits that make us as different to and from Sri Lankans as they and their culture are different to and from us. That was an ever-present lesson, one that made us constantly grateful for the patience of people who created a space of acceptance and love where we shared ‘citizenship.’ We all accepted that cultural differences challenged...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Apr 30, 2018
St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church
April 15, 2018
You are within us and among us, O Christ,
as the one who is alive for ever.
In the sorrow and the the sufferings of our lives you are with us
as the one who holds the key of new beginnings.
There is no ending in the world.
There is no fear in our lives.
There is no despair in our hearts,
that your living presence cannot unlock.
You are within us and...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Apr 30, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 15:9-17
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, your Son gave a new commandment to his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion: “Love one another as I have loved you.” The disciples already knew the great commandments to love God and neighbor. Now Jesus makes crystal clear what more that love requires courage, passion, and the willingness to sacrifice our very lives to bring about Your reign of...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Apr 24, 2018
Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun.
Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them!
On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them.
And I thought the dead, who have already died,
more fortunate than the living, who are still alive;
but better than both is the one who has not yet been,
and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Then I saw that all toil and...Read more...
By: Ha-un Priscilla Yang Apr 23, 2018
Lectionary Selection: 1 John 4:7-21
Prayers for Hungary:
Thank you for the gift of love. Thank you for your indiscriminate acceptance of all people. Sometimes it is hard to understand, accept, and love those who are different, and sometimes there is fear because of the differences. Fill our hearts with your love. Open our hearts and minds to the new perspectives and help us to see the similarities...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Apr 16, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 10:11-18
Prayers for Mexico:
Today we pray for Mexico, caught in the shadow between light and darkness.
In the womb where nativity waits,
In the grey fog before dawn,
In the curve of the tunnel hiding the exit,
In time suspended, half-way, no longer there, not yet beyond.
Between despair and hope shared,
but not yet fulfilled.
Between fear and courage opening its wings
but not yet alight.
Between sadness and joy bubbling up from the depths
but not yet overflowing.
Between suffering...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Apr 12, 2018
B’tselem’s new report on the violation of the rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military Courts
On March 19th B’Tselem, one of Global Ministries partners in Israel/Palestine, held a press conference to launch its new report, Minors in Jeopardy: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military Courts. I went to the press conference because the YWCA of Palestine centers its work on youth and women and I wanted to learn more about the legal system that...Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Apr 09, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 24:36b-48
Interfaith Cooperation Forum fosters understanding and respect for other faiths and cultures in...Read more...
By: Lauren Robinson Apr 04, 2018
It feels as though time is moving faster now, in the second half of my year of service. I reside in the Philippines, within the Visayas region in Dumaguete City. Dumaguete is a small yet bustling city and is well-known throughout the Philippines for Silliman University, a world-renowned University.Read more...
By: Monica Liddle Apr 02, 2018
World Health Day is April 7. What does it look like to be working in a church partner-supported clinic in Lospalos, East Timor, in 2018?
Including myself, Clinic Imanuel Lospalos is staffed with six women. Amena Cristovao was trained at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota, as a medical laboratory technician. She is now responsible for managing the clinic TB program, from making the sputum smears, identifying positive cases through microscopy,...Read more...
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