Mission Stories

  • Ashes to ashes and dust to dust...

    By: Anil Henry Mar 23, 2015

    India_-_Anil___Teresa_Henry_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgAshes to ashes and dust to dust…..on February 13 this year, the Christian community of Bishrampur  (our neighboring village which was one of the oldest missionary setups  in the state of Chattisgarh) laid to rest the ashes of their beloved “missionary kid.”  William Keith Whitcomb, or “Billy Baba” as they loved to call him, came back as a missionary to the same place in which he grew up. Bill Whitcomb was an agriculturist,...Read more...


  • Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, March 29

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Mar 23, 2015

    Lectionary Text: John 12:1216

    Prayers for Hong Kong: 
    Today on this Palm Sunday, Lord, we exalt you as you enter Jerusalem! You are triumphant! You are our savior, our king!

    By the end of the week though, we will call for your crucifixion.

    Why?

    How did you change so quickly in our eyes, in our minds, in our hearts?

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  • June 2015: Black Robes and Palm Oil

    By: John Campbell-Nelson Mar 20, 2015

    And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2,3

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  • May 2015: Connected Through Christ

    By: Daniel Lee Mar 20, 2015

    En español

    We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. Romans 8:28

    The first ten students enrolled in the Studies of Ecumenism and Social Transformation (SEST) program at the Graduate School of Theology at Hanshin University graduated last June. The students, from six Asian countries, each earned a Masters in Theology degree after writing and defending their master’s thesis.

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  • Death Penalties

    By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Mar 17, 2015

    Karen Campbell-Nelson serves with the Evangelical Church of West Timor as a Professor. Her appointment is supported by your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Disciple's Mission Fund, Our Church's Wider Mission and your special gifts.

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  • Unity and Peace

    By: Mark Behle Mar 17, 2015

    Lesotho_-_flowers.jpg“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)

    With over 20 political parties to choose from, there is not much chance of finding unity of choice among the voters in Lesotho.  However, in the recent elections held at the end of February there does seem to have been a united commitment for a peaceful process and for that we can all give thanks...Read more...


  • A Phenomenal Experience

    By: Alison Stendahl Mar 16, 2015

    My 6 months of traveling and speaking upon my return from Turkey has come to an end. It has been a phenomenal experience for me as I have been privileged to meet and interact with so many people within the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ, throughout the country. It has also amazed me, as I reflect upon these past months, how therapeutic and integrative it has been for me personally, to have had the opportunity to...Read more...


  • What are your priorities? This is the Story of the Community of Porvenir

    By: Magyolene Carolina Rodríguez Cabello Mar 16, 2015

    Nicaragua_-_Spring_2015_pic1.jpg

    En espanol

    There are still places on earth that do not have the basics of life. That is the reality that many Nicaraguans live in this century. Many people live in the mountains of Matagalpa, which is in the north of the country. It is a difficult place in which to grow food.  I do not know if it was a way to find shelter or if it was the hand...Read more...


  • The Raising of a Phoenix named Selina

    By: Phyllis Byrd Mar 16, 2015

    Kenya_-_Photo_II_Kapedo-w_pokot_252.jpgCan a Phoenix really rise out of the ashes? When circumstances in life look hopeless, it is difficult to comprehend how a Phoenix can rise out of fire, renewed and reborn.

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  • Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, March 22, 2015

    By: Marilyn Cooper Mar 16, 2015

    ecuador_1.jpgLectionary Selection: John 12: 20-33

    Prayers for Ecuador:
    God most high yet here with us! We sometimes think you do not care. We are lonely: full of distrust, pain, sadness.  Even your Son endured much, and we are told, for us.

    Why must we die in order to live? Serve instead of being served? Why cannot we be the focus?

    The “prince of this world,” the devil, will be driven...Read more...



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