By: Anil Henry Mar 23, 2015
Ashes 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...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Mar 23, 2015
Lectionary Text: John 12:12–16
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.
How did you change so quickly in our eyes, in our minds, in our hearts?Read more...
By: Daniel Lee Mar 20, 2015
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
By: Mark Behle Mar 17, 2015
“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...
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...
By: Magyolene Carolina Rodríguez Cabello Mar 16, 2015
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...
By: Marilyn Cooper Mar 16, 2015
Lectionary 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...