Mission Stories

  • Refugees Seeking Safe Place to Call Home

    By: Judy Chan Jul 09, 2014

    Hong Kong is no stranger to refugee and asylum seeker issues. Many residents today were refugees or children of refugees fleeing mainland China in the late 1940s when Hong Kong was still under British rule. More recently, Hong Kong was a Port of First Asylum for Vietnamese refugees from 1975-1998, receiving more than 200,000 people from Vietnam who were housed in both open and closed camps. During the final years of the Vietnamese refugee era, public opinion on the issue...Read more...


  • My Host Named Lebanon

    By: Andrew Long-Higgins Jul 08, 2014

    With a tug on my sleeve I turn to face a boy, maybe 14, with an old coffee can under one arm and a wooden polishing kit in the other. Hands dirty and a face thin, he points to himself and says, "I Mahmoud. Suri. Aleppo. Polish? Little money? Schawarma?" Despite my own polishing moments before I left my room, I agree for a touch up. Carefully rolling up my pant leg just above my ankle, Mahmoud begins to carefully...Read more...


  • Pray for Turkey on Sunday, July 13, 2014

    By: Alison Stendahl Jul 07, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Genesis 25:19–34

    Prayers for Turkey:
    This week we pray for the people of the Republic of Turkey and for those who find themselves escaping to Turkey as refugees. As hundreds of thousands of refugees find themselves leaving their homes, whether due to war, economic hardship or fear for their lives, we pray for a roof over their heads and food to eat. We lift up the Turks who are on...Read more...


  • Know Thyself

    By: Judy Chan Jun 30, 2014

    When people learn that I grew up in Mississippi, there is often a look of surprise. Then a laugh. Then the inevitable comment – “You’ve come a long way from Mississippi!” In some ways, it’s true. I live in Hong Kong, China so I am a long way from the place of my birth. But in other ways, growing up in the Deep South continues to affect the way I think and respond.

     

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  • Pray for India on Sunday, July 6, 2014

    By: Kahala Cannon Jun 30, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67

    Prayers for India:
    O God, you are marvelous in all of your ways. Our hearts are filled with plans, but your purpose prevails.  You, in your infinite wisdom, have chosen us at this specific time and place to accomplish your purpose. You offer a Psalm“…if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold...Read more...


  • Pray for Philippines on Sunday, June 29, 2014

    By: Matthew Fehse Jun 23, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40–42

    Prayers for Philippines:
    Holy One, we welcome your prophets and messengers. We welcome those who know that they are gifted and those who want to be. Let us find your reward in the welcome we hear together. Satisfy our thirst to feel your love here and now.

    Mission Stewardship Moment from Philippines:
    In the Philippines, non-renewable energy sources like coal are significant. Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power available and...Read more...


  • Pray for the Philippines on Sunday, June 29, 2014

    By: Matthew Fehse Jun 23, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40–42

    Prayers for Philippines:

    Holy One, we welcome your prophets and messengers. We welcome those that know that they are gifted and those that want to be. Let us find your reward in the welcome we hear together. Satisfy our thirst to feel your love here and now.

    Mission Stewardship Moment from Philippines:
    In the Philippines, non-renewable energy sources like coal are significant.  Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power...Read more...


  • Pichu's Life

    By: Adam Royston Jun 22, 2014

    Close your eyes. Imagine an underage sex worker, a victim bought and sold for the pleasure of other people. Now open them. Was the person you imagined a girl?

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  • Karamoja

    By: Joel Cooper Jun 18, 2014

    There is a saying in Uganda pertaining to the Northeast region of the country, known as Karamoja: “We shall never wait for Karamoja to develop.” Here, CWS Africa, along with the other members of Together Coalition, attempt what many consider impossible.

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  • Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, June 22, 2014

    By: Laura Jean Torgerson Jun 16, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24–39

    Prayers for Nicaragua:
    Loving God, whose eye is on the sparrow, you number the hairs on each head, you care for each one of us, your children.  Help us to treat one another with the awareness that each one is precious in your sight. Open our eyes to the consequences of our choices and our living.  Give us wisdom to see what is spiritually damaging, especially when it is disguised...Read more...



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