Mission Stories

  • Pray for Israel/Palestine on Sunday, April 5, 2015

    By: Victor Makari Mar 30, 2015

    2014_mideast_trip_marcy_dory_jerusalem_03.jpegLectionary Selection: John 20: 1-18 or Mark 16: 1-8

    Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
    Dear Lord: Here we have seen the oppression of your people, their loss of opportunity, possessions, freedom, dignity and hope.  Despair encompasses them as the darkness of your tomb. Who will roll away the stone? Yet, as the sun of this Easter morning rises, the promise of life dawns again and the brightness of your victory, even over death, resurrects their...Read more...

  • Sawasdee Ka! Greetings from Thailand!

    By: Nicole Betteridge Mar 27, 2015

    Thailand_-_karendress.jpgSome of the people reading this article have known me almost my entire life, whereas others may have never met me, or have only known me for a short time. Those who have known me since I was little could attest to my wild imagination and sense of adventure.  One of my favorite activities as a child was packing bags.  Once my bags were packed I would travel behind the sofa, pretending that...Read more...

  • Changes, but many things remain the same

    By: Scott Couper Mar 27, 2015

    While many things have changed, many things remain the same for our family.  Such is 2015, as compared to 2014.  Susan continues to serve Inanda Seminary as its chaplain and Scott continues to serve Inanda Seminary, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. Susan has fulfilled her role as chaplain for 15 years, yet her portfolio continues to expand.  Susan teaches life orientation, an important curriculum within South Africa that...Read more...

  • In the absence of all hope, we cry out our cry of hope

    By: John Buttrick Mar 27, 2015

    Palestine_-_Buttricks_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgIn a shadowed recess of the Palestinian church, a round, shallow, metal container filled with sand holds the lighted candles of worshipper and visitor to the Easter service.  As more candles are lighted and placed in containers around the sanctuary, the darkness of the sanctuary fades. The service engages us with music, words, and movement. People enter, pause to light a taper, and briefly pray before finding a seat in the sanctuary.  The...Read more...

  • Goosebumps and Theology

    By: John Campbell-Nelson Mar 25, 2015

    Indonesia_-_john_campbell_nelson_pic1.jpgAs I write to you, we are in between semesters at Artha Wacana Christian University, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we have a break.  I still have 75 sermons to read from last semester in order to turn in my grades, and thesis supervision for those who are rushing to make deadlines for graduation later this month.  I am also acutely aware that this next semester will be my last before retirement.  The...Read more...

  • Miyawezo! Spring Greetings from Ghana!

    By: Kristine Tisinger Mar 23, 2015

    Ghana_-_Tisinger_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgHappy Independence Day! March 6, 2015 was the 58th anniversary of Ghana’s independence from the United Kingdom. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) has started off 2015 with a lot of changes, including the induction of the new Moderator, the Right Reverend Doctor Seth Agidi. The former Moderator (who acts as the Church President for a 6 year term), the Very Reverend Francis Amenu, had a farewell celebration and the handover church ceremony was...Read more...

  • 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.


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


  • 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


  • 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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