By: Bruce Van Voorhis Jun 09, 2014
In the beginning, Lord, there was nothing until you formed the world. You created all living things, made them dependent upon one another for their life and sustenance and blessed your Creation as good. Today, Lord, we are the descendants of your Creation, the custodians of the ecological balance that sustains and nurtures all life, including ours.Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Jun 09, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Prayers for Kenya:
Creation God, you created Adam and Eve in your image and in perfect health. Yet, we are living in a world where hundreds of thousands die from illnesses that are treatable. We pray for people all over the world who are suffering and cannot afford health care. Amen
Mission Stewardship Moment from Kenya:
The majority of people in Africa, especially those living in...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Jun 08, 2014
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning...” (Ecclesiastes 7:8) Beginnings always have an element of uncertainty. Will things work out? How will this ever get done? How will God provide? Endings provide the opportunity to reflect, evaluate, examine, give appropriate thanks, and then move on. The familiar phrase, “All good things must come to an end”, seems to fit as I write this month’s newsletter. There were and are a number of good things coming to an...Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Jun 06, 2014
Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. Keeping in mind we’re using the term “president” loosely. His 21 years of rule was mired with corruption, human rights violations, severe expansion of the State, and unchecked pilfering of public funds and international foreign aid. Prior to developing this notoriety, Marcos had made a name for himself by leading a vigilant and successful guerrilla force called Ang Maharlika (The Noble) against the Japanese occupation during World War II.Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Jun 05, 2014
Her name was Rista Botha and she returned to her home in West Timor in a coffin. Rista arrived in Kupang on 4 March from the bird’s nest (for soup) factory in North Sumatra, an island on the other end of the Indonesian archipelago, where she had worked for the past three years. Rista and more than 20 other young women from islands in eastern Indonesia had been held for years on an upper floor of the owner’s multi-story home,...Read more...
By: Erik Free Jun 04, 2014
Kim and I continue to do well in Beira with your support and prayers. We have a vehicle now, which has proved immensely helpful with procuring household items and getting around town as we continue to orient ourselves to our new environment. We were excited last month to find furniture for the living room in our apartment. It is beginning to feel like a home.Read more...
By: Scott Nicholson Jun 02, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:1–21
Prayers for Mexico:
Dear God, may your spirit of compassion and justice rest upon our Mexican and Central American sisters and brothers, and within our hearts, so that we can hear them as they teach us about the suffering they endure from unjust economic and immigration policies. Enable us to understand the prophecies of your sons and daughters, and be inspired to struggle together with your young men...Read more...
By: Global Ministries May 28, 2014
Romania does not have a history of support for special needs adults or their families. Where the need is due to physical limitations, mental or emotional limitations or some combination, once the individual turns 16 they and their families are on their own. For many families this means someone must stay at home with the family member OR the family member is left strictly on their own. For those without family support the streets are usually the only option.Read more...
By: Martha Mensendiek May 27, 2014
Japan has been a major country of destination for human trafficking, especially into its notorious sex industry. Women and children are trafficked to Japan for commercial sexual exploitation from China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. The majority of identified trafficking victims are foreign women who migrate to Japan with hopes of working and sending remittances to their families back home. Upon arrival however, they are subjected to debt bondage and forced prostitution. Debts of up...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek May 27, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 17:1–11
Prayers for Japan:
“Protect them,” Jesus prayed in his last hours. “Protect them because they believe.” On this day we lift up the small and yet vital church in Japan, and all of the people to whom they minister. We lift up the children of Fukushima who are exposed to high levels of radiation. We lift up all people who are made to feel...Read more...