By: Marcy Gansler Feb 23, 2015
Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:31-38
Prayers for Swaziland:
We know that many times we get caught up in focusing on worldly things, so we ask for your help in refocusing our hearts and minds.
We humbly ask that you
Enlighten what may be dark in us…..
Strengthen what may be weak in us…..
Mend what may be broken in us…..
Bind what may be bruised in us…..
Heal what may be sick in us…..
By: Scott Nicholson Feb 19, 2015
I saw heavy machinery up ahead as I parked on the ridge road a few miles north of the border with Mexico. When I got out of the car, I could see a tower in the east and another one in the north. None of that had been there the last time I was on that ridge just three months ago and I was curious to get a closer look when I returned from the hike.Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Feb 17, 2015
This year began like much of last year with a lot of traveling. Shortly after the new year began, I flew to the Cambodian city of Siem Reap in January for a meeting of the working committee of Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) to review last year’s work and to make plans for 2015. A few weeks later I was facilitating a human rights workshop in February in southern Thailand for almost 20 of...Read more...
By: Martha Mensendiek Feb 15, 2015
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1: 9-15
Mission Stewardship Moment from Japan:
As I write this, people in Japan are mourning the death of journalist Kenji Goto, who was being held hostage by ISIS. Goto, an independent journalist, was a Christian, and a member of our partner denomination in Japan, the Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan. Goto was known for his passion for peace and justice. His work centered around giving a voice to civilians and the...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Feb 12, 2015
It has been three years and ten months since the great disaster in northeastern Japan. Many people are still struggling to regain a sense of balance in their lives. Some are fighting for their right to live in peace – free of want and hardship. Our partners in Japan continue to accompany those who suffer. Global Ministries supports the following four projects.Read more...
By: Global Ministries Feb 11, 2015
There is a magical place called “Family Village Farm.” Why is this place magical? There are many reasons. It might be the feeling of happiness you get when surrounded by the cutest, loving children. Or it could be the inspiration received from the amazing women who work there. Or maybe it is magical because of the lessons you learn from the grandmothers. No matter which one of these it may be, if you...Read more...