Mission Stories

  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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...

  • Prayer of Intercession for June 8, 2014

    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.


  • Pray for Kenya on Sunday, June 15, 2014

    By: Phyllis Byrd Jun 09, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Genesis 1:1–2:4a

    Prayers for

    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...

  • Beginnings & Endings

    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...

  • Understanding Marcos' Martial Law in the Philippines

    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.


  • Stories that Unravel

    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...

  • May in Mozambique

    By: Erik Free Jun 04, 2014

    Dear Friends,

    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. 


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