By: Matthew Fehse Apr 21, 2014
In energy production, much of the Western world has a bevy of options before them which has allowed a growing trend towards renewable energy. In the Philippines, however, non-renewable sources like coal are significant. Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power available and is an essential component to the nation's development as most structures here are built of reinforced concrete. 20% of the country's coal supply was purchased...Read more...
By: Tim Fonderlin Apr 15, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 20:1–18
Prayers for Haiti:
Lord God we can only imagine Mary’s excitement when she first recognized Jesus and then how her heart must have filled with indescribable joy as she embraced Him. How swiftly, too, her feet would have moved as she ran to share with the disciples, “I have seen the Lord."
The good news of the Resurrection inspires us to pray for such a heart and for...Read more...
By: Joel Cooper Apr 07, 2014
Margaret Mukeshimana epitomizes resiliency. She has lived through hell, yet by the innocence she emanates, you might never guess she ever ventured very far from heaven on earth.Read more...
By: Daniel Lee Apr 07, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:1–11 | Matthew 26:14–27:66
Prayers for South Korea:
God of life, we are grateful that Jesus has taken the ways of the cross, peace, reconciliation, and true love for the world. We ask for your forgiveness regarding the people of South and North Korea who remain trapped amidst the military standoff. Please let them forgive and embrace one another as a family. God who knows the painful situation of...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Apr 02, 2014
“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years…” (Deuteronomy 8:2) “Remember…don’t forget!” How many times do we say these words, either to ourselves or others? Old Testament passages, like the one above from Deuteronomy, were constant reminders from God and Moses to the Israelites to remember the God-given commandments and decrees, as well as their history, and to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. This sharing of the past...Read more...
By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 02, 2014
With the support of a professional social worker Ms. Karen Vinacour, a retired social worker from New York, USA who has been in Laos for almost three months. She has had a lot of experiences working with children and adolescents in hospitals, clinics, and schools in the USA and Australia. She is volunteering at the National Children hospital and the Lao Disabled Women Development Center (LDWDC).
By: Judy Chan Apr 02, 2014
Hong Kong is famous for many reasons. It is known as a world power in the financial markets, a city of skyscrapers with a stunning harbor, and a post-colonial Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China since 1997. By many measures, it is a great success story. Nonetheless, one doesn’t have to look far to notice the tensions simmering just beneath the surface. Someone has described the atmosphere as similar to a pressure cooker.Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Apr 01, 2014
Isaiah 61: 1-4; Luke 19-37-44
One thread is a strange thread---it is my steadying thread; when I am lost, I pull it hard and find my way. When I am saddened, I tighten my grip and gladness glides along its quivering path; When the waste places of my spirit appear in arid confusion, the thread becomes a channel of newness of life. One thread is a strange thread—it is my steadying thread. God’s hand holds the other end. From Howard Thurman, “The...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Apr 01, 2014
At times the natural world serves as an especially appropriate metaphor for the social world. Today I read an editorial in the Jakarta Globe entitled “Learning to Live with Indonesia’s Volatility” that gave a sobering picture of the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. Kelud in eastern Java this past week. To date more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and although the eruption has ceased, dangerous ash continues to fall. I was aware of the volcano’s activity...Read more...