By: Erik Free Aug 06, 2014
Greetings to you all from Mozambique! Kim and I continue to do well and learn more about the warm and gracious people of this country. As we become more accustomed to life here and the rhythm of things, we are also more able to learn about the struggles people here face on a daily basis. By listening to the hopes and goals of the women’s and men’s groups, Kim and I are learning about needs...Read more...
By: Amy Lester Aug 04, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28
Prayers for Hungary:
Loving God, we come to you today from different places, different contexts and different understandings, but unified in our utter need for you. We humbly ask for your peaceful presence among us as we continue to stumble and fall, sputtering justifications in the face of violence and hatred that we have inflicted upon your world and your children, our brothers and sisters.
By your...Read more...
By: Bruce Van Voorhis Jul 29, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 32:22–31
Prayers for Hong Kong:
Weary with exhaustion, we come before you, O God of Creation, weary from constantly wrestling and struggling with you, ourselves and others. We praise you. We worship you. We say that we serve you. But still we wrestle and struggle with you even though you are our Creator and the Creator of all life.
Like Jacob, we wrestle you but stop before your blessings...Read more...
By: Terry Hutter Jul 21, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 29:15–28
Prayers for Swaziland:
O God, thank you for your word in the Bible, which educates and encourages us. Thank you for the life and sacrifice of Jesus, who provides us with a path to follow. Like Jacob, help us all to be flexible and patient for your will to be done. We remind ourselves that God does not choose only the well-equipped, but equips those who are committed...Read more...
By: Joel Cooper Jul 15, 2014
Church World Service Africa’s Giving Hope methodology was developed and implemented across Rwanda and other East African countries beginning in 2004 during the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Countless hours were spent testing different strategies to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children with CWS’s partner, YWCA Rwanda. A few initial recipients were Venutte Dusabu, Francoise Niyonsaba, and Liberathe Ayinkamiye from Mbuye, Ruhango in the South-central area of the country. Now, 10 years after they joined the program...Read more...
By: Kim Free Jul 14, 2014
As Erik and I continue to settle into our new home, the prayers and support of our friends and family is continually appreciated and definitely felt by us and others. We are happy to share that we have successfully completed level one on our Portuguese studies and are enjoying the ability to have pleasant, albeit short, conversations with people here in Moçambique. After a short break we will begin level two.Read more...
By: Niko Sopepa Jul 14, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 28:10–19a
Prayers for Fiji:
Ever present God, how strange it is that we often enter unknown land, and to our surprise we find you there. In these unfamiliar grounds we erect our places of worship, our Bethels, and there seek your face. Like Jacob, we here in Fiji often stumble upon unfamiliar grounds and with passion and theological justifications we void the ground of your presence, only to...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Jul 09, 2014
Hong Kong is no stranger to refugee and asylum seeker issues. Many residents today were refugees or children of refugees fleeing mainland China in the late 1940s when Hong Kong was still under British rule. More recently, Hong Kong was a Port of First Asylum for Vietnamese refugees from 1975-1998, receiving more than 200,000 people from Vietnam who were housed in both open and closed camps. During the final years of the Vietnamese refugee era, public opinion on the issue...Read more...