By: Nicole Betteridge Feb 26, 2014
Water is critical for existence. Used for cooking, cleaning, and bathing, water covers nearly 70% of the earth’s surface and composes 65% of every human being. In some places there is too much and flooding occurs, whereas in other areas not enough water is available or it is too contaminated to use. For many people who live near an ocean, river, or lake, the presence of water comes as second nature in their lives. In places of scarcity, it is...Read more...
By: Sara Makari Feb 19, 2014
Many of our church friends here would curiously ask us: “Do you plan to go someplace else for Christmas?” Surprised by the question, we would reply: “Would anyone be in Bethlehem want to go anyplace else for Christmas?!” Indeed, despite the growing commercialism in this “little town” around this season, there is also a far deeper awareness of the holiness of this otherwise ordinary place. Festive lights that remain glowing into mid-February, church bells...Read more...
By: Magyolene Rodriguez Feb 18, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 17:1-9
Prayers for Nicaragua:
O God, on this day I would like to thank you for breathing life into our lives with your words. Your words live and reveal light and guidance for your children in the Christian Mission Church in Nicaragua. Just as Peter, James, and John listened to a fervent desire to praise, obey and make your Kindom grow, so do the people working...Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Feb 17, 2014
The New Year brought a lot of new things. I moved from Manila, my home for just over a year, to a new home 8 hours north to Baguio City. In my new context, there's a new language I get to try and understand, Ilokano. It is also a new environment where it can be bitter cold compared to the blistering heat down south. It's also new work, moving away from mining issues and focusing on rights of the children...Read more...
By: Bethany Waggoner Feb 17, 2014
One of my favorite songs I grew up singing in church and around campfires is, We Are One In The Spirit (They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love). For me, it epitomizes the most proufound elements of Christian values and mission. Take the second verse:
By: James Wilson Feb 13, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:38-48
Prayers for Botswana:
Dear Gracious and loving God, we give thanks that you are forever tied up with our lives. Our joys are your joys. Our trials are yours and we are never made to walk alone. This week we come to you to lift up the people of Botswana. Be with them in the upcoming general elections and keep them safe and fair. We ask that...Read more...
By: Lindsey Mercer Feb 10, 2014
Late 2013, a mission group from a cluster of UCC churches from Missouri came to Chiapas to visit INESIN and witness what was happening. Every single person in this group came up to me on the last day and thanked me for the great experience. They said that this trip had transformed their lives in more ways than they could even imagine. One woman reminded me of an experience that happened to her earlier that week that she believes changed...Read more...
By: Joel Cooper Feb 09, 2014
It is very difficult for children to receive a good education in rural East Africa. A large percentage of these economically struggling communities lack funding even for basic necessities like decent classrooms, school lunches, and running water. Many teachers who recently graduate from universities in relatively modern cities become discouraged at the thought of having to leave the amenities there for the less developed countryside.