By: Jeanette Salley Apr 02, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-31
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Oh Lord, we thank you for your love, grace, and mercy that comes to us through the resurrection story. Whether we recognize it or not, we live with your love, grace and mercy in our daily lives. Although sometimes on this journey of life we, like our biblical brother Thomas, experience moments of doubt and unbelief. However, like Thomas, you always provide a way...Read more...
By: Paul Turner Mar 28, 2018
I hope the New Year has greeted you well. I pray that in 2018 you will experience good health and happiness.
It’s been almost three years since I arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I continue to be inspired everyday by the faith, spirit, and resilience of the Congolese people. I want to thank you for this opportunity to work alongside the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) as a demonstration of genuine partnership,...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Mar 26, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8
Prayers for Lesotho:
Gracious and merciful God,
We praise your name and give you thanks this day as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ! We thank you for sending Jesus into the world to show us the fullness of your love for us. We thank you for the hope which we have in Jesus, the Risen One. Like those who discovered...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Mar 21, 2018
Hong Kong . . . the Caribbean . . . the Philippines
What do these three places have in common? On January 24, churches in Hong Kong gathered together for an evening Unity Service with liturgy from the Caribbean and a sermon by a Filipino missionary priest.Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Mar 21, 2018
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34 (ESV)Read more...
By: Bethany Waggoner Mar 21, 2018
When I showed up in Lebanon in October 2016, the stark reality I observed was that very few women hold positions of power or authority in large institutions here — especially political institutions and religious institutions. A year and half later and this is still the case — if you were expecting me to declare a massive revolution took place that shook up the ranks and made way for wave of women at the...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Mar 21, 2018
It’s not every year the tropical rains drench, and drench some more, but this is one of those years. And when the rains transform pah meto (dry land, the Timorese name for this island) from crusty, hot brown to lush and steamy shades of green, it’s easy to forget that water was once sacred. Oral tradition suggests that in a pre-Christian era, Timorese treated large banyan trees and the...Read more...
By: Joshua J. Busick Mar 21, 2018
Who among us can blame another person? The sad fact is that it happens every single day. We all fall into the temptation without even realizing it. We walk down the street and judge others based on their looks, perceived poverty, smell, clothes, or assumed mental states. But why must these judgments exist in everyday society? We are called to be Christians and spreading the pure "Love" of God, but we get held back by our own prejudices in sharing...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Mar 19, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
O Lord, we often do not understand why injustice continues to prevail in our world, or why your Divine purpose remains hidden from our eyes while we witness political oppression and hear the human cry for freedom. We witness your mighty acts in history: You look with favor on the lowly, and your mercy is for those who fear you...Read more...