Mission Stories

  • Hopelessness is a Privilege

    By: Tom Liddle Oct 16, 2018

    Lospalos, Timor-Leste

    We returned to Lospalos in late September after a good vacation and a month speaking in churches in the U.S. It was refreshing and encouraging for us to connect with so many people interested to learn about what we’re doing in Timor-Leste.


  • Peace vs War/ Paz vs Guerra

    By: Ricardo Mayol Oct 16, 2018

    They will beat their swords and plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
    Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
    Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.

    (Micah 4:3b-4a)


  • Pray with Ecuador on Sunday, October 21, 2018

    By: Marilyn Cooper Oct 15, 2018

    Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:35-45

    Prayers for Ecuador:

    fedice.pngOh Lord, this life can be tough. You know that. Your Son experienced it. Beggars from Venezuela, jugglers and buskers from Colombia, women without resources to give a good beginning to their children, little children who care for their younger siblings, youth who cannot find jobs, borrowers who cannot pay their debts, dogs too weak to search for food.  

    James and John asked to sit...

  • Making Myself Available

    By: Maria (Charo) Breckenridge Oct 09, 2018

    When I wrote last time, I had just arrived in Zambia as a Global Ministries volunteer with my husband at the United Church of Zambia University.  I came to staff their functional but previously shuttered computer lab.  


  • Trying to Walk the Tightrope

    By: Robert Breckenridge Oct 09, 2018

    Something is always happening here at the United Church of Zambia University.  I have been sent to this Global Ministries mission partner to teach in the theology department.  I have been entrusted with a full teaching load this semester, so I am in contact with students all the time.  


  • Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) Celebrate 5th Graduating Class from Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center

    By: Paul Turner Oct 09, 2018

    The Maman Sandra Gourdet Women’s Vocational Center (the Women’s Center) opened in 2015 with the goal of providing a place where women can receive training in productive skills. Global Ministries supported the construction of the Women’s center to advance its core values. The Women’s Center recently celebrated its fifth graduation, and has now graduated more than 100 women from throughout the Equator Province.


  • The Fragrance of Christ

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Oct 08, 2018

    One thing I like about late September in Japan are the Kin-moku-sei trees (osmanthus) in blossom. The flowers are small and hardly visible hidden amidst the dark green leaves. But the fragrance is so special that I find myself taking a deep breath to catch more of this seasonal blessing.


  • Pray with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday, October 14, 2018

    By: Paul Turner Oct 08, 2018

    Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:17-31

    Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

    Eternal Spirit,

    Thank you for your enduring presence in DR Congo, where people know they pray to a living God who cares for his people. Thank you for dedicated men and women from around the world who came to the Equator Province to fight the deadly ebola virus. The examples solidarity and generosity not only demonstrate compassion and empathy, but also an interdependence that is humanity’s strength, not its...Read more...

  • They Will Know That We Are Christians

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Oct 05, 2018

    Old Testament: Exodus 1:8–2:10
    Epistle: Romans 12:1–8
    Gospel: Matthew 16:13–20

    God of life and of love, may the meditations of my heart, of my mind and of my spirit be acceptable and pleasing to you, and may they faithfully express the wisdom you have given to each one of us. In your Son’s name, we pray. Amen.


  • Gender Equality For A Better Salone

    By: Nia Sullivan Oct 05, 2018

    On the 26th of September I traveled to the city of Kabala, located in northern Sierra Leone. Once there I participated in an unforgettable General Assembly of the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone (CCSL). This event reunited CCSL staff working in different offices throughout the country, as well as partners, ministers, and families. I admired many aspects of the General Assembly, and particularly the genuine interest of participants in working together, staying connected, and responding to crises and injustices....Read more...

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