Mission Stories

  • In the Heat of the Summer

    By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 23, 2017

    Lebanon_08_2017_Church_Yard.jpgIt has been an intense, tragic and difficult summer in many places in the world. But here in the sweltering heat of Beirut, teams of young people, in their teens, twenties and thirties, are spending week upon week serving children in refugee camps, overnight conferences and full-day Vacation Bible School programs throughout the city as well as the country. With energy, commitment and creativity, these young people start their planning work months...Read more...

  • Pray for Venezuela on Sunday, August 27, 2017

    By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 21, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

    Prayers for Venezuela:

    Jornada_Medica__Sanarito-Portuguesa__Nov_10-17_2002_099.jpgOh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.

    In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and...Read more...

  • Pray for Guatemala on Sunday, August 20, 2017

    By: Ricardo Mayol Aug 14, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

    Prayers for Guatemala:

    guatemala---1.jpgJesus, you heard your Father in the voice of a woman whom your countrymen despised; help us to hear your voice today in the words of those considered not worthy to eat at the table; move us to share the hope of a humane world. That in the voice of the excluded, we will feel called to share our food...Read more...

  • Palermo Perspectives: Having to Think about / Deal with Race

    By: Michael W. Caine Aug 10, 2017

    As part of my Global Ministries placement this summer, I am to share my reflections. So every couple of weeks, I will also send a “Palermo Perspective” to Old First, sort of a report since you all are making my summer service possible.


  • Planting Trees and Growing Faith

    By: Cara McKinney Aug 08, 2017

    San_Cristobal_-_Planting_trees_farm.jpgOn Saturday, we planted trees.

    We met at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), one of Global Ministries’ partners here in San Cristobal, at 7:30 a.m. We loaded around 200 trees into the back of a pickup truck, loaded ourselves into the back of the pickup truck, and drove 30 minutes on a highway and 30 minutes more on patchy dirt and gravel roads to arrive at the stunning farm of...Read more...

  • The Taste of Honey Brings Hope to Lotumbe

    By: Paul Turner Aug 07, 2017

    The Development Office for the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) is constantly seeking new ways to generate income for rural posts. These posts operate programs that serve the population with healthcare and education. Local residents also need additional means of generating income to support their families. To meet these needs, the Disciples of Christ post at Lotumbe has initiated a project to train members of the community in beekeeping. Honey is widely consumed in the Equator Province,...Read more...

  • Life in an Urban Center

    By: Tom Liddle Aug 07, 2017

    West_Timor-CCA_presentation.jpgWhat does an air-conditioned room with power-point presentations in an urban center have in common with a rural, dirt-floor church and a circle of plastic chairs?  The two are both venues for grassroots theological education in Timor-Leste.


  • Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, August 13, 2017

    By: Olga Yan-Pardo Aug 07, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 14:22-33

    Prayers for Ecuador:

    Lord, tell us to come and meet you on the water, call us to unfamiliar places. Challenge us not only to believe deeply, but to act on those beliefs. Help us to see fully that you are God.

    Give us faith like Peter, to go and meet you in the communities of Ecuador; to Pijal where hard working families and their children...Read more...

  • Pray for Japan on Sunday, August 6, 2017

    By: Martha Mensendiek Jul 31, 2017

    japan_2017_martha_mensendiek_02.jpegLectionary Selection: Matthew 14:13-21

    Prayers for Japan:

    Compassionate God,
    On this Hiroshima Day, we pray for peace.
    We pause to remember the devastation caused by the atomic bombs 72 years ago and the human suffering that continues to this day.
    We also remember the horrific nuclear disaster in Fukushima 6 years ago. Be with the people of Fukushima and neighboring areas who still suffer.
    We pray for a world that is free from the suffering caused...Read more...

  • Young Men of Military Age

    By: Kearstin Bailey Jul 26, 2017

    When I first moved to Hungary I was often asked by well-meaning friends and family if I felt safe. What they usually meant by this was “I’ve watched the news and all those refugees are young men of military age – have they really come to rape and pillage!?”


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