Mission Stories

  • Decorah’s Nicole Betteridge describes her experiences in Southeast Asia as a mission intern for Global Ministries

    By: Nicole Betteridge Apr 29, 2014

    “Ultimately, human beings are all the same, equally important and loved, but different in such areas as what we define as home, what language we communicate in, what we eat for food each day, or where we find/buy clothes. In the end, we live differently, but at the core are all the same.”

    -- From Nicole Betteridge’s blog post, September 2, 2012, before embarking on a 14-month stay in Laos.


  • Pray for Germany on Sunday, May 4, 2014

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Apr 28, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 24:13–35

    Prayers for Germany:
    God, our daily walk is, like the friends and followers of Jesus, an Emmaus road. We worry, alone and together; we walk along with eyes closed to the solutions we seek for our lives - for our world. Your child Jesus chose the walk of Love, the only answer to our questions of How, and Why?

    I thank you for the witness of the Evangelische...

  • The Youngest First Grader

    By: Joel Cooper Apr 24, 2014

    After nine months relaxing in the cushioned comfort of his mother’s womb, baby Namoki now spends his days quietly sleeping on the divoted concrete floor in the back of his older brother’s classroom at Lokiding Primary School.



  • Pray for Laos on Sunday, April 27, 2014

    By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 22, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:19–31

    Prayers for Laos:
    Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with knowledge of the final morning when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son, we will share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life and forever freed...Read more...

  • Trying to Balance Indigenous Rights and Growth

    By: Matthew Fehse Apr 21, 2014

    In energy production, much of the Western world has a bevy of options before them which has allowed a growing trend towards renewable energy. In the Philippines, however, non-renewable sources like coal are significant. Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power available and is an essential component to the nation's development as most structures here are built of reinforced concrete. 20% of the country's coal supply was purchased...Read more...

  • Korean Ferry Disaster

    By: Daniel Lee Apr 21, 2014

    In this Holy Week, The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) is expressing its deepest sorrow for the unspeakable loss and grief families are suffering.


  • Pray for Haiti on Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By: Tim Fonderlin Apr 15, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:1–18

    Prayers for Haiti:
    Lord God we can only imagine Mary’s excitement when she first recognized Jesus and then how her heart must have filled with indescribable joy as she embraced Him. How swiftly, too, her feet would have moved as she ran to share with the disciples, “I have seen the Lord."

    The good news of the Resurrection inspires us to pray for such a heart and for...Read more...

  • 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide: Sweet Phoenix

    By: Joel Cooper Apr 07, 2014

    Margaret Mukeshimana epitomizes resiliency. She has lived through hell, yet by the innocence she emanates, you might never guess she ever ventured very far from heaven on earth.


  • Pray for South Korea on Sunday, April 13, 2014

    By: Daniel Lee Apr 07, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:1–11 | Matthew 26:14–27:66

    Prayers for South Korea:
    God of life, we are grateful that Jesus has taken the ways of the cross, peace, reconciliation, and true love for the world. We ask for your forgiveness regarding the people of South and North Korea who remain trapped amidst the military standoff.  Please let them forgive and embrace one another as a family. God who knows the painful situation of...Read more...

  • “Safety at Home for Children”

    By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 02, 2014

    With the support of a professional social worker Ms. Karen Vinacour, a retired social worker from New York, USA who has been in Laos for almost three months. She has had a lot of experiences working with children and adolescents in hospitals, clinics, and schools in the USA and Australia. She is volunteering at the National Children hospital and the Lao Disabled Women Development Center (LDWDC).



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