Mission Stories

  • Pray for Botswana on Sunday, June 9, 2013

    By: Jayanthi Wilson Jun 03, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: 1 Kings 17: 8-16 (17-24)

    Prayers for Botswana:
    Dear gracious and loving God,

    Help us to see every new day as an opportunity to transform our lives for the better and to make this world a better place for others. Help us to be inwardly open to what you have for us today…..Let us remember the people of Botswana- the United Congregational Churches of Southern Africa (UCCSA),...Read more...


  • Interview with Kim and Erik Free

    By: Erik Free May 30, 2013

    Meeting a critical presence request by the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, Kim and Erik Free were approved as missionary candidates to serve a full four year term working in rural Mozambique as a health worker and local minister, pending financial support for this position. UPDATE: As of February 24, 2014, more than $36,000 has been raised toward the goal of $50,000 for the first year of their missionary appointment! To make a contribution to their work you may give onlineRead more...


  • Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, June 2, 2013

    By: Judy Chan May 28, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 7: 1-10

    Prayers for Hong Kong:
    O God, in a world immersed in pain and suffering, we turn to you for help. We lift up the nation of China where many are struggling to recover from earthquakes, landslides, drought, disease and poverty. At times, the problems seem bigger than we can handle. O Lord, give us faith like the centurion who had absolute trust in the healing...Read more...


  • Pray for Colombia on Sunday, May 26, 2013

    By: Michael Joseph May 20, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Prov 8:1-4, 22-31

    Prayers for Colombia:
    Holy God, Today we pray for peace in Colombia. For more than fifty years guerrillas have been fighting with the Colombian government and the violence from both sides has killed tens of thousands and made more than 5 million to flee their homes and become refugees or internally displaced persons. But today we rejoice because the guerrillas and the Colombian government are...Read more...


  • Pray for Armenia on Sunday, May 19, 2013

    By: Gabrielle Worley May 13, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:1-21

    Prayers for Armenia:
    Dear God, pour out your spirit on us.  Fill us up with your holy language; let your words and the glory of your name be foremost on our tongues.  For when we are truly filled up with you, we cannot utter a bad word against our neighbor.  Today, we say a special prayer for our brothers and sisters in Armenia who suffer from...Read more...


  • May Day Dentist Visit

    By: Alison Stendahl May 08, 2013

    A quick update on my life here in Istanbul. The most recent event was the disastrous May Day workers’ “celebrations” here in Istanbul. The government had banned Taksim Square as an assembly point for this year’s demonstrations. Instead of providing other designated areas, they just focused on keeping everyone out of Taksim. If you look at a map of Istanbul, you can see that there are a lot of entry points to be protected. So they shut down all transportation...Read more...


  • Pray for Zimbabwe on Sunday, May 12, 2013

    By: Maryjane Westra May 06, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Acts 16:16-34

    Prayers for Zimbabwe:
    Gracious Mother/Father God, create in us a spirit where Jesus is a constant and love abounds.  Help us to find ways to comfort our neighbors and lift the ravages of poverty and disease as we walk together in hope.  Remind us to receive the gifts of others; the gifts of love, music, laughter and the vision of the world through new eyes. ...Read more...


  • Pray for Hungary on Sunday, May 5, 2013

    By: Amy Lester Apr 29, 2013

    © UNHCR/B. Szandelszky/2010

     

    Lectionary Selection: Acts 16:9-15

    Prayers for Hungary:

    Dear Lord,
    We come to you today in prayer, in awe and in thanks. During this Easter season we see the world blooming all around us and we too feel a stirring within ourselves. Refresh our souls, we pray, as you did with Lydia on the...Read more...


  • Donkoi Children's Development Center Practices Earth Day All Year

    By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 27, 2013

    The Donkoi Children's Development Center (DCDC) has been involved in eco-friendly practices since the school was first built in 1999. On Earth Day, 20 international students and adults visited DCDC to experience what children in the After School Program are doing to protect and preserve the environment.

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  • Pray for India on Sunday, April 28 2013

    By: Anil Henry Apr 22, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Rev 21:1-6

    Prayers for India:
    Our Immortal God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, we come into your presence with hopes of drinking from the spring of the water of life which You have so graciously offered to all the believers. Help us, O Lord, to walk in the path of righteousness, so that we may live as your people in new Jerusalem...Read more...



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