Mission Stories

  • Wrapping Things Up

    By: Gary Luallin Oct 17, 2014

    I like closure. I always have and that is a problem for me in doing ministry in general, but a real plus in teaching where there are semesters and graduations. I have enjoyed seeing my students graduate from their academic programs here at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Seminary in Peki, Volta Region of Ghana in West Africa. That has been one of the highlights of my time here and a source of joy for me after becoming so close to...Read more...


  • Learning about Indigenous Rights in Mexico

    By: Lindsey Mercer Oct 07, 2014

    I recently interviewed my friend and colleague Elena Gomez Martinez, a 29 year old Maya indigenous woman from the San Gregorio de las Casas/Huixtan, Tsotsil and Tseltal, region of Chiapas, Mexico. I wanted to learn more about her community, family dynamics, the rights of the people, and the discrimination that her ancestors experienced.

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  • Pray for Thailand on Sunday, October 12, 2014

    By: Adam Royston Oct 06, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Exodus 32:1–14

    Prayers for Thailand: 
    Gracious God, we come together and lift up the life and work of the Thai people. We ask that you surround each one of them with your love. Lord, we pray for those most vulnerable in Thai society. We pray for the undocumented, the street workers, the sexually exploited, the abused and broken. We pray that they may find love and compassion each day as they...Read more...


  • Pray for Kenya on Sunday, October 19, 2014

    By: Joel Cooper Oct 06, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Exodus 33:12–23

    Prayers for Kenya:
    God, thanks for revealing your glory to us in all goodness. May we continue to appreciate your goodness and pay it forward to everyone in this world, especially those who are far away, so that we may be mutually strengthened. Some of those whom great distance separates are Kenyans and others East Africans. Please encourage us to distribute your goodness to those suffering from drought in...Read more...


  • Listening for God's Still Small Voice

    By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Sep 30, 2014

    I took the train for a four day trip to Fukushima. I visited pastors and friends, met with an elder lady who is one of 1470 people suing the Japanese government for damages due to the nuclear disaster, visited the Asian Rural Institute which has long been a partner of Global Ministries, and sat and listened as young mothers shared with me their concerns about living in present day Fukushima. It was a pilgrimage of...Read more...


  • Pray for Colombia on Sunday, October 5, 2014

    By: Michael Joseph Sep 30, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20

    Prayers for Colombia:
    Loving God, today we pray for Colombia, we pray for our neighbors, our brothers and sisters to the south. You freed the Israelites from the land of Egypt and from the bonds of slavery. Today Colombians are working hard to free their country from the bonds of war, drug-trafficking and violence.

    • We lift up the peace talks between the warring factions who...Read more...


  • Working with People of Faith

    By: Judy Chan Sep 25, 2014

    In a children's I.Q. quiz book in Hong Kong, I once read a joke: "What's the difference between Christians and Catholics?" When you turn the page, here's the answer: "I don't know. You have to ask God." I laughed loudly. To get the joke, you need to know that Chinese name for Protestants is translated as "Christian" while those in communion with Rome are called Catholics. This creates an unfortunate situation in which Protestants and Catholics in Hong Kong are...Read more...


  • Pray for Hungary on Sunday, September 21, 2014

    By: Zoltan Szucs Sep 15, 2014

    Pray for Hungary on Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Romans 8:18–27

    Prayers for
    Hungary:
    Almighty, gracious and loving God, we praise and glorify your Holy name for adopting us to be your children. We, your children of clay feet and muddy faces, humbly and gratefully thank you, that according to your will, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and even makes intercessions for us. With trembling and grateful hearts we give...Read more...


  • Providing Education in Haiti

    By: Diane Fonderlin Sep 15, 2014

    Two days he stood outside of our gate, refusing to come in.  His class called for him, his teacher begged for him to cross the threshold; even I tried going out to talk to him.  But stubbornly he refused.  Finally his teacher sent him a letter telling him she missed him and wanted him to come back.  The next morning he entered the office slightly embarrassed as he hung his head and told me nobody in his house was willing...Read more...


  • Visiting Gogoi

    By: Erik Free Sep 10, 2014

    Greetings and blessings from Beira.  August was an exciting month for us here in Mozambique. We visited the farm project in Gogoi where we got a sneak peak at the home being built for us there as well as a glimpse of the fields and rivers near the small settlement. Now that we have seen it and had a chance to speak with the people living there, we are even more able now to share...Read more...



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