Mission Stories

  • Healing Bodies and Souls

    By: Matthew Fehse Jan 08, 2014

    The United Church of Christ in the Philippines exemplifies what we are called to do in Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it...Read more...

  • Pray for Thailand on Sunday, January 12, 2014

    By: Benjamin Ewert Jan 03, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13–17

    Prayers for Thailand:
    Dear God, just as your spirit washed over Jesus’ baptism, we pray that your spirit washes over the Church of Christ in Thailand. Renew her community and refresh her with open hearts and minds each day to do your will and to be a blessing to others. Inspire and sustain the generous spirit in the church as she continues to bring HIV/AIDS education...Read more...

  • A New Shepherd and a King's Dream

    By: Mark Behle Dec 17, 2013

    The month of November had two special events in the life of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). The first of these was the ordination of Rev. ‘Mapiti Victoria Mokitimi.


  • Pray for Mexico on Sunday, January 5, 2014

    By: Lindsey Mercer Dec 12, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 2:1–12

    Prayers for Mexico:
    God, just like the magi, please give us the wisdom to seek you, the light to guide us to you, the generosity to lay our gifts before you, the love to open our hearts to you, the faith to live in your word, and the graciousness to worship you forever. God, may we be like the magi who traveled afar to...Read more...

  • Pray for Chile on Sunday, December 29, 2013

    By: Elena Huegel Dec 09, 2013


    Lectionary Selection: Psalm 148

    Prayers for Chile:
    Praise God from the ends of the earth, from the beautiful land of Chile: You great sea lions sunning on the rocks off the port of Valparaíso and the ocean depths that bathe this country along its thousands of coastal miles! Storms and rainbows, melting winter snows and billowing clouds, howling winds that spread the seeds of new growth and hope!...Read more...

  • Pray for South Africa on Sunday, December 22, 2013

    By: Susan Valiquette Dec 09, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Matt 1: 18-25

    Prayers for South Africa:
    Gracious God, in a world in which so many feel rejected and ashamed, intercede and bring solace.  Continue to inspire us to reach out to those who are different to explore a variety of cultural experiences and to discern all that we share in common. Bind us together with a faith that cannot be shaken.  May...Read more...

  • Pray for Haiti on Sunday, December 15, 2013

    By: Tim Fonderlin Dec 05, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 1: 47-55

    Prayers for Haiti:
    “Like Mary our spirits rejoice in You O God, our Savior, for we know we belong to the One who is merciful, who fills the hungry, who exalts the humble and who keeps every promise.  Such knowledge encourages us to live as people of hope.

    We pray this same hope for Haiti and her people...Read more...

  • Update from Mexico

    By: Lindsey Mercer Dec 03, 2013

    In Mexico I do not get the pleasure to see children every day. I do not get to see the smiles, receive the hugs, and know that they are being taken care of. When I was in Guatemala, the number one thing that brought joy to my life was the children. As I walked to the school, I knew that I was going to receive many, many hugs, smiles, and laughter from the students. And they...Read more...

  • Pray for Laos on Sunday, December 8, 2013

    By: Xuyen Dangers Nov 29, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Isaiah 11: 1-10

    Prayers for Laos:
    Loving and gracious God, be with the volunteers who work with the Laos Disabled Women’s Center. They come from the most disadvantaged families. Show them by our presence that You are with them in their time of need.

    Guide our work at the National Rehabilitation Center to offer deaf and blind children creative ways to express their God-given gifts and offer them...Read more...

  • Pray for Israel/Palestine on Sunday, December 1, 2013

    By: Loren McGrail Nov 25, 2013

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 24: 36-44
    “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming…Therefore, you must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

     Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
    Come Human One, advent our lives.
    Come like a thief in the night and disturb
    our sleep, our comfortable realities that say
    you can have peace without justice,
    that say taking someone else’s land or life is...

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