By: Mark Behle Mar 25, 2014
They say that singing lifts the heart; that it helps to chase the worries away. That alone is reason enough to want to sing praise to God! But there have been plenty of other reasons for rejoicing lately. At the end of December I visited my favorite place in Lesotho: Maletsunyane Falls. With the river’s plunge of over 600 feet down into the canyon (above) and the surrounding awe-inspiring scenery, it doesn’t take much effort to think of an appropriate...Read more...
By: Faye Buttrick Mar 24, 2014
This noon, John and I will have lunch at a local hot bar where today’s menu features foods from the Middle East. Although our mission assignment is to the Kairos Palestine office in Bethlehem, West Bank, we will be eating at the local Coop grocery store in Concord, New Hampshire. In Bethlehem the sun warms the city. Here it is snowing.Read more...
By: Anil Henry Mar 24, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 9:1-41
Prayers for India:
Gracious and loving God, we gather once again to thank and praise you for your abundant love for humanity. We thank and praise you, O God , for being the light of the world, so that we see the path and mend our errant ways. We give thanks O God, that affliction and disease are not deserved but rather opportunities to reveal through us your mercy, compassion and...Read more...
By: Gary Luallin Mar 19, 2014
Meet Cephas, he is one of my best students. He is always right with me and I can see lights come on when he understands the concepts being taught. He is constantly one of high scorers on the tests I present on the material we cover in the Old and New Testament. Cephas is seventy years old! His full name is Cephas Kwame Onny. His Christian name is after the real name of Peter the...Read more...
By: Maryjane Westra Mar 16, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 4:5-42
Prayers for Honduras:
Dear God, Creator of humankind, we come to you with humility and appreciation of your creation. We know we have not always been good curators of this earth, but we ask your guidance in knowing the way forward. Help us love and protect our gifts, so our children will know the wonderment. Lead us to the well and quench our thirst with the living water....Read more...
By: Teresa Henry Mar 10, 2014
At morning rounds, we find the maternity ward almost full with 19 awaiting delivery and 2 mothers in recovery. The nursery has 6 infants receiving special care due to premature deliveries and 1 infant who was transferred from another hospital because we are skilled to care for infants with Downs Syndrome. We are grateful that more and more women choose to deliver in our hospital, but we still receive a number who have had complications with home delivery, the village...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Mar 08, 2014
I share with you news about a recent case of human trafficking that involves young women and girls from East Nusa Tenggara (or NTT), the Indonesian province where we live. NTT is said to have one of the highest rates of exporting illegal migrant workers, with primary destinations being Malaysia and Hong Kong. Muslim women are sent to these destinations as well as to some countries in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia. The Women's Network of Eastern Indonesia (JPIT),...Read more...
By: Joel Cooper Mar 03, 2014
As I write this, I can barely see my computer screen. There are two times I have not been able to stop crying since I arrived in Africa six months ago. The first was when I watched Lupita Nyong'o's performance in "12 Years a Slave." The second is right now as I recover from a bout with dehydration while watching "Hotel Rwanda" for the first time, at my hotel in Rwanda, having just met young...Read more...