Mission Stories

  • Training People to Be a Human Rights Resource

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Nov 04, 2014

    Since September 2012, Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) has been holding a series of workshops to train some of its School of Peace (SOP) alumni to be resource people in the area of human rights. The third workshop in this series I conducted with another ICF staff person, Sopharak Hem, from Oct. 20 to 23 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with Buddhist, Christian and Muslim participants from the Philippines and Sri Lanka as well as the host country and a new ICF...Read more...

  • On Drinking Tea

    By: Global Ministries Nov 04, 2014

    In the last month I have experienced the work of partners in Jordan and in Israel-Palestine. In Jordan, a Global Ministries’ partner focuses on the growing refugee crisis, whereas the context in Israel/Palestine is of a struggle that is not 3 years old, but 47.



  • An October Update from Mozambique

    By: Kimberly Free Nov 04, 2014

    Wow! October has been quite a month! Before I begin telling you all about it let me extend greetings to you all and blessings from sunny Mozambique.


  • Strengthening the Church Through Seminary Education

    By: Gary Luallin Nov 04, 2014

    “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)


  • Pray for Ghana on Sunday, November 9, 2014

    By: Gary Luallin Nov 03, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25 1-13

    Prayers for Ghana:
    Adapted from Theology Brewed In An African Pot

    Leader: We gather as one family to welcome Christ.  Christ our guest, we offer you Kola-nut, a sign of friendship, fellowship and welcome from our family. Christ our guest, share our joys and sorrows which we present to you.
    All: Christ, rejoice with us!
    Leader: Christ our guest, our sons and daughters are fruitful in...Read more...

  • Uplifting Administration

    By: Mark Behle Oct 29, 2014

    When I am out visiting churches and telling about my work in Lesotho with Global Ministries, as is the case right now, there is one question that used to be very easy to answer. That same question is now one I almost dread! For fifteen years I taught high school math and bible at one of the high schools of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA).


  • Pray for Guadeloupe on Sunday, November 2, 2014

    By: Bethany Guy Oct 27, 2014

    Prayers for Guadeloupe

    Loving, creator God,

    Today we give thanks for our partner, the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe, and our neighbors in Guadeloupe.  We give you thanks for their servant hearts as they work with our brothers and sisters in Guadeloupe, particularly those who are in jail or re-entering life outside of jail. God, today we especially pray that:

    • The church will continue to serve the prison...

  • Pray for Mexico on Sunday, October 26, 2014

    By: Kathleen Moyer Oct 20, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Deuteronomy 34:1–12

    Prayers for Mexico:
    Gracious and loving God, we ask your blessing upon the churches of Mexico and the people who ARE the church in all places.  Help us to remember with thanksgiving the work of the past prophets, ministers, missionaries, and visionaries of your church, even as the people of Israel have honored Moses. But let our hearts be with the Joshua’s who continue to embrace, to lead and...Read more...

  • 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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