Mission Stories

  • Know Thyself

    By: Judy Chan Jun 30, 2014

    When people learn that I grew up in Mississippi, there is often a look of surprise. Then a laugh. Then the inevitable comment – “You’ve come a long way from Mississippi!” In some ways, it’s true. I live in Hong Kong, China so I am a long way from the place of my birth. But in other ways, growing up in the Deep South continues to affect the way I think and respond.

     

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  • Pray for India on Sunday, July 6, 2014

    By: Kahala Cannon Jun 30, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67

    Prayers for India:
    O God, you are marvelous in all of your ways. Our hearts are filled with plans, but your purpose prevails.  You, in your infinite wisdom, have chosen us at this specific time and place to accomplish your purpose. You offer a Psalm“…if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold...Read more...


  • Pray for Philippines on Sunday, June 29, 2014

    By: Matthew Fehse Jun 23, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40–42

    Prayers for Philippines:
    Holy One, we welcome your prophets and messengers. We welcome those who know that they are gifted and those who want to be. Let us find your reward in the welcome we hear together. Satisfy our thirst to feel your love here and now.

    Mission Stewardship Moment from Philippines:
    In the Philippines, non-renewable energy sources like coal are significant. Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power available and...Read more...


  • Pray for the Philippines on Sunday, June 29, 2014

    By: Matthew Fehse Jun 23, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40–42

    Prayers for Philippines:

    Holy One, we welcome your prophets and messengers. We welcome those that know that they are gifted and those that want to be. Let us find your reward in the welcome we hear together. Satisfy our thirst to feel your love here and now.

    Mission Stewardship Moment from Philippines:
    In the Philippines, non-renewable energy sources like coal are significant.  Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power...Read more...


  • Pichu's Life

    By: Adam Royston Jun 22, 2014

    Close your eyes. Imagine an underage sex worker, a victim bought and sold for the pleasure of other people. Now open them. Was the person you imagined a girl?

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  • Karamoja

    By: Joel Cooper Jun 18, 2014

    There is a saying in Uganda pertaining to the Northeast region of the country, known as Karamoja: “We shall never wait for Karamoja to develop.” Here, CWS Africa, along with the other members of Together Coalition, attempt what many consider impossible.

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  • Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, June 22, 2014

    By: Laura Jean Torgerson Jun 16, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:24–39

    Prayers for Nicaragua:
    Loving God, whose eye is on the sparrow, you number the hairs on each head, you care for each one of us, your children.  Help us to treat one another with the awareness that each one is precious in your sight. Open our eyes to the consequences of our choices and our living.  Give us wisdom to see what is spiritually damaging, especially when it is disguised...Read more...


  • Prayer of Intercession for June 8, 2014

    By: Bruce Van Voorhis Jun 09, 2014

    In the beginning, Lord, there was nothing until you formed the world. You created all living things, made them dependent upon one another for their life and sustenance and blessed your Creation as good. Today, Lord, we are the descendants of your Creation, the custodians of the ecological balance that sustains and nurtures all life, including ours.

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  • Pray for Kenya on Sunday, June 15, 2014

    By: Phyllis Byrd Jun 09, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Genesis 1:1–2:4a

    Prayers for
    Kenya:

    Creation God, you created Adam and Eve in your image and in perfect health. Yet, we are living in a world where hundreds of thousands die from illnesses that are treatable. We pray for people all over the world who are suffering and cannot afford health care. Amen  

    Mission Stewardship Moment from Kenya:
    The majority of people in Africa, especially those living in...Read more...


  • Beginnings & Endings

    By: Mark Behle Jun 08, 2014

    “The end of a matter is better than its beginning...” (Ecclesiastes 7:8) Beginnings always have an element of uncertainty. Will things work out? How will this ever get done? How will God provide? Endings provide the opportunity to reflect, evaluate, examine, give appropriate thanks, and then move on. The familiar phrase, “All good things must come to an end”, seems to fit as I write this month’s newsletter. There were and are a number of good things coming to an...Read more...



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