Mission Stories

  • The First Social Workers in Laos

    By: Xuyen Dangers May 06, 2014

    On April 12, 2014, forty social work graduates celebrated the service and work of Xuyen Dangers, Global Ministries mission personnel, who will retire in May. Those present were part of the first four classes of social workers to graduate from the Social Work and Development Program at the National University of Laos, the only program of its kind in the country.



  • Pray for Costa Rica on Sunday, May 11, 2014

    By: Rebecca Hardin-Nieri May 05, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:42–47

    Prayers for Costa Rica:
    God of the howler monkey, quetzal, and mighty fig strangler tree, loving Lord of the orphan, coffee bean picker, child prostitute, dairy farmer, politician, priest and cab driver, your creation is so vast and diverse.  Costa Rica is but a small part of your world and yet it contains an incredible amount of diversity. Perhaps this country and within it the area of Monteverde...Read more...

  • Decorah’s Nicole Betteridge describes her experiences in Southeast Asia as a mission intern for Global Ministries

    By: Nicole Betteridge Apr 29, 2014

    “Ultimately, human beings are all the same, equally important and loved, but different in such areas as what we define as home, what language we communicate in, what we eat for food each day, or where we find/buy clothes. In the end, we live differently, but at the core are all the same.”

    -- From Nicole Betteridge’s blog post, September 2, 2012, before embarking on a 14-month stay in Laos.


  • Coming of Age

    By: Mark Behle Apr 29, 2014

    In 1964, two years prior to Lesotho becoming an independent nation, the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society formally handed over the leadership of its mission church in Lesotho, the Church of Basutoland, to the Basotho people. This event was known as the church’s Thuthuho or “Coming of Age”. The event marked the beginning of a new era and the church took on the name of the Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC), which last year was changed to the Lesotho Evangelical Church in...Read more...

  • Pray for Germany on Sunday, May 4, 2014

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Apr 28, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 24:13–35

    Prayers for Germany:
    God, our daily walk is, like the friends and followers of Jesus, an Emmaus road. We worry, alone and together; we walk along with eyes closed to the solutions we seek for our lives - for our world. Your child Jesus chose the walk of Love, the only answer to our questions of How, and Why?

    I thank you for the witness of the Evangelische...

  • The Youngest First Grader

    By: Joel Cooper Apr 24, 2014

    After nine months relaxing in the cushioned comfort of his mother’s womb, baby Namoki now spends his days quietly sleeping on the divoted concrete floor in the back of his older brother’s classroom at Lokiding Primary School.



  • Pray for Laos on Sunday, April 27, 2014

    By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 22, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:19–31

    Prayers for Laos:
    Mighty God, in whom we know the power of redemption, you stand among us in the shadows of our time. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us with knowledge of the final morning when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son, we will share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life and forever freed...Read more...

  • Trying to Balance Indigenous Rights and Growth

    By: Matthew Fehse Apr 21, 2014

    In energy production, much of the Western world has a bevy of options before them which has allowed a growing trend towards renewable energy. In the Philippines, however, non-renewable sources like coal are significant. Providing 27% of the nation's energy production, coal is the cheapest source of power available and is an essential component to the nation's development as most structures here are built of reinforced concrete. 20% of the country's coal supply was purchased...Read more...

  • Korean Ferry Disaster

    By: Daniel Lee Apr 21, 2014

    In this Holy Week, The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) is expressing its deepest sorrow for the unspeakable loss and grief families are suffering.


  • Pray for Haiti on Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By: Tim Fonderlin Apr 15, 2014

    Lectionary Selection: John 20:1–18

    Prayers for Haiti:
    Lord God we can only imagine Mary’s excitement when she first recognized Jesus and then how her heart must have filled with indescribable joy as she embraced Him. How swiftly, too, her feet would have moved as she ran to share with the disciples, “I have seen the Lord."

    The good news of the Resurrection inspires us to pray for such a heart and for...Read more...

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