By: Alison Stendahl May 08, 2013
A quick update on my life here in Istanbul. The most recent event was the disastrous May Day workers’ “celebrations” here in Istanbul. The government had banned Taksim Square as an assembly point for this year’s demonstrations. Instead of providing other designated areas, they just focused on keeping everyone out of Taksim. If you look at a map of Istanbul, you can see that there are a lot of entry points to be protected. So they shut down all transportation...Read more...
By: Maryjane Westra May 06, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Acts 16:16-34
Prayers for Zimbabwe:
Gracious Mother/Father God, create in us a spirit where Jesus is a constant and love abounds. Help us to find ways to comfort our neighbors and lift the ravages of poverty and disease as we walk together in hope. Remind us to receive the gifts of others; the gifts of love, music, laughter and the vision of the world through new eyes. ...Read more...
By: Amy Lester Apr 29, 2013
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Lectionary Selection: Acts 16:9-15
Prayers for Hungary:
We come to you today in prayer, in awe and in thanks. During this Easter season we see the world blooming all around us and we too feel a stirring within ourselves. Refresh our souls, we pray, as you did with Lydia on the...Read more...
By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 27, 2013
The Donkoi Children's Development Center (DCDC) has been involved in eco-friendly practices since the school was first built in 1999. On Earth Day, 20 international students and adults visited DCDC to experience what children in the After School Program are doing to protect and preserve the environment.Read more...
By: Anil Henry Apr 22, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Rev 21:1-6
Prayers for India:
Our Immortal God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, we come into your presence with hopes of drinking from the spring of the water of life which You have so graciously offered to all the believers. Help us, O Lord, to walk in the path of righteousness, so that we may live as your people in new Jerusalem...Read more...
By: Xuyen Dangers Apr 15, 2013
Nang Nui is an 11-year-old 5th grade pupil at Donkoi primary school in Donkoi village, in the Sisatanak district of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. She is the youngest of three sisters. The two older sisters are 15 and 13 years old and in grades 9 and 7. Nang Nui lives a 3-minute walk from the DK school. Her father is a construction worker and her mother is a cleaner at a small hotel in...Read more...
By: Carmelo Alvarez Apr 15, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Acts 9: 36-43
Prayer for Venezuela
God of miracles and blessings we thank you for the many ways in which you have expressed your love and kindness throughout the world. We are very grateful for the ministry we share with the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela. Our offering this morning is a concrete expression of our continued commitment with our Pentecostal sisters and brothers in Venezuela and around...Read more...
By: James Wilson Apr 08, 2013
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1:2-4Read more...
By: Kristine Tisinger Apr 08, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Prayers for South Africa:
Lord God, We thank you for the opportunity to worship you today. Show us the path you have for us and give us the courage and strength to follow it.
This week we pray for our mission partner, the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Be with the College in this time of adjustment as new staff members are...Read more...
By: John Campbell-Nelson Apr 02, 2013
Writing to you feels like the last step in a return to “normal” life here in Timor. We returned from five months of home assignment in the U.S. in early February, just in time for the start of a new semester at Artha Wacana Christian University (UKAW), where Karen and I have been asked to join the theological faculty as full-time staff.Read more...