Missionary Stories

Through the Eyes of Children

India_-_Cannon_IMG_3133.jpgThe beauty of life is seen through the eyes of children all around the world. Just a short walk down the road from Christian Hospital Mungeli is the Rambo Memorial English Medium School (RMEMS). There, you have the vibrant energy of young people, from nursery to 12th standard. As you walk through the halls of the school, you can literally still hear the students’’ laughter and the pattering of feet, long after they have gone home and the classrooms are empty. Each day, students learn to cherish life, respect each other, and embrace the unique learning opportunities that are available to them outside, as well as inside, of the four walls of their classroom.

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Everything is Holy Now

Thailand_-_Common_Tree_Shrew_-_SE_Asia.jpgLast month as I preached at a worship service here at the national headquarters of the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT), I found myself thinking again, as I so often have, of a Peter Mayer song from an album by my friend, Scott Stilwell—“Everything is Holy Now.”  In it, the singer remembers growing up in church and wondering why there are so few miracles today, compared to Biblical times.  But the song also tells us that if we know how to look and how to listen, we can realize that miracles are everywhere and we’re swimming in a sea of God’s holiness.

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Sawasdee Ka! Greetings from Thailand!

Thailand_-_karendress.jpgSome of the people reading this article have known me almost my entire life, whereas others may have never met me, or have only known me for a short time. Those who have known me since I was little could attest to my wild imagination and sense of adventure.  One of my favorite activities as a child was packing bags.  Once my bags were packed I would travel behind the sofa, pretending that at the back of the sofa I had reached my destination.  Due partly to friends and family living on other continents, from an early age I had a deep desire and love for the world that existed far beyond our family farm in Iowa.  Another of my favorite games was telephone. To play, I would sit near one tree in the yard and my mother or neighbor friends would sit near another tree. Our trees were our homes. We would call each other and invite one another over, for pretend tea or conversation.  I was always curious to meet and get to know new people.

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Goosebumps and Theology

Indonesia_-_john_campbell_nelson_pic1.jpgAs I write to you, we are in between semesters at Artha Wacana Christian University, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we have a break.  I still have 75 sermons to read from last semester in order to turn in my grades, and thesis supervision for those who are rushing to make deadlines for graduation later this month.  I am also acutely aware that this next semester will be my last before retirement.  The University has a mandatory retirement age of 65, and I will reach that golden age in June.  I will continue teaching in the graduate program for at least another year, because they still need my doctorate to help fulfill accreditation standards.  By that time we hope one or two faculty members currently doing doctoral study will return and I can well and truly retire.

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Ashes to ashes and dust to dust...

India_-_Anil___Teresa_Henry_Spring_2015_pic1.jpgAshes to ashes and dust to dust…..on February 13 this year, the Christian community of Bishrampur  (our neighboring village which was one of the oldest missionary setups  in the state of Chattisgarh) laid to rest the ashes of their beloved “missionary kid.”  William Keith Whitcomb, or “Billy Baba” as they loved to call him, came back as a missionary to the same place in which he grew up. Bill Whitcomb was an agriculturist, whose calling was to feed the hungry, leading him to establish the Rural Life Program for the people of this area.  In this program, farmers were taught about the best practices and development in agriculture. The memorial service was a day of fond memories and thankfulness for a life lived so well.

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Death Penalties

Karen Campbell-Nelson serves with the Evangelical Church of West Timor as a Professor. Her appointment is supported by your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, Disciple's Mission Fund, Our Church's Wider Mission and your special gifts.

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Christmas Greetings from Mungeli

India_-_Anil_Xmas_2014_pic1.pngAs we come to the close of the year and prepare for this special time of Christmas, there is so much that we are thankful for in our community at Mungeli. The hospital has been a beacon of hope for many, and the staff has successfully taken on the in-creasing patient load.

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Life's Lessons

Rachel_Beck1.jpgThere is a magical place called “Family Village Farm.” Why is this place magical? There are many reasons. It might be the feeling of happiness you get when surrounded by the cutest, loving children.  Or it could be the inspiration received from the amazing women who work there.  Or maybe it is magical because of the lessons you learn from the grandmothers.  No matter which one of these it may be, if you come and visit “Family Village Farm,” you will forever be changed through the experiences.

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She Visited Me Again in a Dream—Luke 12:34

She visited me again in a dream.  It was before I knew exactly when I would be able to travel to Thailand and begin working with the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT).

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The Beginning of my time in Thailand

Thailand_-_Anne_Gregory_Xmas_2014_pic1.jpgDecember 20, 2014

My first two work days have been a blast.

I got to work by 7 a.m. on Thursday (my first day).  Yes, I slept for one day, and then went to the office.  It was necessary so that I could meet everyone before Christmas.  My housemate and boss, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Bryant, and I took a cab.  Usually she takes the elevated train, but she had Christmas presents to take.

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