It’s been a busy two months in Timor! We go back and forth between feeling totally at home, like we never left Lospalos, and wondering where on earth we are. It’s a confusing but natural part of making the transition to living in a culture so different from our own.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 11:1-13
Prayers for East Timor:
Gracious God, we give you thanks for our partnership with the Protestant Church of Timor Leste. Through this partnership we hear the good news of your presence among the people of Timor and we see how your Spirit is at work bringing faith and hope, nurturing a spirit of service in the search for justice and peace.
We pray this day for the people of East Timor. And we pray as well for the land and sea and creatures big and small. We pray for the ministries of the IPTL: Clinic Immanuel Losplaos, Lisa Dila School, youth activities, and pastoral ministry. We pray for IPTL’s faithful pastors; many serving with very little pay and all striving to bring a word of life, grace and hope to the people. We ask that you give wisdom, guidance and trust to all of us working together to serve the people of Timor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
18 June 2016, Originally posted here
This month, Timor-Leste signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with the French company Bolloré to build and operate a major new container port at Tibar, 15km west of Dili. La’o Hamutuk has analyzed the project in depth, identifying some social and environmental impacts, raising concerns about economic viability and pondering implications for Timor-Leste’s sustainability.Read more
The Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL) is a Reformed Church in a largely Roman Catholic country of one million people. Although IPTL has a congregation in each town center, most of its 55 congregations are scattered throughout the mountainous rural countryside. Through its social outreach foundation, the IPTL supports two outpatient clinics, a vocational school and a variety of small-scale agricultural projects. Most pastors serve multiple congregations, traveling long distances in order to lead worship and provide pastoral care and community leadership.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Psalm 137
Prayers for East Timor:
Almighty God, the omnipotent and omnipresent, we ask for guidance and grace for our mission partners in Timor Leste - ITPL and its two related foundations - Foundasaun Didache (for the Lisa Dila Vocational High School) and Foundation Social Naroman (engaged in relief and development). We pray for blessings on IPTL’s leadership under Pandetta Moises Antonio Da Silva and the other elected officers who have been serving since 2012. We pray fervently for elected President, Taur Matan Ruak. Guide and bless his administration over these next four-and half years as they attempt to lift their people out of hunger and poverty. Give them strength and sustain thier work to provide stable and sustained educational and health services. Be in the midst of our congregations to spiritually nurture them and bind them to one another. Dear God, ignite those lay leaders from the many diverse congregations to be faithful disciples. We also pray for Amena Lalu Cristovao, who is studying in Milwaukee to become a lab technician. Give her the skills she will need when she returns to serve her home health clinic in Lospalos.
Mission Stewardship Moment from East Timor:
This is a time of great transition in East Timor. It also offers great promise and an opportunity. Churches and educational institutions are facing limited funding and structure but continue to work to meet such deep needs in their communities. Peace has dominated the first year and a half during the administration of the Timor Leste’s first elected Protestant President, Taur Matan Ruak a.k.a. Jose Maria de Vesconcelos. This peace, offers a window of opportunity for our partners. They are working to build stronger Christian communities in the face of being separated geographically. The relief and development ministry is discerning priorities and working to build programs that will set the foundation for sustainable communities. The education ministry seeks to support a strong cohesive Christian ministry.
For most people in East Timor, the eastern half of an island southeast of Indonesia, educational and career opportunities are few. Amena Cristovao, a 24-year-old woman from the rural village of Lospalos, is being sponsored by Global Ministries to become a medical technician. She is working to complete the medical laboratory technician program at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. With this Associates Degree, Amena will be one of the most valuable medical lab technicians in all of East Timor.
Since being in the states she has graduated from the Global Language Institute (GLI). Her summer was filled with travel to a Disciples of Christ summer camp and from there to General Synod in Long Beach, California and General Assembly in Orlando, Florida. In August she went to Madison, Wisconsin, for a gathering of Timorese people in the USA before heading back to school. Amena is a remarkable example of working in partnership, not alone but with every one of us supporting her journey to a better tomorrow for East Timor.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Carlos Madrazo)
Mission Partners in East Timor:
More information on East Timor: http://globalministries.org/sasia/countries/east-timor/
Global Ministries Missionary in East Timor:
Carlos Madrazo, a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Seattle, Washington, serves the United Church of Christ in the Philippines as an Agricultural Consultant. He works as an adviser on institutional capacity building, resources and sustainable agricultural curriculum development with the UCCP.
The Global Ministries Committee of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Northwest Region of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) acknowledged and gave thanks for the life-long ministry of Dr. Carlos L. Madrazo, Jr. Dr. Madrazo has returned from his recent Global Ministriess assignment with the Protestant Church of East Timor. While in the United States he was hospitalized with a heart condition which required open-heart surgeryRead more
The Library Task Force at Church of the Beatitudes, in Phoenix, Arizona, has hosted an annual used book sale since 2005. Members and friends of the church community have graciously supported the efforts of the Task Force through donations of used books, tapes, videos, and games, and then shopping at the sale. Proceeds are used to purchase books and non-print media for the church library. In 2012 the library chose appropriately to share their blessings and donated $500.00 to Global Ministries for the Lisadila School in East Timor to help meet the school’s literacy needs. The next sale will be held March 2 and 3, 2013.Read more
Tom and Monica Liddle served with the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). Tom served as an English teacher and works as a facilitator in the IPTL's program for strengthening congregations and continuing education of pastors. Monica worked as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in Immanuel Clinic Lospalos, which is run by the FUSONA, the relief and development wing of the IPTL.Read more