Aprendiendo la paz Él juzgará entre las naciones y reprenderá a muchos pueblos. Convertirán sus espadas en rejas de arado y sus lanzas en hoces; no alzará espada nación contra nación ni se adiestrarán más para la guerra. - Isaías 2:4 Recientemente visité Maluku, en el este de Indonesia, la cual estaba envuelta en violencia comunal luego de la caída de Suharto en 1998. Hasta hace unos cinco años atrás, cristianos y musulmanes en aldeas locales se estaban matando unos a los otros y quemando casas, iglesias y mesquitas. Hoy día, la iglesia está involucrada en programas para fomentar la paz entre estas aldeas cristianas y musulmanes. Un amigo musulmán que había crecido en esa área y conocía a todo el mundo, estaba viajando con nosotros. Después de varios días de pláticas tanto en aldeas musulmanas como cristianas y de ver la excitación y esperanza en los ojos del grupo de jóvenes tanto cristianos como musulmanes que servían como "motivadores de las aldeas" en el programa para fomentar la paz, expresé mi asombro de que estas personas pudieran haber sido tan violentas unas contra las otras.Read more
John Campbell-Nelson - Indonesia
I am enjoying a peaceful morning at home today, having excused myself from the Synod office in order to write a long-overdue newsletter. Like many church offices, the Synod here in Kupang is a great place for conversations with friends, but not so good if you actually want to concentrate on something.
Out my window I see my neighbors harvesting their rice crop, and in the paddy just in front of our house a widow is exercising her ancient right to glean the field. According to tradition, rice has a soul just like you and me, and if you don't take care when harvesting and treat the rice with respect, its soul will leave and the rice will be infertile and tasteless. I notice a difference between "modernized" young people and those who have been raised in a more traditional village environment by the way they handle the rice stalks, whether they joke and shout during the harvest or work in respectful silence. In a sense, the widow as she gleans is doing a public service by making sure that every grain of rice is valued. Or maybe that's just the preacher in me, romanticizing her poverty. At any rate, it's clear that what people believe affects their behavior in very subtle ways.Read more
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
Position: Program Associate, Advocacy and Education
Reports to: Executive, Mission Interpretation & Constituency Relationships
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
On a Saturday afternoon in August 1806, five college students gathered in a field to discuss the spiritual needs of those living in Asian countries. When a thunderstorm arose, they took shelter on the side of a haystack and prayed. This gathering came to be called the Haystack Prayer Meeting, launching the modern American mission movement.
John Campbell-Nelson - Indonesia
Greetings from a beautifully green if somewhat muggy Timor. We are in mid-rainy season here, and the rice is growing behind the house and the peanuts and lentils are coming along nicely in our garden up the hill. As I was walking to a neighbor's house yesterday I couldn't help but notice that nearly everyone has a better looking crop than we do. Despite our best intentions, and despite the labors of seven Timorese young people who live with us while they attend school, there's no disguising the fact that we are "gentry" farmers. Our lives don't depend on what we grow, and our garden shows it.Read more
The Tsunami Recovery from the devastation on December 26, 2004 goes on and new relief efforts are responding to the tsunami of July 17, 2006 along the coast of Java.Read more
An earthquake under the Indian Ocean of 6.2 happened on Saturday, 27 May 2006 05:46 a.m. local time. The epicentre was 33 km under the sea and 25 km south-west of Yogyakarta, 440 km south-east of Jakarta.Read more
Carlos Madrazo - Indonesia In an academic campus swamped with theology students rarely does one expect to meet perhaps the most conscientious person who is a non-theology student. Maria Gagurang, was among the 269 plus who graduated yesterday exceptionally though she was not one of the honored students. However, she received her bachelor in education diploma yesterday, February 20th, 2006 from the Universitas Kristen Indonesia Tomohon (UKIT) with self confidence more than anyone else.Read more
Carlos Madrazo - Indonesia Humility (in Indonesian, kerendahan hati and Putonghua, qiangong) is a virtue that was taught by the early Christians to their descendants because it was the act that exemplified Jesus life. The early Christians were ostracized and had to sustain their low profile in society through humility just as Jesus did during his life and ministry on earth.Read more