And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
Displaced from their ancestral homes because of mining, militarization, and other forms of developmental aggression, the Lumads (indigenous people of the Philippines) have sought temporary sanctuary among hospitable communities. Global Ministries partner, Union Theological Seminary (UTS) has been privileged to host the Lumads. The Lumads stayed for a month at the UTS campus, which felt like home because of its beautiful natural surroundings. Through UTS’ hospitality, the Lumad children were able to continue their education through the traveling Bakwit (evacuees) School, which provides schooling to the many Lumads who evacuated.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Prayers for the Philippines:
God of mercy and steadfast love, incline your ears to the cry and anguish of your suffering people. They have suffered so much from the hands of the haughty and the mighty, and many of them are dying before their time. Many are without bread and hungry even as they labor day and night in the fields and factories, while others are wallowing in wealth and affluence. The farmers, such as that of Lupang Ramos, have given their sweat and labors to till the land, but they are under threat of eviction. The Lumads, the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, and other indigenous communities around the world, have been displaced from their ancestral domains in the name of development. Many lives have been wasted, especially the lowly ones, in the name of the war on drugs and in the name of peace.
Knowing your mighty acts of liberation and your steadfast love, we come to you to with our prayers and hopes. As in the past, we trust that you will bring down the mighty from their thrones, lift up the lowly from the mire of misery, and fill the hungry with good things.
With your ever-present Holy Spirit, comfort your people in their hours of tribulation that they may not waiver in their hopes and empower them to conspire with others in the work of helping usher your peaceable and livable world.
This we pray in the Name of the One who was crucified and resurrected with the people. Amen.Read more
Communication from United Church of Christ in the Philippines
The area of North Luzon Jurisdiction – Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Cordillera regions has been badly affected by super typhoon Ompong (with international name Mangkhot). There were many reported casualties and missing. Houses, agricultural livelihoods, business buildings and government infrastructures amounting to billions of pesos were destroyed. Power lines and communication towers were damaged. Thousands are in evacuation centers.Read more
Dear Family and Friends, new and old,
Time is moving quickly! In one month, I will leave the Philippines and return to the U.S. What an adventure it has been for me. Right now, I'm feeling a mixture of emotions including relief, fear, sadness, and nervousness about my next steps.Read more
Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece. Filipenses 4:13
Resido en la ciudad de Dumaguete, Filipinas, una pequeña pero bulliciosa ciudad conocida por la mundialmente reconocida Universidad Silliman. Mi tiempo en Dumaguete ha estado lleno de muchos altibajos, ajustes y nuevas comodidades, desafíos y triunfos. Sin embargo, lo que me ha animado es la cálida y sincera hospitalidad que muestran los filipinos, así como los momentos para presenciar la gracia de Dios.Read more
Dear Friends, new and old, and Family,
I hope that you are doing well! I'm Lauren and I would like to invite you to learn about my journey here in the Philippines.Read more
I can do all this through God who gives me strength.
I reside in Dumaguete City, Philippines, a small yet bustling city well known for world-renowned Silliman University. My time in Dumaguete has been filled with many highs and lows, adjustments and new comforts, challenges and triumphs. Yet, what has buoyed me is the warm and sincere hospitality shown by Filipino people, as well as moments to witness God's grace.Read more
It feels as though time is moving faster now, in the second half of my year of service. I reside in the Philippines, within the Visayas region in Dumaguete City. Dumaguete is a small yet bustling city and is well-known throughout the Philippines for Silliman University, a world-renowned University.Read more
Union Theological Seminary (UTS-Phils) celebrated its 110th Anniversary. I took the opportunity to invite stakeholders to journey with UTS in the spirit of remembrance, celebration, and anticipation. One cannot celebrate and be grateful without remembering. Only those who can remember can truly celebrate. In like manner, only those who remember and celebrate can live in the spirit of anticipation.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9: 2-9
Prayers for the Philippines:
Lord, thank you for the beautiful image of friends bringing the paralyzed man to Jesus in Mark 2. Like the paralyzed man, we often need help in attaining spiritual and physical wholeness. God, you have made the whole world interdependent and in need of each other's support. Right now, we give praise for the Republic of the Philippines. A beautiful country filled with bountiful natural resources and people with generous hearts. Yet, the people's generosity is taken advantage of by outside invaders and even their own neighbors. Help the church in the Philippines stand strong against the abuse of the people, including theft of indigenous land and extrajudicial killing as a tactic in the drug war. Please pray for the leadership of this country as they struggle with many of the similar temptations that we see politicians struggle with in the US, including corruption and neglect of the poor. May we be like the friends of the paralyzed man and help our brothers and sisters here in the Philippines get the restoration that is due to them.
More specifically, please pray for the UCCP (United Church of Christ in the Philippines) as it is in a time of transition and in a position of potential growth.
Please also pray for the two NGOs that I work with: Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) and Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE).
Both organizations seek to empower the Filipino community and are doing incredible work. Pray for their ability to continue doing so. GWAVE specifically asked for prayer for the approval of the next phase of our proposal and for co-funding as well as smooth turn over when there are staff changes. For clients, especially those with filed cases, that they may attain the justice they deserve and that the truth will prevail always.Read more