Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
Global Ministries has been walking with the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) since its founding in 1893. Today, the UCCZ is responsible for many ministries, including schools, children’s homes, hospitals, and health programs in the country.Read more
I would like to share with you my feelings for this Advent season in connection to the situation on the ground back home in the Democratic Republic of Congo and encourage you to stand with me and many others who are praying for the people of Congo.Read more
Larry and I have been in Peki-Volta Region Ghana, Africa for just a little over 14 months. It seems like a long time when I think about how things have changed with our immediate family and with our extended family in the US.Read more
The sign just inside the gate to the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Seminary at Peki, Ghana reads, “Know who you are, where you are, and why you are here.”Read more
From All Africa Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki
This year for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence we have joined together as a faith-based coalition bringing together All Africa Conference of Churches, World Council of Churches – Ecumenical HIV & AIDS Initiatives & Advocacy, Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, Organization of African Instituted Churches and Fellowship of Christian Councils & Churches in the Great Lakes & Horn of Africa to focus on ending violence against girls and women. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was initiated by the first Women's Global Leadership Institute, held by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991. This year’s theme by UN Women is "Orange the World: Generation Equality stand against rape."Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 24:36-44
Prayers for eSwatini:
Gracious and loving God,
You are Lord! You are the Lord our God in heaven above and on earth below. We honor you, for you are the God of our Praise!
Thank you for your Word that is spirit and life to us. Let it saturate our hearts, minds, and spirits so that we may hold fast to your promises as we journey through the joys and uncertainties of life. Daily, we are reminded that our lives here on earth, and the things of this world, are fleeting. Guide us continuously. Let us seek to be alert and watchful, and set our hopes on those things eternal through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Ignite our hearts and open our eyes of understanding to know that it is imperative that we remain in the position of readiness at all times because the Son of Man will come at an hour when we will not expect him.
Please pray for:
- Eswatini to continue to be a peaceful nation.
- The economy of Eswatini to improve and those in leadership to prioritize funds to attend to the needs of the people, so that the economic burden on families, communities, and church bodies will be lifted.
- Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC) obtains the resources to grow in influence and expand its reach in ministry and programs to meet the needs and expectations of the people.
- Victims of forced evictions and that this injustice will cease to exist.
- Elimination of violence against women and girls.
In Jesus name, we pray,
Lectionary Selection: Luke 23:33-43
Prayers for Ghana:
God of grace. Today we give thanks for the many natural resources which you have provided in the nation of Ghana. We seek forgiveness in the ways we have exploited the lives of humans and natural resources. We pray for the wisdom of the Ghanaian people to continue to be fruitful. As the thief who confessed his sins, may we too, confess our past sins and be open to using well the paradise of resources.Read more
Since returning to the U.S. from DR Congo, I’ve spent the last five months “itinerating”. This is a term used to describe when a mission co-worker returns home and embarks on a tour to inform and educate the church about partnerships in the country where they served.Read more
We discovered resources within ourselves. We learned how to navigate the streets of Manzini, where the best restaurants were, where to get the best produce. Wren and I explored the marketplace from top to bottom, finding all the wonderful gems there, learning to speak siSwati from orange vendors. After church one day Milo and I stopped by the local mosque and were invited to come back, which we did. Our front porch became the neighborhood kid hangout and there would be calls for Milo, Wren and Zeph from the parking lot at all hours of the day. We learned by trial and error and found joy.Read more