15 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. Genesis 21:15 -19Read more
“Cuando el extranjero morare con vosotros en vuestra tierra, no le oprimiréis. Como a un natural de vosotros tendréis al extranjero que more entre vosotros, y lo amarás como a ti mismo; porque extranjeros fuisteis en la tierra de Egipto. Yo Jehová vuestro Dios.” Levítico 19:33-34
En Uganda, la actitud hacia los refugiados es incorporarlos a la vida comunitaria, como las escuelas y la atención médica. El consorte de Ministerios Globales, la Organización de Iglesias Instituidas Africanas (OAIC), visitó Kiryandongo, Uganda, y experimentó tanto la maravillosa hospitalidad de la comunidad como la gran tensión sobre los recursos locales.Read more
June 13th was International Albinism Awareness Day. If you didn’t know it, be sure to put it on your calendar next year. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known it had I not walked past Mbandaka City Hall. After noticing the ceremonial set-up, I took a closer look at the banner hanging below the neatly arranged plastic chairs. The banner in French proclaimed “World Albinism Awareness Day, Theme: Accepting Persons with Albinism Because We Are the Same, Our Motto: Solidarity and Integration”. It was wonderful to see the city embrace the cause of battling the stigma of albinism, and officially locking arms with a minority population that is often spurned by the community.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 6:24-35
Prayers for Kenya:
Father, in the Mighty name of Jesus I thank You. I thank You because all power belongs to You. I thank You because You always answer our prayers. I ask for forgiveness on behalf of our land and nation, Kenya. Forgive us, for we have not walked in your ways. Remember your people, Lord, those tossed about, oppressed, and trampled upon by political situations, hunger, and thirst. O Lord, remember mercy and heal this land.
Dear God, guide the country of Kenya; may the people and the leaders place all their faith, hope, trust, and love in you to nurture the ideals of equality and brotherhood, to provide the opportunities of life for all, to value and protect the rights of individuals, to build up a sturdy and industrious generation, to grant justice to all regardless of caste or creed, to be strong in battle for the right, magnanimous in victory, and honorable in the establishment of a just and charitable peace, and to follow after righteousness and godliness that alone exalts a nation.
I decree peace, prosperity, and blessing to this land. Let peace be upon Nairobi, let peace be upon the four corners of this great land. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. AmenRead more
He promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly...’ Psalm 85:8
1. The Zimbabwe Council of Churches joins the Apostle Paul in encouraging all Christians ‘...first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanks-giving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior...’ (1 Timothy 2 verse 1-3)Read more
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) is the unifying body of Christians in the country. Representing 26 member churches and three Christian organizations, the Council joins together in a common purpose to work for achieving justice, unity, reconciliation, and the integrity of creation in all aspects of Ghanaian society. The Council is dedicated to work for an increased realization of social and economic rights of disadvantaged women, men and children in Ghana.
After becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Convention on the Rights of a Child adopted by the UN Assembly, Ghana is still fighting for the rights of children and young people today. In 2008, the country passed a policy to support actions reducing the occurrence of child labor and human trafficking in Ghana. The Christian Council of Ghana began the Smoked Fish microcredit project along the coast of Ghana to provide women and families with the opportunity to earn a sustainable income. Many families in this region must make the difficult decision between sending their children to school and sending their child to work. This is one way the CCG is supporting the government’s decision to end child labor. By giving parents the opportunity to earn a fair wage, they are able to send their children to school instead of taking on jobs to supplement their families’ incomes.Read more
It’s been said that churches within The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) don’t have an altar, instead we have a table. That makes sense when one considers that an altar is a place for sacrifices. Jesus was the ultimate and final sacrifice, as John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold! the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). When Jesus instituted his meal, he asked his disciples to remember him, all of him…his life, teachings, works and saving act on the cross. At the Apostle Paul’s urging the early church made communion a sacred tradition. In 1811 at Brush Run, Communion became a central element of worship and a distinct tradition of Disciples. It is a tradition embodied in our denominational symbol – the red chalice (1).Read more
Announcing the Launch of the ZCC Election Research Report: ‘Zimbabwe Council of churches (2018), 2018 Harmonized Elections: Prospects for democratic transition in Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe Council of Churches.’
The Zimbabwe Council of Churches announces the publication of an important election research titled ‘2018 Harmonised Elections: Prospects for democratic transition in Zimbabwe.’ Drawn from an extensive research involving 1607 respondents, the research broadly explores the extent to which electoral conditions and citizens perceptions impact on the prospects for democratic transition after the 2018 Harmonised elections. It answers questions such as:Read more
Last September, I arrived in Sierra Leone to serve on the staff of the country’s Council of Churches and join efforts to advocate for girls and women. In the past 10 months of working in the Tonkolili District, I have gained a deeper awareness of and appreciation for the love of God as made known through the peace and justice ministries of the Council.Read more
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34
In Uganda, the attitude toward refugees is to incorporate them into community life, such as schools and health care. Global Ministries’ partner, the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), visited Kiryandongo, Uganda, and experienced both the wonderful hospitality of the community and also the great strain on the local resources.Read more