Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all.
With the current pandemic-stay-at-home-quarantine situation, I find that some days I am incredibly annoyed by the smallest of things. An entire day can be turned upside down by a simple gesture over digital communication. Yet on other days, I feel ‘productive’- practicing a new skill, reading a book, cleaning out my email inbox, or doing my laundry by hand with the courtyard hose.Read more
*Update: On July 23, 2020 the National Council of Churches in Korea convened partners and civil society groups for the historic Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement
Churches throughout the world are calling for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War that started 70 years ago today.
News story re-posted from World Council of Churches
22 June 2020
A new World Council of Churches (WCC) publication, “The Light of Peace – The Churches and the Korean Peninsula,” is offering WCC member churches resources for understanding and reflecting on 70 years of unresolved conflict on the Korean Peninsula during this anniversary year, 2020.Read more
Story re-posted from World Council of Churches
A Joint Ecumenical Peace Message for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was publicly delivered on 22 June during a live-streamed event. Co-sponsored by churches and councils of churches around the world, especially from countries that participated in the Korean War, the message describes the Korean War as an “appallingly destructive conflict” after which no peace treaty was ever concluded.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 10:40-42
Prayers for the Philippines:
Wellspring of Life and Love, we come to you with hearts grieving, tears flowing, voices trembling, and hands shaking. We are overwhelmed by torrents of life’s challenges: natural (and not so natural) disasters compounded by human actions that destroy our life support system as a whole and by those who feed on the flesh of the most vulnerable members of our society.
Of the many challenges that we as a people in the Philippines are facing and in solidarity with others around the world, we are raising our laments and questions. Help us, dear Spirit of Wisdom, to find some answers to our anguished questions:Read more
In January 2020, Global Ministry has joined an ecumenical effort to provide much-needed medical supplies to China through one of the mission partners Amity foundation, which is an independent Chinese organization founded in 1985 on the initiative of Chinese Christians.These medical supplies have been delivered to over 300 hospitals, medical centers, and more than 100 communities and township-level organizations in 14 cities, 1 autonomous prefecture and 3 counties in Hubei and Jiangsu Province.
Besides the medical supplies, on March 22, the Guarding Angel project of Amity Foundation officially came to an end. During the 42 days of implementation, the project provided 141,785 meals, 230 cases of tinned milk, 540 small cakes and 7 big cakes for front-line medical workers in 17 cities across the country.
As confirmed cases in China are continuously decreasing in March, Amity Foundation begins to provide supplies to overseas countries. On March 23rd, the first shipment from Amity Foundation - 10,000 surgical masks and 50,000 disposable masks - were loaded and shipped to Shibuya District, Tokyo, Japan, which is the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics. On March 27th, Ms. Kimiyo Matsuzaki, the Chinese-Japanese friendship ambassador, handed over the supplies on behalf of Amity to locals.
On March 25, Amity Foundation cooperated with Jinde Charities, a Catholic charity in China, to donate emergency medical protective materials, including 500,000 disposable surgical masks, plus other protective suits, regular masks, and goggles, to countries with severe epidemics, such as Italy, Spain, and Germany.
On March 30, Amity Foundation shipped 10,000 masks and 2,000 protective suits to Amity's Philippines partner KAISA.
China Christian Council
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, from January until now, the Churches in China have temporarily closed and discouraged congregational activities and changed it to online worship and all students of the seminaries and Bible Schools stayed at home to participate in their online classes.
Between February 2nd and 11th, China Christian Council (CCC) and National Committee of Three-self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China (TSPM)) corporated with Amity Foundation to donate medical protective materials and ventilators to the hospitals in Wuhan and other major cities in Hubei province. They also sent disinfectant for the communities in Hubei to spray through the streets to prevent the virus.
In responding to the calling of CCC and TSPM, the local churches and individuals have been committed to working together with communities to share the social responsibilities and generously donated supplies and money to the areas most affected by the coronavirus.
Hubei Provincial Christian Council and Mid-South Theological Seminary in Wuhan played an important role as a transfer station of medical supplies which were sent by local churches in China. They organized church volunteers to deliver those antivirus emergency supplies as soon as possible to the hospitals, police stations and communities.
Shanghai Chrisitan communities donated protective clothing through Shanghai Red Cross to support the work of prevention and control in Shanghai Railway Station.
The churches in Henan province have donated 11,000 surgical masks and more than 1300 boxes of instant noodles and milk to the front-line medical workers.
According to the report of CCC & TSPM by the end of March, the churches and individuals in China have donated more than 141 million yuan (approximately 2.14 million US dollars ) and 5.6 million yuan (approximately 802 thousands US dollars) worth of medical supplies to the hospitals and communities.
Due to the decreasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, most of the cities in China including Wuhan reopened on March 7th after almost 11 weeks of lock down. Although the people are allowed to travel between cities, it is not the time for the people to return back to normal. We will continue to pray for and support each other in this difficult time. As the sign on the donation box of Amity Foundation says "the greatest healing therapy is LOVE and AMITY".Read more
HKCC Response to the Resolution in Enacting the National Security Legislation for Hong Kong by the National People's Congress
From the Hong Kong Christian Council
Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China since its return on 1 July 1997. Under the principles of “one country, two systems,” “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong,” and “high degree of autonomy,” enacting legislation on national security is the duty of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as stipulated in the Basic Law in order to safeguard national security and ensure the stability of the people's lives. However, in the past 23 years, the HKSAR Government was unable to legislate for Article 23 of the Basic Law and now, facing the need for national security, the National People's Congress considered that it is necessary to enact the “National Security Legislation for Hong Kong."
I officially started to work for East Asia and the Pacific office of Global Ministries in April this year as a coworker for China, and my work is based in St. Louis Missouri. I am so excited to have this opportunity to serve Global Ministries and mission partners in China. The area executive Mr. Derek Duncan and I planned to visit China earlier this year, but we have to postpone this visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we couldn’t physically meet our mission partners in China at this moment, I kept in touch with China Christian Council, Amity Foundation, Shaanxi and Henan Provincial Christian Council, the seminaries, and friends through social media and we learned from each other.Read more
If you listen to the news often the stories will ring out with a few catch phrases: “unprecedented times”, “abundance of caution”, “unforeseen circumstances” and so many more. Reading it can be an overwhelming moment where it seems like nothing is stable with the earth constantly shifting under our feet. Instead of standing on solid ground the sands of incessant swirling and falling cause us to stumble.Read more