If there’s one thing I learned during seven years as a pastor among the Timorese people, it’s that prayer is a simple, effective way to cope with anxiety. They take their cue from St. Paul. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul admonishes:Read more
This morning as I walked to the elevator, all disguised in my sunglasses and anti-particulate face mask, I exchanged pleasantries with a neighbor who sounded a bit like an Aussie. (We’ve got some diversity in this building, with Filipino, Thai, Korean, European expats, and even a Detroiter.)Read more
The Protestant Church in East Timor (IPTL) was founded in 1979 as a coordinating body between formerly independent churches in East Timor. The IPTL is fully committed to and engaged in spiritual, cultural and social reconstruction of their young country. They provide ministries throughout the country to offer hope for establishing peace and justice in East Timor.Read more
by Nirmala Carvalho (from Crux)
MUMBAI, India - India’s Catholic Church is doing what it can to provide relief for millions of poor people affected by the lockdown imposed by the government to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Much of India’s economy is informal, and millions of people live day-to-day and have been adversely affected by the nationwide quarantine.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 20:1-18
Prayers for East Timor:
God of all newness, as we face a world of suffering and injustice, despair and cynicism, awaken us to the hope found in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Energize us by the power of your Holy Spirit for the renewal of the world. We pray especially for partners in the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). We rejoice in the ways you have sustained them in faith and hope. Therefore we lift up to you their ministries on behalf of the Timorese people. We pray that the witness of our partners would be a source of hope and wholeness for many. God bless and strengthen the women of Clinic Immanuel Lospalos. May their ministry surge forward with healing energy. God bless and strengthen the new leadership of Immanuel Church as well. We pray for their unity in mission and ministry. We also remember the Synod of IPTL as they prepare for the upcoming General Assembly. We ask that you be at work midst the choosing of new leaders and ministry directions. We remember as well that political unrest lurks in East Timor as another government has recently collapsed. Therefore pray, in Easter hope, for unexpected newness and possibility.
In the name of the Crucified and Risen Son, Amen.Read more
In just over two months, coronavirus has turned the world upside down, forcing us to accept many unsettling realities and to deviate from familiar paths and pursuits. With numbers rising daily all over the world, and with vaccine and drugs several months away, the journey ahead is likely to be long and hard.Read more
To watch a video on the issue of Dalit Human Rights featuring the work of the Indian Samaritans, click here.
The Indian Samaritans is a national organization committed to address issues faced by marginalized communities in India. They work with vulnerable communities living in unauthorized colonies in large cities by supporting parents and children to receive an education and providing mentorship for families and teachers to become agents of change.Read more
An unprecedented situation requires extraordinary responses. The central and state governments have responded. There are criticisms about how it was done. Nevertheless, concerns relating to how the lockdown has affected the poor and the migrants among us are being looked into as and when the situation arises.Read more
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh - April 1, 2020
Amid the Coronavirus crisis around the world, Bangladesh has been so far moderately affected by the Corona Virus (COVID 19) infection which likely to be spread in larger sphere of the community if necessary measures are not taken appropriately. Until April 1, 2020, 54 person tasted positive with Corona infection, 26 has been recovered, while the total number of deaths with confirmed coronavirus so far is 6 as per Bangladesh Government Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) information. They also informed that 24,113 people were in quarantine across the country while 346 others in isolation. On other hand, as per the media ( The Daily Star, April 1 & March 31, 2020) there are several people died in different locations of Bangladesh with respiratory complication, cough and fever but it is not supported by the Govt yet.Read more
The following was sent by mission co-worker in Indonesia, Karen Campbell-Nelson, in response to an email sent to all mission co-workers from Global Ministries Co-Executives, Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson.Read more