After several years living in Kupang, the provincial capital of West Timor, Indonesia, John and I moved several miles east to a farming village that is now no longer small or quiet. In our village home we attended Gethsemane Church, the closest congregation of Global Ministries’ partner, GMIT, the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor. It was at the Gethsemane Church that John and I first had communion ‘round the cross.Read more
In July this year, in Oe Ue, a remote village in East Amanuban Sub-district of South Central Timor, 19 Christians, many of them children, recited syahadat. This is the basic confession by which one becomes a Muslim: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is His Prophet.”.A video of the event was posted on social media and news of the conversions went viral. The reaction of Christians, members of GMIT and beyond, was swift and appears to be gaining momentum. Thousands of rupiah have poured in to build houses, provide scholarships for young children, and drill deep wells in this area that is prone to seasonal drought.Read more
Timor-Leste is facing what seem like insurmountable challenges these days. I’ll mention three things that touch the daily lives of people here and ask for your prayers.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9:30-37
Prayers for East Timor:
Gracious God, you have taught us. You have shown us. You have been among us. And yet it seems we have learned little. Children are still marginalized and victimized. They are the targets of traffickers. They are exploited in pornography. They are enslaved. They are malnourished and lack opportunities for education. We know that there are reasons for this O God. We have made choices that do not prioritize children. We have not welcomed them.
And so we pray: Bless, O God, the children of the world. Bless those who live in the slums. Bless those who live in war zones and refugee camps. Bless those who live in rural areas, laboring long hours to survive. Bless those who are victims of traffickers and those who live in captivity. Bless those in the suburbs and those in the neighborhoods. And bless us big people that we will get our priorities straight and invest our time, energy and resources in children. In the name of the one who welcomes children, we pray, Amen.Read more
The Christian Church of Sumba (GKS) is a Protestant church and a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, established in 1947. Today, the church has congregations both on the island of Sumba in Indonesia, and in various cities outside of Sumba. The church has approximately 42,000 members and 240 congregationsRead more
From The Church of South India
Floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed more than 350 people since June. The devastating floods in Kerala peaked last week. The monsoon rains have since begun to ease and rescue teams have been deployed, but thousands of people remain marooned. The following update comes from Global Ministries' partner, The Church of South India.
The floods have caused havoc across Kerala. Places such as Ranni, Maramon, Aranmula, Chengannur, Alwaye, Paravur, Alwaye are all inundated by the floods. The hill stations and the coastal areas are equally affected. Even though the rain is gradually easing, news of the dead recovered, stranded people beyond reach, and the unimaginable number of people who need shelter, medicinal care, and food make the situation even more dire. But there is a ray of hope in that people are setting aside their differences and supporting each other. The matured approach of the state government and the political leaders, the active involvement of the people, especially the fisherfolk from the coastal areas of Kerala, various organizations in the rescue operations, and the support of churches and other religious organizations for the relief work are helping millions of people in this time of grave disaster. The Indian Army along with the state machinery continues the dangerous rescue operations. It was heartening to hear that a pregnant woman, who was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from the sinking house, gave birth to a baby boy at the navy hospital.Read more
Located in Orissa, India, the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is the leading non-government healthcare institution in the state and provides the best medical care for each patient regardless of income. In addition to their medical work, the Church of North India provides a home for girls between the ages of five and 15 years old. Currently, there are just over 50 girls living in the home. Girls living in this home either have parents who have passed away or come to the home from difficult circumstances.Read more
“Así que, hermanos míos amados, estad firmes y constantes, creciendo en la obra del Señor siempre, sabiendo que vuestro trabajo en el Señor no es en vano.” 1 Corintios 15:58.
La Clínica Emmanuel en Loapalos, Timor Oriental, recibió a un equipo de dentistas de la Iglesia para Unir la Brecha en Brisbane, Australia. Fue su segunda visita a la clínica. Durante cuatro días, diez horas, ocuparon dos habitaciones en la clínica, sacando dientes y llenando las caries de personas que raramente han recibido atención médica oral de ningún tipo.Read more
Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?Read more
"The Light" a monthly newsletter written by the Church of North India's Diocese of Durgapur shares news from their youth, women's, medical, and pastoral ministries. Global Ministries is pleased to share their newsletters.Read more