Article originally written by Disciples Women and posted in Disciples News Service on July 11, 2018, found here.
While on the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to India, the Disciples Women delegation had the opportunity to visit Global Ministries partners in Durgapur, Malda, Kolkata, and Delhi. The work already being done there is amazing and life-giving and the women of the delegation wanted to make sure that it continues and expands.
My house* and those of my two children have been destroyed; three houses. I was born here in Tuadale and born in GMIT [the Evangelical Christian Church of Timor]. It was the same for my father. Our principle has always been that GMIT is our church. My hope now is that GMIT members throughout this province will help us. I am 70 years old. As a human, my time is slipping away—my knees are stiff, I’m losing my hearing, my sight is poor, my brain is slowing—my physical strength is eroding. My wife and I can’t move as we once did. Yet God continues to bless us so that we can accept these changes. Facing problems in life is normal, but it was hard when our house was torn down because I want to be buried here on the land I own...God’s justice is eternal.Read more
Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of God,
because you know that in God your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Clinic Immanuel in Loapalos, East Timor, hosted a team of dentists from The Gap Uniting Church in Brisbane, Australia. It was their second visit to the clinic. During four, ten-hour days, they occupied two rooms in the clinic pulling teeth and filling cavities on people who rarely have had oral healthcare of any kind.Read more
Snehakunja Children's Home is run by the Diocese of Calcutta of the Church of North India and supported by Global Ministries.Read more
Ecumenism tells us that we cannot live in isolation and that we should engage in existential dialogue; “for Jesus Christ, for the Church, there are no boundaries, so for ecumenism there shouldn’t be any boundaries,” said His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Holy See of Cilicia, in a special session at the opening of the Executive Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), being held in Antelias, Lebanon.Read more
“Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord,
because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58 (NRSV)
This past week, we’ve hosted a team of dentists from The Gap Uniting Church in Brisbane, Australia. This year was their second visit to Clinic Immanuel. During four, ten-hour days, they occupied two rooms in the clinic pulling teeth and filling cavities on people who rarely have had oral healthcare of any kind. Probably, most Timorese families have at least one member who suffers from chronic tooth pain. Timor Leste has about 12 dentists for a population of over a million and most all of them are in the capital, Dili.Read more
News from Pravaham
This year, Pravaham (Vellore, India) is celebrating their 25th anniversary of serving the community. Read the full newsletter to learn more about the recent activities happening at Pravaham including:
- An "eye camp" to provide eye check ups for 102 patients in the surrounding village,
- The celebration of International Women's Day,
- A workshop on communication skills,
- stories from current students at Pravaham,
- and much more!
In April, I attended the Global Ministries’ gathering of anti-human trafficking activists in Kupang, Indonesia. A group of us went to the airport to join a community as they received the body of a man named Mingus as it was returned from Malaysia. The 40-year old was trafficked some ten years ago and worked in a palm oil plantation there. We were told that, on an average, six coffins of migrant workers or trafficked people arrive every day at different Indonesian airports. The same is true at many Asian airports from which hundreds leave every day in hope of better life.Read more
by Elice Higginbotham
Let me begin by thanking those of you who so often ask me “How’s Max?” and who let me know that you are holding him in prayer. And for those of you who have wondered “Where’s Max?” let me take this opportunity to offer a long-overdue update.Read more
Two ordained ministers from Global Ministries' partner, the Church of American Ceylon Mission (CACM) in Sri Lanka, have graduated from US seminaries. Mani Luke John and from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis with a Master of Theological Studies degree and Kamal Akumar from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey with a Master of Theology degree.Read more