In October 2017, a group of Disciples women participated in a Woman-to-Woman Worldwide pilgrimage to India, coordinated by Global Ministries. The women were moved by a number of ministries offered by partner organizations. Each year upon the return to their home contexts, the participants share their experiences and promote special giving opportunities to support the life-giving ministries to women offered by partner organizations. This year, the group of participants selected the Anti-Human Trafficking program of the Church of North India’s Diocese of Durgapur and the Education Resource Centers (ERC) of the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion in Delhi. In 2018 and years to follow, these ministries are being promoted as giving opportunities while the delegates visit Disciples women around the United States and Canada interpreting their experiences during a special period of study, prayer, reflection, and advocacy.Read more
The Church of North India was formed in 1972 by the union of six Protestant denominations committed to actions of restoring the integrity of God’s creation through breaking down barriers of caste, class, gender, economic inequality, and the exploitation of nature. Currently, the Diocese of Durgapur, a district of the Church of North India is involved in a number of ministries that care for all ages and members of the community. These ministries include a thriving medical hospital and eye clinic, a nurse training program, an anti-human trafficking program, homes for children at-risk of being trafficked, gardening projects, emergency relief programs, and income-generating projects.Read more
Over 600,000 Muslims and 500 Hindus have fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine state of Myanmar, and it is reported more are waiting to flee. The influx started 25 August 2017 and such a sudden inflow of people has put Bangladesh under huge pressure, which could cause massive social and economic disorder. The situation is too devastating and is beyond manageable.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
Gracious God, we thank and praise you for the many ways you offer us to be your people – hands and feet, listening hearts and inventive minds - to bring your love and creative spirit of help and healing to your people. In a world that seems increasingly to find reasons to solve problems with threats and anger and violence, we cherish your gift of quiet hope of undoing our most complicated reasons to disagree.
We pray for your soothing touch in our hearts and heads when differences begin to define our relationships. Help us with your love and view of each of us, the possibilities of all of us, and your vision of a world of peace and appreciation, love and sharing for all. Lead us to live as Jesus taught us to do. May we live for you, for each other, for all your people and all our possibilities. May all come together in your love to shape the world as home and hope for all. We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus, Messiah, teacher, bringer of good news. AmenRead more
Interfidei is a Global Ministries partner in Indonesia. This newsletter features articles on art and culture, peacemaking, and the history of Interfidei.
In her seminal work, Texts of Terror (Fortress Press, 1984), Phyllis Trible gives us stories, a methodology, and a perspective for engaging with the Bible in ways that challenge us to admit: “Sad stories do not have happy endings” (p. 2). For example, Hagar is a woman of many “firsts”.
Hagar is a pivotal figure in biblical theology. She is the first person in scripture whom a divine messenger visits and the only person who dares to name the deity . . .[S]he is the first woman to bear a child [outside of Genesis 1-11], . . .the first woman to hear an annunciation, the only one to receive a divine promise of descendants, and the first to weep for her dying child. (p. 28)Read more
Admissions at Lady Doak College has reached an all-time high, with 1,454 new students admitted this school year. These students were selected from a pool of over 16,500 applicants, making Lady Doak College the most preferred college for young women in the region. Currently, there are a total of 4,784 students enrolled at the college, instructed by a teaching staff of 252. Over 40% of all students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. Furthermore, 35% of the student population is comprised of first-generation college learners.Read more
"I didn't expect that I could do anything as good as this!" - D. Babu, child at Family Village Farm
During a recent art project, each boy was given the opportunity to make their mark on the walls of the hostel. Whether it be drawing a design and painting it or learning that abstract thinking and imagination can actually be really fun and produce exciting ideas. This project has been a great way to get creative, share, work within a team and learn new ideas from each other. What was a dull and dingy room is now transformed with splashes of color into an exciting and fun space where the boys' artwork is permanently exposed.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:14-30
Prayers for Thailand:
We give thanks, O God, for the late king of Thailand, who practiced mercy and inspired the love and respect of millions, of every religion. In a day when so many use their power for abuse and corruption, we thank you for a true human example of kindness and compassion. And now, we pray for the gifts of wisdom and stability in a nation thrown into uncertainty in the present moment. Let us turn to you and to your mercy, we pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Myanmar. I was there as part of the Protestant Church of East Timor’s (IPTL) delegation to the Asia Mission Conference. The Asia Mission Conference was initiated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) which is a diverse group of churches across Asia.Read more