Lectionary Selection: Matthew 22: (34-46)
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
Gracious God of all of us, we give you thanks for the many people you have created, each with gifts to offer to the rest of the world. Some of us become famous with the way we help many people. Most of us live according to our best understanding of what we can do with and for each other. We give you thanks for the many gifts we have found among our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka – joy, sympathy, help, a listening ear, humor, patience, song and celebration, knowledge, laughter, quiet acceptance, respect, a kind word. Remind us that the gifts we can offer need not be spectacular. The love with which the gifts of Sri Lanka are offered makes them precious – and blessed. We give thanks for the One who taught us in your name that we each have something special to give that our world needs. In the name of Jesus our Christ, we pray for our Tamil sisters and brothers of Sri Lanka in the joy and challenges they have in their homeland. Amen.
The Church of the American Ceylon Mission has been celebrating its 200-year old history of work with missionaries from the United States for two years. Five young men, students of Williams College in Massachusetts, decided to serve God in some area that did not yet know Christianity. They arrived in the northwestern part of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and began learning the language and translating the Bible into the Tamil language spoken by the people living in the area. Soon after they arrived, a man by the name of Dr. John Scudder arrived to live out his strong Christian faith by bringing his medical practice to the area.Read more
Christian Medical College & Hospital Ludhiana has been reaching out to the marginalized and to the poorest of the poor though The Rural Health & Out Reach Programme (RHOP) departments clinics. RHOP operates outreach clinics at fixed locations in the slum of Bindra Colony (near the old vegetable market) and Preet Nagar slums (adjacent to the central jail/prison) and mobile clinics in nearly 30 other slum areas around Ludhiana city.Read more
Hannah is back with us in Lospalos after 8 weeks in America visiting family and friends. She tells us that she really loved her time in the States, and she sees that there is so much more opportunity in America than there is here in Timor. And still, she loves her lifestyle here: laid back, not worried about the petty school-yard mishaps that she imagines would rule her teenage world back in the States. For Tom and me, to hear our 13 year old daughter share these insights brings smiles to our hearts: she sees the difference, and can embrace the value of both of these places.Read more
It isn’t easy to be one nation with 17,000 islands, 1,300 ethnic groups, 450 languages, and multiple religions. Indonesia’s early founders recognized the need for a uniformity of vision and identity that included opposition to centuries of Dutch colonial rule, a common language and currency, one flag, and a national ideology known as Pancasila, “five pillars”. However, as evidenced during former President Suharto’s 31-year dictatorship, abuses can occur in the name of national unity. The government’s repeated refusal to acknowledge indigenous rights for the “good of the nation” became a standard practice that continues today, decades after Suharto’s demise.Read more
Myles H. Walburn
September 10, 1929 – August 26, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:23-32
Prayers for East Timor:
Merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. By the power of your Spirit you send us into the world to witness to the grace and love revealed in your Son. But quite often we do not go. You work vindication and justice for the oppressed and call us to do the same. But quite often we serve you with our lips but not with our bodies. You invite all to your table, giving us yourself in gifts of bread and wine, but still we exclude and divide. And so we call on you: forgive our waywardness, heal our selfishness and redeem us from the pit of despair according your your promise. Bless this day especially the people of East Timor. Bring us together with them at your table and open our hearts to journey with them despite the ambiguities and challenges. Though our fellowship with them and in partnership with you, may we be changed for the furtherance of your will. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
In the March 2017 Newsletter, Family Village Farm celebrates graduations, renovations to the Home's campus, and recent awards for students from the King's Matriculation School in local art and science competitions.Read more
In the September 2016 newsletter, Family Village Farm highlights the successes of former residents and graduates, a recent Health Camp put on by the Christian Medical College Hospital, and more.Read more