Weekly Prayers

Pray for Hungary on Sunday April 25, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Hungary: John 10:22-30

Hear our prayer this day, for the numbers of your people who are in recovery from oppression brought about by powers opposed to You.  Help such congregations to overcome the malaise that is a sign of victimization.  May the Reformed Church of Hungary (and especially the third of them who remain marginalized just outside the borders of the country), know that they are a vital part of the global church. Amen.

  • The declining birth-rate in Hungary, true of many EU countries at this time, means that the national education office intends to close 2/3 of all higher education institutions, with particularly the religious colleges and universities feeling targeted.   Pray for the worth of the Church's presence in Hungary in higher education. 
  • Praise God for the present and future faithful, hopeful, Christian leaders who are not daunted by the many challenges they face. Strengthen them in their efforts to meld the several theologies being practiced in the Reformed Churches here in these days, so they can allow a genuine Christ-centered vitality to emerge from historic Church-ness.

(Prayer by Coralyn and Laslo Medyesy )

Global Ministries International Partner  in Hungary:

  • The Reformed Church in Hungary is, in terms of numbers, the largest denomination in Hungary, after the Roman Catholic Church. The existence of the Reformed Church in Hungary dates from this Debrecen Synod of 1567. At present the registered number of Reformed Hungarians world-wide is about three and a half million. Of these, some two million live in Hungary. In consequence of the dismemberment of Hungary after World War I, many congregations—even whole church districts in Transylvania—were separated from the church and placed beyond the borders of this country. These believers continue to live in their old homes, but in alien linguistic and religious surroundings. In the United States there are some 70 Hungarian Reformed congregations in two separate church bodies. The Reformed Church in Hungary maintains close fraternal relations with Hungarian coreligionists living abroad, whether in neighboring countries or dispersed throughout the world, partly through the World Federation of Hungarian Reformed Believers, and partly within the framework of the Consultative Synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church. Reformed believers amount to about 21% of the Hungarian population of ten million. 1200 congregations live in four Church Districts and 27 seniorates. http://www.reformatus.hu/

Global Ministries Missionaries in Hungary:

Coralyn and Laslo Medyesy are Global Ministries missionaries with the Reformed Church in Hungary, based in Budapest, Hungary. Coralyn is a Teacher of Social Work and Diakonia at the Nagy Koros School. Laslo serves as professor of theology in the Department of Theology of the Gaspar Karoli Reformed University in Budapest.

Barbara and Zoltan Szucs are Global Ministries missionaries with the Reformed Church in Hungary. Barbara works with the Roma (Gypsy) mission as an enabler and Zoltan serves as a Professor of Practical Theology at Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest.

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Pray for the Dominican Republic Sunday April 18, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for the Dominican Republic: John 21:1-19

Lord we are grateful your enduring love and forgiveness that we recognize during Easter. We too are like Peter and deny you through our actions and sins, but we know that with you there is hope. We see that Peter was given a second chance and we know that we always have a second chance to follow you and the direction in which you guide us. Give us the strength you gave Peter to go out into the world and be your witness of love and forgiveness. Renew us, strengthen us, and guide us. Help us to demonstrate the hope that you have shown and to be the change you want to see in this world.

We ask for prayers and give thanksgiving:

·  For the Dominican Republic as they prepare to hold their congressional and local elections that they will start to elect leaders that are not corrupt but work toward improving the situations of the people, the education system and health care.

·  We lift up our partners that have been working double to assist and provide aid for their brothers and sisters of Haiti affected by the earthquake. We recognize that historically, the relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been negative and harmful. We are thankful that the churches and partners can be a guiding example of love and compassion to their neighbors during their time of need. We pray that they continue to be an example for improving those relationships as the DR faces the challenge of addressing the larger numbers of Haitian immigrants.

·  For Social Services of the Dominican Churches (SSID) and their Haitian-Dominican Dialogues and relief work to displaced peoples camps outside Port au Prince.

·  For the children of Caminante whom are marginalized, oppressed and neglected, that they may experience your strength, love and hope.

·  For the staff of Caminante in their education and prevention programs you will continue to guide and strengthen them in their work and ministry that they may continue to be examples of your love and hope.

(Prayer by Erin McKinney)

Global Ministries International Partners in the Dominican Republic:

  • Acociacion Centro Cristiano de Asesoramiento Familiar (CECAF):
  • Alfalit Dominicano:
  • Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana:
  • Proyecto Educativo Caminantes:
  • Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas, Inc. (SSID):

Global Ministries Missionary in the Dominican Republic:

Erin McKinney, a member of Hiram Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hiram, Ohio, has been appointed to serve Caminante in Boca Chica. She works with children in Caminante's Outreach Ministry.

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Pray for Japan on Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Japan: John 20:19-31 

Dear God, thank you for the many gifts of community and fellowship with the global Christian community. This week we pray for Japan. Help us to learn to serve and walk alongside our partners in the Japanese church as we continue Jesus' mission in the world. We…

- Pray for global food security and for ministries like the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi Prefecture which help to inspire leadership in rural communities both in Japan and around the world. 
- Pray for the indigenous peoples of Japan from the Ainu peoples of northern Japan and Hokkaido to Ryu Kyu peoples in Okinawa, and others as they continue their struggle for acknowledgement by the Japanese people and government.
- Pray for the Christian centers and smaller ministries like the Emmaus Center, the Douhoku Centre, the Student Christian Fellowship (SCF), Bazaar Café, and Ginowan Seminar House as they continue to serve as a vital meeting point between the church and the wider community. Help them to continue their work serving the most vulnerable and needy.
-  Pray for sexual minorities, the LGBT community in both Japan and the US, that they are able to find acceptance and understanding from their families, religious institutions, and government leaders.
- Pray that awareness of Article 9 of Japan's Peace Constitution will continue to grow both here in Japan and abroad. We pray that Japan will be an example of peace in seeking non-military means for conflict resolution.

We bring these prayers to you from a world, still broken, as a forgiving and forgiven people of God.  Amen

Global Ministries International Partners in Japan:

  • Doshisha University: http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/ Martha Mensendiek is a teacher of Social Welfare at Doshisha University, Kyoto. Casilda Luzares teaches English.
  • Asian Rural Institute: The mission of the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is to build an environmentally healthy, just, and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential. This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ. To carry out this mission, ARI trains and nurtures rural leaders for a life of sharing. Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents. Through community-based learning they study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance local resources and abilities for the common good. 
  • Emmaus Center: Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek works as the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center, Northeast Conference of United Church of Christ in Japan, based in Sendai, Japan. Ms. Sandra Lee-Takei works as a global mission Intern at the Emmaus Center as the assistant to the Director of youth ministries. 
  • Kobe College: http://www.kobe-c.ac.jp/ekc/index.html
  • Korean Christian Church in Japan: http://www.kccj.net/
  • Miyagi Gakuin Women's University:
  • National Christian Council of Japan: http://ncc-j.org/english/profile.htm
  • Tohoku Gakuin University: http://www.tohoku-gakuin.ac.jp/en/index.html
  • United Church of Christ in Japan:

Global Ministries Missionaries in Japan:

Sandra Lee-Takei served as a Global Mission Intern at the Emmaus Center. She currently is returning to the U.S. to share her experience in our churches

Casilda Luzares teaches English at Doshisha University and is involved in pastoral ministries to migrant workers from the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Martha Mensendiek teaches Social Welfare at Doshisha University

Jeffrey Mensendiek serves and the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center and the Sendai Student/Youth Center in Sendai.

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Pray for Lesotho on Sunday, April 4, 2010

Prayer for Lesotho: John 20:1-18

Dear God,

Today we celebrate the risen Christ, our Lord and Savior.  As Mary Magadalene excitedly and joyfully shared her Good News of seeing the risen Lord, may our hearts rejoice within us as the Holy Spirit leads us along life's pathways where we may share and receive the Good News.   Today we also remember the pioneering missionary efforts of the French Protestants of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society who brought the Gospel to Lesotho in 1833 and who founded the church with which we are partners today, the Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC).   We give thanks for this partnership in mission which allows us to share the Good News together, to encourage one another in our faith and to work together in ministries of health and education.

We pray and give thanks for:

·  The newly elected leadership of the Lesotho Evangelical Church,  including the President, Rev. Masemene, and the Executive Secretary, Rev. Ramatlapeng.

·  The "Growing Nations – Farming God's Way" agriculture initiative of the LEC which seeks to improve agricultural methods, reduce poverty and protect the environment.

·   Inspired leadership in the LEC for meeting the challenge of the HIV/AIDS crisis facing the nation of Lesotho.

·   The construction of new classrooms and a computer lab at Masitise High School to help train Lesotho's leaders of tomorrow.


(Prayer by Mark Behle)

Global Ministries International Partners in Lesotho:

  • Lesotho Evangelical Church - The Lesotho Evangelical Church is one of Africa's oldest Protestant churches, founded in 1833 by missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Mission society.  It is Lesotho's oldest denomination and today it has 261,350 members in 112 congregations.  It also maintains 563 schools.  The LEC-sponsored schools have contributed to the 83 percent literacy rate nationwide.   Global Ministries' relationship to LEC began in 1983.
  • Christian Council of Lesotho - The Christian Council of Lesotho is a fellowship of Christian churches and Christian organizations. It has two main objectives: (1) to foster closer cooperation and unity amongst churches and organizations of different Christian traditions; (2) to enable member churches and organization to more fully share in the spiritual, social and economic endeavors.  It has been involved over the years in social development, formal and informal education, health and sanitation, environmental protection and agriculture, civic education, conflict management. 
  • Christian Health Association of Lesotho - The mission of the Christian Health Association of Lesotho is to facilitate the participation of the Christian churches in ensuring that the right of all members of society to the highest quality health services is upheld.  In pursuit of this mission, the Christian churches are committed to see to it that quality health services reach those who have least access, the families and communities, through appropriate technologies, in spirit of mutual trust and cooperation as a tangible expression of Christ's vision to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Global Ministries Missionary:

Mark Behle serves with the Lesotho Evangelical Church as a teacher at Masitise High School.  He teaches math, a course on Luke & Acts, coaches basketball and leads a youth group called Friends of God.  He has been in Lesotho since 1996 and prior to that served with Global Ministries in Zambia for eleven years as a teacher at Kafue Secondary School.    

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Pray for Timor Loro'sae on Sunday, March 28, 2010

Prayer for Timor Loro'sae (based on Luke 19: 28-40):

Gracious and loving God, we give thanks that you have called us into partnership with churches in Indonesia and Timor Loro'sae. Through many languages, cultures and landscapes, we are able to see the vast scope of your love and presence in the world. Yet in these places, we also see the struggles and suffering of many people you created and love. Lord, give us the courage and wisdom to "untie" that which is needed for us to participate in your kingly rule on earth as it is in heaven. This week as we read about Jesus' journey into Jerusalem on the back of a humble donkey, may we also pause to reflect on the meaning of kingship and leadership in your realm. Help us all to be humble servants in Christ's name, always looking first to the interests of those stuggling with illness and poverty in your world, especially our partners in villages throughout Indonesia and Timor Loro'sae. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Prayer by Thomas Liddle, missionary)

Pray for:

  • Immanuel Clinic Lospalos. Immanuel Clinic is a ministry of the Protestant Church of Timor Loro'sae.  It has served the community of Lospalos with free health care since 1991. The clinic has many needs including development of its outreach program, training of staff, medicines, and infrastructure improvements.
  • The Synod leadership of the Protestant Church of Timor Lorosae.
  • Global Ministries partner churches and organizations in Indonesia. Indonesia is a developing democracy and a pluralistic society where Christianity is a minority religion. Indonesia is also a place where a number of low level conficts continue without public notice: pray especially for the people of West Papua and Aceh.

Global Ministries Partners in Timor Loro'sae: 

  • Protestant Churches of East Timor (IPTL): represents the Reform Churches presence in a predominantly Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia.

Global Ministries Missionaries in Timor Loro'sae:

  • Tom Liddle, a member of Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth, Minnesota, serves with the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). He works as a facilitator in the IPTL's program for strengthening congregations and continuing education of pastors.
  • Monica Liddle, a member of Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth, Minnesota, serves with the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). She works as a medical doctor in the clinic in Same, which is run by the FUSONA, the relief and development wing of the IPTL. Monica's appointment is supported by One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).
  • Carlos Madrazo, a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, Seattle, Washington, serves the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL). He works as an adviser on institutional capacity building, resources and curriculum development with ITPL and its two related foundations - Foundasaun Didache (for the Lisa Dila Vocational High School) and Foundation Social Naroman (engaged in releif and development).

 

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, March 21, 2010

Prayer for South Africa:

Creator God, we give thanks for your marvelous creation displayed in South Africa.   We give thanks for the displays of scenery and wildlife, but more especially for our South African brothers and sisters in Christ.  We give you thanks, Lord, for in the midst of so much diversity, we see kindness, humility,  and love displayed towards others.  We lift up our Ecumenical partnerships as they  strive to work together bringing Unity to the Body of Christ.    We pray for the Bridgman Youth Centre, for the transition of staff, and the continued growth of programs, the lives of the children,  and support of the community for the centre.  Lord, we give you thanks for the time of excitement and preparation in South Africa as they prepare to host the Soccer World Cup, and pray Lord that this will be a time of economic growth for South Africa,  a country struggling with high crime rates, high unemployment rates, and poverty.  As the world prepares to come together in June, help this to be a unifying event, spreading across the African continent to the rest of your world.  During this Lenten season, let us not lose focus, like Judas, but look towards the Cross and our Love for Christ, as Martha did, and Celebrate the risen Lord in Unity. 

(Prayer by Carla and Malusi Makalima)

Global Ministries International Partners in South Africa: 

    • South African Council of Churches: This council consists of the joint work of 26 member churches.  The SACC focuses its ministry on social justice, the integrity of creation, and the alleviation of poverty.
    • Theological Education by Extension College: This college, supported by nine member churches, helps prepare students for ministry, whether lay or ordained.  The college is ecumenical and students come from Catholic, Anglican, Reformed, and African Independent backgrounds.
    • United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) – South Africa Synod:  The UCCSA - South African Synod consists of over 250 churches, divided into 11 regions.  Within the Synod one can find many different cultures and languages, making the SA Synod an example of reconciliation in the new South Africa.

Global Ministries Missionaries in South Africa:

Jonathan and Dawn Barnes, members of the Seventh Street Christian Church, Richmond, Virginia, serve the Kei Regional Council of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). They work as a development officers in the Kei region of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Scott Couper and Susan Valiquette are members of First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida. Scott serves with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). He assists the Inanda Seminary in strategic planning and serve as a management consultant. Susan serves with the Inanda Seminary, Durban, South Africa. She works as the school chaplain and a class instructor.

Carla Giger, a member of Slater Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Slater, Missouri, serves with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), based in Johannesburg. She works as an assistant program coordinator for Girls Against the Spread of Aids providing HIV/AIDS education for youth. She is a Global Mission Intern funded by Week of Compassion.

Emily Christmas, a member of Florence Christian Church, Florence, Kentucky, serves the Theological Education by Extension College (TEEC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She works as an administrative assistant in the Academic Department and Library. She is a Global Mission Intern funded by Week of Compassion.

 

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Pray for Venezuela on Sunday, March 14, 2010

Prayers for Venezuela:  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Holy One, we give thanks for the many years of ecumenical partnership with the Evangelical Pentecostal Church of Venezuela. We pray for the new Center for Theological Studies of Venezuela that just started its programs in different regions of the country in 2010. We pray especially for Rev. Elida Quevedo, the director of this Center, guide her with the vision to help new teachers in their training in the coming weeks. We also pray for the new Council of Bishops and their role as advisors, counselors and overseers. Be a source of hope for the people of Venezuela when a drought devastes the country, farmers cry for water and relief, and the population feels frustrated and weakened. This we pray in Jesus Christ, the son of the living God. Amen.

(Prayer by Carmelo Alvarez)

Global Ministries International Partners in Venezuela:

  • Programa Abierto de Capacitacion Teologica (PACTO)
  • Union Evangelica Pentecostal Venezolana (UEPV)

Global Ministries Missionary in Venezuela:

Carmelo Alvarez, a member of Hermandad Cristiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, has been appointed to serve the Latin American Evangelical Pentecostal Commission (CEPLA) and the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela (UEPV) based in Chicago. He serves as program consultant and visiting professor for the CEPLA and the UEPV.

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Pray for Thailand on Sunday, March 7, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Thailand: Luke 13:1-9

O creator God, we are grateful for Thailand, for its hospitable people and beautiful land! As it is presently rocked by political rivalries and turmoil, grant reconciliation and stability that peace and justice rule in the kingdom. Continue to bring comfort and healing to people stricken with HIV-AIDS, prosperity to poor farmers in the hinterlands; Grant the king good health and bless his projects to uplift the life of its citizens. And bless the work and ministry of the Church of Christ in Thailand, empower it to be an instrument of truth and justice, righteousness and peace. In name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

(Prayer by Salvador T. Martinez)

Global Ministries International Partners in Thailand:

  • McGilvary College of Divinity at Payap University is dedicated to preparing quality leadership for the Christian church in Thailand and in the region with its international program.  Payap University is a Christian institution that offers an excellent education and training in a variety of subjects. Both Payap University and McGilvary are attended by students from several nations of Southern Asia in addition to Thailand, including China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Recently, Global Ministries missionary, Salvador T. Martinez, has spent fourteen years teaching  at McGilvary and directing the International M. Div. Program.
  • The Church of Christ in Thailand has active programs in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. They also are providing vocational training to tribal women in the hope that this will reduce the numbers of women joining the sex industry
  • The Thai Burma Border Consortium provides only basic food and shelter for refugee populations, but the need exceeds the available assistance. They have estimated that as many as 600,000 Burmese are internally displaced persons (IDPs) The Burmese Army destroys homes in areas where they have found ethnic resistance and as a result the population flees to resettlement sites. Many of these IDPs are used for forced labor and many flee the country becoming refugees by crossing the border into Thailand. The Consortium has reported that this year has seen the worst human rights abuses across the border since 1997. They are seeking support for their Emergency Rice Assistance Program. Thailand does not wish to accept any more refugees and would like to begin repatriation of those already in Thailand. The situation in Burma (Myanmar) has not substantially improved, however, and although repatriation will be an issue at some point, it does not seem likely to happen soon.

Global Ministries Missionary in Thailand:

Salvador T. Martinez, a member of Silliman University Church of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, has been appointed to serve the Church of Christ in Thailand. He has been teaching ethics, theology, homiletics and church history at McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University since 1993 and has been directing the International M. Div. Program of the College since 2004.  He has also helped in the HIV-AIDS ministry of the Church of Christ in Thailand.

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Pray for Egypt on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Egypt: Luke 13:31-35

God of Abraham, we thank you for the faith of your servant, Abraham, our common ancestor among Jews, Muslims and Christians. As we pray for Egypt today, we think of our brothers and sisters in the Christian community and their efforts to reach out to those in need regardless of their religious affiliation. We thank you for the various development programs of the Coptic Church in Egypt that bring health, education and economic empowerment to the "least of these". We pray particularly for the work of Kathleen and Paul, as they welcome refugees in your name at St Andrew's Church. Amen

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in Egypt:

  • Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services: Begun as a literacy project in 1950, CEOSS is one of Egypt's largest development organizations, providing integrated approaches to poor communities in areas of economic, agricultural and environmental development, health care, and education.
  • Bishopric for Public, Ecumenical and Social Services: In 1962, the Coptic Orthodox Church founded the Bishopric of Public Ecumenical & Social Services (BLESS) to take the leading role in achieving development in poor and disadvantaged communities. This work has gone through various phases, the last of which is the Comprehensive Integrated Development (CID) at the community level, in 29 communities, as well as at the national level in the areas of youth and education.

Global Ministries Personnel in Egypt:

Kathleen Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce serve a joint appointment (Global Ministries, ELCA and RCA) at St Andrew's Church in Cairo, Egypt. They are the Refugee Program Coordinators working with Sudanese and other refugees from African countries in educational and vocational training programs that improve the opportunities for successful integration upon resettlement or repatriation.

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Pray for Japan on Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Japan: Luke 4:1-13

Dear God, thank you for the many gifts of community and fellowship with the global Christian community. This week we pray for Japan. We ask for your light and guidance for Christians in Japan on their journey towards your kingdom here on earth. Help us to learn to serve and walk alongside our partners in the Japanese church on this mission. We…

- Pray for global food security and for ministries like the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi Prefecture which help to inspire leadership in rural communities both in Japan and around the world. 

- Pray for the indigenous peoples of Japan from the Ainu peoples of northern Japan and Hokkaido to Ryu Kyu peoples in Okinawa, and others as they continue their struggle for acknowledgement by the Japanese people and government.

- Pray for the Christian centers and smaller ministries like the Emmaus Center, the Douhoku Centre, the Student Christian Fellowship (SCF), Bazaar Café, and Ginowan Seminar House as they continue to serve as a vital meeting point between the church and the wider community. Help them to continue their work serving the most vulnerable and needy.

-  Pray for sexual minorities, the LGBT community in both Japan and the US, that they are able to find acceptance and understanding from their families, religious institutions, and government leaders.

- Pray that awareness of Article 9 of Japan's Peace Constitution will continue to grow both here in Japan and abroad. We pray that Japan will be an example of peace in seeking non-military means for conflict resolution.

We bring these prayers to you from a world, still broken, as a forgiving and forgiven people of God.  Amen

(Prayer by Sandra Lee-Takei)

Global Ministries International Partners in Japan:

  • Doshisha University: http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/ Martha Mensendiek is a teacher of Social Welfare at Doshisha University, Kyoto. Casilda Luzares teaches English.
  • Asian Rural Institute: The mission of the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is to build an environmentally healthy, just, and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential. This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ. To carry out this mission, ARI trains and nurtures rural leaders for a life of sharing. Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents. Through community-based learning they study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance local resources and abilities for the common good. 
  • Emmaus Center: Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek works as the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center, Northeast Conference of United Church of Christ in Japan, based in Sendai, Japan. Ms. Sandra Lee-Takei works as a global mission Intern at the Emmaus Center as the assistant to the Director of youth ministries. 
  • Kobe College: http://www.kobe-c.ac.jp/ekc/index.html
  • Korean Christian Church in Japan: http://www.kccj.net/
  • Miyagi Gakuin Women's University:
  • National Christian Council of Japan: http://ncc-j.org/english/profile.htm
  • Tohoku Gakuin University: http://www.tohoku-gakuin.ac.jp/en/index.html
  • United Church of Christ in Japan:

Global Ministries Missionaries in Japan:

Sandra Lee-Takei serves as a Global Mission Intern at the Emmaus Center

Casilda Luzares teaches English at Doshisha University and is involved in pastoral ministries to migrant workers from the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Martha Mensendiek teaches Social Welfare at Doshisha University

Jeffrey Mensendiek serves and the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center and the Sendai Student/Youth Center in Sendai.

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