Weekly Prayers

Pray For Honduras on Sunday July 19, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for: Mark 6: 30-34; 53-56

Creator, God our Source for every need with heavy hearts we pray this day for our sisters and brothers and their families in Honduras facing massive layoffs, a time of unrest and confusion in their land. Into your light of wholeness we lift them recalling the compassion of your son. We feel your power in your recognition of our need for wholeness.  

Today we pray for courage in collegiality of all international partners as they strive to reach out to the people of this land as they endeavor to treat workers fairly, provide a living wage and offer the scheduled services.  For these dedicated leaders may they see clearly what a faithful response can be in the face of current realities.  Only by cultivating a deep inner awareness, will inner wholeness be attained.  Just as we re-call that only to touch the edge of Jesus coat brought healing to the people may we have the faith to be made whole as those who reached out, touched him and received his blessing.  AMEN

(Prayer by Sharon Mann)

Global Ministries International Partners in:

 

Asociacion de Instituciones Evangelicas de Honduras (AIEH)

Comision Cristiana de Desarrollo (CCD)

Comisión Social Menonita - CASM

Seminario Teologico de la Iglesia Evangelica y Reforma (SETIER)

Sinodo de la Iglesia Evangelica y Reformada de Honduras (IERH)

Global Ministries Missionary in Honduras:

Alan D. Dicken is the newly appointed global mission intern and will serve a one-year term working in the communications ministry.  He will assist with hosting groups visiting the Christian Commission of Development (CCD) in Honduras beginning September 1, 2009.

 

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Pray for The Middle East on Suday July 05, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for The Middle East:  Mark 6 1-13

Creator God, Source of All Hope and Presence, we sense our diversity as we reach forward from our places of fragmentation toward unity and wholeness to so many displaced from their homes.  We pause and reflect on the more than 4 million persons, Dads, Children and Moms, displaced throughout this region since 2001.  We pray for your steadfast presence for those dealing with the significant loss of the basic human need of a home a place where persons and animals can find refuge and safety and live in security.  We strive for the strength to identify with our brothers and sisters in their places of most critical need as we look for ways to connect and offer assistance in whatever ways possible.  Hear our prayer for international partner agencies and the wisdom of its members as all work together to bear the burdens of all in these distressing circumstances.   With your guidance may all in these areas and circumstances experience understanding that will lead to clearer dialog between all represented faith traditions. 

Creator God, Source of Grace hear our prayer, Amen.

 

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Pray for the Korean Peninsula July 12, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Korean Peninsula: Psalm 24

Creator, maker of all we now pray for this region and specifically the Korean peninsula.  Our request for unity of all persons in this region is renewed as we are inspired by the psalmist words that the earth is here for us and given to all by the Creator.  We receive the fullness of blessing that we may be nourished and give back from the gifts received.  We renew our request for strength for all those on the path to reconciliation and love in the place of disintegration and hatred.  The path of love leads us to unity and peace.  Praying for the ministries of those at the university, with the children, their workers and the outreach of your church may all find encouragement and calm in your word.  The Lord is strong and mighty, and all-powerful; and a glorious King.  We are grateful for the gift of your presence in our lives.  As we close our prayer may we linger with your presence in one another and when we depart let us go filled with your peace.

Amen – let it be so

(Prayer by Sharon Mann)

Global Ministries International Partners in Korea:

Hanshin University
Hanul Disabled Children's Center
House of Early Dawn
My Sister's Place
Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Sungnam Migrant Workers Center

Global Ministries Missionary in Korea:

At present, none on this peninsula

 

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Pray for the Middle East on Sunday July 5, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for The Middle East:  Mark 6 1-13

Creator God, Source of All Hope and Presence, we sense our diversity as we reach forward from our places of fragmentation toward unity and wholeness to so many displaced from their homes.  We pause and reflect on the more than 4 million persons, Dads, Children and Moms, displaced throughout this region since 2001.  We pray for your steadfast presence for those dealing with the significant loss of the basic human need of a home a place where persons and animals can find refuge and safety and live in security.  We strive for the strength to identify with our brothers and sisters in their places of most critical need as we look for ways to connect and offer assistance in whatever ways possible.  Hear our prayer for international partner agencies and the wisdom of its members as all work together to bear the burdens of all in these distressing circumstances.   With your guidance may all in these areas and circumstances experience understanding that will lead to clearer dialog between all represented faith traditions. 

Creator God, Source of Grace hear our prayer, Amen.

Global Ministries International Contacts in The Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran

Global Ministries Missionary in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran:

None at the present time

 

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Pray for Togo on Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Togo: Mark 5:21-43

God, there are so many in our world who are trying to reach out and touch you in order to be whole. As we think of our sisters and brothers in Togo today, we focus our prayers especially on the youth of this nation where 45% of the population is under 15. We pray for parents, like Jarius, who find themselves in desperate situations in relationship to their children. We pray for strength for parents as they seek to provide for their children. We pray for the ministries of the YMCA as they reach out to young people through various ministries which seek to bring wholeness in fragmented parts of Togolese society. We pray especially for the rehabilitation program that the YMCA is implementing with young offenders in Togolese jails. As they seek to provide educational opportunities, healthcare and reintegration skills to the youth participants, may they experience the healing touch of Jesus in their lives. We also pray in a more general way for discernment as the Africa office of Global Ministries considers how Disciples and UCC can respond to the various ministries in this country. Amen.

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Contacts in Togo:

  • Togo Council of Churches 
  • Togo YMCA
  • Lutheran Church of Togo

Global Ministries Missionary in Togo:

None at the present time

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Pray for Nicaragua on Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Nicaragua: Mark 4:35-41

Most Gracious God:

We pray blessings on Nicaragua, this land of volcanoes, lakes and incredible natural beauty. Bless the people of Nicaragua who are as beautiful as the land.

We pray a special blessing on those who lift up the dignity of all your people. Bless those who look through the eyes of Jesus and see brothers and sisters in the impoverished and the malnourished. Bless those who empower women to claim their place at the table. Bless those who remind homeless children that they are loved by the great God of all creation. Bless those who proclaim a message of hope even in the midst of trouble.

Jesus spoke and even the winds and the waves obeyed him. O God, may Christ speak the words that calm the storms of economic disparity and political unrest. May the power of Christ work to end the chasm between rich and poor.

We thank you, O God, for the vitality of the church in Nicaragua. It works to bring justice to the oppressed and food for the hungry. It proclaims with joy the Good News of the Gospel. It is a gift to the church everywhere. Bless the churches of Nicaragua.

Amen

(Prayer written by Rev. Dick Clough)

Global Ministries International Partners:

  • Convencion de Iglesias Mision Cristiana de Nicaragua: The Christian Mission of Nicaragua, a grass roots national Pentecostal church, is committed to assisting the poor, not only with their spiritual needs, but also with development projects and leadership training.
  • Consejo de Iglesias Evangelicas Pro Alianza Denominacional (CEPAD): The Council of Protestant Churches of Nicaragua seeks to serve the poor through community development, work for peace and reconciliation, and by promoting the values of the Kingdom of God. http://www.cepad.org.ni/eng/index2.html
  • Acción Médica Cristiana: Medical Christian Action provides community based holistic healthcare. Global Ministries supports several community water projects. http://www.amc.org.ni/
  • Iglesia Morava: The Moravian Church works with Afro-Caribbean and indigenous populations on the country's eastern coast.
  • Centro Inter-Eclesial de Estudios Teologicos y Sociales:
  • Centro Ecumenico Antonio Valdivieso:
  • Convencion Bautista de Nicaragua:
  • Seminario Teologico Bautista de Nicaragua:
  • Nicaraguan Protestant University (Universidad Evangelica Nicaraguense Martin Luther King, (UENIC-MLK): http://www.uenicmlk.edu.ni/

Global Ministries Missionary:

None at the present time

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Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Hong Kong: Mark 4:26-34

O God, whatever our mission calling, You provide the seed, soil, water and sunshine – and ultimately, the harvest. May all that we do to serve the world in Your holy name bring honor and glory to Your Kingdom for the healing of the nations.

In Hong Kong, let us pray for those suffering from the global financial tsunami, especially the poor who lose the most when their jobs are gone. Let us pray that the Hong Kong government will be responsive to the needs of the whole community, not just the wealthy and powerful. We also remember racial minorities who are discriminated against and marginalized because of race and language. May the people of Hong Kong dare to speak out for truth and justice so that all may live in peace and harmony. And may almighty God guide and protect us as we battle the H1N1 virus with the hard lessons learned from SARS in 2003. With faith, hope and love, we shall overcome.

(Prayer by Judy Chan)

Global Ministries International Partners Hong Kong:

  • Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs: http://www.asiapacificymca.org/ - Federation of YMCA movements in 27 countries in the Asia and Pacific region, with programs for global citizenship and social responsibility, peace with justice and sustainability for life.
  • Asian Human Rights Commission: http://www.ahrchk.net/index.php - An independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realization of human rights in the Asia region, and to mobilize Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations.
  • Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture: http://www.csccrc.org -Ecumenical research institute for study of the religions and culture of China, including Hong Kong.
  • Chung Chi College Divinity School: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/theology - Ecumenical seminary providing theological education for church leaders and laity. The school is supported by mainline churches and is part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Christian Council: http://www.hkcc.org.hk - Ecumenical body of mainline churches and Christian organizations. It works for a united Christian witness and mission in Hong Kong society.
  • Hong Kong Christian Institute: http://www.hkci.org.hk/ - Christian center for education and advocacy on issues of social concern.  The organization promotes human rights, democracy and justice in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Christian Service: http://www.hkcs.org/index_e.htm - One of HK's largest social service agencies. It was started by mainline churches and provides Christian Service for "The Healing and Growth of People."
  • Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China: http://www.hkcccc.org (Chinese version only) – Hong Kong church denomination with historic Congregational and Presbyterian roots. The Council has 65 congregations and is the sponsoring body for more than 50 elementary and secondary schools.
  • Hong Kong Women Christian Council: http://www.hkwcc.org.hk/en - Organization to fight for social justice and women's rights, to promote feminist theology and to stand with marginalized communities.

Global Ministries Missionaries in Hong Kong:

  • Judy Chan is a Global Ministries missionary serving with the Hong Kong Christian Council in communications.  She is in charge of ecumenical radio broadcasting ministry, English publications and ecumenical partnerships in Hong Kong and overseas.
  • Bruce Van Voorhis serves as missionary with the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs in Hong Kong. He will work as their Coordinator for Interfaith Programs beginning July 1, 2009.
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Pray for Israel and Palestine on Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Israel & Palestine: John 3:1-17

We pray for Israel and Palestine, and for their leaders. We pray for the next cycle of peace dialogues and for the people involved in these important negotiations. We hope the international community helps these dialogues and negotiations to achieve a real peace based in national justice and human dignity.

We pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and also we pray for Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan. We pray for the Bishop's wisdom in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Holy Land, and for his commitment in the transformation of good theological values and principles into concrete educational and service programs in his diocese.

We pray for the important ministries of the Diyar Consortium in Bethlehem, especially for its educational programs. We hope that the Dar al-Kalima College, with its new physical facilities, be able to continue its contextual and transforming educational ministries in the midst of the many difficulties related to the wall that surrounds the city and the check points that hurts the normal communication and transportation processes.

We pray for the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, for him to maintain his spiritual, mental and physical health, to continue his leadership not only in his local city and ministries but as well in the rest of the world, especially in Europe and the USA.

We pray for the people of Bethlehem and their relatives in Latin America, like Rozana, which has her father still living in Honduras. They moved to Palestine a year ago to avoid the fiscal crisis and violence in Central America, to live in this Palestinian context full of challenges and difficulties.

We pray for the women, children and senior citizens caught in the middle of these struggles, for them to discover and enjoy the value of hope, the gift of love, and the power of prayer. We pray that a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit come to Bethlehem to transform this traditional «little town» of hymns and history, into a vital center of transforming pilgrimages and socially responsible tourism. We pray that people coming from different parts of the world discover in the holy sites not only the stones of the old buildings, but the living stones of the local believing community.

We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, which was born in this little old town of Bethlehem. Amen.

(Prayer written by Noemi and Samuel Pagan)

Global Ministries International Partners in Israel & Palestine:

  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Christmas Church in Bethlehem, and the Diyar Consortium: The Diyar Consortium is a Lutheran Based, ecumenical oriented institutions serving the Palestinian community «from womb to tomb». Their main emphasis is on children, youth and the elderly, through transforming, contextual and holistic programs. Their initiatives are inspired in the Biblical message: «That they might have life and have it abundantly». In a context of too much politics, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem (CCB) and Diyar Consortium believe in caring for the city and its citizens… In a context of exclusive forms of religion, ELCJHL, CCB and Diyar believe in investing in ecumenism, inclusion, dialogue, respect… In a context of too much disempowering aid, ELCJHL, CCB and Diyar believe in empowering the individual and the community, in the name of Jesus Christ… In a context of too much segregation, ELCJHL, CCB and Diyar believe in building bridges and platforms for international, intercultural and interreligious encounters, dialogue and mutual respect… In a context of despair, ELCJHL, CCB and Diyar believe in creating rooms for hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, justice, and peace… www.elcjhl.org  and www.annadwa.org
  • Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Jerusalem) is an ecumenical grassroots liberation movement among Palestinian Christians. It's an ecumenical center for Palestinian Liberation Theology which seeks to make the Gospel contextually relevant. In Arabic Sabeel means "the way" and also a "spring of water." Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. Sabeel also works to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence, and witness of Palestinian Christians.  The Center is located in Jerusalem where the majority of programs take place with participants from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah and surrounding areas. http://www.sabeel.org/
  • The East Jerusalem YMCA was established in 1949 in a tent at Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp, near Jericho and operates with all sectors of our Palestinian Society without discrimination.  The East Jerusalem YMCA operates a variety of programs and functions related directly to the needs of Palestinian society in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, Beit Sahour, Gaza, Nablus, Hebron, Jenin, and Tulkarem. http://www.ej-ymca.org/site/
  • The YWCA of Palestine is an ecumenical grassroots movement serving women of all faiths. The main aims are to promote women's full and equal participation at all levels of society through leadership opportunities and training; to work for social and economic justice through development and advocacy programs; and to mobilize women's collective power for action on issues of vital concern: women's rights, justice, equality, freedom, the dignity of human beings and integrity of their environment. Programs include vocational training programs; training courses in Computer skills, hairdressing and language; children and youth activities such as summer camps; social and cultural activities; income generating projects; and advocacy work in areas such as human rights.  The YWCA headquarters are in Jerusalem. There are three local associations in Jerusalem, Jericho and Ramallah, and three centers in refugee camps: Aqabat Jabr, Jalazone and Kalandia. http://www.ywca-palestine.org/
  • Rawdat el-Zuhur (Arabic for "Garden of Flowers") is a primary school for Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. Established in 1952, it aims at bringing up a new generation that is aware of the principles of good citizenship, and concerned for the environment; capable of thinking creatively, and analyzing logically and critically, offering and accepting positive criticism, and excelling in performance; and equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to assume leadership in a democratic society which they would develop and preserve. It serves mainly the lower income community. Students at Rawdat el-Zuhur can be supported through the Common Global Ministries Board's Child Sponsorship Program. http://www.rawdat.org/
  • Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches was set up in the early 1950s to help Palestinian refugees with their newly acquired status following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The Department set up branches in five different regions: Gaza, Jerusalem and West Bank, Galilee in Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, with the clear mandate of working with the refugees, the poor, and the dispossessed. http://www.mec-churches.org/main_eng.htm
  • Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza of the Episcopal Diocese in Jerusalem was established in 1882 by the Church Mission Society and is located in the Gaza Strip area of Palestine. It became a service ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in 1982, and continues to provide important medical and surgical care to all people of the Gaza Strip. Over 60 percent of the Strip's residents live in refugee camps, and a significant portion of the hospital's care is charitable as they serve a community of exceptionally poor citizens. Al-Ahli has also responded to the needs of the victims of crises, including providing medical treatment to those involved in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. http://www.j-diocese.org/
  • Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) supports Palestinians and Israelis working for peace by monitoring and reporting violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, offering protection by accompanying local communities in daily activities, and by advocating with churches for a peaceful end to the Occupation. The programme, which began in 2002, is coordinated by the World Council of Churches (WCC). http://www.eappi.org/
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Pray for Colombia on Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Colombia: John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. ... And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment...

  John 15:26, 16:8

God of love, life and peace, we pray today for our sisters and brothers who live and minister in Colombia. We pray for an end to the decades-old civil war that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions more. You have heard the cry of the Colombian people and we have heard it too. Give us strength, we pray, to embody the Spirit of truth as we seek to support our Colombian brothers and sisters as they testify of your spirit of peace even as the guns and bombs seek to drown out their voices. Today we pray for...

  • All who serve with the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission of the Council of Evangelical Churches of Colombia (CEDECOL). We pray especially for the new national leadership team and its coordinator, Pablo Moreno... for strength, endurance and courage.
  • Pedro Acosta, coordinator of the Caribbean Coast Region of the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission, whose uncle was shot and killed on May 20 of this year by paramilitary gun-men. We pray for the wife and six children who survived Besaido Acosta.
  • Idia Miranda, whose husband Pastor William Reyes has been missing (disappeared) since September of last year. We pray for Idia and her children, William, Luz Nelly and Estefanía who recently were forced to flee from their home to another state due to on-going threats from armed groups that were likely involved in the disappearance of William.
  • The family of  Pastor Justo Tunubalá, who was shot and killed by the Colombian Army in September of last year.
  • The staff and volunteers who compile A Prophetic Call, which documents the suffering and hope of Colombian Protestant Churches each year. We pray for their safety in the midst of dangerous and important work.

Come, Spirit of truth, righteousness, justice and peace, in Colombia, in the United States and around the world. We pray thanking you for the Advocate who accompanies us all in the midst of our daily trials, Amen.

 (Prayer by Michael Joseph)

Global Ministries International Partner in Colombia:

  • CEDECOL – The Council of Evangelical Churches of Colombia. Global Ministries partners closely with the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission and the Christian Women's Network for Life and Peace.

Global Ministries Missionary in Colombia:

Michael Joseph serves in Colombia with the Restoration, Life and Peace Commission of the Council of Evangelical Churches (CEDECOL), including the Christian Women's Network for Life and Peace. He is providing a pastoral critical presence to church and lay leaders who are living in life-threatening situations.

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Pray for Japan on Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Japan: John 17:6-19

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.

Dear God, thank you for the many gifts of community and fellowship with the global Christian community brought to us through missionaries around the world. This week we pray for Japan. We ask for your light and guidance for Christians in Japan, while few, continue faithfully on their journey towards your kingdom here on earth. Help us, as missionaries, 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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