February 5, 2013

Psalm 56
2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Corinthians 14:13-25

When we think about Global Ministries and ‘critical presence’, many equate the concept with missionaries and volunteers who are with others at the point of their deepest need. However, can we be present from afar?  Can we still meet others at the point of their deepest need from our own homes and churches?  The answer is yes and yes! Our critical presence today means sending, at our church partners' request, medical missionaries to Haiti, East Timor and India. Our critical presence supports HIV/AIDS educational programs and hospice care in South Africa. Critical presence also applies to us, here in the USA, right here at home. Sometimes the critical presence our partners ask for is our advocacy with our own government to change a national policy that can make a huge difference for partners in another country. Sometimes our critical presence simply means holding hands with, or holding in prayer, courageous churches in Myanmar, Colombia or Zimbabwe.

Your support of Our Churches Wider Mission (OCWM) undergirds all this critical presence and much more. Your own engagement in God's global mission extends the presence of the UCC.


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