The September 5th update from the BWM regarding MDR’s work following Hurricane Harvey, and in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. [Read more…]
In obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, you are invited to join us in prayer as we present our concerns for world mission to God.
On this page you will find prayer concerns from local and global sources. The tradition of Moravians in prayer is long, which you will find in the following video:
What do Moravians say about refugees?
Tuesday, June 20th is National Refugee Day. On this day, we may ask the question: what do Moravians say about refugees? In 2016 the Unity Synod of our worldwide Moravian Church met in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 12-20, 2016 and passed a resolution concerning refugees. About 70 delegates from 26 Unity and Mission Provinces participated, in addition to invited guests, Synod staff and observers. This synod made statements about a number of important, global issues, addressing food speculation, refugees, human trafficking, and terrorism and violent attacks. It is important to take a moment to reflect on each one of these issues, but today we urge you to think about the refugee crisis in the world. All of over the world today, millions suffer as they are forced to flee their homes. International laws states that a refugee “is a person who has fled her country based on a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group”. The 2016 Unity Resolution Concerning Refugees shows us how the Moravian church thinks about this through the context of the Bible and Jesus’s love for humanity.
We just have a prayer request. On Monday there was another act of violence near Juquila. Two nearby villages are also in a heated land dispute which lead to more shootings. I posted a video on our Indigenous Missions Today Facebook page that shows the people fleeing from shooters on the mountain-tops. The newspaper said today that there have been 16 deaths during this conflict. Our friends in the village tell us we can travel to Juquila through another route to avoid the conflict zone. It has also been raining heavily over the last 10 days which has done severe damage to roads all around Oaxaca. We ask you to pray for peace in the Mixe region and that the government can get all parties to agree on a resolution. Also, for safe travels to and from Juquila for our family. Last week we barely made it out of the village because of muddy, washed out mountain roads.
In Juquila there is more talk about an armed conflict if the government can’t help them get an agreement from the other village. I spoke to a friend in Juquila about reaching out to the other village (Ocotepec) and he told me that even though we don’t represent Juquila or the government and that we come to express peace in Jesus, they will probably kill us or kidnap us because of so much mistrust. This creates a very intense environment for the people who are willing to take matters into their own hands if the government keeps ignoring them. We have been helping the people who are stranded in Juquila and they extend their deepest gratitude to those who supported the giving of food, clothing and shoes for the kids. We also thank you for blessing us so that we can bless others… Thank you all for your prayers and support. God is good always, even though there is violence and death around us, He gives us the strength and the honor to serve and love others. God bless us all.
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Mrs. Caroline Leinbach Woo, 45, went to be with the Lord in her new home in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. She was born on September 5, 1971 to William Leinbach and Rita Castleberry Leinbach in Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated from Wiley Middle, RJ Reynolds HS, and NC State. She participated in numerous intramural sports, Alpha Delta Pi and Campus Crusade including Summer Project. During college her heart was profoundly warmed for the Lord.
She taught English in Beijing, China for 3 years. While working at Ardmore Moravian Church as pastoral assistant she met and married Michael Stephen Woo. In 2003 they left for Southeast Asia with OMF (a mission sending organization) to plant churches among an unreached people. Some of the most memorable moments were seeing God’s spirit move and provide in miraculous ways, sharing the gospel, learning 2 foreign languages, living on the border of Burma, serving people, eating exotic foods, homeschooling, and having children. Her most famous delivery was baby Salem born on a sideway in front of a Thailand hospital. Everyone who met Caroline quickly saw her love for Jesus, her passion for kingdom work, and her intensity to help individuals. She also loved to teach the Bible, lead worship, prayer counsel, and write biblical materials. Her love of life could be seen through her laughter, her funny stories, her willingness to try new things and dance parties with her kids.
Above all else, Caroline was and is a worshipper of our lord, Jesus Christ.
Caroline’s life was taken early as she battled with breast cancer metastasized to the brain over the last two years. Caroline was preceded in death by her father Bill Leinbach. Surviving are her loving husband, Michael Woo; four boys, Samuel (14), Ian (12), Zachary (8), Isaac (5), and daughter Salem (3); mother, Rita Leinbach; sister Salem Vest and family, brother Robert Fredrick Leinbach and family; half-brothers Jim Leinbach and family and David Leinbach, half-sister Linda Frambes and family.
A memorial celebration was held for Caroline on Wednesday, May 24th at Home Moravian Church with Pastor Ginny Tobiassen and Pastor Kevin Frack officiating. Her funeral had 425 people in attendance. In addition to this, 900 people who could not attend in person streamed the service online from their homes.
We give thanks for Caroline and the lives that she touched, and invite you to pray for her family and friends during this time of grief and thanksgiving for a wonderful, well-lived life.
With hope in the resurrection, I share with you that Sr. Nora Adam, widow of Br. Lorenz Adam, passed away this morning, January 28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a result of an aortic tear in her heart. The Adams served together both in the mission field and in congregations in the Northern Province. Nora and Lorenz served at the clinic in Ahuas, Honduras in the 1970’s. She was a member of the Lake Auburn Moravian Church in Victoria, Minnesota. I invite your prayers for her son Murray and his family in this time of grief and thanksgiving for a life well lived. Arrangements are not known at this time.
“Jesus, still lead on till our rest be won;
heav’nly leader, still direct us, still support, console, protect us,
till we safely stand in the promised land.” (MBW 799)
Lord of all life, we give you thanks for Nora’s long and faithful life, her godly example, and the many ways she blessed and encouraged us. Embrace her family as they grieve and assure them of our ongoing prayers of resurrection hope.
The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller