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Rick Nelson Receives Ted Wilde Mission Service Award

At a special service celebrating his retirement on August 4, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, Rick Nelson was presented with the first ever Ted Wilde Mission Service Award. Rick has long served as a missionary to Honduras over different stints of time, with the most recent being 2014 until early summer of 2019. In […]

Photography in Peru: Mission Grants

This year the Board of World Mission supported many Mission Grants, which are requests from partners to help develop leadership and support a global partner as they develop new ministries and begin their own mission outreach efforts. This post describes one of the Mission Grants supported in Peru. Brandon Lee Valencia Rivera is the 22 […]

A Honduran Scholarship: Mission Grant

One of the Mission Grants supported by the Board of World Mission in 2019 is the third year of a four year commitment to fund the theological education of Hiloy Ramirez Lopez. Hiloy is a member of the Honduran Unity Province of the Moravian Church. He is currently studying for an advanced degree in Theology […]

At the Corner of Whitestocking Rd and Whitestocking Rd

Starting my week in the mountains of Laurel Ridge, I drove many hours to end it on the beaches of Wilmington, North Carolina. I met up with Pastor Doug Rights and his team from King Moravian Church. We spent the night in Covenant Moravian Church before driving to our work site in the morning. The […]

June 30 Update from Sikonge

Monday evening Bill lead devotions at the hospital and because he was American, was asked about our current political climate. He began to do rounds with Kefas and Mama Kimwaga which was slightly complicated due to road construction. They gave out clothing in many neighborhoods and were fed generously. They spent the week traveling around […]

The Board of World Mission Welcomes Two Summer Interns!

Kyra Tessmann graduated from Valparaiso University in IN with a BA in English and a Spanish Minor. She is from Mundelein, IL, and grew up attending Mt. Morris camps every summer as a member of the Watertown Moravian Church. Her first experience with mission work was on a mission trip to Chicago with a group […]

Urban Service Opportunity in Milwaukee for Summer of 2019

Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can community café that offers healthy meals, food-service training, and spiritual nourishment in Milwaukee, WI. This mission site is a ministry of the Moravian Church under the direction of the Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons. This coming summer Tricklebee is partnering with the Urban Gathering Center of Milwaukee and will be one of […]

Union Cross Moravian Church Shares a Blessing

In 2016 the Union Cross Moravian Congregation in Winston-Salem, NC had a decision to make. They owned a home adjacent to their property that they had been renting and was now vacant. The obvious options for their Church Council were to continue renting the house and use the proceeds to help them make ends meet, […]

Upcoming Lay Ministry Conference

Check out this opportunity to become more engaged as a lay leader in your local congregation! Board of World Mission Executive Director Justin Rabbach will be leading a mission workshop and BWM’s new Director of Mission Engagement, Chris Giesler, will also be in attendance. Join them November 2nd-4th at Mt. Morris Camp & Conference Center. […]

Moravian Disaster Response Update

An update on the work of Moravian Disaster Response in Port Arthur, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands since the 2017 hurricane season. Please continue to pray for this work and for the victims of these devastating storms. To donate: moravianmission.org/give (enter “Moravian Disaster Response” to designate your gift to this cause) To get involved: […]

Costa Rica Mission Conference 2018

In July 2018, Sam Gray (BWM Director of Mission Outreach), Anna Stewart-Faircloth (BWM Summer Intern), and Becca Mock had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for a mission conference. Sam and Anna share a bit about the conference and their experiences below. Background on the Costa Rica Mission Conference  by Bishop Sam Gray In […]

Hurricane Relief in Port Arthur, Texas: Summer 2018 Update

The work to restore homes in Port Arthur, Texas, continues; however, due to triple-digit temperatures, efforts will resume in September. In cooperation with the folks from the Good Shepherd Moravian Fellowship, Mike and Pat Liles are coordinating the projects for incoming volunteers as well as working alongside them to accomplish the tasks. Housing for up […]

Board of World Mission hires Chris Giesler as new Director of Mission Engagement

The Board of World Mission is thrilled to announce that Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, a Bishop and lifelong servant of the Moravian Church, has been called to the position of Director of Mission Engagement. on the staff of the Board of World Mission. A Lifelong Commitment to the Moravian Church Chris Giesler brings with him […]

Meet Pastor Christopher from Chiclayo, Peru!

This is Christopher Valencia Alcantara. He is the president of the National Board of the Moravian Church in Peru and pastor of Rhemanente Moravian Church in Chiclayo, Peru. The following video, which was made as a greeting to the 2018 Northern Province Synod, will give you an idea of what Christopher does in each of […]

MDR: Volunteers needed to rebuild School on St. Thomas

Volunteers needed for rebuilding teams to help build classrooms at the Moravian Memorial School on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Cost: $400 The estimated cost of the trip will be around $900, which includes airfare, meals while on site and accommodations. The BWM is helping to heavily subsidize the trip, lowering the cost to participants […]

Prayer Request for Nicaragua

Please take a moment to read the following request for Prayers for the people of Nicaragua. There are many, many, Moravains throughout Nicaragua. The impact of this violence, and ongoing tensions are being felt across the country. Please offer prayers and share this news widely. The following is written by Rev. Tracy Robinson, currently a […]

MDR Update: February 20, 2018

  February 2018 Updates for Texas & St. Johns Moravian Disaster Response, is an outreach of the Board of World Mission that offers assistance in areas of need that have experienced devastation from circumstances beyond people’s control such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc. There are two locales that continue to offer opportunities to serve through […]

Unity Prayer Offering: Church Land for Peru

  Unity Prayer Day Offering 2018. The Unity Prayer Day Offering 2018 will benefit purchase of a piece of land for a church office, the first to be owned by the Moravian Church in Peru. The Moravian Church Peru is one of the newest mission areas in the worldwide Unity. So far, the Moravian Churches […]

Total Commitment to Mission

The following was written for “The BCM Spotlight Blog” and appeared first at this link.  The BWM encourages you to make this blog a part of your regular reading! Check it out today!  https://unitasfratrum.wordpress.com/ Written by Executive Director Justin Rabbach The Church as a Community of Service: Jesus Christ came not to be served but to […]

MDR Update: December 15, 2017

The BWM continues its disaster response work through the Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) program. Currently, the BWM has scheduled work crews to assist with the homes of members of the Good Shepherd Moravian Church (actually a Unity of the Brethren church made up of members with Moravian roots) in Port Arthur, Texas. Work crews began […]

MDR Update: November 10, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to return to the general update page. The BWM cannot fully express our extreme gratitude to our congregations and individual donors who have responded so generously following the awful string of disaster through the late summer and early fall of this year.

Justin Rabbach Named New Executive Director of the BWM

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church North America is pleased to announce that Justin Rabbach has been named the Board’s new Executive Director. He will continue the work of the Rev. Judy Ganz, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Justin currently serves as the director of Mission Engagement, a position he […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Sam

Meet, Sam Gray!  Hometown: Clemmons, NC (right now!) Home Church: Come & Worship BWM Position: Director of Intercultural Ministries and New Work I am the “connection” for the BWM with our Mission Areas and Mission Provinces and try to raise awareness of and involvement in that work within our congregations. I also help people to see […]

MDR Update: September 27, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to return to the general update page. The BWM continues to receive generous donations to help us respond in light of the myriad of disasters in the last several weeks. Below is an update regarding the current status of our response.

Harvey/Irma Updates from the Board of World Mission

September 14, 2017 Harvey / Irma Updates from the Board of World Mission BWM has been receiving generous donations for Moravian Disaster Response (MDR) and has begun the process of disbursing funds to Texas (Port Arthur and other Texas Brethren churches) and the Eastern West Indies Province (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, St. Maarten, […]

MDR Update: September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017 Update Click here to go back to the general update page. Click here to view the version of this updated emailed to congregations. There is quite a lot happening at MDR. We are doing our best to monitor situations on several fronts. The update below will focus on the reports coming into […]

MDR Update: September 7, 2017

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Please find below an update on the current response of MDR as we monitor the beginning stages of recovery in Texas from Harvey, the anticipation of further damage from Hurricane Irma, and listen to the potential impact of Hurricanes Jose and Katia close behind.

BWM Staff Profile Series: Jill

Meet, Jill Kolodziej! Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Home Church: Sturgeon Bay Moravian BWM Position: Director of Antioch  As Director I coordinate cross culture volunteer opportunities between Antioch volunteers and site hosts who have invited the BWM to join in their work and ministries. How many years in this position: I have served as the Director […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Deb

Meet, Deb Swanson!  Hometown: Bethlehem, PA Home Church: Edgeboro Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA BWM Position: Administrative Assistant   I am the administrative assistant for Judy and the BWM staff.  I handle all incoming donations, acknowledgements, filing, organizing and re-organizing, meeting planning and coordinating, and any other surprises that may come my way! How many years in […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Brother Rex

Meet, Reginald Knowlton! Hometown: Cinnaminson, NJ Home Church: Palmyra Moravian BWM Position: Treasurer My job is to do the accounting for the BWM.  A unique feature is sending wires each month to various mission locations. As Treasurer I get to keep the books, assure the funds are tracked appropriately and along with Sister Judy distribute wires […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Judy

Meet, Judy Ganz! From: Madison, Wisconsin  Currently based: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania BWM Position: Executive Director (#bosslady) Personal Explanation of Position: I have the privilege of helping to guide the mission of our church and working with our global partners in the service of our Lord.  Pretty fortunate. Fun Facts About Mission Work: I have learned to […]

BWM Staff Profile Series: Justin

Meet, Justin Rabbach!  Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin Home Church: Ebenezer Moravian Church BWM Position: Director of Mission Engagement Est. 2014 If you want to be engaged in mission (serve, pray, give, etc) then we should talk. It is my job to help individuals and congregations notice God at work, discern their call, and put it into […]

Clínica Evangélica Morava Featured in USA Today

The USA Today published an article contributed by Rick Nelson, the interim director and a consultant with the Honduran Moravian Church and Alas de Socorro, a missionary air service. The article highlights the importance of the Clínica Evangélica Morava to the predominantly Mískito population it serves. The clinic has served these people for over 70 years, having just celebrated its […]

Help Support the BWM with Amazon Smile

What is Amazon Smile? Have you heard of the program AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the […]

Mission at Home: Assemble Refugee Welcome Kits

Assemble Refugee Welcome Kits at your Congregation As conflicts continue around the globe, there is increasing need for a global response to the refugee crisis. The greatest focus at this time is often placed on the Syrian refugees entering Eastern Europe. In addition to Syria, there are refugees seeking refuge from Iraq, Darfur, Sudan, Democratic […]

2016 Unity Resolution Concerning Refugees

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 […]

ARMF’s Involvement in the Moravian Church in Cuba

A Mission Story from Joe Jarvis, President/Founder of the Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation (ARMF) Many of you know my story of how my heart was touched the first time I visited Cuba to attend their first Moravian Conference back in 2013. When I returned, I decided to form a foundation to support our brothers and […]

Share our Story: Experiences with Ray of Hope in Kenya

Our next Share Our Stories post features Rev. Cynthia Williams and her experiences serving with the Ray of Hope ministry in Kenya.  –  Can you tell us a little about your background? I grew up in Elizabeth City, NC and was raised Southern Baptist. My home church is First Baptist Church in Elizabeth City. I was always interested […]

From Beyond Borders- A Raiford Family Update

The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil […]

Missionary Caroline Woo Passes

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 […]

Louisiana Flooding

The Board of World Mission is partnering with the Fuller Center Disaster Responders to assist flooding victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. You may click here to visit their website. Copied below is information from their program, and additional details about getting connected and involved. Engage in Home Rebuilding Efforts Location:Walker and Denham Springs, LA Dates: On going […]

Home is where the heart is…

Emma LaBella is 17 and a senior at Salem Academy. In January she travelled far away from her home in Winston-Salem to Lima, Peru. She found herself among people of a different culture and country who spoke a different language and worshiped in a different style… lots of differences. Emma was there to build relationships […]

Missionary Nora Adam Passes

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 […]

Pray for Juquila and Peace

The BWM received the message below from the family of Phil Raiford, a missionary partner serving in Mexico. After sending out the urgent call for prayer regarding gun violence in his community, this information follows up on that request and gives the sad details of this ongoing situation. We ask that you pray for Phil […]

Unrest in San Juan Juquila, Mexico

  Kelly Raiford, mother of Phil Railford, asks for prayers for the safety of her son (Phil), her pregnant daughter-in-law (Eunice) and grandson (Ian). Phil’s village in Mexico has been under attack resulting in the death of at least one person.  At this time, she is not sure what the reason for the unrest and will be […]

Dr. John Gilliland Passes in Nicaragua

It is fitting that as we celebrated the revelation of Christ among us on epiphany, Dr. John Gilliland went to be with his Lord.  Dr. Gilliland served in Nicaragua and then spent four years at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras.  His whole life has been committed to this mission as he frequently sent support and […]

MDR Update: Serving in Hurricane Relief

Moravian Pastor Chris Thore, who serves as chaplain of the Richard Petty Race Team organized that group to go and take part in Hurricane Matthew Response in partnership with the United Methodist Church. Take a look at the video below. How might you feel called to take part in a response team?

2016 Ahuas Mission Trip

Jamie Lynne Dease –  As an elementary teacher, I have many opportunities to help my students and fulfill their needs. Between tying shoes, giving permission to use the bathroom, offering small group instruction, and learning about students’ home lives, I hope that I make some small difference in their lives. For Moravians, a mission is […]

Serve through Antioch!

The Antioch movement of the Board of World Mission coordinates adults, 18 years and older, in cross cultural ministry and service across the worldwide Unity. The following listings are some of the opportunities that are seeking individuals to share in the ongoing efforts at a particular site in the coming months. Boarding schools in Tanzania, […]

Pennsylvania Miss Amazing

Pennsylvania Miss Amazing is looking for volunteers for their event on April 9th at the Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Miss Amazing Inc is an organization that works to help girls and women with disabilities gain confidence in a supportive environments. Individuals would be ‘buddies’ to the participants and help to encourage and support them […]

Antioch Servant Reflection: Sylvie Hauser

 The Board of World Mission is excited to share the update below from Sylvie Hauser, a young adult from Sturgeon Bay, WI, who is currently serving as an Antioch Servant in the Czech Republic. Sylvie graduated a semester early from High School, and chose to spend this time before college as an Antioch servant. Sylvie […]

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