Bishop Chris Giesler leads a congregational retreat for youth and adults in Costa Rica.
Members of the Sister Bay Moravian Church recently visited the United States Virgin Islands where they both gave and recieved God’s love.
With a deep sense of gratitude for the ministry of Bishop Sam Gray, we share the news that he has accepted the call to serve as the Pastor of the New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Bishop Sam will conclude his ministry with the BWM on Friday, June 12th, and be installed at New […]
With Covid-19 restrictions hampering in-person worship services, Moravians in Peru are going online.
Moravians from the West Side Moravian Church in Greenbay visit the New Hope Moravian Church in Jamaica.
BWM Mission grants have helped to provide online seminary classes, and trained pastors for the Peruvian Moravian Congregations
Camp Cuba brings together Moravian Brothers and Sisters from the US and Cuba.
Moravians in Honduras have had a hard time getting food due to the severe travel restrictions that come as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our MDR fund has helped them to get some much needed food.
Estamos Unidos keeps ministry going
Serving others changes who we are.
The Board of World Mission (BWM) benefits from its long-standing relationships with Moravians around the world. Just as we are often busy working with the Mission Areas we supervise (Peru and Sierra Leone) and the Mission Provinces we accompany (Cuba and Labrador), we also get to work in partnership with the full Unity Provinces with […]
In February 2020, the Mission Area of Sierra Leone held a National Conference to evaluate the current ministry and to plan ahead for continued growth and governance. As a part of the conference there was a delegation of international visitors made up of representatives from the Sierra Leone Mission Committee (a ministry led by members […]
Prayers requested for our Moravian brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
BWM Update Letter * Aprill 22, 2020
BWM responds to needs arising from the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Moravian Board of World Mission sees the Covid-19 pandemic as a disaster now affecting most areas of the world. Here in North America, many congregations are suspending worship services, Sunday school classes, Bible Studies, and many other group meetings. As a result, congregations are finding unexpected needs that cost money. The BWM is now […]
Earthquake Recovery Update from our Moravian brothers and sisters in Albania
Moravians in Albania afftected by a November 26th earthquake. Please pray for victims and rescue personel.
In Spanish, the word used for “shepherd” and the word used for “pastor” are one and the same: pastor pronounced pah-STORE). Little Esther, pictured here, is the granddaughter of a “pastor” (her grandfather is the Rev. Aldo Gonzalez, pastor of the Moravian Church in Santayana, Cuba) and the daughter of a pastor (Sister Barbara Alien […]
Sister Yadira Quintana’s smile says it all! She is blessed to be a blessing. Sister Yadira has established a Moravian Daycare Ministry in Guantánamo, Cuba. More than 50 children are served by this ministry that she calls, “Los Moravitos” (The Little Moravians). The ministry employs local women who are very qualified (with degrees in Early […]
Marni Wickert (sister of BWM Director Taylor Wickert) joined a team of Watertown Moravians who attended the 2nd National Conference of the Moravian Church in Peru in August 2019. The Peruvian pastors and leaders were blessed by a session “Preaching and Worship Planning Throughout the Church Year,” led by Pastor Kurt Liebenow. Brother Jeff Mallach […]
Written by Antioch Servant Aliceann Trostle June 21-July 22, 2019 When first arriving to Nepal, we were told we brought the rain with us: the rainy season had been long awaited and our arrival day was the first day of true rainfall. Although it didn’t last and we suffered two more weeks of dry, hot […]
When we get the board of directors of the BWM together, it is amazing to hear the many memories of mission service shared around the table. We thought it might be fun to share some moments with the outside world, so here is a compilation of photos and short reflections from our board members! Rev. […]
Church World Service Meeting in Washington D.C. – October 25-26, 2019 In late October Church World Service (CWS) held their annual member meeting in Washington D.C. to make the event not just a report on the work in the last year, but to add an advocacy component as well. CWS is an organization of 37 […]
Give Watch the Video and Read Below to Learn More! The top priority for the Moravian Board of World Mission (BWM) in North America is building relationships with and supporting the mission efforts of our partner Unity Provinces (Costa Rica, Eastern West Indies, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Western Tanzania), Mission Provinces (Cuba, Labrador), and Mission Areas […]
The Board of World Mission is excited to announce the formation of a new committee to help provide additional focus and energy in support of the Ahuas Clinic in La Mosquitia, Honduras. This is a long-standing ministry which has seen a variety of connections with the Board of World Mission (BWM) over its 70 plus […]
Areas with Moravian congregations have so far escaped serious damage from the hurricane. Folks in the Bahamas were not as lucky. Here is how you can help.
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 […]
Mission camp at Laurel Ridge is an opportunity for young Moravians to have a hands-on mission experience close to home. Youth groups from North Carolina and Florida spend a week in the mountains near Laurel Ridge doing various jobs for members of the community. Through four weeks of mission camp, over 200 participants from 12 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bill starts where he left off, explaining that Steen was retiring and Sunday would be his last evening in Tanzania. His last night was somewhat spoiled as a young man in the community kept him up all night asking for money. It all worked out alright and Steen made it safely to the airport the […]
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 […]
Bill and Peg Hoffman arrived in the village of Sikonge on June 18th, 2019. The journey from Bethlehem took three days and included a number of transportation difficulties, but the couple made it to Tanzania safely. They met with the Tabora Moravian Mamas to discuss the program and members of the community in need. The […]
Last month I had the opportunity to drive down to Lumberton, North Carolina, a small town that was heavily impacted by the flooding last fall. I met up with Pastor Zach Dease and other members from Macedonia Moravian Church to work on a home in partnership with the United Methodist Disaster Response and Recovery unit. […]
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 […]
Prayers for the 5th Sunday after Easter (May 19-25, 2019) Posted on May 17, 2019by Daily Prayers for Moravians The Watchword for the week:Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, thebeginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6 This is […]
Your congregation is invited…encouraged…needed to join with other Moravians from around North America and serve people in your community.
Moravian young adults ages 16-30 are invited to take part in this exciting cross cultural experience.
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 […]
A tornado has ripped through portions of Havana, Cuba. Here is the initial communication that we are receiving from church leaders in the Moravian Church there.
The Moravian Mission Station at Wupperthal has been devastated by a fire that has destroyed homes, businesses, a hostel that housed school students. The worldwide Moravian Unity seeks to bring aid.
This MDR update helps you to see how you can help?
Giving of our time, engergy, and finacial resources is not always easy…but the rewards are amazing!
Moravians responding to the needs of fire victims in California.
BWM Mission Store Is it better to give or to receive? Why not both?! Click on the link or image below to be taken to our secure online store where you can shop from a variety of items from the areas where the BWM does its work. All proceeds from the sale of these items […]
Jess Walls relfects on the meaning of her experience of serving on a mission team to St. Thomas.
Unity Prayer Watch – 2018 For the Worldwide Moravian Unity – its 24 Unity Provinces, 2 Unity Undertakings, 5 Mission Provinces, and 15 Mission Areas, as well as Unity Ministries pray for: the Unity Committee on Theology; the Unity Mission and Development Board; the Unity Women’s Desk and Unity Youth Desk; the 2 Unity […]
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, […]
Join BWM at a Moravian Mission Summit on October 21st!
Are you looking for a way to engage in mission? Do you just want to know more about the past, present and future of mission in a Moravian context? Well, then we have a perfect event for you! All are welcome!
Each summer, youth groups, Moravian and otherwise, have the opportunity to travel up the mountain to Laurel Ridge in North Carolina to attend weeklong mission camps and learn what it means to be a servant. The youth groups and the adults who accompany them serve at worksites and attend program times throughout the week. This […]
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. […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Meet our interns! Sylvie Hauser is a senior at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is majoring in Political Science / International Relations with minors in Spanish and Political Economy. Growing up in Sturgeon Bay, WI she attended the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church and attended and counseled Mt. Morris camps every summer. She also […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
The Board of World Mission is seeking an intern for 10-12 weeks in the summer of 2018.
The following is a statement sent out by the Moravian Unity on January 15, 2018 in response to comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump regarding countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Please return to this page to find the most recent updates on the MDR Responses to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Each dated link below will give a fuller update from that point in time.
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 […]
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.
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. Hurricane Harvey The BWM has made an initial distribution of funds […]
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, […]
The Cuban Council of Churches will participate actively in the recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
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 […]
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.
The September 5th update from the BWM regarding MDR’s work following Hurricane Harvey, and in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
The text below is a copy of notice sent out to Moravian Congregations on Monday, August 28th regarding MDR’s efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The original statement can be seen by clicking here.
The BWM is planning to host webinar in advance of the Unity Mission Conference coming up in South Africa in November of 2017. This webinar will be a chance to join the discussion around the topics up for discussion at that conference, and we hope to gain valuable insight and ideas from participants in this experience […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Board of Mission would like to present a new fundraiser: Mission Meals!
$5 – Plantable Bookmark containing seeds: That’s right, receive a bookmark you can plant in ground, representing how you are helping this ministry grow! You don’t receive actual rice and beans at this level, but you are helping to grow our outreach, and the bookmark provides more information about the mission grant program! Click the […]
Meet, Sheila Beaman! Hometown: Advance, NC Home Church: Macedonia Moravian BWM Position: Administrative Assistant in Winston-Salem, NC Mission Office for BWM and Southern Province Mission Society
Meet your fellow Moravian, Lauren Stewart! Home Church: First Moravian Church of Uhrichsville College: Freshman at University of Mount Union Major: Nursing Career Goal: Hopes to eventually get a job in Haiti as a nurse.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Meet your fellow Moravian, Brandon Korns.
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 […]
In 2017, the Board of World Mission will continue to discern if God is calling us to “do a new thing”. At the same time, we will reflect on the ways God can always take ongoing work and work through it in a new way as long as we centered on Christ!
Join in Urban Mission Work in Milwaukee. Location: Milwaukee, WI Date: Every Wednesday – Saturday (Shifts available between 10am – 3pm) Age: Youth welcome with Adult Supervision Cost:Free
Volunteer at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras. Location: Ahuas, Honduras Date: February 19-26, 2017 & Ongoing availability for 7-10 day visits Age: 18+ Cost: $1,500
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?
Bethania Moravian Church in North Carolina is collecting items for relief following Hurricane Matthew. Please consider a donation if you are able! If you have questions please contact David Merritt (email@example.com or 336 971-1065). Items needed:
Looking for a BWM Newsletter from 2016? Look no further! This post contains links to download pdfs of all of our newsletters from 2016!
Want to know what has been happening at the BWM? Take a look at the latest annual report and learn about all of the ways we are investing in mission to grow the Kingdom!
Please take a few moments to read the latest Newsletter from the Board of World Mission. Stories include reflections on a recent visit to the Czech Republic.
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, […]
Looking for a BWM Newsletter from 2015? Look no further! This post contains links to download pdfs of all of our newsletters from 2015!
Looking for a BWM Newsletter from 2014? Look no further! This post contains links to download pdfs of all of our newsletters from 2014!