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.