Lectionary Text and Prayers for India: Luke 4:21-30
Our Loving God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, we place before you this prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for the work of the Common Global Ministries, thru the Church of North India, the Church of South India, along with partners, making a difference in the lives and communities scattered in many parts of India, the most populous democratic nation today. Dear Father, we pray for these Church-related hospitals, schools, social, and spiritual agencies striving to bring the good news of an abundant life especially to the poor and oppressed (Ref: Luke 4:21-30). May they continue to be relevant in their social and political situations, bringing hope to the needy, sick, and marginalized.
We place into Your Caring Hands our brothers and sisters in Christ who face religious persecution. In their deep and strong faith they are risking even their lives to stay true to your message of love and forgiveness. We acknowledge, dear Lord that this courage is a sign of your presence and we seek your guidance for the Church in bringing understanding and peace.
Let us pray for the leaders of India, that they may with maturity, and integrity; in justice and skilful statesmanship deal with the innumerable challenges which affect the daily lives of the common person, such as, daily terrorist activities, not only planting constant fear, but threatening to dislodge a delicate condition of peace with neighbouring countries.
Gracious God, we close this prayer with the assurance that you will continue to bless the efforts of all your children who seek to spread the love of Jesus. In His precious name we pray. Amen
(Prayer written by Nancy Lott Henry)
Global Ministries International Partners in India:
Besides the Church of North India and the Church of South India, Global Ministries has about forty partners in India. To view a list of those partners and a paragraph summary on each, go to: http://www.globalministries.org/sasia/countries/india/ and scroll down to the partner section
Global Ministries Missionaries in India:
Teresa and Anil Henry are serving a four year term with the Synodical Board of Health Services of the Church of North India. Teresa is the anesthesiologist of the Christian Hospital of Mungeli and Anil works as a medical doctor there.
Nancy Lott Henry is serving as a long-term volunteer with the Church of North India. She is working as a teacher of nurses for hospitals in their eastern region.