Lectionary Selection: John 11:1-45
Prayers for South Africa:
God of Grace.
God of love, peace, and everlasting healing,
We thank you for the hope that you enrich us with on a daily basis. Even for the new mercies that we see every morning.
Bless us with the energy and the resolve to proclaim and live your love and your justice throughout all of our experiences and encounters. By your grace and mercy, make it possible for humanity to feel your holy and healing power through our collective ministry. We pray that through our ministry your redemptive love will restore broken lives in every corner of the world, and particularly among the women of Ons Plek in Cape Town, South Africa.
We know that your love will overcome fear and your mercy can restore life and hope to every segment of the world where people live in squalor and in misery. We ask that you restore broken lives and mend fragmented families through the work of Ons Plek. Give continued strength and wisdom to the staff of Ons Plek that they may be agents of transformation and joy for the young women of Ons Plek and their families.
We ask these blessings in the beloved name of Jesus, Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from South Africa:
Ons Plek provides educational, developmental, and therapeutic services to Cape Town’s former street girls. Many of these girls have escaped physical/emotional abuse, neglect, poverty, gangs, and other terrifying conditions. A significant amount of my time at Ons Plek is spent working as a part of an academic team that caters to the individual learning needs of the girls. This educational service is designed to advance girls who are not currently enrolled in school, to support them in reaching their proper grade level. During this time, I witness an abundance of growth and determination as each girl tackles challenging assignments. In addition, I witness the sisterhood between the girls as they use their diverse skills to assist one another in their work.
The academic support and programs provided at Ons Plek plays a major role in preparing the girls to create and achieve their goals. This ministry supports maintaining the resources that are required for the operation of this service.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Nia Sullivan)
Mission Partners in South Africa:
- Related Institution: Ons Plek
- South African Council of Churches
- South Africa Synod, United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
- Theological Education by Extension College
- United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
More information on South Africa: http://www.globalministries.org/south_africa
Global Ministries Missionary in South Africa:
Nia Sullivan serves with Ons Plek Projects for Girls in South Africa. Her appointment is supported by Week of Compassion, Our Church’s Wider Mission, Disciples Mission Fund and your special gifts.