Lectionary Selection: John 14:1-14
Prayers for Kenya:
Lord, you told us to keep heart and not be troubled knowing that you go to prepare a place for us in the Father’s house. We live in this world as pilgrims, as the nation of Kenya goes through a lot of challenges, economically, socially, and financially, we pray Lord that you help your people put their trust in you and you alone.
God, let the leadership of the nation of Kenya be godly and caring the way Jesus cares for His disciples. Let them give hope and encouragement to their people the way our Lord Jesus did to the disciples in times of despair.
Lord, we pray for the nation of Kenya as it now lives in a very difficult moment with the appearance of COVID-19. The future becomes more and more uncertain. Those who trusted in their secured jobs live now in despair, those who accumulated wealth as a way of securing the future are hopeless. Lord, remind us in such situations that you are the solution for all our problems and we have to believe in you.
Lord, Kenya operates in a growing entrepreneurial middle class and steady growth. Its economic development has been impaired unfortunately by weak governance and corruption. We pray God that you illuminate the mind of those in power to seek the welfare of all Kenyans. Corruption is a gangrene that kills the economy, so Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray that you help the leadership of Kenya to appoint leaders of integrity who can work for societal transformation.
O God, we lift the nation of Kenya to you for the issue of unemployment and under-employment which are extremely high. People normally live day-to-day. With the issue of lockdown because of COVID-19, it becomes very difficult for common people to get daily bread. Lord, you are the provider for the needy, we pray that you provide daily bread for families who cannot afford it.
Because of the tough economy of the country and the lockdown for COVID-19, insecurity has become a serious issue. People who go out for shopping are being attacked by bandits. Lord, we pray for the protection of your people.
Lord, you said if we ask anything in your name you will do it. Hear our prayers, O God, and respond according to you will.
We pray and believe that you have heard our prayers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Mission Stewardship Moment from Kenya:
Peace Mission in Cameroon.
For some time, the country of Cameroon has been going through conflict that caused many deaths and internally and externally displaced persons in Anglophone Cameroon. Cameroon is a country that is bilingual (French and English). The Anglophone part of the country is a minority that always feels they are victims of injustice. Cameroonians in diaspora and other sources supported boys in that part of Cameroon with guns and munitions to create a secession in order to declare Anglophone Cameroon an independent state. The Army was forced to intervene brutally and many people were killed and the boys enter the forest where they operate as rebels.
The Council of Protestant Churches called for the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) to accompany them in this situation. AACC convened a meeting in Nairobi in February 2020. There, it was decided they would meet with religious leaders in Cameroon and then the Cameroonian Prime Minister. As AACC delegates, we advocated that the Prime Minister use religious leaders to mediate with the boys in the forest and move them from the bush to reinsertion centers. The boys trust religious leaders more than in the government. AACC planned training on conflict resolution, transformation, and advocacy to equip religious leaders to meet the rebels in the bush and convince them to come back to community life. This will be implemented with the accompaniment of the AACC after the religious leaders are trained.
- Pray for Kenya, that the spread of COVID-19 may not affect the country. So far Kenya has 336 cases with 14 deaths and 97 recovered. People are tired of the lockdown and want to go back to normal life regardless of the danger of the pandemic.
- Pray for AACC as we plan to equip religious leaders to do mediation work with the ‘Amba Boys’ (rebels). Pray for the safety of church leaders.
Prayer and Mission Moment by Bosela Eale
Mission Partners in Kenya:
More information on Kenya: https://www.globalministries.org/kenya
Global Ministries Mission Co-worker in Kenya:
Bosela Eale serves with the Peace, Diakonia, and Development Office in Kenya. His appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission, and your special gifts.