Pray for Turkey on Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pray for Turkey on Sunday, October 19, 2008

Prayers for Turkey and Lectionary text: Matthew 22:15-22

O God, we ask that the people of Turkey and the USA, and all who often divide themselves between the religious and the secular, learn to stop plotting to trap those on the other side, to resist being cynical, to try out your commandment to “love one another” and have trust and respect for the other in their political lives. May we have the humility to admit that the issues that divide us today have been with since the Pharisees and Herodians tested Jesus 2000 years ago and to this day are part of our common humanity.

We ask your blessing on the people of Turkey and the people of the United States:

  • on refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers as they make their way in Turkey and in the USA;
  • on teachers and students in schools;
  • on youth who are so discouraged about their country’s politics that they drop out rather than participate in Your quest, O God, for justice and peace;
  • on all Muslims and Christians who work together for the common good in Turkey, the USA, or anywhere in the world;
  • on women and minorities who find themselves labeled and categorized by political opportunists;
  • on those who have lost their loved ones in natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and in acts of terrorism, and who scramble to stay live and find hope in living.

We ask all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Global Ministries International Partners in Turkey:

Health and Education Foundation: The Health and Education Foundation, a Turkish secular philanthropy, began in 1968 to protect and renew the educational and medical institutions of the American Board, which represents the founder of these institutions established more than a century ago. The Health and Education Foundation consists of volunteers who are the graduates of the American Board schools. There are three high schools in Turkey (TarsusIstanbul, Izmir), a hospital in Gaziantep, and a printing press, founded by the American Board but now managed by the Foundation, which has full responsibility and authority for them. The institutions exemplify the positive possibilities for bridging cultural divides and building trustful relationships that are needed in today’s pluralistic world. CGMB follows with hope and interest the progress of these historical institutions through the American Board, its office in Turkey.

Global Ministries Personnel in Turkey:

Ken & Betty Frank share the position of General Secretary of the American Board in Istanbul. They work with the Health and Education Foundation. They also serve on the board of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program (IIMP), which is a critical presence in ministering to the needs of economic migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees stranded in Turkey. Betty and Ken rejoice that everyday work is an interfaith dialogue.

Alison Stendahl serves as Academic Dean of and a math teacher at Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey.