Lectionary Selection: Mark 4:26-34
Prayers for Morocco:
You who give seed to the sower, harvest and fruit to humankind. We are thankful for every seed of love, joy, peace and justice that has been sown into the rich soil of this country. We surely know that in due time, they will bring forth abundant fruit.
May you strengthen the work of the Evangelical Protestant Church of Morocco that we may continue to be this tree for your children to come find rest and refreshment for their souls, minds and bodies. We lift to you those who are supporting this tremendous work by their various contributions. Bless them so they can be a blessing to the least of these.
In the midst of lack and scarcity, we are yet confident that we will reap an unprecedented harvest. We trust in your benevolence, and we know that you are the great provider, who never fails.
Master of time and circumstances, please send your rain in every dry place, let your sun shine on us, and let the atmosphere be favorable to your people as we journey through the various seasons of life.
Let the joy of your kingdom dwell upon us, let the peace of Jesus Christ guard our mind and let the unity of the Holy Spirit keep us together.
My husband and I have been sent to Morocco by Global Ministries and have arrived in October 2017. We both have our separate task. One of the things I do here is work with the Comité d’Entraide Internationale - CEI (International Aid Committee) of the Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco. This committee is in charge of welcoming, assisting and accompanying refugees and migrants coming mainly from the Sub-Saharan Africa.Read more
"The Ecumenical Agenda on Migration" presented in Milan, by NEV
The agenda consists of seven proposals that involve the following topics: a law on citizenship (ius soli), the definition of precise standards to legally entering Italy for both migrants and asylum seekers, the regularization on an individual basis of rooted foreigners, the repeal of the crime of clandestinity - provided for in the Bossi-Fini Law, the extension of the Asylum and Refugee Protection Service (SPRAR), the enhancement and dissemination of good reception and integration practices as well as the promotion of the participation of immigrants who are now stabilized in this democratic life through providing active and passive electorate. Read more...
Morocco – land of sands and souks, olive groves and majestic mosques. From one World Heritage site to another – Rabat, Fes Medina, Meknes, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Ben Haddou – our feet filled the footprints of Berbers and Romans, Muslims and Christians. Our prayers arose in the enormous prayer hall in Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque (the third largest mosque in the world), along Roman Volubilis’s ancient mosaic-lined walkways, beneath the sun-streaked aisles of Notra Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic cathedral in Casablanca.Read more
Humanitarian Corridors. An Italian ecumenical mission in Morocco, by Nev
“We leave confident to strengthen relations of cooperation and friendship with our Moroccan partners, - said the president of FCEI, pastor Luca Maria Negro, to Press Agency NEV - sure that the opening of a humanitarian corridor from Morocco can provide an important tool to protect individuals and families of migrants mainly from West Africa and that in Morocco live in a situation of serious difficulties and vulnerabilities. Read more...Read more
Humanitarian corridors. One year after the launch of the project, 500 people have been welcomed in INEV
Rome (NEV), 30 November 2016 – With the fifth arrival of Syrian citizens from Lebanon scheduled for 1st and 2nd of December 2016, the number of people arriving safely in Italy via the “humanitarian corridor” project will amount to 500. The project was created by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI), the Waldensian Executive Board and the Community of Sant'Egidio. This result was reached in less than a year from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the promoters and the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs. Read more...Read more
The Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco (Eglise Evangélique au Maroc, EEAM) serves Christ in a land at the crossroads of north and south (Africa and Europe), east and west (the Muslim World and the West). With ten congregations in cities all over Morocco (Agadir, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Kenitra, Tangier and Oujda) served by four pastors and several pastoral interns, the EEAM has a membership representing more than fifty nationalities, the majority young people coming as students from Sub-Saharan Africa. Our members come from Protestant traditions of all varieties.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 9:51 - 62
Prayers for Morocco:
Loving God, thank you for your welcoming embrace. Your acceptance of our imperfection is ever an example for us to strive for. Forgive us when we fall short – when we are quick to reject and quick to condemn. Inspire us to spread your love even when it is not reciprocated.
Protecting God, watch over the people of Morocco. Shelter it from those that would inflict harm, and let it continue to be a country of peace.
Nurturing God, be with the Christian community of Morocco in this time of continuing growth and transition. Lend your wisdom to its leaders, and unify its members to become the diverse tool for your work that it is working to become.
Healing God, give us the compassion and the resources to care for our brothers and sisters in difficulty. Help each individual to find the solutions and the peace that they are seeking.
Help us all to learn from each other, to respect each other, and to realize what is truly important; let your priorities be our own.
We pray in the name of the migrant who loved us all more than we can comprehend,
Like many church bodies here in Morocco, the CEI is run by people who have often been in Morocco for several years but who eventually leave us to return to their home countries. This was the case in 2015, a year in which there was quite a bit of change amongst church leadership. First of all, in July, our team coordinator Carlos Funk finished his term after three years of service in Morocco and left to take a pastoral position in France. His gentle spirit and calm presence will be missed by all of us here.Read more