Lectionary Selection: Amos 7:7-17
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
Uniting God, it is in You that we are all able to come together as your people, without hierarchies, boundaries or divisions.
Help us seek out ways to better unite our communities.
Urge us on our journey to be your disciples.
Persuade us to reach out to that unknown or unfamiliar person in our midst.
Cheer us onward when we stumble.
Guide us in times of uncertainty as we seek to stretch our comfort zones
And bind us God, bind us ever closer to You and to one another as we seek to create Your kingdom here in this place.
It is in our love for You that we pray, Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Sri Lanka:
Last month at Jaffna College in Northern Sri Lanka, student athletes were invited from the surrounding provinces to participate in sporting events ranging from basketball and soccer, to netball and field hockey. This event is one of many such efforts taking place all over Sri Lanka to help promote community building and cross-cultural acceptance in the country’s younger generation.
Though the war has ceased, division and suspicion still endure across the different peoples of Sri Lanka. In our Global Ministries school partners, special care is taken to counteract these habits and instead promote equality and community across cultural lines, language barriers, and religions.
As Jesus sends us out to blaze new trails of Christian brotherhood and share the good news, we are called to reach out to our neighbors, all our neighbors, in love and in peace. Today, may we remember the important lesson our Sri Lankan neighbors teach us in how to rebuild God’s kingdom.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Julianna Nitz)
Global Ministries International Partners in Sri Lanka:
- Church of the American Ceylon Mission
- Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue (EISD)
- Jaffna College
- Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India
- National Christian Council of Sri Lanka
- Uduvil Girls College
More info on Sri Lanka: http://www.globalministries.org/sasia/countries/sri-lanka/
Global Ministries Missionary in Sri Lanka:
Julianna Nitz, a member of Central Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky, serves as a Global Mission Intern with the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India in Sri Lanka. She will works as a music teacher at the Uduvil Girls College, Christian Theological Seminary and Jaffna College.
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Sri Lanka Statement of the International Consultation on Peace, Security and Development in South Asia
South Asia continues to be one of the most volatile regions of the world. The negative effects of ongoing ethnic conflicts, civil wars, ethnic cleansing, communal and political violence, terrorism, counter terrorism, religious extremism, militarization, gross and systematic violation of human rights, unresolved inter-state and intra-state conflicts, and subversive economic interests, etc., are visible today more than ever before in the region. South Asia has become a hot bed of the war on terror and a victim of the strategic interests of major power blocs keeping the region in constant turmoil and uncertainty.Read more
An appeal from Concerned South Asian Citizens on the situation of the Vanni area in Northern Sri Lanka
We, Citizens of South Asia, are writing to express our serious concern about reports of mass deaths of Sri Lankan Tamils trapped in a small geographical area of the Vanni region in northern Sri Lanka in the weekend of 5th April, 2009. News reports in both the electronic as also print media, (7th April, 2009) have reported the death of over 700 Tamils in the last 3-4 days alone, with only a section of them being identified as LTTE cadres, meaning thereby that a large number of those killed are civilians trapped in the area.Read more