Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have battered the southern coast of the United States as well as wreaking untold damage across the Caribbean. Many of the most heavily hit areas have not been heard from yet, and this page will be updated as new information from partners is received.
Please continue to hold all of those impacted in your prayers.
You can make a gift towards the recovery work by following the links
- One Great Hour of Sharing Response (UCC)
- Week of Compassion Response (Disciples of Christ)
- Global Ministries Partners Response
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 16: (21-28)
Prayers for Mexico:
Dear Lord: Help us to walk alongside those who are being crucified daily in the midst of a suffering people. Accompany us as we live today being aware of your presence, Jesus, in every human being, in every circumstance. Let us find you in the walks and ways of the borders, where constant threats, thirst, and hunger are part of the challenge of every day's frontier crossing. As we walk under the shadow of Your cross, which continues to represent madness and a stumbling block to the unbelieving and spiritually stingy, allow us to discern prophetic signals announcing the coming of Your kingdom of justice and peace. We praise you, oh Lord, in our hope of the glorious day when you will reconcile, unite, renew, and reinstate those of your children who wait your coming while working and bearing witness of Your love and compassion.Read more
August 16th, 2017
Donald J. Trump, President
United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Greetings from Global Ministries, a common witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and the United Church of Christ.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Prayers for Venezuela:
Oh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.
In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and peace. Give to the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela the courage to be a prophetic voice in the midst of silence and complacency.
There are evil forces that become obstacles in the way to do justice and promote peace.
Help the leadership of the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela to discern ways in which a pastoral accompaniment could provide vision and hope for the future, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit to open spaces for dialogue to reconstruct a society in which justice and equality prevail.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace. Amen.Read more
In 2017, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma organized a Global Ministries People-to-People Pilgrimage to visit global partner, Caminante in the Dominican Republic. This is a pilgrimage the region has offered each summer for the past nine years. Each year, the group participants think of different material items to bring from Oklahoma that will support the work of Caminante. As this year’s group began planning, they decided to raise funds for Caminante’s growing summer outreach programs – the programs the group would be participating in during their pilgrimage.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Prayers for Guatemala:
Jesus, you heard your Father in the voice of a woman whom your countrymen despised; help us to hear your voice today in the words of those considered not worthy to eat at the table; move us to share the hope of a humane world. That in the voice of the excluded, we will feel called to share our food and our hope with those who long for salvation.
Pray with your fellow Guatemalans of the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala.
Vitalino Similox, Secretary General, calls for a halt to the destruction of the human dignity of indigenous peoples; racism and discrimination. Indigenous people should be given the recognition of their right to self-determination.
Misael Méndez, Youth Pastoral Coordinator, implores that gangs stop involving young people in bloody violence; for an end to deaths from malnutrition and curable diseases cease; and to see an increase in opportunities for employment, education and a dignified life.
Nora Coloma of the pastoral of women, prays for an end to the sexism that violates women: patriarchy and authoritarianism, feminicide, street harassment, exclusion of women in decision-making spaces.
Let us hear your voice, purify us, O God, from the pollution that enslaves us; touch our hearts; let us listen, as you did to the Syrophoenician, in the voice of those who yearn for salvation.Read more
On Saturday, we planted trees.
We met at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research (INESIN), one of Global Ministries’ partners here in San Cristobal, at 7:30 a.m. We loaded around 200 trees into the back of a pickup truck, loaded ourselves into the back of the pickup truck, and drove 30 minutes on a highway and 30 minutes more on patchy dirt and gravel roads to arrive at the stunning farm of a local pastor. Perched on the side of a mountain, we looked out over the plains to another mountain range as it was just starting to be covered by the ever-present day-time clouds.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 14:22-33
Prayers for Ecuador:
Lord, tell us to come and meet you on the water, call us to unfamiliar places. Challenge us not only to believe deeply, but to act on those beliefs. Help us to see fully that you are God.
Give us faith like Peter, to go and meet you in the communities of Ecuador; to Pijal where hard working families and their children are rejoicing in new opportunities, to Sua where your people are still recovering from floods and earthquakes, to Romerillos where gifts are growing through microcredit programs.
Give us faith like Peter, faith like our partner FEDICE, to step out of our comfortable and safe spaces, and go where you call us, and we will meet you there.