Weekly Prayers

Pray for Japan on Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Japan: Luke 4:1-13

Dear God, thank you for the many gifts of community and fellowship with the global Christian community. This week we pray for Japan. We ask for your light and guidance for Christians in Japan on their journey towards your kingdom here on earth. Help us to learn to serve and walk alongside our partners in the Japanese church on this mission. We…

- Pray for global food security and for ministries like the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi Prefecture which help to inspire leadership in rural communities both in Japan and around the world. 

- Pray for the indigenous peoples of Japan from the Ainu peoples of northern Japan and Hokkaido to Ryu Kyu peoples in Okinawa, and others as they continue their struggle for acknowledgement by the Japanese people and government.

- Pray for the Christian centers and smaller ministries like the Emmaus Center, the Douhoku Centre, the Student Christian Fellowship (SCF), Bazaar Café, and Ginowan Seminar House as they continue to serve as a vital meeting point between the church and the wider community. Help them to continue their work serving the most vulnerable and needy.

-  Pray for sexual minorities, the LGBT community in both Japan and the US, that they are able to find acceptance and understanding from their families, religious institutions, and government leaders.

- Pray that awareness of Article 9 of Japan's Peace Constitution will continue to grow both here in Japan and abroad. We pray that Japan will be an example of peace in seeking non-military means for conflict resolution.

We bring these prayers to you from a world, still broken, as a forgiving and forgiven people of God.  Amen

(Prayer by Sandra Lee-Takei)

Global Ministries International Partners in Japan:

  • Doshisha University: http://www.doshisha.ac.jp/english/ Martha Mensendiek is a teacher of Social Welfare at Doshisha University, Kyoto. Casilda Luzares teaches English.
  • Asian Rural Institute: The mission of the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is to build an environmentally healthy, just, and peaceful world, in which each person can live to his or her fullest potential. This mission is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ. To carry out this mission, ARI trains and nurtures rural leaders for a life of sharing. Leaders, both women and men, who live and work in grassroots rural communities primarily in Asia, Africa and the Pacific form a community of learning each year together with staff and other residents. Through community-based learning they study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance local resources and abilities for the common good. 
  • Emmaus Center: Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek works as the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center, Northeast Conference of United Church of Christ in Japan, based in Sendai, Japan. Ms. Sandra Lee-Takei works as a global mission Intern at the Emmaus Center as the assistant to the Director of youth ministries. 
  • Kobe College: http://www.kobe-c.ac.jp/ekc/index.html
  • Korean Christian Church in Japan: http://www.kccj.net/
  • Miyagi Gakuin Women's University:
  • National Christian Council of Japan: http://ncc-j.org/english/profile.htm
  • Tohoku Gakuin University: http://www.tohoku-gakuin.ac.jp/en/index.html
  • United Church of Christ in Japan:

Global Ministries Missionaries in Japan:

Sandra Lee-Takei serves as a Global Mission Intern at the Emmaus Center

Casilda Luzares teaches English at Doshisha University and is involved in pastoral ministries to migrant workers from the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Martha Mensendiek teaches Social Welfare at Doshisha University

Jeffrey Mensendiek serves and the Director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center and the Sendai Student/Youth Center in Sendai.

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Pray for Haiti on Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Haiti: Luke 9:28-36

Loving God,

Today we are hurting as we witness the horrific tragedy that has taken place in Haiti. Although we are a people that proclaim your never-ending love and justice, at this moment all that we can see is unjust suffering and pain. Give us the strength we need to sit with our doubts and questions and to grieve alongside our brothers and sisters throughout Haiti. As we mourn all that has fallen and been lost let us also celebrate the miracle of life and the gifts of courage, compassion, and perseverance that the Haitian people have shown the rest of the world in the wake of the earthquake. Help us to respond in this hour of need with the type of love and solidarity that Jesus taught us.

We send out special prayers for all of our Haitian brothers and sisters who are injured, have lost loved ones, and are suffering either emotionally, physically, or spiritually.

We pray that our partner the National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches (CONASPEH) may find the time and space to grieve the tremendous losses they have endured. Please hold them in your thoughts as they plan how to move forward as an organization committed to being a voice for the people of Haiti at this difficult time.

We pray for the family and friends of all of the nursing students and staff that were killed when the CONASPEH building collapsed.

We pray for the recovery of numerous CONASPEH churches, school, and other projects affected by the earthquake.

We pray for the protection and care of all of the children living in orphanages and those orphaned by the earthquake.

We pray that the needs of those who are hungry, thirsty, and homeless be met.

Finally, we pray that the rebuilding efforts in Haiti be done with a spirit of humility, cultural sensitivity, and well being that will benefit all of the citizens of Haiti in the future.

(Prayer by Kim and Patrick Bentrott)

To access the Bentrott's blog, click here: http://www.kimandpatrick.blogspot.com/

To access information on the Haiti Earthquake response, click here: http://globalministries.org/news/lac/haiti-earthquake-what-we.html

Global Ministries International Partners in Haiti:

  • National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches (CONASPEH) is composed of 6,000 affiliated grassroots churches, approximately 3,000 neighborhood schools, plus the Karen School of Nursing and the Andrew Theological Seminary. An  important part of their mission is to provide a more unified political and social voice for Protestant churches in the country.
  • House of Hope is a project that works in favor of children who live in domestic slavery
  • Hospice St. Joseph is dedicated to walking with the poor who can't afford health care or emergency surgery.
  • Ecumenical Committee for Peace and Justice
  • Service Chrétien D'Haiti
  • Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti
  • Christian Center Integral Development: Sant Kretyen pou Devlopman Entegre (SKDE)

Global Ministries Missionaries in Haiti:

Kim and Patrick Bentrott have been appointed to serve the National Spiritual Council of Churches in Haiti (CONASPEH). Kim advises CONASPEH on health care and diaconal projects and programs and Patrick on theological education and diaconal projects and programs.

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Pray for South Africa on Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for South Africa: Luke 5:1-11

God, we thank you that when we follow Jesus, you lead us to into an abundant and meaningful life. Help us to listen to his voice so that we may know where to cast our nets in the sea of life. Give us the courage to believe that you want to bless our work and ministry. Today, we pray for our partners in South Africa. We thank you for the work that they are doing there in your name and we ask you to help us to faithfully walk with them as they follow Jesus.

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in South Africa:

  • South African Council of Churches: This council consists of the joint work of 26 member churches.  The SACC focuses its ministry on social justice, the integrity of creation, and the alleviation of poverty.
  • Theological Education by Extension College: This college, supported by nine member churches, helps prepare students for ministry, whether lay or ordained.  The college is ecumenical and students come from Catholic, Anglican, Reformed, and African Independent backgrounds.
  • United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) – South Africa Synod:  The UCCSA - South African Synod consists of over 250 churches, divided into 11 regions.  Within the Synod one can find many different cultures and languages, making the SA Synod an example of reconciliation in the new South Africa.

Global Ministries Missionaries in South Africa:

Jonathan and Dawn Barnes, members of the Seventh Street Christian Church, Richmond, Virginia, serve the Kei Regional Council of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). They work as a development officers in the Kei region of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Scott Couper and Susan Valiquette are members of First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida. Scott serves with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). He assists the Inanda Seminary in strategic planning and serve as a management consultant. Susan serves with the Inanda Seminary, Durban, South Africa. She works as the school chaplain and a class instructor.

Carla Giger, a member of Slater Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Slater, Missouri, serves with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), based in Johannesburg. She works as an assistant program coordinator for Girls Against the Spread of Aids providing HIV/AIDS education for youth. She is a Global Mission Intern funded by Week of Compassion.

Emily Christmas, a member of Florence Christian Church, Florence, Kentucky, serves the Theological Education by Extension College (TEEC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She works as an administrative assistant in the Academic Department and Library. She is a Global Mission Intern funded by Week of Compassion.

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Pray for India on Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for India: Luke 4:21-30

Our Loving God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, we place before you this prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for the work of the Common Global Ministries, thru the Church of North India,  the Church of South India, along with partners, making a difference in the lives and communities scattered in many parts of India, the most populous democratic nation today.  Dear Father,   we pray for these Church-related hospitals, schools, social, and spiritual agencies striving to bring the good news of an abundant life especially to the poor and oppressed (Ref: Luke 4:21-30).  May they continue to be relevant in their social and political situations, bringing hope to the needy, sick, and marginalized. 

We place into Your Caring Hands our brothers and sisters in Christ who face religious persecution.  In their deep and strong faith they are risking even their lives to stay true to your message of love and forgiveness.   We acknowledge, dear Lord that this courage is a sign of your presence and we seek your guidance for the Church in bringing understanding and peace.

Let us pray for the leaders of India, that they may with maturity, and integrity; in justice and skilful statesmanship deal with the innumerable challenges which affect the daily lives of the common person, such as, daily terrorist activities, not only planting constant fear, but threatening to dislodge a delicate condition of peace with neighbouring countries. 

Gracious God, we close this prayer with the assurance that you will continue to bless the efforts of all your children who seek to spread the love of Jesus.  In His precious name we pray.  Amen

(Prayer written by Nancy Lott Henry)

Global Ministries International Partners in India:

Besides the Church of North India and the Church of South India, Global Ministries has about forty partners in India. To view a list of those partners and a paragraph summary on each, go to: http://www.globalministries.org/sasia/countries/india/ and scroll down to the partner section

Global Ministries Missionaries in India:

Teresa and Anil Henry are serving a four year term with the Synodical Board of Health Services of the Church of North India. Teresa is the anesthesiologist of the Christian Hospital of Mungeli and Anil works as a medical doctor there.

Nancy Lott Henry is serving as a long-term volunteer with the Church of North India. She is working as a teacher of nurses for hospitals in their eastern region.

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Pray for Turkey on Sunday, January 24, 2010

Prayers for Turkey: Luke 4:14-21

We read how Jesus preached and taught in the synagogues. We are amazed at his declaration that in his teaching and preaching the Isaiah passage was fulfilled. Anoint us too, that we bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captive, heal the blind, and release the prisoner. When we don't see immediate results, give us the confidence and vision of Jesus. Ultimately our efforts will be caught up in God's fulfilling grace.

-        We are thankful for the work of the American Board in Turkey in health and education, and how it has inspired generations to devoted service and a compassionate attitude.

-  We are grateful to the member churches of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program who support feeding and clothing the poor, and healing the sick.

-  We pray for those refugees who have serious health conditions and no resources to heal themselves.

-  We pray for the students and teachers in our adult education programs, where refugees and migrants learn skills that expand their futures.

(Prayer by Betty and Ken Frank)

Global Ministries International Partners in Turkey:

  • Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program: Predecessors of the current Global Ministries personnel in Istanbul organized local parishes to serve the influx of refugees to that city during the First Gulf War in 1991. Hearing the continuing call to minister to the needs of economic migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees stranded in Turkey – they number close to 100,000 today – the parishes over the years have sustained and further developed this ecumenical program of Christian mission. The focus is on the most marginalized group of migrants, namely women with children. Services include food, clothing, health care, counseling, voluntary repatriation, adult education and emergency shelter subsidies. IIMP is a critical presence in the lives of those they help. Its work overlaps with NGOs that advocate for the rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Global Ministries personnel are officers on the IIMP Board.
  • 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 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 (SEV American Hospital) and a printing press (SEV-YAY), founded by the American Board but now managed by the Health and Education 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. Global Ministries follows with hope and interest the progress of these historical institutions through its office in Turkey, the American Board.

 

Global Ministries Personnel in Turkey:

Ken & Betty Frank serve with the American Board in Istanbul, Turkey.  They share the job of General Secretary of the American Board.  They also serve on the board of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program (IIMP) and work in its programs.

Alison Stendahl serves as Academic Dean of and a math teacher at Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey. She also represents, along with Peter Makari, Global Ministries on the Near East School of Theology (NEST) Board in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Pray for the Philippines on Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for the Philippines: John 2:1-11

God of Love, we thank you for signs of your presence in our everyday life and the details of your world. We ask you to help us to be servants of the abundant life your Son, Jesus, came to bring for all. We pray specifically for our partners in the Philippines today. May they be signs of your presence in their context and agents of transformation. We pray especially for those pastors and leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines who are walking with the poor in their communities and seeking to empower them for your service. Watch over and protect them. Help them to taste the new wine of transformation for which they are working so hard, in Jesus name. Amen 

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in the Philippines:

  • Dansalan College Foundation
  • Northern Christian College
  • Silliman University
  • Southern Christian College
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Global Ministries Missionaries in the Philippines:

  • Levi Oracion, a member of Emmaus Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Covina, California, serves the Divinity School of Silliman University in Dumaguete City as a long-term volunteer. He is a professor of theology.
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Pray for Honduras on Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Honduras: Luke 3:15-22

Loving God, help us to be as bold as John in proclaiming your Good News in the world today. Remind us constantly of our baptism and the promise of the Holy Spirit to act and speak in Jesus name. We come before you today and ask specifically that you may help heal the wounds in Honduras. Be with our partners as they proclaim your Good News during this difficult time.

Prayer Requests:

  •   The staff of the CCD, that they may continue striving towards sustainable development in Honduras.
  •   Understanding from both political parties struggling for power, and hurting many in the process.
  •   Safety, comfort, and healing for those effected by the human rights violations ranging.

(Prayer by Alan Dicken)

Global Ministries International Partners in Honduras:

  • Christian Commission on Development (CCD): Ecumenical organization based in Tegucigalpa working on sustainable development projects with churches and communities in Honduras. http://www.ccdhonduras.org/espanol/
  • Honduran Theological Community (CTH): Ecumenical theological education with a residence program in Tegucigalpa and distance learning cells throughout Honduras.
  • Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras (IERH): Synod leadership is based in San Pedro Sula with 50 or so congregations spread out through the northern portion of Honduras.
  • Association of Evangelical Institutions of Honduras (AIEH): Social action arm of the Evangelical and Reformed church.
  • Mennonite Social Commission (CASM): http://www.casm.hn/

Global Ministries Missionary in Honduras:

Alan Dicken, a member of Tylersville Road Christian Church, Mason, Ohio, serves the Christian Commission of Development (CCD) in Honduras. He works in the communications ministry and assists with hosting groups visiting the CCD.

 

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Pray for Hong Kong on Sunday, January 3, 2010

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Hong Kong: John 1:1-18

God's holy light sets hearts aglow,

It makes more clear the way to go.

Rejoice, my soul, and do not fear,

Follow His light, through this New Year.

–  Y.T. Tsiang, 1931, tr. Frank W. Price, 1953

O, Lord, as we enter the new decade, we remember your faithfulness to us in every generation. We give thanks most of all for your son Jesus Christ, who brings eternal life to all creation. May Your holy light dispel the darkness in this world of sin and sorrow through Your church in Hong Kong and China. Let us go forward with confidence that whatever may come, Your light will shine in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it! Amen.

(Prayer by Judy Chan)

Global Ministries International Partners Hong Kong:

  • Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs: http://www.asiapacificymca.org/ - Federation of YMCA movements in 27 countries in the Asia and Pacific region, with programs for global citizenship and social responsibility, peace with justice and sustainability for life.
  • Asian Human Rights Commission: http://www.ahrchk.net/index.php - An independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realization of human rights in the Asia region, and to mobilize Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations.
  • Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture: http://www.csccrc.org -Ecumenical research institute for study of the religions and culture of China, including Hong Kong.
  • Chung Chi College Divinity School: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/theology - Ecumenical seminary providing theological education for church leaders and laity. The school is supported by mainline churches and is part of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Christian Council: http://www.hkcc.org.hk - Ecumenical body of mainline churches and Christian organizations. It works for a united Christian witness and mission in Hong Kong society.
  • Hong Kong Christian Institute: http://www.hkci.org.hk/ - Christian center for education and advocacy on issues of social concern.  The organization promotes human rights, democracy and justice in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong Christian Service: http://www.hkcs.org/index_e.htm - One of HK's largest social service agencies. It was started by mainline churches and provides Christian Service for "The Healing and Growth of People."
  • Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China: http://www.hkcccc.org (Chinese version only) – Hong Kong church denomination with historic Congregational and Presbyterian roots. The Council has 65 congregations and is the sponsoring body for more than 50 elementary and secondary schools.
  • Hong Kong Women Christian Council: http://www.hkwcc.org.hk/en - Organization to fight for social justice and women's rights, to promote feminist theology and to stand with marginalized communities.

Global Ministries Missionaries in Hong Kong:

  • Judy Chan is a Global Ministries missionary serving with the Hong Kong Christian Council in communications.  She is in charge of ecumenical radio broadcasting ministry, English publications and ecumenical partnerships in Hong Kong and overseas.
  • Bruce Van Voorhis serves as missionary with the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs in Hong Kong. He works as Coordinator for Interfaith Programs.
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Pray for Indonesia/Timor on Sunday, December 27, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Indonesia/Timor: Luke 2:41-52

God of life and love, God of all peoples everywhere,

We thank you that you have created us in endless variety, giving us many ways to live together, to love one another, and many tongues in which to express our praise and gratitude to you. 

Today we pray especially for the many peoples of Indonesia and East Timor.  We ask that you guide them in finding their common humanity amidst the great diversity of cultures, languages, and beliefs;  in praise of their One Creator may they find peace with one another, reconciliation among former enemies, and a new path toward a more just society.

We ask you to guide and strengthen those who have listened to the call of Christ and now seek His path that they may follow Him.  Help us to be true partners to the churches and schools of Indonesia with whom we have formed bonds of friendship,  even as we know that they also pray for us.  We ask your grace and blessing for:

  • The continuing recovery from natural disasters in Aceh, Nias, Alor, and Java
  • Healing the scars of communal conflict in Maluku, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan
  • The struggle to build a nation from the ruins and poverty left by centuries of colonization in East Timor
  • Tom and Monica Liddle and their children, who are just beginning their ministry in East Timor
  • Monika Mainnak, with a CGMB scholarship she is the first of her people to receive medical training ; her remote mountain village is counting on her to return so that they may have medical care available
  • The Junior High School in Lisadilla, East Timor, needs more teachers and a well so the children will not have to carry water from a distant spring
  • Newly elected Indonesian legislators in the ongoing struggle to build democracy after decades of dictatorship

The path of Christ leads us to people and places such as these.  Take us by the hand, Lord, and bring us farther along.   Amen.

(Prayer by John Campbell-Nelson)

Global Ministries International Partners in Indonesia/Timor:

Artha Wacana Christian University

Christian Church of West Sulawesi (GKSB)

Christian University in Tomohon (UKIT)

Church World Service - Indonesia

Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Communion of Churches in Wilayah

Duta Wacana Christian University, Jogiakarta

Evangelical Church in Eastern Indonesia

Evangelical Church in Minihasa

Evangelical Church of Sumba

Gerega Protestan Indonesia LUWU (GPIL)

Jakarta Theological Seminary

Protestant Christian Church of Bali – (GKPB)

Protestant Church in South Sulawesi (GPSS)

Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL)

Satya Wacana Christian University

Theological Seminary of Eastern Indonesia – STT

Theological Seminary of Kalimantan – STT

Global Ministries Missionary in Indonesia/Timor:

John Campbell-Nelson serves the Evangelical Christian Church of West Timor. He has taught at the Theological Faculty of Artha Wacana University and its Center for Regional Studies and served as a consultant to the Evangelical Church in East Timor. He provides in-service training and continuing education for clergy.

Carlos Madrazo began serving in 2007 as an institutional capacity building advisor to IPTL, Didache Foundation and ICUT.

Tom and Monica Liddle serve the Protestant Church of East Timor. Monica works as a medical doctor in the clinic in Same while Tom serves as a facilitator in the church's program for strengthening congregations and continuing education of pastors.

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Pray for Mexico on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Prayers for Mexico: Luke 2:1-14

God of grace, we bless your name during this Advent season when we anticipate the peace that you are bringing to our world. We ask that you might help us to make room in the inn of our heart for the Prince of Peace. Help us as well to be messengers of the good news of great joy which is for all of your people everywhere. Today we think of our partners in Mexico. We thank you for the work of reconciliation and unity that is taking place among the two Disciples of Christ denominations in Mexico. We pray as well for the joint round table for mission that the Disciples share with the Congregational Church. We thank you especially for the contribution of Justino and Zaida, our Global Ministries missionaries, in this important work. Bless our partners in Mexico as the seek to be agents of peace and messengers of good news. Amen

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in Mexico:

  • Alianza de Iglesias Cristianas Evangelicas (Discipulos de Cristo) en Mexico (AICE)
  • Centro de Coordinacion de Proyectos Ecumenicos (CECOPE)
  • Confraternidad de Iglesias Cristianas Evangelicas (Discipulos de Cristo) (CICE)
  • Iglesias Cristianas Congregacionales de Mexico
  • Instituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural, A.C. (INESIN) 

Global Ministries Missionary in Mexico:

Justino Perez-Ojeda and Zaida Rivera-Rivera are missionaries serving with the Christian Congregational Churches of Mexico, the Alliance of Evangelical Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) of Mexico (AICEDCAR) and the Fraternity of Evangelical Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) of Mexico. Justino is administered in the country by the Christian Congregational Churches of Mexico.  He serves as a consultant for the Mission Development Program.  Zaida serves as a consultant for the Mission Development Program. They have concluded their assignment and are currently doing interpretation in Puerto Rico.

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