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Lectionary Text and Prayers for El Salvador: Mark 9:38-50
God of love,
As we gather here today we ask that you help us to see your deeds of power in El Salvador.
Help us to see the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as they seek to spread your message of hope in a country plagued with demons.
May no one stop those who seek to cast out the demons of poverty, crime, and violence. Help us to see the struggle, as so many look for jobs where so few exist, as youth join gangs and drug trafficking becomes big business, and as too many people fear for the lives of their families.
Help us to see the consequences of the extensive migration to places with better offers.
Help us, O God, to see an end to the violence and the beginning of a secure and sustainable society.
And help us to see ourselves, and the stumbling blocks we put before our brothers and sisters in Christ, and give us the power to tear them out.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
(Prayer by Nick Green)
Global Ministries International Partners in El Salvador:
Global Ministries Missionary in El Salvador:
Nick Green is serving with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of El Salvador. He is working in the areas of Youth with the Gender and Family Program, and Translation for the Sister Church Program and the Communications Program of the Church.
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Lectionary Text and prayers for Laos : Mark 9:30-37
Similar to the disciples following Jesus that day in Capernaum talking among themselves about who amongst them was the most holy, we as church goers, or international aid workers or donors and partners to the poor people we are trying to help sometimes tend to praise and glorify ourselves for the good deeds we do, or worse, look upon ourselves as better or more holy than those who we help.
We need to remind ourselves, as Jesus reminded the disciples that day, that these people who we are trying to help and who are poor and illiterate in our eyes and often do not follow our religion, are also the children of God.
We need to ask ourselves "why are we helping them" and why are we donating our work, our time or our money. Are we doing this so that we can praise ourselves?
We need to be reminded that we as the Church and as Christians should be doing this because these poor and less fortunate people are the children of God and because we are God's servants.
Sometimes I too am guilty of self-glorification when I talk about my work "helping" these people until I remember and remind myself that I love these people and get so much strength from them. Often it is they who are helping and inspiring me and I realize that God is working thru them also, to help me and perhaps to help us and thru us to help the Church.
The bible verse of Mark said that each of the disciples wanted to be the greatest and Jesus told them that they should instead be the servants.
We pray that we are humble when we work with local people and respect their culture including religion. We should respect them, find their capacity, potential, resources and support them accordingly . They are the 'greatest' and we are their servants.
Specific Prayers for Laos and our social development projects :
Thank you God for letting me work in this small forgotten country. Thank you God for helping me to be patient as a social worker who works in a country without any social workers. Please help me be humble as I introduce the social work profession to the National University in this country and when I practice social work in the poor communities. Thank you God for giving me the patience I have needed in my work introducing this profession in their university for the past 4 years. Thank you God for showing yourself to me thru the Lao people with whom I work and for whom I am your servant.
We pray that the first group of newly graduating Social workers (June 2010) will go to their field work this coming semester and will be able to learn and to love their profession and work and learn compassion and dedication and become true servants of the poorer people who are your children.
We pray for your strength and guidance for the innocent youths and families so that they can deal with drug abuse issues that threaten to destroy the brains of these innocent youths and threaten to ruin their families and communities.
We pray for your help and guidance to those people who exploit poor innocent women and children thru human trafficking, help them see their errors and help them find better ways to earn a living.
We pray for your help God, for the children in the far and remote mountainous areas of Laos. Give strength to those who are trying to help them have enough schools and teachers so that they may go to school and have hope for a better life and become good people.
(Prayers by Xuyen Dangers)
Global Ministries International Partners in Laos:
Church World Service has been involved in ethnic minority communities that are caught in a cycle of poor quality education due to a lack of properly trained teachers. CWS has been building education centers and providing quality training to the under-trained community teachers in Vietnam and Laos. Through CWS, Global Ministries works to support after school programs and provide scholarships to local volunteering youths
The Lao Evangelical Church is an organization of the Protestant Christian churches is Laos. They are working to develop improved educational options for the people of Laos; both through building schools in remote areas of the country that have none and also developing opportunities for advanced students to continue their studies in the Philippines. The Church is also challenged to find ways to make medical care more accessible to the poor. Hospitals will give limited assistance to the poor only if the patient can get certification of their poverty status.
Global Ministries Personnel in Laos:
Xuyen Dangers works with CWS in development and social work. For the last several years she has worked to help develop Children's Development Centers with many after school activity programs to help make school fun to prevent the children from dropping out at an early age. These Centers provides scholarship to poor children who could not afford even school uniforms and notebooks.
Working in a small country with no professional social workers, she also has encouraged local youth to be youth volunteers in these development centers and provides them with scholarships to go to the university to learn to become social development workers ( Bachelor of Sociology and Social Development- BSSD ) at the Faculty of Social Sciences , where she helped introduce social work course at the National University of Laos four year ago. The very first class of 80 Students of BSSD will graduate in June 2010.
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Lectionary Text and Prayers for Indonesia/Timor: Mark 8:27-38
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 begin their duties this month 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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Lectionary Text and Prayer for Botswana: Mark 7:24-37
Molimo wa rona (Dear God)
Touch our hearts and minds so that we might respond pro-actively to those people living on the margins of Botswana's society. We lift up at this time - the illegal migrants streaming over the border from Zimbabwe; those suffering from HIV/AIDS; victims of spousal abuse as well as those young people with limited educational opportunities and who lack employable skills.
We also pray for the nation of Botswana as it comes to terms with the pandemic influenza (H1N1), as well as it prepares for its upcoming national elections that will most likely take place this month or in October.
We also pray dear God, for the UCCSA (United Congregational Churches of Southern Africa) which recently held its 35th Assembly in Molepolole, as well as the Church in general. Make their hands, your hands in service to all of your people. We ask this all in the precious name of Jesu Keresete (Christ Jesus). Amen
(Prayer by Jim and Jayanthi Wilson)
Global Ministries International Partners in Botswana:
Botswana Council of Churches founded in 1966 with 36 member churches. The Council exists to serve the churches, to enable them to serve God and God's people, especially those in need. It is a national body which is affiliated to the All Africa Conference of Churches and to the World Council of Churches. Among the many projects which it is involved in, include evangelical and developmental work among the Hambukushu people on the western side of the delta in Ngamiland and assisting children in especially difficult circumstances (street kids) in the capital of Gaborone, through rehabilitation, re-education and reintegration into society
United Congregational Church of Southern Africa – Botswana Synod. Kgodisong Centre was started in July 2001 by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) in Kanye, a partner denomination with Global Ministries. It began as an initiative to address the escalating number of orphans in Kanye. According to national records from the Department of Social Services 51 600 orphans are registered countrywide. Approximately 5,000 of these are registered in Kanye alone. This alarming figure is by far due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic followed by road accidents and other factors. These children at risk in the local community are provided with a safe environment for learning, nutritious meals along with varying other assistance each week day.
Kgolagano Theological College. Since its beginning in 1975, Kgolagano is the only ecumenical theological institution in the country, both in terms of staffing as well as student body. Although the major focus of its programme has always been the promotion of theological education for the pastors of Botswana., Kgolagano cannot and does not ignore the life issues facing the people of the nation. It has an active, grass-root HIV/AIDS awareness programme as well as an educational empowerment programme for individuals incarcerated in prison.
Global Ministries Missionaries in Botswana:
Jim and Jayanthi Wilson are missionaries with the Kgolagano College of Theological Education in Gaborone, Botswana. Jim serves as a tutor of theology at Kgolagano College of Theological Education. Jayanthi serves as the coordinator of the College library.
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Lectionary Text and Prayers for Taiwan: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Gracious God, today we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Taiwan as they recover from the storm that hit their country earlier this month. We thank you for our partners in Taiwan and ask you to help them put their faith into action as they reach out to victims of this natural disaster. We pray especially for the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) as they asses the damage to homes of church members and their church buildings and respond accordingly. We thank you that we have been able to provide some financial assistance for this effort through out Global Ministries East Asia and Pacific Office and Week of Compassion. We bring before you the victims of this natural disaster and ask you to make your presence known to them in their time of need. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
A word from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan: "On behalf of the PCT and the people of Taiwan we express our deep appreciation for your concern and ask that you hold the victims of this major disaster in your prayers as well as those involved in the daunting task of rescue and relief in the weeks to come." To read the full report, click here: http://globalministries.org/news/eap/typhoon-and-tropical-storm.html
(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)
Global Ministries International Partners in Taiwan:
- Disabled Persons Service Center
- Fishermen's Service Center
- Labor Concerns Center
- Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT)
- Rainbow House
- Taiwan Theological College and Seminaries
Global Ministries Missionary in Taiwan:
None at the present time
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Lectionary Text and Prayers for Cuba: Psalm 87; John 6:56-69
O Creator source of all sustenance and source of our understanding, hear our prayer. During this time of change ready our hearts and strengthen our spirits with the awareness of your presence. We continue to prepare for the day when free travel and exchange between our countries will enhance our partnership to expand our ministries and together we will reach one another in service as disciples. We are grateful for the gift of your Son, the living Christ, in this All Powerful Name – Amen
(Prayer by Sharon Mann)
To participate in the National Day of Action for Cuba on September 30, click here: http://globalministries.org/news/lac/national-day-of-action-for.html
Global Ministries International Partners in Cuba:
- Seminario Evangélico de Teología Matanzas
- Concilio de Iglesias de Cuba (CIC)
- Iglesia Cristiana Pentecostal de Cuba (ICPC)
Global Ministries Missionaries:
None at this time
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Lectionary Text and Prayers for: India, John 6:51-58; Psalm 111
Compassionate God of love and hope today we pause and give time in prayer for your creation. With grateful hearts we embrace this moment in this day knowing you are always present with us. You know how we are made and today as we lift into your light of wholeness the Henry family. It is your suffering along side that brings strength during this time of change in their lives. Send encouragers as they concentrate on the hope that brings renewal. In the fragmentation may they sense your light in this darkness and know there is an end to the pain because of the hope they have in your sustaining presence. God the source of grace hear our pray. Amen
(Prayer by Sharon Mann)
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 is 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.
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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Lectionary Text and Prayer for Japan: Psalm 130, John 6: 41-51
O Sacred One of Love and Forgiveness on this anniversary day of Hiroshima we call on your mercy during this time of remembrance. We are grateful knowing you are everything that satiates our need for fullness of life. We turn to you on this day of all days. We give our full attention to the preciousness and sacredness of all of your creation. We pray for the peace and wholeness that comes from you along with the strength to recognize your peace. We hold one another into the light and escort one another onto the wings of your peace.
In your Love and Justice-- AMEN
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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Lectionary Texts Psalm 51; John 6:24-35 and Prayers for: Brazil
O God, our sustainer the source of us with grateful hearts we give thanks for you and for your many gifts shared and the gift of your son. See us in the way you have made us and continue in us your expanding love, purity of heart and right spirit. Keep us strong in this time of change and give us a willing spirit as we experience these times. In this moment of prayer we hold the health educators' program initiated by Ms. DeSouza in our attentive contemplation. Make this and other programs become stronger as the time of transition continues entirely under the leadership of those for which it was started. Strengthen them and give them vision to lead and make well knowing their power to heal is from your endless gift of life.
[Thank you] Hear our prayer, O Creator --
(Prayer Sharon Mann)
Global Ministries International Partners in:
Global Ministries Missionary in: Brazil
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Lectionary Text and Prayers: John 6: 1-21
Dear Creator God, we thank you and praise you in these moments as we give purpose to our pause and recognize your presence with us. We are grateful for your many gifts of love. Just as your Son met the basic need of the hungry crowd by the sea shore sharing from the adequate to the abundant may we all share with one another. In these moments we celebrate Dr. Prince Dibeela the recently named moderator and treasurer to the Council of World Missions and hold in our thoughts the preparations for the upcoming August Biennial Assembly United Congregational Church Southern Africa planned for Botswana. Just as the winds and waves were calmed in the scriptures let us know your presence is within us all when we take a moment, give pause and recognize it.
Let this be so – Amen
(Prayer Sharon Mann)
Global Ministries International Partners in: South Africa
Global Ministries Missionaries in: South Africa
- Dawn and Jon Barnes
- Emily Christmas
- Scott Couper
- Carla Giger
- Susan Valiquette