Weekly Prayers

Pray for American Samoa on Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for American Samoa: Mark 10:35-45

Rev. Samuel T. Tialavea Sr., General Secretary, Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, a Global Ministries partner, recounted in an e-mail impact of the tsunamis:

"Traffic on the one and only main road, added to the chaos and folks were frantic.  As tsunami waves hit, homes were destroyed and buildings were damaged.  Public transports were stricken and people began to flee on foot. Power outage for half of the islands, leaving thousands with out utilities for an uncertain period of time. Communication lines by telephone have been restricted, with cell phone services in many localities non-operable.  It has been a nightmare for many.  For those of you familiar with American Samoa, extreme damages to those waterfront communities have been highlighted by the graves of family members being washed out, surfacing cadavers on the road, or swept out to sea.  Villagers and volunteers have rallied to assist families in some of these places to re-bury the remains of their loved ones."

Rev. Tialavea went on to express his appreciation for the messages of support he is receiving and asks for our continued prayers.

Prayer for the Pacific

One: Dear God; Creator, Sustainer, Pain-bearer; Today we mourn with all our sisters and brothers whose lives were ravaged by last week's earthquake, tsunamis and typhoon.

All: We pray with all those whose sense of security and safety was washed away. We mourn for those who lost family and friends; for those who lost homes and business; for those whose communities lost vital services and infrastructures; for those whose communities no longer exist.

One: As we mourn and pray, we also recognize our call to help restore and rebuild that which can be restored and rebuilt; to comfort those in need of comforting; to reach out to those who may need a hand.

All: Within the worst moments of human experience there are still the seeds of holy hope.

Many: In the midst of natural disaster, there are still these seeds of hope.

One: In the midst of starvation and disease, there are still these seeds of hope.

Many: In the midst of oppression and injustice, there are still these seeds of hope.

One: In the midst of violence and neglect, there are still these seeds of hope.

All: May we nurture hope as it grows through our gifts, our service and our advocacy. Amen.

Prayer by: Rev. Mike Denton, Conference Minister - Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Global Ministries International Partners in American Samoa:

  • Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa

Global Ministries Missionary in American Samoa:

None at the present time

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Pray for Honduras on Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Honduras: Mark 10:17-31

Loving God,

We come before you today together as your children.  We come before you today and ask that we may know that sometimes what you ask of us is difficult, but that with you, all things are possible.  We come before you and ask that you may help heal the wounds in a hurting country.  We come before you with hope for the future of Honduras.  We come before you and ask that we may do what we can to help in the lives of others, even if it means compromising our own wealth.  For the wealth we may have in this world is nothing compared to the wealth we have in you.

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 from violations from police officers to having chemicals dumped on them from a helicopter.
  • Discernment for the Council of Latin American Churches, which recently concluded their tour of Honduras and their discussions on the situation here, that they may bring information to their home countries and congregations.

(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 as a Global Mission Intern with 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 Poland on Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Poland:  Mark 10:13-16

Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Mark 10:15

God of all nations, we lift up our partners in Poland and around the world this day, World Communion Sunday. We thank you for the faithfulness of believers in the face of challenges we can only dimly imagine. Nurture the faith of your children; increase their hope; and make your living presence especially known to them. We lift up to God their joys and their concerns—those specific details that only they can articulate and that are already known to you.

(Pause.)  Turning towards our brothers and sisters in Poland today, we pray especially for:

**our global partner—the Evangelical-Reformed Church—as it struggles to overcome the oppressive realities of its 450-year history, and to survive and thrive in spite of its status as a minority, marginalized and diaspora church;

Hear our prayers for Poland and for the world.

We pray for:

**the pastors and church leaders who struggle to weave the ancient and revered traditions of their historic church into the warp and the woof of a new theology of servanthood, acceptance, and sharing. Help them to meet the spiritual needs of 21st century congregations and their communities.

Pour your blessings on pastors and their families as they tirelessly travel to serve small farflung congregations, ever seeking ways to restore hope, to renew vision and energy--to feed God's sheep;

 Hear our prayers for Poland and for the world.

We pray today especially for:

**youth--the post-communist generation that remembers nothing of the scarcities and horrors of the past that have so wounded their parents and grandparents.

Help young people to maintain their faith even when they are derided by their peers, or told that they cannot be reformed Christians and still be true Poles.

Guide the children and youth of Poland as they seek compass and direction in a world that too often preaches fear before hope, tribalism before trust, commercialism before caring, and fortressing before fighting against the forces of oppression and inequality;

Hear our prayers for Poland and for the world.

Bless your Church in every place and space as it seeks to share the Good News, to extend welcome, and to serve. Help congregations to engage their communities in new and courageous ways. Grant pastors and people the strength to persevere, and the wisdom faithfully to invest time and resources, even when these are scarce and the workers are few.

Lastly, we pray that this month's observances of John Calvin's 500th anniversary will bring a renewed sense of ecumenical unity and mission to historic protestant communities, especially in Poland, long fragmented by the harsh realities of history and politics.

Hear our prayers for Poland, gracious God, and hear our prayers for healing in every corner of your world.

In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Global Ministries International Partner in Poland:

Founded in 1551, Kosciol Ewangelicko-Reformowany—the Evangelical-Reformed Church in Poland--is a small and marginalized minority denomination in a country where over 95% profess membership in a Catholic Church.

Evangelical-Reformed Church of Poland: http://www.reformowani.pl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11&Itemid=8

It is a diaspora church of 4000 members spread over a score of churches and meeting places. The forced "repatriations" and ethnic cleansings that followed the World Wars of the 20th century, and the many occupations and divisions of Poland before and after these wars, decimated the ancient and traditional reformed church which, at one time, had hundreds of thriving congregations.

Global Ministries Missionaries in Poland:

Elizabeth and Douglas Searles are Global Ministries mission workers with Kosciol Ewangelicko-Reformowany, a new partnership in Central Europe. Theirs is a joint sending, shared between Global Ministries and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Based in Lodz, Poland, Liz and Doug have a weekly circuit ministry of teaching ESL, English language Bible Study, youth programs, pulpit supply, and music development that takes them to many small communities beyond Lodz.

The Searles are commissioned to support in whatever ways they can efforts towards church health, growth and outreach of the Evangelical-Reformed Church in Poland.
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Pray for El Salvador on Sunday, September 27, 2009

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:

  • Sínodo Luterano Salavadoreño

    • Diaconal Ministries
      • Human Rights - Seeks justice for those who face oppression such as children, women, emigrants living abroad, laborers, indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ persons.
      • Stewardship through Risk Management - Works to defend God's creation by finding ways to take action on issues such as water pollution, dam construction, and mineral exploitation, as well as takes action to provide seed for beans and rice in the communities.
      • Health - Provides aid for those infected with Dengue or the H1N1 virus as well as provides aid and education programs for HIV and AIDS.
      • Sister Churches - Coordinates relations with sister churches in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including Lutheran churches, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian churches.
    • Pastoral Ministries
      • Evangelism and Theological Education - Provides education for pastors and lay leaders in the church.
      • Gender and Family  - Focuses on programming for the children, youth, elderly, and women.
      • Ecumenicism - Works with other denominations such as Catholicism, historical churches, and evangelical churches as well as other religions such as Judaism and Islam.
    • Communications - Prepares weekly press conferences, helps people to better understand the church and its mission, publishes a weekly page in an independent newspaper.
  • Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel

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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Pray for Laos on Sunday, September 20, 2009

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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Pray for Indonesia on Sunday, September 13, 2009

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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Pray for Botswana on Sunday, September 6, 2009

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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Pray for Taiwan on Sunday, August 30, 2009

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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Pray for Cuba on Sunday, August 23, 2009

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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Pray for India on Sunday, August 16, 2009

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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