Weekly Prayers

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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Pray for Japan on Sunday, August 9, 2009

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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Pray for Brazil on Sunday, August 2, 2009

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

  • Ms. Barbara DeSouza
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Pray for South Africa on Sunday July 26, 2009

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 
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Pray For Honduras on Sunday July 19, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for: Mark 6: 30-34; 53-56

Creator, God our Source for every need with heavy hearts we pray this day for our sisters and brothers and their families in Honduras facing massive layoffs, a time of unrest and confusion in their land. Into your light of wholeness we lift them recalling the compassion of your son. We feel your power in your recognition of our need for wholeness.  

Today we pray for courage in collegiality of all international partners as they strive to reach out to the people of this land as they endeavor to treat workers fairly, provide a living wage and offer the scheduled services.  For these dedicated leaders may they see clearly what a faithful response can be in the face of current realities.  Only by cultivating a deep inner awareness, will inner wholeness be attained.  Just as we re-call that only to touch the edge of Jesus coat brought healing to the people may we have the faith to be made whole as those who reached out, touched him and received his blessing.  AMEN

(Prayer by Sharon Mann)

Global Ministries International Partners in:

 

Asociacion de Instituciones Evangelicas de Honduras (AIEH)

Comision Cristiana de Desarrollo (CCD)

Comisión Social Menonita - CASM

Seminario Teologico de la Iglesia Evangelica y Reforma (SETIER)

Sinodo de la Iglesia Evangelica y Reformada de Honduras (IERH)

Global Ministries Missionary in Honduras:

Alan D. Dicken is the newly appointed global mission intern and will serve a one-year term working in the communications ministry.  He will assist with hosting groups visiting the Christian Commission of Development (CCD) in Honduras beginning September 1, 2009.

 

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Pray for The Middle East on Suday July 05, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for The Middle East:  Mark 6 1-13

Creator God, Source of All Hope and Presence, we sense our diversity as we reach forward from our places of fragmentation toward unity and wholeness to so many displaced from their homes.  We pause and reflect on the more than 4 million persons, Dads, Children and Moms, displaced throughout this region since 2001.  We pray for your steadfast presence for those dealing with the significant loss of the basic human need of a home a place where persons and animals can find refuge and safety and live in security.  We strive for the strength to identify with our brothers and sisters in their places of most critical need as we look for ways to connect and offer assistance in whatever ways possible.  Hear our prayer for international partner agencies and the wisdom of its members as all work together to bear the burdens of all in these distressing circumstances.   With your guidance may all in these areas and circumstances experience understanding that will lead to clearer dialog between all represented faith traditions. 

Creator God, Source of Grace hear our prayer, Amen.

 

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Pray for the Korean Peninsula July 12, 2009

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Korean Peninsula: Psalm 24

Creator, maker of all we now pray for this region and specifically the Korean peninsula.  Our request for unity of all persons in this region is renewed as we are inspired by the psalmist words that the earth is here for us and given to all by the Creator.  We receive the fullness of blessing that we may be nourished and give back from the gifts received.  We renew our request for strength for all those on the path to reconciliation and love in the place of disintegration and hatred.  The path of love leads us to unity and peace.  Praying for the ministries of those at the university, with the children, their workers and the outreach of your church may all find encouragement and calm in your word.  The Lord is strong and mighty, and all-powerful; and a glorious King.  We are grateful for the gift of your presence in our lives.  As we close our prayer may we linger with your presence in one another and when we depart let us go filled with your peace.

Amen – let it be so

(Prayer by Sharon Mann)

Global Ministries International Partners in Korea:

Hanshin University
Hanul Disabled Children's Center
House of Early Dawn
My Sister's Place
Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Sungnam Migrant Workers Center

Global Ministries Missionary in Korea:

At present, none on this peninsula

 

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