Weekly Prayers

Pray for the Republic of Congo on Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for the Republic of Congo: Matthew 21:23-32

God, we ask you today to help us to be true to our word with you. When we say we are going to do work in your name, help us to be faithful to our promise and to believe that you will work in and through us as we walk with partners around the globe. We thank you for global partners who remind us of our word and think specifically today of the Church of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo located in the Republic of Congo. We ask you to:

  • Grant this young and growing Church strong leadership with wisdom to carry out your mission in Jesus name.
  • Bless the food security project that the Church is undertaking on their 27 acre farm.
  • Encourage the youth who are being trained in professional skills through the Pointe Noire vocational training center.
  • Strengthen the leadership development program and the work of the Bible College in Brazzaville and also the students attending the Protestant University of Congo across the river from Brazzaville in Kinshasa.
  • Speak to the participants of the Be a Global Region Immersion Trip as they visit projects and congregations of the Disciples and seek to learn about your mission in their context.

(Prayer by Sandra Gourdet and Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in the Republic of Congo:

  • The Church of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo (EDCC): in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), is a relatively new church founded in 1995.  Global Ministries has been a key supporter since the beginning of the church.  Global Ministries funded a missionary from the Community of the Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to the newly forming EDCC from 1995 to 2003. The Republic of Congo has made great strides in recovering economically from its 1997 war.  The opportunity for religious freedom, after many years in which the government discouraged worship, has caused significant growth in the number of people interested in religious practice.  The church is relatively small with about 2,000 members in the country but is growing.

Global Ministries Missionary in the Republic of Congo:

None at this time

 

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Pray for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for the DRC:  Matthew 20:1-16

Generous God, we thank you today for your call to work in the vineyard of your world. We are grateful for the mutual relationships that we are able to cultivate and develop with global partners through Global Ministries as we seek to be faithful to that call. We ask you to help us to see those partnerships as you see them. Today, we pray specifically for our brothers and sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We ask your blessing on the work of the Church of Christ in Congo which brings together more than sixty Protestant denominations for common work in your vineyard. We pray particularly today for the witness of the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo, our close relative in the faith and we bring before you these specific requests for your Church:

  • We pray for the Be a Global Mission Region Immersion trip in which 8 Disciples Regional Staff are participating at this moment in the DRC with Sandra Gourdet and Bob Shebeck. We ask you to bless the dialogue and specific visits to Disciples in Kinshasa, Mbandaka, Ikengo, Bolenge,  Boyeka and Monieka
  • We pray for the programs of the Church of Christ in Congo that are seeking to address the abuse of women as weapons of war through rape in the Eastern part of Congo
  • We pray for justice in the use of the natural resources of the Congo particularly in the areas of the extraction of Coltan for our cell phones and the destruction of the rain forest for wood products in the global economy
  • We pray for the programs of the Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo particularly in the areas of education in both urban and rural settings, healthcare and specifically the construction of the new pediatric wing of the Bolenge hospital, pastoral training through the portable schools and food security projects such as the Ikengo farm
  • We pray for the Protestant University of Congo as it seeks to develop strong leaders for the country

(Prayer by Sandra Gourdet and Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in the DRC:

  • Church of Christ in Congo: is the ecumenical Christian organization that brings under one umbrella more than sixty Congolese Protestant denominations. Global Ministries has been in partnership with the Church of Christ in Congo since its inception and was one of the founding members of the organization through the Disciples of Christ. This Christian organization is even more relevant today than ever before.  After a bloody war that counted more than 4 million deaths, countless rapes and traumatized survivors, the people of Congo look to the church for its leadership in national reconciliation and peace.   Core values of the ECC are reconciliation, justice, peace, struggle against corruption, and respect for human life.  It also encourages the mentality of power as a service to others and not a privilege reserved for self interest. The Women's Department recognizes that women are that part of the population who are the most affected by the war.  They are also the ones most easily manipulated by politicians and predators.   Therefore the Women's Department is determined to be engaged in the reconstruction of the country on principles based on love and forgiveness, respect of human lives and values as well as good governance. http://ecc.faithweb.com/
  • The Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC): was founded in 1889. The church has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States since its inception.  The church functions with 22 ecclesial regions located in the Equator, Bandundu, East Congo, Lower Congo and Kinshasa regions.  Its 358 congregations serve 650,000 members.  The church has 6 general hospitals, 9 maternity centers and 42 functioning health centers. The communities where the congregations are located are confronted with many socio-economic problems.   They are all struggling from the effects of a civil war that included the involvement of surrounding countries as well as some international involvement.  Health care, education and development programs suffered greatly during the war and during years of systemic corruption before the war.  One of the devastating effects of the war has been the rapid increase in the number of HIV/AIDS patients, particularly in the Equator with more than 7 million inhabitants and where the largest numbers of Disciples are located. 
  • The Protestant University of Congo, Kinshasa: is a church-related institution with four colleges, [Business, Law, Theology, Medicine.] The enrollment for the academic year 2006-2007 is over 5000 students. It is the outcome of a century-long effort by the various Protestant missions and the Congolese "Eglise du Christ au Congo [ECC]" to provide university level education, in a Christian environment, to Africans from any nation, but principally in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  All nationalities and faiths are considered for enrollment.  The goal of the university is to provide university level education for all enrolled National and International students, and prepare them to serve the needs of their community and the African Christian Churches. http://upcpublicrelations.org/

Global Ministries Missionary in the DRC:

None at the moment

 

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Pray for Korea on Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Korea: Matthew 18:21-35

We pray, Lord, that your spirit of peace will descend on South Korea, especially on the daily candlelight vigils that have been held since May as people seek to ensure their right to health. Because of inadequate safeguards in an agreement between their government and the United States, they fear they will unknowingly be served infected U.S. beef that exposes them to mad cow disease.

While exercising their constitutional right to freedom of assembly and expression, they have been beaten by the riot police with batons and police shields, blasted at close range with water cannons, sprayed with fire extinguishers. Demonstrations have become nightly battle zones between protestors and riot policemen. Thousands have been injured on both sides; some have been knocked unconscious.

In this environment, we also pray for the volunteer medical workers who treat both protesters and policemen, lawyers who offer legal assistance to those arrested, journalists who report on these violent encounters. These clearly identified human rights defenders too have been assaulted by the police.

We pray as well for the young and inexperienced riot policemen—19 to 23-year-old men conscripted to take orders on the front lines every night, to beat others and be beaten as well.

In the midst of these violent daily confrontations, your peace is absent, Lord. We thus ask for an end to this vicious discord. We remember too those who have been injured and pray for their speedy recovery.

Amid such violence and hostility, forgiveness is difficult. However, forgiveness is the path to your peace and a new environment to freely express one's views. May it be your will, Lord, that South Korea will know this peace soon. Amen.

(Prayer by Bruce Van Voorhis)

Bruce Van Voorhis is a Global Ministries missionary serving in Hong Kong with the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional human rights organization. In July, Bruce was part of a four-member fact-finding mission to Seoul that focused specifically on respect for people's freedom of expression and violence against human rights defenders at public assemblies. The one-week mission was invited to visit the country because of violent attacks by riot policemen on protesters who have held daily candlelight vigils since May 2 in response to the agreement between the South Korean and U.S. governments in mid-April to import U.S. beef. Even after the agreement was renegotiated in June, Koreans are still concerned about their health because they are afraid that there are inadequate safeguards to prevent cattle and body parts susceptible to carrying mad cow disease from entering the country as only 2 percent to 3 percent of the beef is inspected.

Global Ministries International Partners in Korea:

  • Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea: In 1884, the first Protestant Church was built by Suh Sang-Ryun in Sorai, Hwanghae Province in what is now North Korea. Suh was a layperson who was baptized in Manchuria and returned to Korea to evangelize. One of the unique characteristics of Korean Christianity is that Koreans themselves, on their own initiative, began to translate the Gospel and build churches before foreign missionaries came to Korea. One of the most important accomplishments of the early Korean Protestant Christians was the printing of the New Testament in Hangul, the Korean alphabet, which all could read. Insightful and radical, the decision to print the Gospel in Hangul was highly significant because the grassroots people used Hangul, while the elite and the government used the Chinese alphabet. In addition schools, hospitals, orphanages, and churches were built by early Christians in Korea.The Presbyterian Church of the Republic of Korea (PROK) was the fruit of a movement to reform the Presbyterian Church to create a true church of Jesus Christ, setting aside the secular elements, authoritarianism, and rigid dogmatism so deeply rooted in the Korean Presbyterian Church. Since 1953, the PROK has continued to develop a prophetic stance in its understanding of the church and its mission in society. The PROK has many programs in place to carry out its mission.  http://www.prok.org/prok_engcon/contents.htm
  • Hanshin University: http://www.hs.ac.kr/english/html/sub01_03.html
  • Hanul Disabled Children's Center
  • House of Early Dawn
  • Sungnam Migrant Workers Center
  • My Sister's Place

Global Ministries Missionaries in Korea:

  None at this time

 

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Pray for Guatemala on Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Guatemala: Matthew 18:15-20

God, we thank you for the group of "two or three" gathered in your name throughout the globe today. We are grateful that you hear our prayers and walk with us in our joys and struggles, whether we are many or few. We pray specifically for our brothers and sisters in Guatemala. We thank you for our partners' commitment to uphold the dignity of indigenous peoples in this land. We thank for the programs of economic empowerment and development that are providing income and education for so many. We are grateful for delegations from the U.S. that have been able to visit regularly partners in Guatemala and build strong reciprocal relationships. We ask that you continue to show us how to recognize the presence of Jesus in our midst as we seek you in our prayers for one another. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in Guatemala:

Global Ministries Missionary in Guatemala:

Gloria Vicente serves with Guatemalan Culture Action (ACG) as a youth and communication worker

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Pray for China on Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for China: Matthew 16:21-28

Gracious and Ever Loving God,

We pray today for all the people of China and especially for Christianity as it grows so rapidly there. We remember that Jesus calls all of us to take up our cross and follow him (Matthew 16:24) May the purity of faith and depth of trust of each individual Chinese Christian continue and be nourished as they follow Jesus. As the people work to build up harmonious community while moving so quickly into modern times, may they hear the urging of Jesus that we set our minds on divine things rather than on human things (Matthew 16:23).

  • China is recovering from a devastating earthquake this last May. Bring consolation and hope to the thousands who have suffered so greatly.
  • China has opened itself to the world with the Olympic Games. May the Olympic wonder that the world has shared as "One Dream" become an ongoing reality for all of China's people.
  • We ask you, O God, to be with all the seminary students who work so hard.
  • We pray for all new pastors and teachers as they fill the many needed roles in churches and seminaries in China.
  • We pray for the many thousands of new Christians who come to the churches, so hungry to learn more.

God, we thank you for this world of diversity and beauty. Be with your people in China and in every nation, and help us all to find ways of love and paths of peace.  We ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN.

Global Ministries International Partners in China:

Global Ministries Personnel in China:

Tom Morse serves with the Amity Foundation as an English Teacher.

Doreen and Michael McFarlane are in their third year as professors at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, in Nanjing China. Doreen teaches Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament courses, mostly to the graduate students. Michael serves as choir director and teaches sacred music and other music-related courses. They are privileged to serve in these positions, laboring together with the Christians of China to build up an educated clergy and prepare the greatly needed seminary educators for China's future, as the church grows there by leaps and bounds!  

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Pray for Pakistan on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayer for Pakistan: Matthew 16:13-20

God, we thank you today for those who confess that Jesus is the Christ around the world and who are a part of your Church, the Body of Christ. We pray today for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan asking that you would help them be faithful to you as they seek to be your Church in that context. We pray for all the people of Pakistan during this time of political transition asking you for peace and stability during these days. We pray for our partners, Church World Service – Pakistan and the National Council of Church of Pakistan (NCCP) asking that you would bless their ministries as they reach out and share your love in tangible ways. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Global Ministries International Partners in Pakistan:

  • Church World Service – Pakistan is involved in teacher training and relief/development work.
  • National Council of Churches of Pakistan (NCCP) is an ecumenical organization through which a number of local denominations collaborate and support mission efforts.

Global Ministries Missionary in Pakistan:

None at the present time

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Pray for Cambodia on Sunday August, 17, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Cambodia: Matthew 15:21-18

Gracious God, we thank you that your grace and mercy is for all people. Please give to us the faith of the Canaanite woman when we have doubts or see limits being put on the all- embracing reach of your love. Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Cambodia. We thank you for the work of our partners there and ask you to strengthen their faith as they seek to build up their communities and share your love with others. We ask you to bless the leadership of the Kampuchea Christian Council and Church World Service – Cambodia as they discern how to best be church in the country of Cambodia. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

(Prayer by Bob Shebeck)

Global Ministries International Partners in Cambodia:

  • Church World Service – Cambodia: Through our partnership with Church World Service, we are helping to support community development projects and schools in remote areas of Cambodia. The schools serve children, many of whom would not otherwise attend school. It is a priority to keep children in school through making the schools fun and relevant for the community. Many of those who leave school end up supporting themselves through crime - a major problem in Cambodia. Human Trafficking is also a risk. Youth who are trafficked usually end up in slave labor situations or are forced into prostitution
  • Kampuchea Christian Council: The KCC was formed in 1998 and has joined the Christian Conference of Asia.

Global Ministries Missionary in Cambodia:

None at the present time

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Pray for Zambia on Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Zambia: Matthew 14: 22 - 33

God, we lift up the many ministries working to provide comfort, sustenance, and healing for the people of Zambia in the name of Christ Jesus.  We thank you for the opportunities for theological education at United Church of Zambia Theological College.  We pray for the strengthening of these leaders as they prepare to serve the Church in Zambia.  We ask for health for those infected and peace for those affected by HIV and AIDS.  We pray that educational ministries will be effective in stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS and will lead to the compassionate treatment of those infected with the virus.  We ask for abundant food and medication for the outreach visitation programs for the infected and affected in the greater Mindolo area to distribute especially to the women and children.  We pray for your children in Zambia.  We pray that the children of Zambia, Africa, and many other nations around the world, would not have to work to help support their family.  We pray that they might have the opportunity to go to school and to play.  In the name of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.  Amen.

(Prayer by Tracy Siegman)

Global Ministries International Partners in Zambia:

Council of Churches in Zambia is an ecumenical Christian organization composed of most of the Protestant churches in Zambia.

Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, founded in 1958, is an interdenominational center that serves as a place of worship, study, consultation, and reconciliation.  Also on the campus are: Africa Literature Center, Young Women's Christian Association, United Church of Zambia Theological College, Theological Education by Extension in Zambia, and St. John's Anglican Seminary.  The Dag Hammarskjöld 'Messengers of Peace' Training Programme is run by the foundation, offering a three-month or nine-month Peace Certificate. 

Theological Education by Extension trains laity and ordained ministers to better serve their congregations. Emphasizing the participation of women in the TEE-Zambia program, TEE-Zambia continues to be on the cutting edge of their work.  In 2001, TEE-Zambia program implemented of communications equipment - computers, printers, and scanners have been installed and the school now has email and internet access.

United Church of Zambia came into being in 1965 with the combined mission of the Methodists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Reformed Evangelicals.  The United Church of Zambia declares its commitment to attaining and maintaining its existence as an effective and perfect instrument for God's work, eager and powerful to proclaim by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, filled with greater clarity and peace, enriched in worship and fellowship.

United Church of Zambia Theological College was founded in 1949 by the United Church of Zambia at Kashinda Mission in Mporokoso District and moved to its current site in the city of Kitwe in 1961.  It has a teaching staff of 22, which includes both full and part time staff.  84 students were registered in 2006 of which 24 were women.  The college offers the BTh Degree in its 3 year program, Diploma in Theology (3 years) and the Certificate in Diaconal Ministry (2 years). 

Global Ministries Missionary in Zambia:

None at this time.

 

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Pray for Israel & Palestine on Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Israel & Palestine: Matthew 14: 13 - 21

Holy One of All Creation,

As we read the familiar story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes, may we hear it with fresh ears, an open heart, and in the spirit of our Palestinian Christian partners who continue their faithful witness in the hills of Galilee, the hills of Ramallah, and on the shores of Gaza.

Forgive us and have mercy upon us.  The powerful voices in our world today all too often seem to echo the Disciples who were nearly automatic in wanting to "send the crows away".  They were convinced that we need to separate from others because there was not enough to go around.  When do we do this in our own lives?  In the way we structure our communities, politics, even our social networks?  Why do we do this?  How much has to revolve around today's growing culture of fear, of want?

And then, Dear God, we read, we hear the Word: that we "need not go away".  There is another way.  We may embrace and follow Jesus' example: look to heaven, give thanks, and then all will be filled.  There will even be leftovers!

One of the many blessings of having lived for many years in the occupied Palestinian territories is to have witnessed to what I call "posture of gratitude" alive and well in their culture.  No matter the level of despair or violence, no matter the abundance or want, there is a culturally entrenched spirituality of living out all aspects of your life always thanking God.  This "posture of gratitude" multiples both the goodness and the good news!

In the diakonia of mission service miraculous opportunities are opened up to us to the blessings of koinonia -- of relationship and communion.  Our Palestinian Christian partners have taught me to ask the more important question: how are our hearts?  When living in a posture of gratitude our hearts are glad and we are more likely to recognize Christ among us! 

Dearest One, when life seems too difficult, the road too hard let us be reminded of the words of our Palestinian sister, Jean Zaru:

"We have been working for a long time to end oppression and occupation and have, thus far, not secured our rights.  It is discouraging.  Fear and loss surround us, and many forces are at work to make us feel marginalized and disempowered.  At best the work ahead seems overwhelming.

"In the midst of privation, anxiety and suffering, I found that my hope was simply to acknowledge my dependence upon God.  I thought often of the affirmation of Paul in his letter to the Philippians (Phil. 4:11b-13)….  I know, wherever I am, whether in affluent circumstances or in poverty, whether I have personal liberty or not, that I am under the guiding hand of God and that God has a service for me to render." 

Amen.

Keep in Your Prayers:

  • Palestinian, Israeli and international peacemakers who risk their lives to resist oppression and build a culture of non violence;
  • Ourselves, our mission partners, our missionaries and our world leaders who seek to end the occupation;
  • Palestinian refugees who have endured 60 years of displacement and discrimination;
  • The international community that we might uphold, without exception, international human rights law;
  • Religious leaders that they might find the moral courage to speak despite the risk, remembering that we are under the guiding hand of God and have a service to render;
  • The spiritual example of our mission partners and all Palestinian Christians who have stood in continuity of witness for over 2000 years; and
  • Jean Zaru, that her new publication, Occupied with Nonviolence, may reach fresh ears and open hearts. 

(Prayer by Marla Schrader)

Global Ministries International Partners in Israel & Palestine:

The Middle East Council of Churches' Department of Service to Palestine Refugees (DSPR) was established in the early 1950s to help Palestinian refugees with their newly acquired status following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The DSPR set up branches in five different regions: Gaza, Jerusalem and West Bank, Galilee in Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, with the clear mandate of working with the refugees, the poor, and the dispossessed.  The following population groups and programs are supported through the work of DSPR's area committees:

  • Gaza: health clinics; education; employment opportunities and vocational training centers in carpentry, metal and aluminum works, secretarial studies, English, dressmaking, hairdressing, literacy, knitting, embroidery, and others; community development, and physical rehabilitation.
  • West Bank: including small-scale physical infrastructure; water cisterns; youth and children's activities; and women's development.
  • Nazareth: village development; employment opportunities; community development and organization; rural village development; civil society development; women's development; youth leadership; and vocational training.
  • All area committees: workshops and training sessions on matters pertaining to women's issues, youth, the disabled, environment, and other relevant topics; loans for educational and business purposes; hundreds of refugee children and their families benefit from a variety of activities geared to people with special needs or to children.

The East Jerusalem YMCA was established in 1949 in a tent at Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp near Jericho and operates with all sectors of the Palestinian Society without discrimination.  The East Jerusalem YMCA operates a variety of programs throughout the West Bank and Gaza, including: best practice trauma treatment and other mental health services; vocational rehabilitative services; medical aids to help the physically disabled reach the maximum possible degree of independence;  building accessible facilities for persons with disabilities; sports, cultural, social and recreational activities including youth and work camps, leadership training, youth exchange programs, international conferences and other activities that aim at developing and enriching the spirit, mind and body of Palestinian youth; career counseling and micro-enterprise development; women's training to improve the socio-economic status and involvement of women in the Palestinian society; and advocacy for peace with justice, tolerance, equality and respect for the rights and dignity of human beings based on first-hand experiences and adequate information.

Rawdat el-Zuhur (Arabic for "Garden of Flowers") is a primary school for Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. Established in 1952, it aims to raise a new generation with principles of good citizenship, and concern for the environment; creative and critical thinking skills , accepting of constructive criticism, equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be leaders in a democratic society which they would develop and preserve. It serves mainly the lower income community. Students at Rawdat el-Zuhur can be supported through the Common Global Ministries Board's Child Sponsorship Program.

Sabeel is an ecumenical, Palestinian Christian, Liberation Theology Center which seeks to make the Gospel contextually relevant. In Arabic, Sabeel means "the way" and also a "spring of water." Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation, and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. Sabeel also works to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence, and witness of Palestinian Christians. The Center is located in Jerusalem where the majority of programs take place with participants from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, the Galilee, and surrounding areas.

The YWCA of Palestine aims to empower Palestinian women by expanding their options, supporting their economic independence, liberating them from all kinds of oppression, and enhancing their participation in the building of a free Palestinian civil society.  As early as 1893, informal groups of Christian women were meeting in Jaffa and Jerusalem as YWCA groups. In 1918, the YWCA of Palestine was established in Jerusalem. The events of 1948 and 1967 constituted serious challenges but also enabled the YWCA to reach out to more women and children, particularly in the refugee camps.  Like a solid rock, the YWCA has withstood all political storms by shaping and molding itself to comply with the needs of the people, always at the service of women and the community.  Throughout the years, the YWCA has developed a wide range of programs and projects aimed at women, empowering and providing them with educational, cultural, and training opportunities to develop their skills and personalities, and to support them to actively participate in developing themselves, their families, and their communities. This work has given the YWCA a special identity as a community service organization that is deeply respected, both among Palestinians and in many other places around the world.  We envision a free, peaceful, Palestinian democratic society based on social justice, respect for human rights, pluralism, celebration of cultural diversity, gender equality and sustainable development.  There are three local associations in Jerusalem, Jericho and Ramallah, and three centers in refugee camps: Aqabat Jabr, Jalazone and Kalandia. The YMCA of East Jerusalem and the YWCA of Palestine have created the Joint Advocacy Initiative.

The non-violent, peacebuilding ministry of Jean Zaru, Presiding Clerk of the Ramallah Friends Meeting, promotes global understanding and the peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on human rights and international law. Jean Zaru is the only Palestinian Christian woman who leads a religious community. She exclusively volunteers her time and talents, both locally and internationally, offering a unique and critical voice on issues of human rights as well as the specific rights of women and children. She also works on issues of the environment, justice, and religion. Her lifelong commitment to global, ecumenical, and interfaith work has led her to accept hundreds of speaking engagements, invitations to offering consultancy to non-governmental peace organizations, and to share her wisdom and perspectives in writing.   Most recently, Jean Zaru has spearheaded the rejuvenation of the Quaker presence in Palestine through a new ministry of the Meetinghouse to create programming to promote a culture of peace and non-violence in the wider community. The ministry, housed in the Meetinghouse itself, is called the Friends International Center in Ramallah and offers safe space for Palestinians, Israelis, and international visitors in their common pursuit of non-violent peace building and international understanding.

Global Ministries Missionary in Israel & Palestine:

Marla Schrader lived ten years in the occupied Palestinian territories.  She continues to support the theological work of Jean Zaru, Clerk of the Ramallah Friends Meeting.

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Pray for Paraguay on Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Paraguay: Matthew 13:31-33 and 44-52

  Dear Lord, we give you thanks for the many seeds that you have planted among the people of the world. Today in Paraguay, we especially thank you for the small seed of a new and different president that will begin his mission to end corruption, educate the masses, and lift those living in extreme poverty out of their plight. We ask that you help this seed to flourish in the fertile red soil nourished by the hope and desire of the Paraguayan people who have lived for more than 60 years under the oppression of a corrupt government.

  We beseech your special blessing for Friendship Mission that its nursing school can continue to educate low income youths to use their special training not only to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty but also to ease the suffering of those who are afflicted. We ask for your guidance that the new out-reach clinic project MAESTRA may continue to grow in its efforts to bring medical care to those in need.

  Oh Holy Spirit, please guide the members of the Disciples of Christ Church of Paraguay that they may turn their words into actions that will promote an atmosphere of growth and unity.

  We pray that the members of CIPAE may find success in defending the legal rights of the indigenous people with their struggle to obtain title to the land upon which they have lived for generations.

  We pray for the school for the deaf and its work with those who are afflicted with this and other disabilities. We ask your blessing and guidance that its attempt to establish similar schools in other cities is successful.

  We pray that the Leprosy Clinic can continue to treat those who are afflicted with this disease with the latest treatment available regardless of economic status.

(Prayer by Paul Jacquay)

Global Ministries International Partners in Paraguay:

  • Comite de Iglesias Para Ayuda de Emergencia (CIPAE)
  • Iglesia Cristiana Discipulos de Cristo en Paraguay
  • Mision de Amistad
  • Patronato de Leprosos del Paraguay
  • Primera Escuela Paraguaya de Sordos

Global Ministries Missionary in Paraguay:

Paul Jacquay is a physician assistant serving as a long term volunteer at Mision de Amistad (Friendship Mission) in Paraguay.  Paul works as health consultant for the medical department and has taught at the Mision de Amistad School of Nursing. He has been working with a team of professionals to set up a clinic outreach program, called MAESTRA, which provides medical care to residents of ghettos where no medical service available. Since its inception in October of 2006, the project has treated nearly 3,000 patients of whom 78% live in poverty, 44% in extreme poverty.

 

 

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