Weekly Prayers

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." 


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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Pray for India on Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for India: Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43

Dear God, for this world of riches and beauty we give you thanks. At the same time we specially ask you to be with many who are troubled through hunger, poverty and a sense of hopelessness.  We specially remember India, where you have sowed your seed amongst a multitude of people of different faiths and beliefs.  Where there is persecution, corruption, and vast numbers of destitute people begging on the streets.  All trying to find meaning in a country where a poor man has no label or identity, with life having little value and is far from awakening an already troubled world.  Help us find the strength and love to stand out in our service and our work that we may truly be able to bring in the harvest when our time has come.  Amen.

India is a country which is one third the size of the US but has one sixth the population of the whole world.  In a population of over a billion, Christians are about 2% of the population.  The first exposure to Christianity goes back to when St. Thomas come to India, but the main era of when Missionaries came to India and brought about great changes were in the late 1800 and early 1900. Even though the numbers of Christians in this country are few, Christ, "The Great Healer" has left a mark as even today with all the privatization of medicine, there is still a major presence of Christian Healthcare, especially when it is the poor and marginalized who seek help.  It is also the field of education and social work that has been a living witness to the Indian people showing the great service and dedication of what Christ has taught us to do. Missionaries came to different parts of the country in theses times, as in our area of Chhattisgargh in Central India.  Rev. Oscar Lohr was sent out by the German Evangelical Mission from the States in 1863.  He came by boat from New York to Mumbai and then by train till Nagpur (the geographical center of India), lastly by bullock cart, a distance of 260 miles to Bisrampur where he built the first church which still stands as a witness today.

I work at the Christian Hospital in Mungeli, which is a about 30 miles from Bisrampur and was started 112 years ago by the Disciples of Christ.  It was famous as it grew during the time of Dr. Victor Rambo.  We have now been there for five years and the hospital has grown tremendously trying to cater to masses of this region.  We see about 24,000 outpatients, deliver about 550 babies and operate on about 2500 patients in a year. The hospital also takes care of the Rambo Memorial English Medium High School which has about 330 children from Nursery to grade 11 and busses in children from surrounding villages traveling about 126 miles each day. God has been gracious to us in these years as we have been able to show not only the state of Chhattisgargh, but struggling medical missions all around the country how a institution can rise up to the call and truly be a living witness to the suffering and needy. The Indian Church was interdenominational as missionaries came from all over the world, but then unified to form the Church of North and South India where all the denominations got together.  It is in this way like Mungeli and many more ministries of the CNI and CSI  around this vast country that Global Ministries is a partner to help relieve pain and suffering to the masses of India. 

We pray in India:

  • That Christians can be free to serve people through the love of Jesus Christ without persecution and local violence.
  • That the voice of the poor out in the villages may be heard to bring change in standards of living rather than using them or their sheer numbers to bring out false political gains.
  • That the common person may be the center of our efforts as he deals with a world full of greed leading to inflation, to such a state, that we here in India still do not know what the extent is going to be.
  • That the church may see a unified goal to be together to bring about change in a country full of poverty and injustice.

(Prayer by Anil Henry)

Global Ministries International Partners in India:

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

Global Ministries Missionaries in India:

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

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

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Pray for France on Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for France: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

God of all nations, we pray today for the Reformed Church of France. Strengthen their witness as an open, caring, welcoming and, above all, Christian community in an ever secularizing country. Aid them as they work and witness with an ever growing number of immigrants from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe who are fleeing poverty and oppression and struggling to make a better life in the European Union. Protect those risking physical harm to make this journey and help those who have made it as they try to make sense of and adapt to their new home. May your love for all children, your compassion for all nations, and your provision of abundance for all people be evident in the work of the Reformed Church of France. 

We pray for the work of the Foyer Protestant d'Aubervilliers. Founded in 1929 by the French Reformed Church in the northern Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers, the Foyer is an active parish which emphasizes work with immigrants, refugees and at risk youth. Help them as they try to be a light of hope for the often marginalized and frustrated youth of France's urban housing projects.

We pray for the French Reformed theology schools in Paris, Montpellier and Strasbourg. Guide them as they teach and train future pastors and church workers. Help them as they explore new and innovative ways to preach the gospel in France's increasingly multi-cultural society.

We pray for the prison chaplains of the Reformed Church who are working hard to share Christ’s message of hope, faith and love with those incarcerated in France. Amen.

( Prayer by Tim Rose)

Global Ministries International Partners in France:

The Reformed Church of France (ERF) is the largest protestant denomination in France. Throughout its 450 year history the ERF has fought to uphold the values of the protestant reformation. It strongly believes in God's grace that is the basis of Jesus-Christ's social and liberationist ministry. It stresses the protestant notion of "universal priesthood" by encouraging lay ministry and is very involved in theological, ecumenical, social and mission work on the national and international level. 

Global Ministries Missionaries in France:

Timothy Rose served as program assistant with the Reformed Church of France. Based at the Foyer Protestant d’Aubervilliers, he worked primarily with immigrants and refugee families and at risk youth. He was also a prison chaplain at a maximum security prison in Paris.  Timothy’s current service will be itinerating in Connecticut from September 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009 and North Carolina from May 1 to June 30, 2009.

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Pray for Lesotho on Sunday, July 6, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Lesotho: Matthew 11:25-30

Dear God, we pray that people throughout the world will find rest in you.  May you bring your peace upon peoples and nations torn asunder by wars, politics and natural disasters.  We pray especially today for the Lesotho Evangelical Church that it may help heal political divisions within Lesotho.  As we remember those who have come before us in spreading the Good News around the world, we pray that as we share God's love we will do so with the gentleness and humility of our Savior Jesus Christ.  In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

(Prayer by Mark Behle)

During 2008 the Lesotho Evangelical Church is celebrating the 175th  anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society.  In June 1833 Thomas Arbousset, Eugene Casalis and Constant Gossellin arrived at Thaba-Bosiu, home of the founder of the Basotho nation King Moshoeshoe I.   King Moshoeshoe had invited the missionaries to settle among his people.

The Lesotho Evangelical Church asks you to pray for:
-  Peace and stability in Lesotho and in Africa.
-  Churches, Pastors and Evangelists to be the able to continue preaching the Word of God.
-  Reducing poverty in the country amid the worsening economical hardships brought about by increasing petrol prices.
-  The church to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries in Lesotho in 1833 and the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin.

Global Ministries International Partners in Lesotho:

  • Lesotho Evangelical Church - The Lesotho Evangelical Church is one of Africa's oldest Protestant churches, founded in 1833 by missionaries from the Paris Evangelical Mission society.  It is Lesotho's oldest denomination and today it has 261,350 members in 112 congregations.  It also maintains 563 schools.  The LEC-sponsored schools have contributed to the 83 percent literacy rate nationwide.   Global Ministries' relationship to LEC began in 1983.
  • Christian Council of Lesotho - The Christian Council of Lesotho is a fellowship of Christian churches and Christian organizations. It has two main objectives: (1) to foster closer cooperation and unity amongst churches and organizations of different Christian traditions; (2) to enable member churches and organization to more fully share in the spiritual, social and economic endeavors.  It has been involved over the years in social development, formal and informal education, health and sanitation, environmental protection and agriculture, civic education, conflict management. 
  • Christian Health Association of Lesotho - The mission of the Christian Health Association of Lesotho is to facilitate the participation of the Christian churches in ensuring that the right of all members of society to the highest quality health services is upheld.  In pursuit of this mission, the Christian churches are committed to see to it that quality health services reach those who have least access, the families and communities, through appropriate technologies, in spirit of mutual trust and cooperation as a tangible expression of Christ's vision to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Global Ministries Missionary in Lesotho:

Mark Behle serves with the Lesotho Evangelical Church as a teacher at Masitise High School.  He teaches math, a course on Luke & Acts, coaches basketball and leads a youth group called Friends of God.  He has been in Lesotho since 1996 and prior to that served with Global Ministries in Zambia for eleven years as a teacher at Kafue Secondary School.   

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Pray for Taiwan on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Taiwan: Matthew 10:40-42

Gracious God, we thank you for the extravagant welcome that you have extended to us in Jesus. As we remember our partnerships around the globe and the specific ones that we share with our Taiwanese brothers and sisters this Sunday, we ask that we might be able to extend that gracious hospitality to one another in tangible ways. We pray for each of the Taiwanese ministries mentioned below and ask that each one would be empowered to welcome the other and provide what is needed, even a cup of cold water, in Jesus name. Amen

(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 Zimbabwe, Sunday June 22, 2008

Prayer and Action for Zimbabwe

Lectionary Text and Prayers for Zimbabwe: Matthew 10:24-39

Loving God, as we pray today we want to focus our thoughts on the work of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) based in Geneva, Switzerland. We thank you for the continued support and advocacy of the international community to members of the WSCF in crises such as those suffering in Zimbabwe today. We thank you for the spirit of compassion that unites us.

We pray for the political situation in Zimbabwe that it may be resolved quickly and peacefully.

We pray that state officials will act out of compassion and understanding throughout this process, and not out of self-promotion and domination.

We pray that in the face of intimidation and violence people will remain firm in the truth of their convictions and will continue to vote their real desires in the re-election on June 27th.

We pray for courage and strength for the people of Zimbabwe as they face their current challenges. We know that anyone who opposes the dominant political force is under great risk, and we ask you to please keep them safe.

We pray that the Church in Zimbabwe will remain faithful to minister the Gospel in a dangerous atmosphere.

We pray for wisdom for retaining security and safety of women, children and men in Zimbabwe.

We pray for the struggles of young people who are used by corrupt politicians to advance their own needs.

We pray that the needed change must surely come through God's own way. Help us all to sow seeds of peace with justice at this time.

We ask this of you Great God of overflowing creative energy, Jesus of vast compassion, and Holy Spirit who turns chaos into life enhancing wholesomeness.


(by Varsha Vijayakumar, based on prayers by the World YWCA for A Day of Prayer for Zimbabwe on April 28th).

Global Ministries International Partners in Switzerland:  

Global Ministries Missionary in Switzerland:  

Varsha Vijayakumar, a member of Olmsted Community Church, United Church of Christ, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, is serving a one-year term with the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a human rights and solidarity Global Mission Intern.

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Pray for South Africa, Sunday June 15, 2008

Lectionary Text and Prayers for South Africa: Matthew 9:35 to 10:8

God of love and compassion, we ask you to bless the rich diversity of South Africa—a land rich in resources, land, and people.  Yet we lament that in the midst of this beautiful country it is also riddled with crime, rape, violence, poverty, unemployment, an AIDS pandemic, and recently xenophobia.  There is much to be done to heal the nation.  Call forth new labourers, O God.  Commission new compassionate leaders who will cure the sick, raise-up those dead in poverty, cleanse those with HIV and AIDS, and cast out the demons of hatred towards one another.  We pray for our refugee neighbours from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo who fear they will be the next victims of xenophobia. We pray for the AIDS orphans who are deprived of their most basic needs and will never know what it means to have parents.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

(Prayer by Susan Valiquette and Scott Couper)

Global Ministries International Partners in South Africa:

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

Global Ministries Missionaries in South Africa:

Jonathan and Dawn Barnes are missionaries with the Kei Regional Council of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, South Africa.  They serve as development officers in the Kei region of the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Scott Couper and Susan Valiquette are missionaries serving in South Africa.  Susan serves as the Chaplain of Inanda Seminary (Secondary school of the UCCSA).  Scott is the HIV and AIDS coordinator for UCCSA kwaZulu Natal Region and serves as the pastor of Bethel UCCSA church.

Carla Giger is a Global Mission Intern (funded by Week of Compassion) serving with the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa as an Assistant Program Coordinator. She works on the Girls Against the Spread of Aids (GASA) program.

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