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"That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
—2 Corinthians 5:19-20

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 Global Mission Prayer Guide
October 6, 2015 

 

In this week’s global prayers, we lift up:

Global

Join with people around the world in giving thanks for harvests and for the beauty of our earth! Some stories from Global Mission and Service partners:

Global Mission and Service volunteer Turner Ritchie shared the joy of the rice harvest at Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Japan. The 50 community participants together harvested more than 6 tons of rice that will sustain the community throughout the next year. ARI is a training center for rural grassroots leaders. Ritchie serves there through Brethren Volunteer Service.

Fruitful yields are being celebrated across the country and globe by community gardens that have received support from the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF). One of these is Mano Amiga a los Hermanos (Brethren Helping Hand), a ministry of Una Luz en las Naciones (A Light in the Nations Church of the Brethren) congregation in the city of Gijon, Spain. Mano Amiga a los Hermanos uses the produce to feed people in need who have immigrated to Gijon.


Volunteers of Mano Amiga a los Hermanos display their bean harvest.Photo by Santos Terrero.


 

Brethren in the Democratic Republic of Congo are rejoicing in the maize harvest they share with members of the Twa (Pygmie) group. The Brethren ministry, Shalom Ministry for Reconciliation and Development (SHAMIREDE), receives GFCF support to share food and agricultural training with the Twa, a hunter-gatherer people who have been displaced by violence and deforestation.


Twa women harvest maize with Congolese Brethren. Photo courtesy of Lubungo Ron.


 

Haiti

While celebrating harvests, continue to pray for places affected by severe drought. In Haiti, many people regularly face lack of clean water and lack of money for food. However, the drought in Haiti has led to an even more acute water shortage and an increase in food prices, causing greater hunger and malnutrition. Jobs for farm workers have decreased as well. Pray for rain and for God’s providing.

Nigeria

Praise God for the opening of a new congregation of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in the town of Jalingo, Nigeria. Jim Mitchell, who recently returned from several months of volunteer service with the Nigeria Crisis Response program, attended and preached at the opening celebration and shared his account of the inspiring service. Mitchell writes, "Even though the EYN church has been severely injured and deeply wounded, new life is happening and we give God all the praise and glory for the grace that is making all things possible."

*To connect with Nigerian sisters and brothers in daily prayer, follow the EYN devotional guide.

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