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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
May 1, 2018 

 

In the prayers for this week from Global Mission and Service Office, we lift up:

India

Praise God for Jay Wittmeyer's recent visit with the Church of North India (CNI). Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service, spoke at the commencement ceremony for Gujarat United School of Theology (GUST), of which the Church of the Brethren is a founding member. Wittmeyer also spent time visiting with CNI families and communities.

CNI began in 1970 as a merger of several denominations, including the First District Church of the Brethren in India, which has remained independent of CNI. The Church of the Brethren in the US relates to both CNI and the First District Church of the Brethren in India.

GUST graduates and officials
Wittmeyer (seated third from left) with graduates and officials of Gujarat United School of Theology. Photo courtesy of GUST.

Nigeria

Officials from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have shared reports of last week’s violent attacks in Maiduguri, a large city in the northeast. At least six people were killed in the suicide bombings.

In another violent incident, at least 19 people were killed when gunmen attacked a church in a small village in Nigeria's Benue state last week.

Pray that peace may prevail in Nigeria, where people continue to live with the fear and reality of Boko Haram attacks and violent clashes between herdsman and farmers.

Afghanistan

Pray for victims of multiple bombings in Afghanistan yesterday.

Two explosions in the capital city of Kabul killed at least 25 people, including 8 journalists and 4 police officers. At least 45 people have been injured.

A suicide bomb attack that struck a school in the Kandahar region killed 11 children and injured at least a dozen more.

Pray for solace for those who grieve. Pray for healing of body, mind, and soul. Pray for a changing of the hearts that employ violence.

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