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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 15, 2018 

 

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

South Sudan

Pray for Global Mission worker Athanasus Ungang as he travels from South Sudan to the United States for several weeks of home leave with his family. Pray for a time of rest, relaxation, and refocusing.

Israel and Palestine

Pray for all victims of the immense violence occurring in Gaza and the West Bank. In clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army on Monday, at least 52 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,400 injured. At least 90 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israeli forces since protests began on March 30. The protests have centered on Israel's economic blockade of Gaza and on Palestinian refugees' right to return. The protests have been leading up to what is known as the Nakba on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, which included a violent and forcible expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their villages.

The tensions and violence were exacerbated by the United States government choosing Monday to officially relocate its Israel embassy to Jerusalem, a move that has been condemned by the United States National Council of Churches and much of the international community for its detrimental effect to the peace process in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones and those who are injured without access to proper medical care. Pray for Israelis living in fear and for Palestinians living with daily oppression. Pray for the safety of those who work for peace and justice, such as the Christian Peacemaker Teams. Pray for an end to Israel's illegal military occupation of Palestine. Pray that all actors -- Palestinian, Israeli, and otherwise -- lay down their weapons and that a just peace may reign.

Nigeria

Give thanks for the 71st Majalisa, or annual conference, of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), which took place April 10-13 at EYN's headquarters in Kwarhi. The conference theme was "Gathered in His Presence," based on Psalm 15:1. While reports highlighted how many congregations are still struggling due to displacement from Boko Haram violence, it was also joyfully reported that three new districts are being added, and 31 congregations will be granted full autonomy in 2018.

The conference concluded with a soccer game as part of the EYN Gospel Team Presidential Football Tournament.

EYN soccer tournament participants
Participants in the EYN soccer tournament. Photo courtesy of Markus Gamache.

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