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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
July 25, 2017 

 

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

Haiti and Dominican Republic

Pray for groups preparing to serve with some of our Church of the Brethren global partners. Pray for health and safety for all as Brethren from different places work together. Pray that the Holy Spirit bridges gaps of language to forge relationships through mutual learning, fellowship, and communal worship.

Pray for safe travels for the group of volunteers from Frederick (Md.) Church of the Brethren who will be serving with Eglise des Freres d'Haiti, the Church of the Brethren in Haiti. They will assist with a mobile medical clinic and a children's program for around 125 children from various Eglise des Freres congregations.

Pray for traveling mercies also for the 25 members of Chiques (Pa.) Church of the Brethren planning to serve with Iglesia de los Hermanos, the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic. The group will assist with a youth conference where 200 Brethren youth from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico are expected to attend. They will also help with roof repair for the widow of the pastor in La Descubierta and will construct two latrines for the church in Rancheria.

Nigeria

Praise God for the rebuilding and dedication of the LCC Mishara church building, which had been burnt by Boko Haram insurgents. The congregation, part of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), is excited to move from worshipping outside to a building big enough for 1,000 people. Give thanks that the governor of Borno state has paid for the rebuilding of six churches: three from EYN, including Mishara, and three from other denominations.

Mishara church dedication
The new church of LCC Mishara is dedicated. Photo courtesy of EYN.

 

Palestine and Israel

Pray for peace, both temporary and lasting, in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Tensions and retaliatory violence have escalated in recent weeks. Several Israelis and Palestinians have lost their lives, and more than 900 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces over access to the al-Aqsa Mosque. Pray for healing of bodies and reconciliation of hearts.

Iraq

Pray for the people of Mosul. The city has been at the heart of months of battle between the Islamic State and Iraqi forces. Hundreds of lives have been lost, including in airstrikes by the US-led coalition, and much of the city has been destroyed. Pray for peace and healing.

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