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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
August 30, 2017 

 

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

Nigeria

Praise God for the recent baptism of 36 "Chibok girls," young women who were abducted from their school in Chibok in 2014. These young women have been released from Boko Haram captivity in the past year and join 10 other Chibok abductees who have been baptized by Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). EYN pastor Paul Abraham Chandumi conducted the baptism service in Abuja, at the center where the young women are still under Nigerian government security. Two of the young women's children also were dedicated during the service.

Baptism service in Chibok
Baptism service for 36 young women from Chibok on Sunday, August 27. Photo courtesy of Markus Gamache.

 

Germany

Pray for this week's retreat of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) volunteers who are serving in Europe. BVS volunteers serve in various countries including Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Germany, with organizations working for peace and reconciliation and serving vulnerable populations such as people with disabilities. As the volunteers and BVS Europe coordinator Kristin Flory gather in Berlin, pray for a time of reflection and restoration so they may be energized to continue their service.

United States

Pray for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. May God comfort those who mourn, those who are injured, and those who have lost their homes. Pray for strength and safety for all the workers and volunteers giving aid to others.

Pray that giving may be generous, swift, and beneficial. Pray for wisdom in relief and recovery efforts.

Pray for the Children's Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers who are serving children affected by the hurricane. Twelve volunteers traveled to San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday after being rerouted when the Houston airport was closed. Pray for traveling mercies as additional volunteers travel to Texas to join the team.

Bangladesh, India, Nepal

While the Texas disaster absorbs our news coverage, may we also extend our hearts and prayers to the millions of people affected by weeks of severe flooding in south Asia. More than 1,200 people have died in the storms, and the death toll is expected to rise due to disease and food insecurity. The United Nations estimates that more than 41 million people are affected with loss of home, possessions, and livelihood. One third of Bangladesh is reportedly under water.

Pray for an easing to the flooding. Pray for comfort and healing. Pray for survival and recovery. Pray for generosity and wisdom.

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