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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
December 6, 2017 


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


Pray for Church of the Brethren volunteers with the Global Food Initiative (GFI) and agricultural staff of Eglise des Freres d'Haiti (Church of the Brethren in Haiti) as they install a new aquaponics system at the Brethren Guesthouse and Ministry Center in Croix-des-Bouquets. An aquaponics system grows fish and plants, such as vegetables, together in water. The fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. This system will serve as a teaching and learning model that eventually will be replicated in other locations if successful.

Pray that this project can lead to greater food production and self-sustainability for Haitian communities.

Dominican Republic

Pray for the pastoral retreat of Iglesia de los Hermanos, the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic, being held December 8-10 in San Cristobol. Approximately 150 participants will gather for times of worship, fellowship, Bible study, and discussion of Brethren beliefs and practices.

Pray for Church of the Brethren pastors Marla Bieber Abe and Galen Hackman as they travel to the Dominican Republic to lead the Brethren beliefs and practices sessions during the retreat. Galen's book on this topic will be a basis for the sessions. The two also will visit Iglesia de los Hermanos congregations and attend an inauguration ceremony for a new theological training space.


Grace Mishler with mother and baby in Vietnam
Grace Mishler (r) meeting with a mother and baby with Retinopathy of Prematurity. Photo courtesy of Grace Mishler.

Pray for a new medical social work initiative organized by Global Mission worker Grace Mishler, working with the eye care unit of Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. The initiative focuses especially on babies with Retinopathy of Prematurity, an eye disease that can cause blindness. Grace and volunteers with the initiative gather data on hundreds of families, facilitate a parent support group, organize training for early intervention, raise funds, and investigate potential environmental issues for the high rates of premature births within a certain rural area in Vietnam.

Pray that this initiative can continue to build up the capacity of the hospital and find ways to preserve the eyesight of the children.

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