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—2 Corinthians 5:19-20

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 Global Mission Prayer Guide
December 11, 2017 

 

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

Honduras

Chet Thomas, Church of the Brethren member and executive director of Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG), requests prayer for the people of Honduras, as the country is divided over the contested results of the November 26 presidential election. The confrontations have led to protests, riots, and destruction of public buildings, and many vital transporation services across the country are on hold. Amnesty International reports that at least 14 people have been killed and dozens injured when gunfire has erupted at demonstrations. According to Thomas, the crisis threatens the stability of a country that has has experienced relative peace and achieved significant economic and social improvements in recent years.

Pray for mediation and a peaceful resolution to the conflict, with understanding and compromise from the various parties.

Pray for the development work of PAG, which has reduced its activities until the conflict is resolved.

Palestine and Israel

Pray for the people of Jerusalem, where tensions are high following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.

The Church of the Brethren's Office of Public Witness has issued the following statement:

This week, the Trump Administration announced the decision to relocate the United States embassy to Jerusalem, and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This development is disappointing, as it sets the peace process back and ignites the potential for violent reactions from impacted communities. The unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital is not conducive to a successful peace process in the region.

The Church of the Brethren addressed the possibility of such a relocation in a 1996 Statement on Jerusalem, which said:

"We also urge the United States government to maintain an active and balanced role in the peace process, recognizing its unique relationship with the government of Israel, the legitimate claims of the Palestinian people, and the importance of a just and equitable resolution of the status of Jerusalem. Toward this aim, the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv should not be relocated until the permanent status negotiations on Jerusalem are concluded."

The 1980 Threats to Peace statement addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more broadly, saying:

"Furthermore, we commend efforts of our government to achieve a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which include a termination of the violence and counter-violence, a mutual recognition of sovereign entities, and a just solution and compensation for those persons uprooted by the conflict since 1948."

Pray for political leaders in the United States to be infused with courage and wisdom so that they may act for the good of global peace. Pray for all of us as United States citizens to hold our elected officials accountable. Pray for an end to the illegal and unjust Israeli occupation of Palestine, which threatens the welfare of both Palestinians and Israelis.

CDS volunteer reading with a child
A CDS volunteer reads with a child at a shelter at the Port Hueneme Navy Base. Photo courtesy of CDS.

United States

Pray for everyone affected by the wildfires in southern California. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that 98,000 people have been evacuated with 25,000 homes affected by five different wildfires. The biggest, the Thomas fire, spans 230,000 acres. Pray for provision for those who have fled their homes. Pray for safety for the 9,000 firefighters working to contain the blazes. Pray for relief.

Pray for the team of Children's Disaster Services volunteers serving children and families affected by this natural disaster. Pray that they may bring some comfort in a time of fear and uncertainty.

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