Prayers of Gratitude and Intercession

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As we gather in fellowship and hope, we remember our family who live in conflict and crisis: the Kasai and East regions of DR Congo, Myanmar, the Tigray region of Ethiopia, Ukraine, Colombia. Lord, have mercy. 
Photo: Ebenezer Mondez

23 Juni 2022

We pray for God’s help to continue as a koinonia that transcends barriers of nationality, race, class, gender, language – and time and space. We pray for connection: that online participants in Assembly would not experience technical problems and that they would encounter the Anabaptist-Mennonite family at the event. We pray for the planting and cultivating of friendships that make space to learn, encourage each other and be mutually transformed. May we help each other in our task of witnessing to God’s grace by serving others, caring for creation, resisting conformation to the powers of evil, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. 
Photo: Harry Unger 

23 Juni 2022

Pesan dari salah satu pemimpin gereja anggota MWC di Myanmar:  

Negara kami terkena dampak bencana global: kami menderita kemiskinan dan kelaparan yang ekstrim karena sanksi ekonomi internasional dan kekacauan internal akibat perang.  
Kami memohon dukungan doa khususnya untuk 51 keluarga misionaris dan pendiri gereja kami dan 415 keluarga anggota jemaat kami lainnya. Mereka telah pergi mengungsi dan meninggalkan rumah mereka dan saat ini mereka tinggal di dalam hutan. Mereka sudah lama tidak bisa bekerja dan kehilangan mata pencaharian mereka. Kekurangan bahan pangan adalah tantangan besar yang kami hadapi.  
Mohon doakan kami. Kami percaya bahwa doa dapat membuat perubahan.  
Di masa pergolakan yang paling sulit yang kami hadapi di Myanmar saat ini, Tuhan telah membuka pintu yang lebar untuk penginjilan. Ini adalah waktu yang paling berharga di ladang misi kami. Tuhan masih di bertahta. 

Foto disediakan 


22 Juni 2022

Pray for those from three Mennonite synods and the local Committee who are preparing for the upcoming 17 GYS and MWC General Assembly events. 

21 Juni 2022

Pray for the presidential elections in the Republic of Angola, knowing that our countries need peace and security for the well-being of the population before, during and after elections. Pray for peace and reconciliation among brothers [and sisters] in our church and for the development of our local congregations. Pray for our missionary trips and our households who will remain at home while we go on our mission. 
—submitted by Daniel Canganguela, Angola
Photo: Gomes Miranda/Conferência Intermenonita em Angola 

14 Juni 2022

Berdoalah untuk konflik yang terjadi di Ukraina dan dampaknya bagi seluruh wilayah Eropa terkait pengungsi dan dampak ekonomi. Berdoalah untuk perdamaian yang adil di Ukraina. Berdoalah untuk keberanian dan ketekunan bagi orang-orang di Rusia yang mengusahakan perdamaian. Berdoalah agar para pengungsi dapat menemukan keselamatan dan dapat diterima dimanapun mereka berada. Dan berdoalah juga untuk negara-negara yang secara ekonomi terkena dampak perang ini.

Foto: Liesa Unger 

07 Juni 2022

Sebuah pokok doa untuk Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India. Mohon doakan agar kami menerima sertifikat pendaftaran pembaruan FCRA dan sehingga kami dapat mulai bekerja sama di antara ketujuh anggota MCSFI India, tiga organisai sayapnya (All India Mennonite Women Conference, All India Mennonite Youth conference and Theologically Trained Anabaptist Women of India) dan 4 proyek yang ditambahkan.
—dikirim oleh Benjamin Nand, India
Foto: MCI Singpur, India 

31 Mei 2022

Puji Tuhan untuk pertemuan secara tatap muka untuk gereja-gereja lokal yang telah diijinkan dan juga pertemuan dalam tingkat nasional baik di AS maupun Kanada. Berdoalah agar orang Kristen terus mencari kesatuan Roh, menunjukkan kasih karunia dan kesabaran dalam kehidupan yang terpecah secara politik.
Foto: Perdian Tumanan

25 Mei 2022

Berdoalah untuk perdamaian dan stabilitas Etiopia dan Tanduk Afrika. Berdoalah untuk kesembuhan bagi orang-orang yang terkena dampak konflik yang baru-baru ini terjadi di negara ini dan juga pemulihan seluruh komunitas.
Berdoalah untuk saudara-saudari kami yang dianiaya karena iman mereka di beberapa wilayah negara kami,
Doakan agar MKC berkontribusi pada transformasi holistik masyarakat yang terkena dampak konflik karena faktor etnis.
Berdoalah untuk orang-orang yang terkena dampak kekeringan di bagian selatan, tenggara, dan timur Etiopia.
—dari Meserete Kristos Church, Etiopia

Foto: A worship service at Central Legetaffo Meserete Kristos Church, Ethiopia. Photo: Tesfatsion Dalellew. 

17 Mei 2022

Pray for the churches and servants of God to be protected from persecution in India. 
—Submitted by Vipin Chandra Bansiar 
Photo: Vikal Rao 

10 Mei 2022

We pray for the violence, inequality, and corruption in Colombia, that the churches may be instruments of peace, justice, and reconciliation for the people of Colombia. 
—Submitted by Adaia Bernal 
Photo: Iglesia Pan de Vida Comunidad Menonita Soledad Atlantico 

03 Mei 2022

It has been more than a decade since the war in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was to end. Each day there are more victims of kidnapping and the rape of women by foreign armed groups. A number of churches live in complete insecurity. 

In addition, there is the trauma experienced by several local churches of the Mennonite Church in Congo (CMCo) in the Kasai region where a number of young Mennonites died as a result of the sad Kamuena Nsapu war. Let us pray for stability and evangelization efforts among young Mennonites in the Kasai region. A number of young people gave their lives to Jesus Christ during Bible camps for young Mennonites in the Ilebo zone (district), abandoning fetishes they had used as protection against Kamuena Nsapu. 
—Submitted by Robert Irundu 
Photo: Shalom Bukavu DRC

26 April 2022

As Nepal goes into an election this year, pray that a good person may be elected. Pray for Nepali churches to have equal rights in the country and financial support for churches. Pray for opportunities to earn for those people who don’t have jobs. In the midst of challenges, pain, financial problems and temptation, pray for believers to hold up their faith in Jesus Christ. 
—Submitted by Hanna Soren 
Photo: Henk Stenvers

19 April 2022

Easter prayer/declaration 
(Inspired by Psalm 118, 1 Corinthians 15) 

The Lord’s steadfast love endures forever! 
The Creator is our strength and sustainer; Lord Jesus is our salvation. 
We are made alive in Christ who has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 
He has put every enemy under his feet and destroyed death. 
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

15 April 2022

Kita masih berduka karena saudara-saudara kita yang ada di Myanmar alami, yaitu mereka masih hidup dengan berlindung di hutan-hutan di dekat daerah perbatasan berbulan-bulan lamanya karena kota dan desa mereka dihancurkan oleh militer dalam perang saudara yang masih berlangsung di sana. Bahkan, Komisaris Tinggi PBB untuk Hak Asasi Manusia mengatakan bahwa Myanmar “terjebak dalam spiral kekerasan.”. Tuhan, kami percaya tidak ada yang tersembunyi di mata-Mu. Dengarkan tangisan kami untuk meninta belas kasihanMu. Biarlah Engkau menjadi kekuatan dan perisai kami. Bebaskan kami dari persoalan yang begitu besar ini.

Foto: Amos Thang Chin



Prayer for Myanmar

A pastoral letter to the church in Myanmar

Mennonites in Myanmar face desperate situation

11 April 2022

We pray that the shared desire to follow Jesus overcomes the political and social differences within congregations in Canada and the USA.
Lord, make us faithful witnesses to our friends of all faith. May we speak boldly but humbly of the hope that is in Christ. 

Photo: Karla Braun

04 April 2022

Pray for the infrastructure development of the Mennonite Church Uganda Conference. Pray for the training of our church leaders. Pray that God will bring volunteers to reinforce ongoing evangelisation. Pray for the construction of the church headquarters. 
—Submitted by Simon Okoth 

Photo: Simon Okoth 

29 Maret 2022

As Jesus said, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”. We continue to call out to the Lord for a harvest, that God sends workers to gather the harvest since this is one of our Conference’s needs, and we ask this global community for prayer support in this regard. 

—Submitted by Samuel Martínez Leal, El Salvador 

Photo: Henk Stenvers 

22 Maret 2022

“In times of peace, we maintained a positive relationship with brothers and sisters all over the globe. It has become a great encouragement for us to receive support from all corners of the earth,” says the leader of Associated Mennonite Brethren Churches of Ukraine. “Every possible assistance, even the small one, is essential for us, and none of us can express how grateful we are. We give glory to the Lord ceaselessly for your open and sincere hearts.”

Lord God, we pray for peace in Ukraine. We pray for your love and sustaining hand for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, including the 20 Mennonite Brethren congregations who are providing aid for their neighbours: shelter in church buildings, food and spiritual comfort. We pray too for the people of Russia because as followers of Jesus, we do not regard any human as an enemy.

18 Maret 2022

Psalm 119

The heavens are telling the glory of God; the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice goes out throughout all the earth…

God, when we look around us, we seek to find you. 
The heavens declare your glory, the psalmist proclaims. 
Yet in our changing world, it can be hard to see the stars through polluted skies, or glory in parched air and rainfall that never comes.

Give us eyes to glimpse heaven’s glory all around us in a fractured world.

May we remember: 
That the same spirals of the Milky Way are part of our DNA 
That the constellations of our communities that come together in love and care for all your creation is a way of displaying our knowledge of you.  
That our patterns of coming and going, tending and nurturing, proclaim the work of your hands.

Give us your wisdom as we seek to honour and reflect your glory, in ourselves, in our communities, and in our world. 

—Anna Vogt, MCC Ottawa director and member of the Creation Care Task Force  

Photo: Anna Vogt

14 Maret 2022