Call to Daily Prayer: International Focus

Every Day:

O God, we pray for your shalom for all of the peoples of your world. We pray in particular for your protection and encouragement for your church, our sisters and brothers scattered among the nations. We remember today members of our congregation serving in other lands. May you strengthen them today for your work. We also remember many of our friends throughout the world, working to build your kingdom.

Monday: We pray today for the people of South America. We pray in particular for David Shenk, his new wife Eliana and her son Kaleth, and for the Quito Mennonite Church in Ecuador. We remember the work of the Quito church helping Columbian refugees who are escaping the violence in their homeland and are living with trauma while they try to find ways to support their families even as they face discrimination in a new country. We ask for peace and justice in Colombia and for your grace for Peter Stucky, pastor of the Teusaquillo Mennonite Church in Bogata, and for César Garcia, General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference, also from Bogota. We pray for members of our church serving in Colombia with MCC, Amy and Giles Eanes and Larisa Zehr. We ask for your mercy for those who live in the slums of South America’s major cities and for the health of the great rain forests of the interior. Finally, we remember the Mennonite churches of Bolivia and Paraguay.

Tuesday: We pray today for the people of Honduras and for the Mennonite Church there. We ask for your grace as they deal with ongoing issues of violence, gangs, drugs, poverty, and families being torn apart by immigration. We also pray for peace and justice for people in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Haiti who have touched our lives. We remember children from Central America trying to escape the violence and poverty of their own lands who are held in detention in the United States. And we pray for our brothers and sisters in Canada who seeking peace and justice for and better understanding of their nation’s indigenous inhabitants.

 Wednesday: Today we pray for Europe and the resurgence of the Christian church there. We pray for David and Rebekka, Immanuel and Liana Stutzman and their work in Germany. We pray for Andi, Megan, Anni, and Francine Rosenwink as they prepare to return to Germany. We thank you for our church’s relationship with the Lezhe Academic Center in Albania and pray that their work may prosper. We thank you for the year that Jay and Sheri Hartzler could spend in Romania and ask for your blessings on the people with whom they worked while there.

Thursday: We thank you today with the many contacts our church has in Africa. We think of Rose Shenk and Bruce Buckwalter, Christian, Andrew, Daniel and Jacob; John and Glenda Leonard, Anisa and Karen; and Randy and Salena McCoy Carpenter in Kenya. We pray for the Utooni Development Organization, enabling farmers to have food, water, and income security in Kenya; for the Mennokids Academy; and for the lessening of tensions between Muslims and Christians in Kenya. We ask for your mercy for Daphrose Muteho, counselor with traumatized youth in Congo and for Pakisa Tshimika’s ministry in the Congo. We remember the Meserete Christos Church in Ethiopia and the Eglise Protestante Evangelique de Djibouti. We thank you for the work of Mike and Cindy Brislin in Africa in the past and ask that you be with them as they consider returning there. Finally, we pray that you be with Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds in Djibouti, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya and for Yasir’s ministry in Sudan.

Friday: Lord, on this holy day for Islam and holy evening for Jews, we ask your mercy for the long-suffering people of the Middle East. We pray for the leaders of Israel and of Hamas that they will choose another route than violence and ongoing mutual aggression. We ask that you strengthen Israeli, Palestinian, and international NGOs working tirelessly for peace and justice: the Christian Peacemaker Teams; the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Musalaha (Reconciliation), Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center, the East Jerusalem YMCA, and many more. We ask your grace for Nazareth Village as they tell people of Jesus and of his peace. We pray for your protection and empowerment for Nathan Hershberger and Kaitlin Heatwole in Iraq. We remember David and Anna Dintamin Landis, working with the Abraham Path Initiative and living in Jerusalem; and Rami Shamma and the Development for People and Nature Association in Lebanon. We pray for Isam and Faten Farah and the Gaza Baptist Church and Lighthouse School in these very difficult times. We think of Majdi Ata Amro, a struggling Bethlehem shopkeeper, whose wares Dorothy Jean Weaver brings us at Christmas. Please bring peace and justice to your peoples in the Middle East.

 Saturday: We remember today the many peoples of Asia and Oceania. We pray for peace for Afghanistan and Pakistan. We remember the work of The Presbyterian Education Board school system, Forman Christian College, and Education Center and Dar-ul-Kikmat in Pakistan. We pray for the work of other Christian service institutions and organizations, and for churches and church leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We pray for Muslim friends and colleagues who long for peace. We pray for the more than 300 children (including 14 trafficked children) whom Rick and Carolyn Yoder found near their home in Nepal, now being cared for by an orphanage which seeks to reunite them with their families. We remember also Naseeb and Rama Basnet, friends of Timothy and Ruth Stoltzfus Jost, who also care for orphans and provide medical care to women in Nepal. We ask for human rights and fair wages for workers in South East Asia. We remember Sang-Min Lee, the South Korean Mennonite who is serving a prison term as a consequence of his conscientious objection to military service. We ask your blessings for the Mennonite Church of Indonesia and in particular for their peace work with Muslims.

Sunday: We thank you today and ask your blessings for the many international organizations with which we are connected that serve throughout the world, bringing peace, justice, and the gospel to the nations. We pray for the Mennonite Central Committee, the Mennonite World Conference, the Virginia Mennonite Mission Board, the Mennonite Mission Network, Eastern Mennonite Missions, the Mennonite Economic Development Association, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. We think of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and their work throughout the world. We are grateful for the opportunities we have to support these organizations and participate in their work.

 This Call to Daily Prayer is an adaption of Richmond Hill’s Daily Cycle of Prayer.

Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community who serve as stewards of an urban retreat center in Richmond, Virginia. Their mission is to advance God’s healing in Metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation and spiritual development.

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