March 2017: “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3–5). Praise the Lord for church workers called to serve brothers and sisters around the world. Getting visas is becoming increasingly challenging in many countries; pray that God would open doors to allow this cultural exchange to continue to enrich those who go and those who welcome cross-cultural workers.
March 2017: MWC Deacons Commission secretary Henk Stenvers, who visited Anabaptist churches in Ecuador in January 2017, calls for prayer for Ecuador. The cities of Manta and Portoviejo were particularly affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the country in April 2016, killing hundreds and injuring thousands; pray for the congregations who are bringing material aid and trauma healing strategies to assist people affected by the disaster. Pray also for members of Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Ecuatoriana (IEME) who lost homes and family in the disaster.
February 2017: We praise God for the gift of our global communion, our brothers and sisters through whom we experience the love of Jesus. This month, we rejoice that we were able to begin our 10-year celebration Renewal 2027 with a gathering in Germany. We praise God for what we have learned about our growing and changing community through the Global Anabaptist Profile and we thank God for the forthcoming translations into Spanish, French and other languages.
February 2017: We pray for students, teachers and administrators who have started a new school year in 2017 in the Global South. May God give them wisdom as they learn and teach. May they grow in the grace of Jesus Christ.
January 2017: We pray for strength and wisdom for the all young Anabaptists who are serving in the YAMEN Program around the world. In the middle of their service period, we ask God to keep shaping their lives and that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus in their service locations. We pray that they may never lose hope or motivation and that the desire to help their neighbor will increase each day. YAMEN is a joint program of Mennonite World Conference and Mennonite Central Committee. Click here to read more.
January 2017: Pray that Christians will share the gospel of hope and peace with an attitude of respect, humility, wisdom, courage, knowledge, skills and the guidance of God’s Spirit. Pray that God’s Spirit will provide a new understanding across cultural divisions, and even more, that we will learn how to live together and shape a common future. Pray that our MWC members who are suffering persecution and hardship may have courage and hope to persevere. These prayers are part of the World Fellowship Sunday worship resource for 2017. Click here to see more: www.mwc-cmm.org/worldfellowshipsunday
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