April 2019: “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” - John 12:24. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed. In our Anabaptist communion of churches around the globe, we join with all Christians to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice to reconcile us to God and each other.
April 2019: Praise God for drawing together Anabaptist-related churches into a communion (koinonia) linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service and witness. Leaders of the MWC Executive Committee met in Costa Rica to discern how we can continue to operate well together as churches in the world. Thank God for the hospitality of Asociación Iglesias Cristianas Menonitas de Costa Rica who hosted the Renewal 2027 event commemorating 500 years of Anabaptism.
March 2019: Pray for the more than 2 million people affected by Cyclone Idai that swept over the eastern part of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in what the UN is calling possibly the worst disaster to hit the region. Flood waters continued to rise days after landfall, causing increasing numbers of deaths, displaced people and spread of disease. “We thank God the church all around has risen in the midst of the emergency and is doing all it can to collect needed items for survival of the victims,” says MWC Southern Africa regional representative Barbara Nkala.
March 2019: Several MWC staff are in transition, undergoing relocation, health challenges, and responding to serious needs in family life. Pray that these leaders would rely on the Holy Spirit as they serve the global church and be strengthened and encouraged in their personal challenges.
March 2019: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). May Anabaptist churches in Canada and the USA remain connected to Jesus as they live out the ethic of the kingdom of God in their local neighbourhoods.
March 2019: Praise God for the growth of Uganda Mennonite Church among people with financial struggles in cities and peri-urban areas. May the Holy Spirit guide the leaders as they seek “partner churches or individuals to stand with us in some of our voluminous challenges,” says bishop Okoth Simon Onyango. “May God sustain us together.”
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February 2019: As YAMENers continue to serve the Lord, pray for them, that they would always remember that the fear of the Lord is foundation of true knowledge. Pray for spiritual wisdom, and guidance on their journey, and that the seeds they have planted would produce good fruit. May the Lord empower them with inner strength through Holy Spirit. — submitted by Molula Motuba, YAMEN participant from Lesotho, serving in Cambodia.
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February 2019: Praise God that the election in DR Congo took place after one week’s delay. Pray for a peaceful, just and fair transfer of power. The people are also suffering from an outbreak of Ebola, and a food shortage; pray that the new government would have the resources and wisdom to respond well. Pray for MWC member churches Communauté des Églises Frères Mennonites au Congo, Communauté Évangélique Mennonite, Communauté Mennonite au Congo as they seek to be faithful worshippers of Jesus in their hearts and their actions.
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January 2019: “We are in prayer and covet prayer from friends everywhere. Suffering has gone on for too long. Something has to give." MWC regional Representative for Southern Africa Barbara Nkala reports that police and citizens are clashing in Zimbabwe in violent demonstrations sparked by high fuel prices added to continuing economic challenges. Communication is limited. As our many Brethren in Christ brothers and sisters in this country struggle with difficult living conditions every day, pray for the courage to stand for peace and witness for justice.
January 2019: God, the creator and sustainer, strengthen the church in Indonesia for to be stewards of God’s creation there. Over half a year, the archipelago was struck with tsunamis in Lombok, Sulawesi and Sumatra and a landslide in West Java, killing more than 2,000 people with thousands more missing. Praise God the Mennonite churches (GKMI) in Sumatra were able to aid affected communities, and that MDS (Mennonite Diakonia Service) sent teams to isolated islands. Praise God also for a good response from the government. As the churches, with the help of MDS, responds to disasters in Indonesia, showing compassion through preparation, response and prevention, may the three Mennonite synods work together as people driven by hope, grace and peace that comes from God.
January 2019: Pray that MWC members who are suffering persecution and hardship may have the courage and hope to persevere.
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January 2019: Dear Lord, as we enter this new year, steady our hearts to spread the gospel of peace. May we follow your Spirit as we work for transformation and justice in this world.
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