Help your church to be open, in fidelity to the gospel of Jesus,
to all possibilities in the coming of the new kinship – the kin-dom of God – on earth.
Help us to align our ways to sharing, social cohesion,
and symbiotic co-living between humans and the rest of creation;
to see creation as a cosmic web of living beings,
in which all creatures live in mutual interdependence.
Help your church to abide in a harmonious bond between the Source of being and all things.
—Nindyo Sasongko, Creation Care Task Force
Conflicts in some of our member churches continue to divide and discourage brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray that the armour of God as in Ephesians 6:14 will be put on and the armour of actions given in Galatians 5:20-21 will be laid down for the church to be an effective witness to Christ in India.
—submitted by Cynthia Peacock, MWC regional representative, South Asia
Photo: Tiz Brotosudarmo
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: Teo Kresna
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
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
A message from a leader of an MWC member church in Myanmar:
Our country is affected by the global catastrophe: we are suffering from extreme poverty and hunger due to international economic sanctions and internal unrest from war.
We plead for special prayer for the 51 families of our missionaries and church planters and the 415 families of our congregation members. They have left their homes and stay in forest. They have been not able to support their livelihood for a long time. Food shortage is the great challenge.
Please pray for us. We believe that prayer can make a difference.
In this most difficult time of turmoil in Myanmar, God has opened a great door for evangelization. This is the most rewarding time of our mission fields. God is still on the throne.
Pray for those from three Mennonite synods and the local Committee who are preparing for the upcoming 17 GYS and MWC General Assembly events.
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
Pray regarding the conflict in Ukraine and the impacts throughout Europe regarding refugees and economic impacts. Pray for a just peace in Ukraine. Pray for courage and perseverance for people in Russia who work for peace. Pray that refugees may find safety and welcome. And pray for the countries that are economically impacted by the war.
Photo: Liesa Unger
A prayer request for Mennonite Christian Service Fellowship of India. Please pray so that we receive this registration certificate of FCRA renewal and start working among all the seven Indian constituents of MCSFI, its three wings (All India Mennonite Women Conference, All India Mennonite Youth conference and Theologically Trained Anabaptist Women of India) and 4 additional projects.
—submitted by Benjamin Nand, India
Photo: MCI Singpur, India
Praise God for in-person gatherings in local congregations and at national conventions in the USA and Canada. Pray that Christians would seek the unity of the Spirit, showing grace and forbearance in a politically divided culture.
Photo: Perdian Tumanan
Pray for peace and stability of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Pray for the healing of people affected by the recent conflicts in the country and full recovery of communities.
Pray for brothers and sisters persecuted because of their faith in some parts of the country,
Pray for MKC to contribute to the holistic transformation of communities affected by ethnic-based conflicts.
Pray for people affected by drought in southern, southeastern, and eastern parts of Ethiopia.
—from the Meserete Kristos Church, Ethiopia
Photo: A worship service at Central Legetaffo Meserete Kristos Church, Ethiopia. Photo: Tesfatsion Dalellew.
Pray for the churches and servants of God to be protected from persecution in India.
—Submitted by Vipin Chandra Bansiar
Photo: Vikal Rao
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
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
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
(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.
We mourn with our brothers and sisters in Myanmar who have been sheltering in forests or border regions for months after their towns and villages were destroyed by the military in the ongoing civil war. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says Myanmar is “caught in a downward spiral of violence.” Lord, no one is forgotten in your sight. Hear our cries for mercy. Be our strength and shield. Deliver us from great trouble.
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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
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