Thank you, God our Creator, who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling us to faithful fellowship, worship, service and witness together. We worship you, Jesus, Son of God. Through your life, teachings, cross and resurrection, you showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offer us eternal life. We call upon you, Holy Spirit, to empower us to trust God in all areas of life. May we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
Give thanks that Anabaptists around the world are united in faith in God’s kingdom across language and cultural differences. Pray that MWC member churches who are suffering persecution and hardship may have courage and hope to persevere.
As the world sees more extreme weather patterns due to climate change, Australia has been fighting widespread bushfires and some cities in Indonesia have suffered flooding from excessive rainfalls. In both countries, more than a dozen people have died and thousands more are displaced.
Mennonite World Conference calls brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for the calamities to be brought under control, for the displaced to soon return to their homes, and for protection for the response teams as they work to save others.
As stewards of God’s creation, let us also pray that governments will create more environmentally-conscious policies to mitigate further climate risks.
As a world-wide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God’s grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
As we see escalating conflict between Iran and the United States following the killing of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, let us pray that both governments exercise restraint and focus on a peaceful resolution; that they would “not merely look out for their own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
“हे मेरी प्रजा के लोगो, मेरी ओर ध्यान धरो; हे मेरे लोगो, कान लगाकर मेरी सुनो; क्योंकि मेरी ओर से व्यवस्था दी जाएगी, और मैं अपना नियम देश देश के लोगों की ज्योति होने के लिए स्थिर करूंगा। मेरा छुटकारा निकट है; मेरा उद्धार प्रगट हुआ है; मैं अपने भुजबल से देश देश के लोगों का न्याय करूंगा। द्वीप मेरी बाट जोहेंगे और मेरे भुजबल पर आशा रखेंगे” (यशायाह 51ः4-5)। यीशु में हमें मिलने वाले उद्धार के लिए परमेश्वर की स्तुति हो, जिसने परमेश्वर और लोगों के बीच की बाधा को पार किया ताकि हमें यह दिखाए कि किस प्रकार से न्याय का जीवन व्यतीत करना है। प्रभु हमारी सहायता करे कि इस क्रिसमस हम सारी बाधाओं को पार करते हुए, इस सुसमाचार को अपनी पड़ोसियों, मित्रों, और परिवार तक ले कर जाएं।
Africa Inter Mennonite Mission reports 16 dead, 57 injured and 1600 buildings destroyed after torrential rains damaged the hospital, churches and schools at the Ndjoko Punda Mennonite mission station in DR Congo 22 November 2019. Pray for the rebuilding efforts and trauma recovery and for Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Congo Mennonite church) as they respond.
Latin Americans long for peace in countries where conflict and suffering endures. Pray for Bolivia where a toppled president has left political uncertainty in his wake. Pray for Venezuelans who continue to suffer from economic and political crisis. Pray for the people of Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti and Chile who are also experiencing political difficulties and violence. In the midst of national difficulties, may MWC member churches heed Jesus’ call for the churches to be one body together, valuing instead of demeaning our differences as expressions of the diversity God created.
Unrest continues in Hong Kong. Pray for the MWC Deacons delegation who will visit in December. May the presence of the global Anabaptist family through these representatives be an encouragement to the Mennonite church in Hong Kong and a witness to the Prince of Peace.