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June 27, 2013

National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan

Please join the people of South Sudan in prayer for reconciliation in their country.

A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country's independence.

The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organised forces, women, youth, etc).

On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques, and on Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches ...


June 27, 2013

Acting on our Responsibility on Nelson Mandela Day

Mandela Day logby Grace Bickers

On July 18 communities and organizations around the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day in order to “take action and inspire change” through “service to one’s fellow human.” Sharing the date of Mandela’s birthday, the day commemorates his over 67 years spent fighting for human rights by taking seriously his charge for a new generation of leaders to take responsibility for making the world a better place. Volunteers participate in locally-organized activities for 67 minutes, showing that small actions can be the first steps to making a meaningful difference.

Nelson Mandela Day began after ...


June 26, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - June 26

Sudan
Please pray for all of the refugees and displaced persons in Sudan. Help us to be mindful of the women and children in the refugee camps and the dangerous situations in which they face every day. Help those who have been the victims of abuse and rape at the hands of those who claim to be their friends. One recent report tells of a refugee camp in West Darfur where 7 women, including 3 schoolgirls, one who was only 13 years of age were raped at gunpoint by 9 “pro-government militiamen”.  We pray for the recovery of these women ...


June 26, 2013

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - June 26

by Marissa Costello

June Torture Awareness Month.

June 26 is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The UN proclaimed this day on June 26, 1987, It is set as a day to effect change in the hopes of total eradication of torture. The dates were not chosen at random since 25 years ago on June 26th is when the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force.
According to National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), torture can no longer be justified as a means of national security. Torture should no ...


June 25, 2013

Why I'm wearing orange

by Anna Folz

Why am I wearing Orange?

After graduating from high school I spent a year abroad, most of my time being spent in Guatemala.  I saw so much frustration in the eyes of the woman and children there.  So often family members abused the women and girls. I could see it in the eyes of mothers, in the eyes of young girls.  I worked in a medical clinic and saw the physical trauma they faced on a routine basis. It is so important that we work to provide healthcare for those who are less fortunate, help protect others ...

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