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April 24, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - April 24

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

1. The community of Dhaka, Bangladesh as they grieve for the people killed and wounded in the collapse of an eight- story clothing factory outside the city Tuesday morning that left (as of this date) 87 people killed and over 600 people injured

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in Bangladesh.

2. The people of Guatemala as their former President Efraín Ríos Montt and former intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez stand trial. They are accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity ...

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March 18, 2011

Libya, Madagascar, Colombia, Japan

The UN Security Council has acted on Libya: Security Council authorizes ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians in Libya Madagascar remains plagued by political uncertainty: Madagascar still mired in crisis 2 years after coup Violence continues to displace people in...

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March 12, 2011

Worship resources for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Find worship resources in English and in Spanish for services reflecting on the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

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March 11, 2011

Presbyterian leaders call for prayer on Japan earthquake and tsunami

“As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1). The Psalmist’s words of lament resonate deeply during this season of Lent, but especially this day as we witness the destruction from the...

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March 11, 2011

Prayers for the people of Japan and the Pacific Rim

Please pray for the people of Japan and the entire Pacific Rim following today's devastating earthquake and tsunami. For those wishing to give toward relief efforts, watch for the response from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

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March 3, 2011

Reflections on New Zealand

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service on March 1. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the...

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March 1, 2011

Nothing Is Lost on the Breath of God

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service this morning. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the pain...

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July 20, 2010

A prayer for Haiti

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. Open our eyes that we may see you in the people that we meet and in the creation that you have made. Open our ears that we may hear you in...

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April 29, 2010

Learn about UN peacekeeping operations

Learn about United Nations peacekeeping operations around the globe. UN peacekeeping is the second largest deployment of troops around the world, with 17 peacekeeping operations from Haiti to Afghanistan, Iraq to Timor-Leste. This new site is designed to show how...

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April 12, 2010

Haiti visit

A small group of Presbyterians will visit Haiti beginning tomorrow. They will meet with the people of Haiti, mission co-workers, Haitian partners, and global church partners. The participants will learn, engage and see first-hand the impact of the earthquake and...

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March 3, 2010

PC(USA) leaders ask for prayer in wake of Chilean earthquake

Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008), and Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the General Assembly Mission Council, have issued a statement in response to the earthquake that hit Chile...

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March 1, 2010

A prayer for Chile's people

God of comfort, God of compassion, make your presence known to the people of Chile as they seek to from the destructive forces of the recent earthquake. Comfort all who grieve. Work healing in those who are injured. Guide all...

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February 28, 2010

Pray for the people of Chile

From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): On Saturday, February 27, 2010, an earthquake measuring 8.8 occurred off the coast of Chile in the Maule region approximately 115 kilometers north of the country's second largest city, Concepción. Early reports are that there...

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February 6, 2010

Toward a crucial step for Haiti

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced today that "the United States will work with its partners around the world to relieve all debts owed by Haiti to international institutions and to ensure grant financing to support Haiti's reconstruction and recovery...

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January 17, 2010

Temporary Protected Status granted to Haitian immigrants already in the United States

The U.S. Government has announced Friday that it will allow an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians living in the United States illegally to stay and work in the country for 18 months as part of its response to Tuesday's earthquake....

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January 15, 2010

Call for A Comprehensive Response to the Catastrophe in Haiti

This advocacy opportunity comes from the Presbyterian Washington Office. Call on the Obama administration to respond to the earthquake in Haiti in a comprehensive way.Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. We urge the U.S. government and...

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January 15, 2010

Haiti: Give, Act, Pray

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers bulletin inserts on how we can give, act, and pray to aid our sisters and brothers in Haiti whose lives have been disrupted and devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. Bulletin insert with images [pdf] Bulletin...

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January 14, 2010

Presbyterians and Haiti

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has created an index page on Haiti. The page includes a giving opportunity, worship resources and links to information about Presbyterians and Haiti.

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January 14, 2010

A hymn for Haiti

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written a hymn reflecting on the earthquake in Haiti: In Haiti There is Anguish [pdf] The hymn concludes with a call to respond: "And may we see, in others’ pain, the cross we’re called to bear;...

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January 13, 2010

Quick takes on Haiti

Here are some links to information and action opportunities concerning the earthquake in Haiti: Pray. Give to disaster relief. Make Gifts of the Heart hygiene kits. A hymn for Haiti. Additional information from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Regarding PC(USA) mission personnel...

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January 13, 2010

Presbyterian response to Haiti

Give to the response to our sisters and brothers in need in Haiti. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is responding to the recent earthquake in Haiti through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and its partners. PDA will provide updates on the earthquake...

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January 13, 2010

Pray for Haiti

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has posted a prayer for the people and nation of Haiti as they struggle to recover from the earthquake. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) moderator Bruce Reyes-Chow notes, "Sometimes in the face of tragedy and feelings of helplessness,...

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January 13, 2010

Haiti

Pray for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of yesterday's earthquake. Pray for the world as the nations and peoples respond. Give to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance or other organization that will provide aid to those affected by the earthquake.

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