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May 3, 2013

Pray for Peace, Reconciliation and Democracy in Madagascar

The Christian Council of Churches in Madagascar (FFKM) has launched a process of broad-based national reconciliation to enable the Malagasy people to find a way out of the political crisis that has gripped the nation for more than four years.

Representatives of more than 200 political parties and civil society organizations are meeting in Antananarivo, the capital, May 3 to 5 to seek consensus on a way forward.  Please support this initiative by praying for:

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April 6, 2012

Call for UN help for Madagascar election

Madagascar's new electoral commission on Monday asked UN experts to come  help organize polls for an election by the end of the year that may help lead the nation out of a three-year-old crisis.

Learn more about the situation in Madagascar.

Presbyterians have a long history of partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). Read about the ministries of our partners in Madagascar.


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November 27, 2011

Elections in the DRC

Hold the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in prayer as they go to the polls tomorrow to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The political landscape in Congo is complex and unsettling.  Please pray with us for the November 28th elections.  Pray that God would appoint righteous leaders who will honor God and truly care for the needs of the people. 

So writes Bob Rice, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in the DRC. His article also contains a review of the DRC's history.

The UN News Centre reports that UN Secretary General Ban ...

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March 12, 2011

Statement by President Barack Obama on the Violence in Cote d'Ivoire

From the Office of the Press Secretary, the White House I strongly condemn the abhorrent violence against unarmed civilians in Cote d’Ivoire. I am particularly appalled by the indiscriminate killing of unarmed civilians during peaceful rallies, many of them women,...

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December 8, 2010

Security Council on Côte d’Ivoire

Security Council Report has published an Update Report on Côte d'Ivoire. The Security Council has been holding extended informal consultations on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. The head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, Choi Young-jin, briefed the...

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June 26, 2010

Ten years on

By Matt Lang I was soaked by the end of election day. My shirt felt like something that was growing on me. We waited for the polls to close at a precinct in Surigao City. It was 11:30 pm, the...

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June 20, 2010

Election Day: Colombia

Pray for the people of Colombia as the second round of elections takes place today.

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June 19, 2010

Churches to pursue rights cases under new Philippines’ president

There is a new president in the Philippines. There is new leadership for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. What will come next? According to a story from Ecumenical News International (posted by the Presbyterian News Service), the...

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June 11, 2010

And then it began to rain

by Matt Lang I was part of a team that went to Surigao del Norte in northeastern Mindanao. This area is rich in resources and is one of the last regions in the country that hasn’t been completely deforested or...

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June 6, 2010

An Election of Debt

By Nancy Eng MacNeill From province to province, precinct after precinct, throughout the Philippine islands, the May 10, 2010 elections showed widespread evidence of voter intimidation, vote buying, campaign violations on Election Day, denial of voter rights, and more. As...

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June 4, 2010

An election in a country where many hunger

By Matt Lang To understand the elections in the Philippines, you need to first understand a bit about the economics of the Philippines. There are many statistics that I could roll out, but allow me to start with one: 40%...

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June 2, 2010

Reports from observers of Philippines election

The People's International Observers Mission (PIOM) has posted of reports from the teams of international observers of the May 2010 election in the Philippines. Check out stories from Presbyterian participants in the PIOM.

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May 27, 2010

Do you have a companion?

by Matthew Lang From May 6 - 17, 2010, Rev. Matthew Lang served as an election observer in the Philippines. He was part of the People's International Observer Mission, which was comprised of 86 people from 11 different countries. This...

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May 27, 2010

An International Observer’s Perspective on the Philippines Election

By Roger Scott Powers In May, 2010, I was privileged to serve as an election observer in the Philippines. I was one of 86 people from 11 countries to participate in the People's International Observers' Mission (PIOM), which was convened...

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May 24, 2010

PC(USA) partners in Colombia and the presidential election

Reprinted with permission from Called to Colombia: Our partners in Colombia, the the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia, are faithful and passionate the defense of life - which in this context means the upholding of human rights. With Colombia's history of...

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May 21, 2010

Sudan update: Hope for a brighter future

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)has posted an update on the situation in Sudan. The material that follows is reprinted with permission. The update looks at issues that seem to be flowing from Sudan following the elections. It highlights two...

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May 21, 2010

Presbyterian quoted on election

Inquirer.net ran a story about the Philippines election in which observers were interviewed. Presbyterian Matt Lang is quoted in the story: "American Matthew Robert Lang, a Presbyterian clergyman who went to Surigao del Norte province, said party watchers were practically...

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May 21, 2010

Observers report from Surigao del Norte

On May 13th the People's International Observation Mission held a press conference to report their preliminary findings about the election in the Philippines. Observers traveled to many areas throughout the country. Matthew Lang and Nancy Eng MacNeill went to the...

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May 15, 2010

Take a number

Voters in the Philippines obtained priority numbers to vote. Each voting site had 10 secrecy folder per automated voting machines (PCOS). Ten voters at a time would be let into the voting room to fill in their ballots. The priority...

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May 15, 2010

PCOS voting machines

A PCOS voting machine is intialized in Cantugas, Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao Automated voting machines (PCOS) were chosen to reduce the possibilities of fraud and provide secrecy for the voters and the voting process. The PCOS machines, created by...

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May 15, 2010

Voting directions for the Philippine election

This picture shows a poster with directions on how to vote. These were to be put up in each polling place. Photo by Nancy Eng MacNeill of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

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May 15, 2010

The 11th hour shower

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program staff member Nancy Eng MacNeill writes: Election history in the Philippines has been fraught with fraud and corruption from before the time of Marcos to the current Arroyo regime. As a result, arriving in Manila for the...

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May 14, 2010

Election violence in Lanao del Sur

Violence was reported during the election in the Philippines. Perhaps not as much as in previous elections. Perhaps not as much as had been feared. But violence was reported. One reported incident was a two-hour gunfight erupted as polling places...

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May 12, 2010

Stories from People's International Observers' Mission

Stories from participants in the People's International Observers' Mission (PIOM) are shared on the PIOM blog. Kodao Productions has written, audio, and video stories.

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May 11, 2010

Support Human Rights in the Philippines

Send a message to Congress that U.S. military aid to the Philippines should be conditioned on concrete signs that the human rights of unarmed citizens and groups within civil society are respected by all levels of government, including the Philippine...

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May 10, 2010

Follow Philippines Election on new blog

The People's International Observers' Mission has launched a blog for election observers to post observations and reflections.

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May 10, 2010

Election results in the Philippines

Reports are that the election results will be available from the Commissions on Elections at http://electionresults.ibanangayon.ph/. Check the sources listed in previous posts for more information: Philippines election coverage Another page for election coverage

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May 10, 2010

Another page for election coverage

Yahoo! News Philippines is another source of information about the election in the Philippines.

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May 10, 2010

Philippines election coverage

Here are some Web pages providing ongoing coverage of the elections in the Philippines: Inquirer.net - online version of the Philippine Inquirer Philstar.com - online version of the Philippine Star Kodao Productions - video production company working with People's International...

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May 9, 2010

Why are there election observers in the Philippines?

There are a number of reasons why international election observers are present in the Philippines for the May 10 election (and May 10 is less than an hour away in the Philippines as this is written). One is that this...

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May 8, 2010

A prayer for the Philippines at the time of election

God of compassion, hold the people and the leaders of the Philippines gently in these last days before the election. Fill hearts and guide spirits so that the leaders and people turn from violence. Grant courage to nurture relationships that...

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May 8, 2010

Strong relationships lead to hope

By Matt Lang, election observer in the Philippines, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) On Saturday morning we had a press conference with several members of the media. Each participant was asked to give a brief statement about why they were in the...

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May 8, 2010

Salt and light

Salt and light. Those images, drawn from the words of Jesus, were at the heart of the unison Affirmation and Benediction used during the Ecumenical Welcome Reception and Orientation for the election observers held at the Shalom Center of the...

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May 8, 2010

Live for Peace

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the People’s International Observers Mission greeted the election observers with an Ecumenical Welcome Reception and Orientation at the Shalom Center of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. Rebecca Lawson,...

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May 8, 2010

Reunions in the Philippines

There were many joy-filled reunions at the welcome celebration and orientation for the election observers in the Philippines. Here's a story about one of them: A little over a year ago, Pastor Edwin Egar of the United Church of Christ...

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May 7, 2010

Three ways to follow Philippine election

Here are three sources of information on the election in the Philippines: Kodao Productions will provide daily press releases from the People's International Observer Mission. They will also include unscreened tweets via Twitter. The Philippine Election Observation Team Facebook page...

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May 7, 2010

Where Philippine election observer teams will serve

The People's International Observer Mission will send teams of election observers to eight areas of the Philippines: North Luzon (Agra), Central Luzon (Pampanga and Tarlac), Southern Tagalog including Metro Manila, Bicol, West Visayas, North-East Mindanoa, Southern Mindanoa (Davao) and the...

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May 7, 2010

Philippine elections press releases

Find daily press releases from the People's International Observer Mission (PIOM) posted at Kodao Productions. Kodao Productions is the video company working with the PIOM. They will include reports from the various areas covered by the PIOM. Tweets from Twitter...

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May 6, 2010

Observing Elections in the Philippines

Please hold the people of the Philippines in prayer in the days leading up to the May 10 national elections. In response to invitations from our sisters and brothers in Christ in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines...

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May 5, 2010

Election in the Philippines

Pray for the people of the Philippines as the day of election nears. Pray for those who will serve as election observers. Elections are scheduled in the Philippines for Monday, May 10. The elections are for president and the legislature....

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May 4, 2010

Election in Sudan

Our colleagues at the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum offer their analysis and opinions (Download SAAF Update May 3 2010) of the election in Sudan: Dear friends of Sudan and Sudanese friends,We at SAAF think it important that SAAF clearly state...

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April 18, 2010

Election status - Sudan

Our colleagues in the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum have issued the following situation report that addresses the status of the election.Dear Sudanese Friends and Friends of the Sudanese, This update specifically addresses the current status of the elections, the results...

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April 11, 2010

Pray for Sudan at election time

The election has started in Sudan. Pray for the people as they vote, as the votes are counted, and as the results of the election are implemented. The Save Darfur Coalition provides a roundup of news, analysis, and opinions from...

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April 7, 2010

Update on situation in Sudan

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum has posted an update on the situation in Sudan. Topics include: US bid to rescue Sudan elections after withdrawals AU sends election monitors to Sudan Scott Gration: Options for South Sudan secession vote Khartoum re-arrests...

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April 7, 2010

Pray for Sudan at the time of the election

Here is a prayer for the people of Sudan as the April 11 election draws near. Gracious God, We seek a just and lasting peace for our brothers and sisters in Sudan. May the Sudanese people never lose hope and...

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March 6, 2010

A prayer for the people of Iraq

March 5, 2010 God of all peoples, God of all nations, we pray for the people of Iraq as they participate in elections. Stand with the people as they vote. Turn hearts away from violence. Guide them to live together...

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February 12, 2010

We are concerned for our sisters and brothers

Presbyterian leaders sent a letter to President Arroyo of the Philippines expressing concern for the health workers arrested on February 6, 2010. Those arrested included one member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines - a partner church...

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December 23, 2009

For justice in Maguindanao

Members of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF), representing churches and ecumenical organizations in North America have issued a statement on events in Maguindanao: the massacre of at least 57 civilians by an unidentified militia on November 23, 2009 in Maguindanao...

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October 28, 2009

Pray for peace

This week, Spiritual Nurture for Peacemakers features a prayer for peace based on Psalm 122, a prayer for farm workers, and a prayer for the time of an election. November 1 is Christian and Citizen Sunday in the Presbyterian Church...

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November 3, 2008

An Act of Faith

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October 28, 2008

Lift Every Voice: Democracy, Voting Rights, and Electoral Reform

This report, approved by the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recommends ways to strengthen "small d" democratic promise and practice in the political life of the United States based on principles of Reformed Christianity. Presbyterian political...

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September 26, 2008

Election Year Resources

Are you going to watch tonight's presidential debate? Here are a number of resources for use during this election year. The PC(USA) Public Policy Advocacy Team provides a variety of “Christian and Citizen” resources. These include information on positions taken...

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