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October 29, 2012

Call to Prayer and fasting with CCAP

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all PC(USA) members to engage in prayer and fasting November 17 and 18, 2012, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in a time of difficulties in that church. The CCAP has five synods spanning Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The CCAP has not held a General Assembly since 2007 for a number of reasons. This dysfunction has been a matter of concern for many.

Presbyterian World Mission encourages all Presbyterians to uphold the CCAP in prayer on Saturday and Sunday November 17 and 18, 2012. Pray for ...

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June 3, 2011

Accompaniment in Colombia and Jamaica

Banner of accompaniment program

Accompaniment is the great theme of the Bible. It is the window through which we should see the whole of the Gospel and the entire meaning of our faith. Accompaniment is what it is all about.

With those words, Tom Driver began a sermon for Maundy Thursday, 2010. Tom was in Colombia for a time of reflection and evaluation of the Colombia Accompaniment Program. The program had begun in 2004 when

The Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia (IPC) sent a message to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are being threatened, they said. If you sent some people here to ...

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January 7, 2011

Two days until January 9 referendum in Southern Sudan

Prayer is always in order for the people of Sudan as the referendum on self-determination for Southern Sudan takes place. Join our sisters and brothers in Sudan in prayer between noon and 1:00 p.m. EST or at whatever time is...

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December 18, 2010

Preparing for the South Sudan referendum

As the day for the referendum in South Sudan (and hopefully the referendum in Abyei) draws near, here are some observations, reflections, and resources: Pray with the people of Sudan Fast with the people of Sudan Letter to WCC member...

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December 16, 2010

Consider fasting with the people of Sudan

The people of South Sudan are scheduled to participate in a referendum on self-determination on January 9, 2011. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan plan to fast at times during the weekend of the referendum. Consider joining them on Friday,...

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December 8, 2010

Season of Prayer with the people of Sudan

Note some new links. Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly in order as January, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled for January 9. On...

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January 24, 2009

February Fast on Food Crisis

Join Presbyterians and others around the country and across the world, in this church-wide fast on the global food crisis. Materials are available for the February (Jan. 30-Feb. 1) fast. The focus for February is Food Demand and the featured...

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November 28, 2008

December Fast for Global Food Crisis

This month's fast to discern responses to the world food crisis falls on December 5 through 7. The theme focus is Agrofuels and the country focus is the United States and Guatemala.

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October 27, 2008

Global Food Crisis Fast - November 2008

Presbyterians around the country are engaging in monthly 40-hour fasts to help discern responses to the Global Food Crisis. The fasts typically take place on the first weekend of every month, beginning on Friday evening and ending with Communion or...

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September 18, 2008

Respond to the Cry of the Poor

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Because we are called by Christ to respond to the cry of the poor, we invite you to take action with us by joining in an important new churchwide initiative, which we pray will...

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