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July 9, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - July 10

Humanitarian workers in Darfur and elsewhere
Pray for those who work to bring relief to those in war torn areas. Inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts and guide the nations of the world toward the day when all will rejoice in a world of justice and peace. Pray for the humanitarian workers throughout the world and especially for those presently in Darfur. Their cause is noble. Pray for those who have given their lives for the sake of others. On July 7, two non-governmental organization workers in South Darfur were killed during a violent incident between government troops ...

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July 9, 2013

A prayer for people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic

by Anna Folz

Look with mercy on those who are fleeing from danger, are homeless and hungry. Watch over refugees and victims of war. Look after those who have been separated from their loved ones, their homes and the communities that they have grown to know and love. Watch over those who have been forced to flee from the places in which they feel safe and secure. Pray for those who have fled and now suffer the frustration and pain of refugee status. Pray for those who are presently in the Congo, seeking refuge from violence in their homelands.  Watch ...

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June 20, 2013

Remembering Palestinian Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Onaje Crawford


To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the United Nations (IPWG) hosted "Remembering Palestinian Refugees", a photo exhibit, film review, and panel discussion highlighting the plight of 7.4 million displaced Palestinians, the largest and longest standing case of forcibly displaced persons. Doug Hostetter, IPWG’s Co-chair, who remarked that the purpose of the event was to give “voice and image to those who could not be here to speak to the circumstances for themselves”, moderated the panel.  Because of their vivid personal and professional accounts on Palestine, great insight was offered by ...

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June 16, 2013

A prayer for refugees

A Prayer for Refugees



Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee

and had no place to call his own;


look with mercy on those who today

who are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.


Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day

when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace.
Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly,
to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us now to befriend the ...

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May 1, 2013

Three prayer concerns - May 1

In addition to the joys and concerns that are on your heart, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

Libya
Prayers for people of Libya as they struggle to find nonviolent, positive, and constructive ways to express themselves in the midst of armed attacks on their governmental infrastructure.

The situation at Guantanamo Bay prison facility
Prayers for President Barack Obama as he attempts to find a resolution to the hunger strike in the Guantanamo Bay prison facility that has reportedly spread to over 100 inmates; for leaders who make decisions concerning the facility; those who serve at ...

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