12 June 2016 - 18 June 2016
Give thanks for:
- The United Nations, especially the World Food Program, and other organizations that work to assist the people of Angola and Mozambique.
- The churches, which continue to provide hope to people battered by civil war.
- The efforts to keep open dialogue between opposing communities.
- Farmers who risk planting fields even when landmines might be present.
- Rebuilding these countries devastated by civil war.
- Those who have been left homeless or who have fled as refugees.
- The tens of thousands of people who have lost limbs to landmines, and for all people who must deal with them for years to come.
- Children who have never known peace, who have been traumatized and victimized by war.
- A balance of rain and sunshine so that crops will grow.
- Greater supplies of food and lower prices, so that the poor are able to afford to feed themselves and their families.
- Those suffering from HIV and AIDS, their families, and their communities.
- An end to international debt bondage.
God of love and compassion, we approach you full of grief and shame, because we just cannot understand how it is that you love us so much. We feel that we are living under the shadow of death. We find it difficult to understand that you have already brought us out from there and that you hope to see in us signs showing our faith and trust in the eternal life promised us by Jesus.
Do not forsake us. Rather, guide us in ways of hope that one day Africa will know and live in peace, health and prosperity, through the grace and mercy given us by your Son, Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Felicidade N. Cherinda, Mozambique. In: AfricaPraying – A Handbook on HIV/AIDS Sensitive Sermon Guidelines and Liturgy)
We sincerely thank you, O God,
for your powerful gift of hope
in the face of seemingly hopeless situations.
We thank you for your peace
in the hearts and minds of men and women
in this part of Africa
who believe you are the living God,
quick to save in time of danger.
You reign above all,
directing the course and destiny of the universe.
(Joao Makondekwa, Bible Society of Angola. WAGP p. 337)
Prayer of an African Christian
enlarge my heart
that it may be big enough
to receive the greatness of your love.
Stretch my heart
that it may take into it
all those around the world
who, with me, believe in Jesus Christ.
that it may take into it
all those who are not lovely in my eyes,
and whose hands I do not want to touch;
through Jesus Christ, my saviour.