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Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Give thanks for: Those who have given up their lives to protect others. Those who work for reconciliation between people. Those establishing a lasting peace with justice for people of all ethnic groups and nationalities. The diversity of plants and animals in this region, and their protection. Choirs and music, which abound in this region.
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

Burundi, 2016.

23 - 29 July 2017

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Those who have given up their lives to protect others.
  • Those who work for reconciliation between people.
  • Those establishing a lasting peace with justice for people of all ethnic groups and nationalities.
  • The diversity of plants and animals in this region, and their protection.
  • Choirs and music, which abound in this region.

Pray for:

  • Women who have contracted HIV and AIDS after being raped in the DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.
  • Orphans, widows, street children, traumatized and disabled people, those in overcrowded prisons, and those who live in the squalour of refugee camps.
  • Those steeped in ethnic violence and hatred, that their hearts may be turned.
  • The establishment of a stable and lasting peace in the region, so that those who have been forced to leave their homes may return, families may be reunited, and those who have suffered may begin to heal.
  • An end to corruption and corporate greed, and the sustainable use of vast natural resources.
  • Those displaced by violence, that they may be able to rebuild their lives.
  • Children, that they may attend school and play without fear of violence.
  • An end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so that the country may begin to heal and rebuild itself.

 

PRAYER

Lord, you call on us to pray for our enemies.
Have mercy on those who are disposed to do us evil
and who divide your church.

Deliver us, Lord, from every temptation.

Have mercy on our lack of belief and our wavering faith
as we travel the path towards the unity of your people.

You are our God and we want always to be your people
under the guidance of your Holy Spirit.

(Prayer by the group from Zaire who prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 1993)


O God,
the source of our belonging to one another,
none of us can give anything to our sisters and brothers
if we have not first of all belonged to you;
give us your Spirit in the bond of perfect unity
so that the Spirit may transform us into a new humanity,
free and united in your love,
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.

(New Roman Missal, Democratic Republic of Congo)


A Prayer from the Bishop of Kigali, Anglican Church of Rwanda

Heavenly Father,

we thank you for your love and that it is your will that human kind should live together in peace and harmony, reflecting your loving nature. We humbly come before you praying for the church of Rwanda and the worldwide church, for wisdom, understanding, love and courage as we take part in the journey of eradicating sexual violence.

We pray that the church may continue to be a safe place and shelter where survivors may find refuge and experience God’s love and healing in the midst of hurt and pain. We pray for the survivors of sexual violence all over the world, those who were raped, mistreated and abused in various ways, especially women and children. May your healing and comforting hand be upon them always.

You are our hope, comforter, healer and redeemer and you never ignore the cry of your children.

We pray for our leaders - from our President right to our local leaders, that you continue to give them wisdom and guidance, so that they continue to be your instruments of peace and justice in the work they do for our nation.

We thank you for all that you are doing and what you are going to do.
In the Name of Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen

(As published in the We Will Speak Out Coalition's resource for prayer, reflection & action during 16 Days)

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