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Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe

Give thanks for: Christians who continue to witness to their faith even when it is disadvantageous to do so. Those who work with people living with HIV and AIDS and who are searching for ways to defeat the disease. Albert Schweitzer, and other missionaries like him, who devoted their lives to the health and betterment of the people they served. The great tropical forest with its many forms of life.
Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe

Dancers performing in front of the Igreja de São Pedro at Pantufo on Sao Tome Island, São Tomé and Príncipe.

30 July 2017 - 05 August 2017

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Christians who continue to witness to their faith even when it is disadvantageous to do so.
  • Those who work with people living with HIV and AIDS and who are searching for ways to defeat the disease.
  • Albert Schweitzer, and other missionaries like him, who devoted their lives to the health and betterment of the people they served.
  • The great tropical forest with its many forms of life.

Pray for:

  • An end to violence and instability in the Republic of Congo.
  • All leaders, to use their power justly in service to all of the people, and to refrain from corrupt practices.
  • An end to autocratic rule.
  • Those involved in subsistence agriculture, that their crops may be plentiful and they have enough food to eat and clean water to drink.
  • Women, who often bear the brunt of poverty and receive less education than men and fewer opportunities.
  • An end to deforestation and desertification, and for the sustainable and responsible use of natural resources.
  • The just sharing of these countries’ natural resources, particularly oil, so that all the people reap the benefits of what God has given and not just those in power, or international corporations.

PRAYERS

Lord, if you want that we should love you with all our heart,
without distraction or detour,
teach us to become constant in your love.

When those without faith or law insult us,
help us to forgive, O Resurrected One.

Jesus, the friend of the people of the Congo,
your Father is not a God of the dead but of the living;

therefore, guide us in your love,
so that we may live in your presence forever.

(Louise Bakala Koumouno, People’s Republic of Congo.)

A Pygmy Prayer

In the beginning God was.
Today God is.
Tomorrow God will be.
Who could possibly make an image of God?
God does not have a body.
God is a word that springs from our mouths.
And what a word!
There is nothing more to be said.
God is the past, and yet God is.
That is what God is.

 

Prayer for transformation

Barriers, walls, and barbed wire mark the frontiers, O Lord.
Help us to transform them into places where we can meet,
with sincerity,
as countries and as persons,
so that the world will know that we are Christians
by the love with which our actions are marked.

(Louise Bakala Koumouno, People’s Republic of Congo.)

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