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Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

Give thanks for: The freedom for Christians to worship in Mauritania even though it is an Islamic country. Christians who retain their faith and continue to serve Christ even though they are tiny minorities in some of these countries. Those who depend on semi-nomadic and nomadic ways of life and who continue to survive and retain their ethnic heritage. Those who plant trees to counter the spread of the desert.
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

Two fulani girls wearing colourful garments and beads in Niger.

13 August 2017 - 19 August 2017

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • The freedom for Christians to worship in Mauritania even though it is an Islamic country.
  • Christians who retain their faith and continue to serve Christ even though they are tiny minorities in some of these countries.
  • Those who depend on semi-nomadic and nomadic ways of life and who continue to survive and retain their ethnic heritage.
  • Those who plant trees to counter the spread of the desert.

Pray for:

  • Political and economic stability in Burkina Faso,Chad, Mali and Niger, and an end to human rights abuses and slavery in Mauritania.
  • Those who suffer from lack of water and food, particularly in desert regions.
  • Refugees and those whose lives have been formed in the midst of violence and conflict.
  • An increase in the availability of education and medical care.
  • The elimination of military force as a means to resolve disputes.
  • Peace and reconciliation between tribes and ethnic groups.
  • Reconciliation in families, in marriages.
  • An end to abuse against children and women.
  • The just use of oil resources in Mauritania and Chad so that it shall no longer profit only the few and thus lead to social disturbances.

PRAYERS

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Eternal God, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, for Mali, Chad, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

We know that in our part of the world some people are getting carried away by hatred – people who are unable to think clearly, and turn furiously on the people whom you have placed in this part of the world to enjoy your creation and witness to you. We pray for girls and boys, women and men, children and adults, and the elderly, for you to grant them peace, your peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, Lord, change the hearts of all those who are carried away by hatred, that they may find in you the Hope of Salvation, and that they may become messengers of peace for ever.    

We thank you, Lord, for you are faithful to your promise.
Glory and praise be given to you for ever and ever. Amen

(Pastor Kinda Tegwende Leonard/Sore Mahamoudou, Burkina Faso.)

 

Prayer for Mauritania

Your land, O Lord, is divided
and suffers from fighting between your children.

Injustices of all kinds, hatred and bitterness
are part of the daily life of the people.

Families seek reconciliation.
Tribes and ethnic groups need reconciliation and peace.

The country needs to be restored and reconciled with itself
in order to deal with its past.

The downtrodden still struggle to live a decent life.
The powerful continue to exploit the powerless and the voiceless.

Send your Holy Spirit to reveal your presence and might to all.

May your name be feared and judgment brought upon those
who continue to oppress the little ones.

Enter into hearts and lives and change them to become havens of love.

(© Dr Colette Bouka Coula, Cameroon, former staff member of the Lutheran World Federation in Mauritania)

 

Prayer for Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania

God, our Father, we bless you
for the gift of life that you grant us,
that strength of faith,
so fragile and so powerful,
which is nourished by the assurance of your love.
We pray to you, Lord,
for the sustenance of life for the people of these five countries,
Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.
Stir up the strength and courage of all those who are engaged
in lifting these countries out of poverty.

(Prières pour le monde 2004 © Fédération protestante de France, Paris, France. English transl. Terry MacArthur, © 2005 WCC)

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