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Youth choir singing at Mae La refugee camp in Thailand

Youth choir at Mae La refugee camp in Thailand near the border with Myanmar, March 2019.

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Intercessions

We give thanks for:

  • the beauty of these countries and their people, and their many distinctive Buddhist temples
  • those who long have struggled that these countries might become more democratic
  • the faithful witness of churches, which have advocated with others for greater justice
  • efforts to protect the environment and resources in these countries.

We pray for:

  • minority ethnic and religious groups who continue to experience discrimination, persecution or even genocide (such as the Rohingyas), and for greater interfaith understanding and tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity
  • those victimized by sex tourism and exploitation, and those who perpetuate such acts
  • political stability and progress toward democratic rule
  • economic justice for all people, and environmental protection, as these countries undergo development.

Prayer

Give us this day our daily bread.
All good gifts of the earth come from your generous hands, God.
Yet, this abundance is not shared equally among us.
While some are satisfied, others are starving.
Women often become the victims of exploitation 
because they are desperate to feed and care for their children.
If only we would be mindful that each and every one of us must pray:
Give us this day our daily bread.

(World Day of Prayer Committee of Myanmar 1989, Lord, teach us to pray. © 1989 World Day of Prayer International Committee.)

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