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Prayers for Peacemakers, September 21, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 21, 2016

Give thanks for the Muslim villagers of Dipre and the Christian villagers of Kashkawa in Iraqi Kurdistan who have supported each other over the years during Turkish cross-border bombings.  Dipre was most affected in the most recent round of bombings, and the Kashkawa villagers gave the villagers of Dipre the keys to their homes, so they could find refuge more easily.

*Epixel for Peacemakers September 25, 2016 
Children in Dipre village
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners

the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD
 loves the righteous.

 The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the
 wicked he brings to ruin. Psalm 146:5-9
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's
Revised Common Lectionary readings.

MEDITERRANEAN: Forty-four years in prison for teenage refugee caught in smuggling web

He bent his head down momentarily and then raised it to brace himself for the verdict and the sentence. “Guilty.”

“Forty-four years in prison,” a staggering reality for a teenage refugee, who thought he would be released because of his age and background. All his dreams and hopes for his life, wiped away at the stroke of the judge’s pen. His only hope now is in the appeals process, which often results in greatly reducing the sentence.

We were stunned.  After visiting him in the jail the day before the trial, and hearing the agonizing story of his family fleeing death threats in their home country, I felt a deep pain and grief.

His crime: human smuggling. He had driven the small dinghy boat transporting forty other refugees from Turkey to Lesvos, Greece in order to pay for his family’s passage and was caught by the Greek coast guards.

MEDITERRANEAN: What the authorities don’t want you to see in Moria refugee camp


“You come go. Come, go. I Syrian Kurdish. Moria, no good. I, Germany. I love you Germany! Munich. Berlin. Dortmund.”

This was the rap from a thin energetic man who joined us as we walked along the fence outside the Moria refugee camp. Four members of the team and two volunteers from Pikpa were there for an impromptu look around. The young man indicated with a gesture that I should put away the camera for now, that he had a better location to shoot from. He also let us know the police might stop us if they saw us shooting pictures.

We had just passed the food carts and makeshift cantinas outside the camp that serve the residents who have fulfilled their initial twenty-five-day mandatory detention and vetting, and who are now free to come and go in the daytime through the gate. Most have no other place to go, and not enough money if they could. They cannot, without papers, rent cars or apartments, or stay in hotels on the island. It is illegal to give them a ride.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Canada Coordinator position opening at Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is accepting expressions of interest for the position of Canada Coordinator. to Communications & Engagement Director

Terms: Stipended, full-time, 40 hours/week, three-year term commitment

Compensation: Up to $2000usd/mo

Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario area; office located in Waterloo

Start Date: 15 October 2016

Application Deadline: 25 September 2016; Please send resumé and statement of motivation to Full job description available upon request.

Position Summary: This full-time (40 hours/week) administrative position supports CPT’s efforts to amplify the voices of our partners and resource the well-being of our workers.  It involves managing CPT’s Canada office including finances, engaging Canadian supporters in fundraising and advocacy for peacemaking and nurturing supportive relationships with Canadian CPTers.