Prayers

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 7, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 7, 2014

Pray for all those who had their hopes for a free and fair election in Iraqi Kurdistan disappointed on April 30, 2014. 

The team in Iraqi Kurdistan wrote, "Our hopes for fair elections in Iraqi Kurdistan died today":
- as we witnessed the fear that the presence of armed and undercover PUK "security" forces at the gates and inside of the voting centers sowed among the voters and electoral staff;
- as we heard shooting and saw bullet shells gathered at the yard of a voting center;
- as we watched armed PUK men take away a staff member employed by the Independent High Electoral Commission allegedly because he filmed the illegal entry of armed "security" forces into his voting center;
- and as we read that TV station crews and journalists have been attacked, beaten and otherwise prevented from doing their work...

Give thanks for the courageous judge who issued warrants for the arrests of the Director-General of the Asaish (secret police), the head of the Anti-Terrorism unit and the head of the provincial Special Forces, because of the assaults on election observers.


Epixel for May 11, 2014



Gorran election observer in hospital after he was abducted and severely beaten

For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering
unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is
that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's
approval.
1 Peter 2:19-20

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a
text from the upcoming Sunday's RevisedCommon Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 23, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 23, 2014

Pray for those attending CPT’s European Convergence this weekend in Aalsmeer, Netherlands and those participating in the solidarity witness with refugees and asylum-seekers at the Border Prison in Schiphol, Netherlands.  Ask that creative new strategies arise out of the gathering that will help CPT-Europe address the life and death issues of immigration at Europe’s borders.


Epixel* for 27 April 2014



Photo taken by CPT-Europe delegation of memorial
to refugees who died trying to reach Greek island
of Lesbos.

 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Psalm 16:1


*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to
and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's
RevisedCommon Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers April 16, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers April 16, 2014

Give thanks that Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has decided not to issue logging permits on Grassy Narrows (Asubpeeschoseewagong) traditional lands this year, and that the EACOM and Weyerhaeuser corporations have decided not to purchase lumber from Grassy Narrows' traditional lands.  Pray that justice will be done next month when the case goes to Canada’s highest court in Ottawa that will focus on whether Ontario has the right to issue permits on traditional lands, which First Nations believe are protected by a treaty agreements.

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 3, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 3, 2014

Give thanks for the successful conclusion of the training in Iraqi Kurdistan.  It  was an important step in changing how training is done in CPT.  In addition to local participants from Iraqi Kurdistan, trainees, and trainers from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, Colombia, and Canada.

See IRAQI KURDISTAN: Participants in Iraqi Kurdistan training reflect on their five weeks

See video participants put together about their training experiences.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 19, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 19, 2014

Pray for the upcoming CPT Europe delegation in April, which will focus on the violence and injustice refugees and migrants face on Europe’s outer borders.  Pray also for the families of the seven migrants who drowned last night when the boat they were sailing on from Turkey sank in the Aegean Sea.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 5, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 5, 2014

Pray for the community of Guayabo, Colombia, which successfully resisted an eviction in November, but still fears the intervention of illegal outside armed actors.

Erik Yesid Payares, 32, a leader for the community of Guayabo, asked CPT’s Colombia team to publicize the following request this week:  “It is important to us that this problem is made known.  We are humble people of peace and small farmers.  We live in a critical situation under threat.  We ask that you help us and not abandon us.”’

 

Epixel* for 9 March 2014

if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from
the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers February 27, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers February 27, 2014

Give thanks for the participants currently involved with the Iraqi Kurdistan training, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill both the trainers and trainees undergoing the training.

 

Epixel* for 2 March 2014

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this
as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

2 Peter 1:19

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's RevisedCommon Lectionary readings.

Prayers for Peacemakers February 19, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers February 19, 2014

Pray for the Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli jails.  Pray that the Israeli government begins applying international law to the treatment of Palestinian minors in custody, and begins applying the same law to Israeli settler minors. 

See video "Stolen children, stolen lives," much of it filmed while mediator Gerry O' Sullivan was working with CPT's Hebron Team.  The picture below accompanies a 14 February Al-Khalil/Hebron team release, "Israeli soldiers arrest 15-year-old boy."

Epixel for February 23, 2014 
 

 You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely;and you
shall not lie to one another.
Leviticus 19:11

 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and
appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised
Common Lectionary readings.
 

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 27, 2013

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 27, 2013


Epixel* for 1 December
2013



the night is far gone,the day is near.
Let us then lay aside
the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light
Rom. 13:12

Give thanks that Christian Peacemaker Teams partners in Iraqi Kurdistan are asking for more trainings in nonviolence and have helped produce a video shining a light on the complicity of their government in selling the lands of Kurdish villagers without their consent to ExxonMobil.

Related stories:

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Participants in nonviolence workshops say, "We want to learn more."


IRAQI KURDISTAN: CPT releases video about Exxon Mobil’s confiscation of Kurdish villagers’ land

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 6, 2013

Prayers for Peacemakers, November 6, 2013

​​Pray for​ the farmers of Las Pavas,​ CPT Colombia partners,​ where ​a palm company burned another house down within a month. Give thanks that a compilation of Las Pavas's songs of resistance ​ ​has been nominated for a best album award.