Lord, renew among your war-weary people the gifts of lamentation in the face of wrong, sharing in suffering, partnering with all who stand in and for peace and good, and offering oneself to protect from harm anyone branded as "enemy".
Give thanks for Godās gift to young Iraqi Kurds of openness and honesty in both naming violence in all its forms and imagining alternatives. Ask for humility and reawakened hope of older, "wiser" ones to listen, believe and act in new, redemptive ways.
The classroom was cold and crowded with old and squeaky benches. We began moving them aside a bit, to make room for the exercises. A group of girls came in and eagerly sat in the front benches. "Oh, there's no electricity! We can't show them the film clips that we've prepared!"
CPT Iraqi Kurdistan met with two shepherds who had spent nearly three weeks in Iranian detention last fall. The shepherds said they were grazing their flocks in Iraqi Kurdistan territory when they were kidnapped by Iranian border guards.
Pray for women in Iraqi Kurdistan and around the world who, obeying the divine voice, are challenging discriminatory harm and inviting the breathe of life to blow afresh through their families, communities and societies.
A refreshing and gentle breeze is being felt above the plains of Iraqi Kurdistan. It brings with it courage and enthusiasm, and the prophecy of a new generation of human relationships. It affirms the wisdom within every human spirit that all persons are equally positioned by the Great Creator.
Pray for 125,000 disabled residents of Iraqi Kurdistan, for six of them camped out in front of parliament and for the regional authorities to hear and respond to their just demands for better conditions.