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Organization Highlight: The Global Immersion Project (TGIP)

by Natalie Wisely, World Vision

What They Do:
The Global Immersion project (TGIP) seeks to cultivate everyday peacemakers by giving them access to seemingly inaccessible global and domestic conflicts and the peacemakers that live and work in these arenas. The goal is to integrate the work of reconciliation and peacemaking into the consciences of individuals around the globe. In doing so, they aspire to develop generations of everyday peacemakers that can influence the global and local realities they face in their neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities.

How They Do It:
TGIP curates three-phase Learning Labs that culminate in immersion experiences into international and domestic conflicts. TGIP is currently hosting Learning Labs focused on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the U.S. Immigration Crisis, but also plans to expand to address various other international and domestic issues and locations. Read more

A Lenten Prayer of Reflection

by Natalie Wisely, World Vision

During this season of Lent, Christians around the globe are drawn into closer communion with God through worship, prayer, and fasting. During this time of reflection, we pray you are comforted by the knowledge that God is the one who provides peace, who creates beauty from ashes.

In Israel and Palestine, there have been decades of mourning due to the brokenness that comes from neighbors living in conflict and at times, it feels hopeless. But we are convicted that we cannot give up and must continue to work and pray for peace in this land.

Taking this into consideration, we ask that you join us in the prayer below – that there will be peace in the conflicts of the world, peace in the turmoil of our own hearts, and that we will have the courage and conviction to continue on in this effort until it is completed. Read more

Hope for the Holy Land

by Mae Elise Cannon, World Vision

hope-holy-land-video-lgWorld Vision recently completed the Winter 2014 Hope for the Holy Land Tour!

Visiting churches in Illinois, Washington, and Oregon, and in Canada from British Columbia to Manitoba, we’ve been blessed and encouraged by the church’s compassion and enduring desire to see peace and justice in the Holy Land.

We’re also encouraged by the many Christian voices in North American who are speaking out towards this end. These communities have welcomed us with open arms; we want to thank them, and continue to pray for these communities. Read more

Prayer for the Peace Process

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

Though many Israelis, Palestinians, and United States stakeholders have watched U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy with suspicion, I can’t help but acknowledge that his relentless efforts are laudable, and also appropriate. The status quo of violence, instability, and injustice cannot continue. It must end.

In the coming weeks, Kerry will publicly reveal his plan—the framework agreement. Cynicism and skepticism persist, and communities are preparing to defend their interests should the Kerry plan fall short of their expectations.

The stakes are high, and we must go before the Lord in prayer. We pray for lasting peace and justice for our neighbors and fellow Christians and all others in the Holy Land. Read more

The Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer

Thoughts on working for peace:

A Prayer

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete,
which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything. Read more

Holy Land Trust

Organization Highlight: Holy Land Trust

Mission statement

“Holy Land”
The conflict gives rise to a wide range of perspectives and opinions. Whether individuals represent a particular political identity, nation or ideology; be they Muslim, Christian, or Jew, one thing many people agree on is that this is the “Holy Land.”

“Trust”
The verb “to trust” is the foundation of any relationship that seeks to move things forward, especially during challenging times; without trust there is no future. The word trust is also taken from “trustee,” meaning to hold on to something, guard it and care for it.

Combining these two concepts, the name “Holy Land Trust” projects the belief that the Holy Land belongs to no particular group of people, but to the Creator of all. It is sacred to all humanity, and as trustees of this land, we are its caretakers. We carry a responsibility to maintain it, nurture it, and see it prosper. Read more

Advent: Season of Hope

by Mae Elise Cannon, World Vision

Advent is the season of hope. Hope in eager anticipation; waiting to celebrate the incarnation of God manifested in human form through the birth of Jesus. Hope in present circumstances; the small moments of heavenly triumph where the kingdom of God breaks forth into the dark realities of this world. Hope in the future; as we wait for the redemption of the world and the second coming of Christ Jesus. We hope for what is yet to come.

As we enter into this season of hope, we are reminded to celebrate, worship, and rejoice. The Psalmist speaks forth these words: “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad.” All of creation will cry out, singing for joy, recognizing the saving power of Jesus, for he does not leave us abandoned in our earthly circumstances, but He comes. He dwells with us. He judges in righteousness. He redeems. He is the manifestation of hope. Read more

Prayers from DRC

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

The Prayers of the Church

This Anglican prayer was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo[1] (DRC). Our brothers and sisters in the DRC continue to pray in the face of violence, fear, and want. We look to them for wisdom, that we might know how to pray over them and the Middle East.

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the leaders of the DRC, the Holy Land, and the Middle East rule with justice.
Good Lord, hear us.

May righteousness be a shield and protector.
Good Lord, hear us.

May their countries be at peace; and the people be blessed.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the herds increase; and the fish in the lakes be many.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the fields yield abundantly; may the harvests be great.
Good Lord, hear us.

May all artisans and traders see the benefit of their labours.
Good Lord, hear us.

May we and our enemies turn from strife and seek peace.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the strength of the Lord support all who are sick.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the Lord’s love comfort the bereaved, the oppressed, widows, orphans, and the lonely.
Good Lord, hear us.

May the paths and roads of the world be swept clean of all dangers.
Alleluia. The Lord of mercy is with us. Amen.

Let us continue to pray for ourselves
and for our brothers and sisters…
In a time of quiet, some may pray out loud, one at a time, and others may pray in secret.

Our trust is in you, merciful Lord.
We rely on you alone, O God of love. Amen.

[1] http://www.congochurchassn.org.uk/liturgy.htm

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Prayers for Peace: The Parent’s Circle Families Forum

by Craig Swandby, World Vision

Parents CircleThe Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Through face-to-face reconciliation programs, the Parent’s circle has shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible, and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict.

The PCFF was established in 1995 by Mr. Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998 the first meetings were held with a group of Palestinians families from Gaza who identified with the call to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace, and reconciliation. The connection with the group in Gaza was cut off as a result of the second Intifada. Read more

Being Children of God

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by Sarah Withrow King, ESA

Lord Jesus,

We are mothers and fathers;
we are sisters and brothers;
we are a family connected by your love.

God, we acknowledge that we are all your children. Each of us created in your holy image. Each of us created to love you and to love one another.

God, we praise you as the creator and caretaker of all children. You see all of your children. You love all of your children. You want every child to flourish in communities of care and concern. We praise you, Holy One. Read more

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