April 20, 2019
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” — Matthew 5:9
Pray for our staff and vulnerable widows in Northern Uganda, as this is peak season for land disputes. Our team is on high alert, investigating reports of land theft and ensuring that our clients are protected. Crime rates and theft are also known to rise during holidays, so pray for our team to be able to celebrate Easter with their families in safety and peace.
Praise God for a 25-year sentence against a former military member who is now being held accountable for raping his stepdaughter in Bolivia. For years, this man used his position of influence and economic power to sexually abuse his stepdaughter, but this prison sentence means he is no longer able to hurt her. IJM Bolivia walked alongside this survivor and her family for three years, providing her with therapy and representing her in court. Please pray for the survivor, now 18 years old, who is starting her studies to become a P.E. teacher. Pray for God’s blessings over her studies and for a great community around her to continue her healing.
Ask for God’s comfort and peace for a young family who tragically lost their six-year-old son to disease just before they could be rescued from bonded labor slavery this year. They had been trafficked into a brick kiln and were forced to work for months when their son came down with an infection. The slave owner refused to let them seek help, and the boy soon passed away. Another laborer managed to make a desperate call to IJM, and we helped coordinate their rescue. Please pray for this grieving family as they readjust to life in freedom and mourn the loss of their son. Pray also for follow-up in this case so the slave owner can be held accountable for his cruelty.
Continue to pray for breakthrough as IJM’s teams in Bangkok and Cambodia work to bring urgent rescue to migrant workers trapped in slavery in the Thai fishing industry. As we work with our partners, pray that God would bring cases of trafficking to light. Pray that we are able to support Thai law enforcement effectively, so together we can find and rescue workers who are victims of trafficking — even as they’re moving between ports and fishing boats — and bring their traffickers to justice.
IJM HQ & Global Partners: IJM headquarters is located in the United States. IJM has international advancement offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Please join us in thanking God for the The New Activist Podcast, produced in partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. The podcast features conversations with leaders tackling some of the world’s biggest humanitarian issues, and people taking extraordinary steps to seek justice in their day-to-day lives. Pray that the podcast would continue to rally people across the globe to step into the fight against slavery and injustice in tangible ways.
Take Time for Daily Prayer
How about a 3-Minute Retreat?
Loyola Press’s highly popular 3-Minute Retreat is available via newsletter and app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® and the iPad. Each day, a new retreat features soothing music, Scripture verses, and reflective thoughts and questions. Meaningful time with God is always just a touch away.
Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
Drawn from a wide range of Henri Nouwen’s writing, these short meditations inspire and guide people's mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and yet can set the tone for the day. It is sent via email in the early morning.
are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your e-mail box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.
The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community. Also available are three Lite apps: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer.
ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)
The Other 6
Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today?
Welcome to Enter the Bible
Here you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.
Visit often! We hope you Enter the Bible every time you open the Word.
The Psalms are wonderful prayers that can be used to communicate to God our desires, and for God to communicate in return. Using the guidance of voice, relax your body and mind and open your soul in prayer.
We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish.
Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the 15th anniversary of the organization’s Lenten Meditations with inspiring selections from previous years that highlight the incredible depth and insight provided by leaders from around The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The booklets are now available in both English and Spanish at www.episcopalrelief.org/lent.
“Over the past 15 years, we have worked with hundreds of brilliant writers,” said Sean McConnell, Senior Director of Engagement for Episcopal Relief & Development. “They each have brought spiritual depth and deeply personal reflections to these meditations, so the selection process was not easy. We could not possibly share all of the best meditations, but it is our hope that the 2019 offerings provide at least a sample of some of our inspiring writings from the past.” Read more
Other materials are available on our Lenten Resources page.
Upper Room Daily Reflections
Each Daily Reflection includes a quote from an Upper Room book or magazine, scripture reading, and a meditation time with prayer. Sign-up at the website to received Daily Reflections.
Take Time for Personal Prayer
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it.
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try.
Growing in the Life of Prayer & Spiritual Practices
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