The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
June 15, 2019 “Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Strike them with terror, Lord; let the nations know they are only mortal.” — Psalm 9:19-20
Pray for the communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they are experiencing the second largest and second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. This week, the outbreak crossed the border into Western Uganda. Pray for all of the communities and individuals at risk, as well as for the government and health workers who are responding. Pray for comfort, peace and protection for the families who have lost loved ones.
Praise God for a great opportunity to provide critical training to 28 local staff and volunteers from the Guatemalan Red Cross. Last week, IJM staff led a two-day training for volunteers and staff who serve across the country. Participants learned about the prevalence of sexual violence in their country, best practices to provide crisis intervention, and how to use an IJM tool called “Guardian,” a comic book designed to reach children and empower them on topics of prevention and breaking the silence. Please continue praying for these 28 volunteers as they serve and support survivors of sexual violence in their communities.
Praise God for two recent convictions that helped secure justice for a teenage girl who was trafficked for sex. This man and woman had trafficked 16-year-old Gita* from her impoverished village to one of South Asia’s largest red-light districts. Once she was rescued, IJM helped her move into a loving aftercare home and stay strong during the legal trial. After nearly four years in court, a judge finally convicted both suspects and sentenced them to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine. Praise God for justice served in this case, and pray that the news would encourage Gita as she continues to rebuild confidence for the future.
In a precedent-setting decision, the Thai government awarded substantial victim compensation from the government’s trafficking in persons fund to five Cambodian survivors of labor trafficking. These survivors, rather than staying in government-run shelters in Thailand throughout the legal process, were able to return to their homes in Cambodia but traveled back to Thailand to participate freely in the case. The survivors received compensation calculated at the Thai minimum wage rate for each day they were exploited in the Thai fishing industry, plus additional compensation. Praise God for this decision and the encouraging progress it represents in protecting and defending victims of trafficking throughout the region. Also pray that this decision would empower other victims to bring their cases forward and pursue justice against those who exploited them.
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 New Activist Podcast, produced in partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. The show 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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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