October 20, 2018
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” — Isaiah 30:18-19
Thank you for your prayers for the trial in Kenya for the murders of Willie, Joseph and Josephat. It was supposed to run for two consecutive weeks, but due to the judge being called away to hear an out of town case, only ran the week of October 9. The trial will proceed on November 12. As we wait for the trial to resume, please pray for the safety of the eight witnesses remaining to testify, and that all evidence would be admitted and heard in court.
Praise God for the Ministry of Education in Guatemala, for their proactive attitude and commitment to ending sexual violence against children in their country. IJM is partnering with this Ministry to empower students and teachers by creating and disseminating educational tools for children in the form of comics and developing a guide for teachers that provides guidance on how to report this crime. Pray that these actions will reach many and be fruitful in proving that justice for the poor is unstoppable.
Please pray for our efforts to train officials in one flood-ravaged state on how to protect vulnerable families from human trafficking. Heavy rains and floods left more than one million people displaced or homeless — which leaves them highly at-risk from the lures and lies of traffickers. We are working with the state government to try to stop trafficking before it starts. Pray we could educate these officials well and work with local leaders on solutions to keep their communities safe. Learn more.
Please pray for IJM’s newest office in Bangkok as they continue to recruit passionate and dedicated Thai professionals. As we work to support the Thai government and partners fighting trafficking in Thailand’s vast fishing industry, we are praying for God to bring candidates to fill the remaining five key positions to lead these efforts and serve trafficking victims. In particular, pray for God to bring legal and social work professionals to our team.
IJM HQ & Global Partners: IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Please pray for the IJM campus chapters that are preparing to host Freedom Fasts in November. Ask God to pour out creativity and energy on these student leaders as they plan the events and recruit others to join them, and that Freedom Fasts would be powerful platforms to rally awareness, prayer and financial resources to end slavery.
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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?
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is a monastic community of The Episcopal Church & The Anglican Church of Canada. Their site is a treasure trove of spiritual "tips 'n hints" .
How can I find God when I can barely keep track of my keys?
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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.
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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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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.
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