Prayer Points - International

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Please include some of these prayer points for the church beyond Aystralia in your prayers.

  • National Council of Churches (June 7): for the ecumenical life of the churches in Australia as the traditional structures are under stress that God will enable new ways for the institutional church to express its commitment to the unity that Christ prays for. Bless local ecumenical undertakings in shared mission. Pray for churches here that have come from overseas and are concerned about the treatment of Christians in their homeland, especially the Copts and the Assyrian Church of the East.
  • Church in the Land of Papua as they continue to experience the eroding of their civil rights under the pressure of increased immigration from other parts of Indonesia.
  • Timor Leste – as they strive to make a constructive contribution in a land where there is great poverty but the potential for significant resources to flow from the oil and gas resources off the coast.
  • The Methodist Church of Fiji – as it continues its third year of repression under the military dictatorship and is still unable to undertake its normal functions because it is unable to meet as a Conference, District and even at a congregational level without permission of the government authorities. Pray for the staff of UnitingWorld and in particular Bruce Mullan the Pacific Secretary and Kerry Enright the National Director as they navigate a way through the political challenges involved in their support for the church and a change in government policy.
  • Christian Church in Japan – as it seeks to find ways of responding to the ongoing needs of marginal and disadvantaged groups in the ongoing aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks. Give thanks for the generosity of the people in the UCA who enabled a grant to be given through the Assembly to the national Christian body in support of their work with the most vulnerable to being overlooked – the non ethnic Japanese.
  • The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga – in Tonga as it deals with the great challenges created in Tongan society by young Tongans who are deported back to Tonga after serving time in jail in other countries.
  • Our partners in Korea – the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) as they continue their ongoing witness in Korea and around the world that they will work in partnership with local churches in other countries and that their work for the successful hosting of the General Assembly  of the World Council of Churches in 2013 will go well.
  • Indonesian churches – living out the Christian faith in a multicultural and developing third world country.
  • The Presbyterian and Methodist Churches (and others) as they continue to wrestle with the pastoral and missional issues that have arisen from the earthquakes in Christchurch. Give thanks for the generous people of the UCA who have enabled grants of over $A100,000 to be given through the Assembly to our partners in Aotearoa – New Zealand to support recovery work undertaken by the Methodist Mission in Christchurch and the Presbytery of Otago.
  • The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe in its difficult situation and its presiding Bishop who will be visiting one of their congregations in Liverpool after the Assembly.