Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WCC Ecumenical Prayer Cycle: Botswana & Zimbabwe

Gabarone, Botswana
As I wrote about in a post a few months ago, part of my vicarage at Saint Peter's Church this year is is providing a supplemental paragraph about countries in the weekly Ecumenical Prayer Cycle created by the World Council of Churches. We pray for each country listed in the prayer cycle during the Intercessory Prayers at Saint Peter's on Sundays and the paragraph is included in our bulletin insert to provide context for those intercessions.

This week's countries (26 May - 1 June) are Botswana and Zimbabwe. While the paragraph below provides information on current events (with links to related news stories), check out the week's WCC page for additional prayer resources.
We give thanks for continued good governance in Botswana, Africa’s longest continuous multi-party democracy.  We pray for continued strengthening of the country’s HIV/ AIDS treatment programmes, as over one third of Botswana’s adult population are infected.  We pray for peace ahead of Zimbabwe’s upcoming general elections on June 29th and that the country’s new constitution is honored by all parties involved.
God's peace,

Dustin currently serves as Vicar at the Lutheran Office for World Community and Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, having recently completed his second year of a Masters of Divinity program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. While seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his focus is on the intersection between worship, service and justice in de-centralized faith communities unencumbered by a traditional church building. In his free time, Dustin likes playing frisbee, hiking and pretending to know how to sing.

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