Week 20 - Kenya, Tanzania

13 April - 31 December 1969

Intercessions

Give thanks for:

  • The witness of Christian churches and organizations and the continued relationship between brothers and sisters in Christ from different denominations.
  • Choirs who spend long hours rehearsing to give God praise.
  • Worship with joyous dancing accompanied by drums and shakers.
  • Small farmers who work hard to feed their families.
  • Ugali (cornmeal), cassava, rice, chapati (a type of Indian bread).
  • Welcoming people, who share their resources with strangers from across the borders.
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the vast Indian Ocean.

Pray for:

  • Refugees from neighbouring countries, that they may find food and shelter and soon be able to return to their homes.
  • Those affected by drought, that they may have clean water to drink and grow their crops.
  • Peace among ethnic and tribal groups, so that they may work together to create a just society.
  • Churches and church leaders as they seek to fight corruption and promote democracy and good governance.
  • Young women forced into prostitution.
  • Those suffering from HIV and AIDS, children orphaned by the epidemic, and those who care for them.
  • Those who live in abject poverty, many of whom are not able to feed themselves or their families.
  • Relief for the people of Africa from the burden of international debt.

 

Prayer

God of Hope,

whose Spirit gives light and power to your people,
empower us to witness to your name in all nations,
to struggle for your own justice
against all principalities and powers
and to persevere with faith and humour
in the tasks that you have given to us.
Without you we are powerless.
Therefore we cry together:
Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.

And grant that we may with one voice and one heart
glorify and sing praise to the majesty of your holy Name,
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

 

(prayer text for 2007)

We rise up in the morning before the day, to take ourselves to labour, to
prepare our harvest. Protect us from the dangerous animal and from the
serpent, and from every stumbling block.
Boora Punnu [God], you alone have created us and given us the capacity
to feel hunger, so we need grain and we must have fertile fields.

The Prayers of African Religion, John Mbiti, © 1975 SPCK, London, UK. In the US, Orbis Books, Maryknoll NY, USA, 1975.