Week 41 - Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

7 October - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • Christians who, although they are a tiny minority, have courage to witness to the gospel and find the strength to live according to God’s word.
  • Those who in spite of danger give their lives to serve others.
  • Peace-makers struggling to end hostility and violence, particularly in Afghanistan.
  • Movements towards democracy.
  • Soldiers who refuse to kill their own people.
  • The International Red Cross and Red Crescent, Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International and all who work on behalf of political prisoners and the dispossessed.
  • Khoomi singing in Mongolia, a kind of singing where one person produces two different notes at the same time.

Pray for:

  • An end to war in Afghanistan, and the ability of tribal ethnic leaders to govern their country with peace and justice.
  • Those, especially in Afghanistan, still affected by war, violence, landmines and drought, along with those who have lost their homes and become refugees.
  • Stability and justice for the countries of the former Soviet Union, as they continue to create new forms of government and life.
  • The land, air and water that have been damaged by human abuse.
  • Good relations between Muslims and Christians.
  • An end to oppression in many of these countries.

 

PRAYER

O God,

that we may receive your blessing,

touch our brows, touch our heads,

and do not look upon us in anger.

In a hard year be our mercy;

in a year of affliction, be our kindness;

dark spirits banish from us;

bright spirits bring close to us;

grey spirits put away from us;

good spirits draw near to us.

When I am afraid, be my courage;

when I am ashamed, be my true face;

be thou over me like a blanket,

be thou under me like a bed of furs.

O God,

that we may receive your blessing,
touch our brows, touch our heads,
and do not look upon us in anger.
In a hard year be our mercy;
in a year of affliction, be our kindness;
dark spirits banish from us;
bright spirits bring close to us;
grey spirits put away from us;
good spirits draw near to us.
When I am afraid, be my courage;
when I am ashamed, be my true face;
be thou over me like a blanket,
be thou under me like a bed of furs.