Week 42 - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal

14 October - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • The beauty of the mountains, rivers and forests.
  • Christians who work together to serve the poor.
  • Those who offer assistance during the many floods in Bangladesh and to the victims of arsenic contamination of drinking water.
  • Those who work for the rights of women and girls.
  • Royal Bengal tigers, hoolock gibbons (singing apes) and myna birds.
  • Misti dhohi (sweetened yogurt), green coconut water, mangoes, hot curry powder and rice.

Pray for:

  • A lessening of political unrest, violence and terrorism.
  • Political leaders, that they will be guided by concern for all the people.
  • Women, that they be respected and have dignity in their work.
  • Children who must work to help feed their families, and girls who have been kidnapped or sold into the sex industry.
  • Strength for those Christians who live as a minority amid Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu brothers and sisters.
  • Those affected by frequent flooding, landslides, tropical storms and earthquakes.
  • Those who live as refugees, especially the stateless Rohingyas and others or who are internally displaced, that they may to find shelter, food and a means to make a living

 

PRAYER

O compassionate Lord,
I would prefer power over the storm,
a secure home,
a life protected from the winds.

But help me to live with storms,
shelter with friends,
see my plans broken
but not my life:
rebuilt again and again from the earth.

(Bangladesh. Dear Life, J. Morley, J. Ward and H. Wild, eds © Christian Aid 1998. Used with permission)

 

O Saviour Christ,
in whose way of life lies the secret of all life,
and the hopes of all the people,
we pray for quiet courage to meet this hour.
We did not choose to be born or to live in such an age.
But let its problems challenge us,
its discoveries exhilarate us,
its injustice anger us,
its possibilities inspire us,
and its vigour renew us,
for your Kingdom’s sake.

(Bangladesh. A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998, p.179)