Week 47 - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

18 November - 31 December 1969

INTERCESSIONS

Give thanks for:

  • The rainforest and its gift of oxygen, so the world can breathe.
  • Mission schools providing learning and hope.
  • Those who have the courage to fight corruption.

Pray for:

  • Political stability and freedom for the people in all of these countries.
  • Those suffering from HIV and AIDS, and those who lack adequate health care.
  • Those living at a subsistence level, and those who lack clean water and enough food.
  • Monkeys and other animals that are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of their habitat.

 

PRAYER

Lord Jesus,
you who have marked seventy times seven our falls each day,
and who know the dull frenzy of our eyes, darkened with fever and rancid wind,
you who know the snares of the fowler,
and his net that circles our steps in the bush, and our paths to the villages,
here we are given over to the horn of the rhinoceros,
and here are hovering the vultures and goshawks.
But you, who know the frailty of our two feet of clay,
and the place of our weakness and that of our rousing again,
Lord, let us not yield to temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

(A Procession of Prayers: Meditations and Prayers from around the World, comp. John Carden, WCC, and Cassell, London, UK, 1998, p.210)

 

Prayer from Cameroon

When we contemplate such beauty,
the immensity before us,
      blossoming with colour and scent,
the surprising diversity of all that surrounds us,
the green forests, the animals,
the intelligence which allows us humans
      to create with you, God,
the acts of your grace on our behalf,
we can only express our joy at being your children
and gladly sing of the generosity of your love.

(© Rev. Dr Kayoka-Luendu M., Cameroon. English transl. Dr Colette Bouka Coula, adapted by Terry MacArthur.)