OSJ Prayers: May 25, 2017

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry

A number of prominent Indigenous leaders and grassroots activists in Canada are demanding a fundamental rework of the entire inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls due to concerns about delays, poor communication, and disorganization. The inquiry recently announced that planned meetings with families would be postponed until fall 2017. The first interim report is due Nov. 1, 2017, leaving many families and activists concerned that the timeframe for adequate inquiry and reporting is no longer feasible.

For family members and others who are grieving and angry, who feel that their dignity and pain are ignored and their voice is silenced by these delays, we lift prayers for healing and for justice, Lord. We pray also for leaders who have authority in this investigation process -- embolden them to pursue truth and justice without delay.

Pastor Abducted in Malaysia

Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted on Feb. 13 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. More than 100 days later, authorities in Malaysia have detained a kidnapping suspect but have failed to find the pastor, who had previously received threats because of his ministry. Pastor Koh founded Harapan Komuniti (Hope Community), a non-profit organization that works to serve marginalized communities, including people living with HIV/AIDS, recovering addicts, and single mothers and their children. There are suspicions that his disappearance may be linked to the abductions of Muslim Activist Amri Che Mat and those of other Christians working for social justice in Malaysia.

God of hope, you are our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer. We pray for the rescue of Pastor Koh and others whose lives are being threatened because of their work in Malaysia. Empower all who bring the good news—both in word and in deed—as we seek to do the work of your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Deadly Explosion at Concert in England

On Monday night, at least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in Manchester, England, by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert. At least one of those killed and 12 of the wounded are children. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. In response, Britain is on maximum terror alert, and one other arrest has been made in connection with the attack.

God of peace, for those grieving and traumatized by this attack, we lift our prayers. For too many in the world who live in places where terrorism and violence are commonplace, we lift our prayers. Give us the strength to be peacemakers in our communities; protect all who will experience hate and discrimination in the wake of this attack because of their ethnicity or faith.

Immigration Detention in Canada

Lawyers are calling on the court in Canada to impose a six-month limit on immigration detention, and they are demanding other changes to the system as well. They represent former immigration detainee Alvin Brown, who spent five years in a maximum-security jail before being deported to Jamaica last year. They view Canada’s immigration detention system as unconstitutional because it allows arbitrary and indefinite detention as well as cruel and unusual punishment.

For immigrants all over the world who are detained, interrogated, and treated with cruelty, we pray. For all who are deported and must again face situations of danger or hopelessness they had tried to escape, we pray. For those inside jails and prisons who are treated as less than human, we pray. Lord, bring justice for all who are dismissed, discarded, and dehumanized.

Month of Prayer Toolkit for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee (CAMC) has put together a Month of Prayer toolkit that focuses on the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. The toolkit focuses on the 7 Sacred Teachings (also referred to as the 7 Grandfather Teachings) found in Indigenous cultures. These sacred teachings are Love, Honesty, Humility, Wisdom, Respect, Courage, and Truth. This toolkit is a great prayer resource for individuals, families, small groups, and churches.

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