OSJ Prayers: November 1, 2017

#Faith4Dream Week in U.S.

This week, faith communities all over the United States are praying with Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants seeking a permanent status in the country they call home. Church members are calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017 quickly to ensure the protection of these young people’s lives, education, jobs, and future.

God of hope, we lift our prayers for young immigrants in this country—the ones who call themselves Dreamers. They are our brothers and sisters, our neighbors and friends, who have dreams and hopes for a future that right now is uncertain. Give them strength, Lord, as they work tirelessly for things that so many of us take for granted. Give them courage, Lord, as they face fears of deportation, of separation from their families, of returning to countries they do not call home. Give them a clear, bold voice, Lord, as they speak truth to the people who are in power—and we pray that their message would be heard. Empower the U.S. Congress, Lord, to seek to do justice and love mercy—to use their power to help people to flourish. And use us, Lord—your church—to speak and work for justice.

Mosul Rebuilds

In Mosul, Iraq, culture and concerts are slowly making their way back into public life. Freed this past July from the three-year occupation of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Mosul’s residents are rebuilding their city, with young local activists organizing live music concerts, peace festivals, and soccer tournaments, and working on restoring Mosul University’s library. While Mosul’s road to complete restoration and rehabilitation will be long, there is hope.

For this piece of good news, we thank you, God. We pray for the flourishing of the city of Mosul and the people who call it home. As they rebuild, and re-root themselves, give them peace and hope. We pray that this peace might be lasting and that the violence they have known for too long would fully end.

Canada to Match Donations for Rohingya Crisis

The Canadian federal government announced yesterday that it would match every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered charities, such as World Renew, between Aug. 25 and Nov. 28. With almost one million Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh after suffering brutal persecution by the Myanmar military and Buddhist extremists, the government of Bangladesh and aid organizations are working overtime to cope with the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

God, we pray for generosity among all who have resources to spare, and for hospitality from all who are in a position to extend welcome. We pray for the many caring people who are working hard to address this crisis, and we pray for an end to the suffering of the Rohingya people.

New York City Attack Kills Eight, Injures at Least 11 Others

On Tuesday, a man drove a rental truck down a busy bike path in New York City, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others. Investigators have identified the attacker as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old who immigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010. Saipov has claimed affiliation with the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In the wake of the attack, President Trump has announced that he intends to end the diversity visa program and change immigration policies.

God, we lift in prayer all who are grieving, all who are in pain, and all who are afraid after this Manhattan attack. We lift in prayer the man who committed this attack. We lift in prayer immigrants and Muslims in this country, waiting to see how their lives will change because of this attack. We pray for our leaders, who hold such power—give them wisdom, compassion, and a commitment to justice.

Join Faith Communities in Praying with Dreamers

This week, people of faith across the United States are lifting up young undocumented immigrants—Dreamers—and their future in prayerful advocacy. Time is running out for Congress to pass legislation that would protect the millions of Dreamers in the country. Join the nationwide effort urging Congress to pass a clean Dream Act now!

Sign Up for Updates from COP 23!

The CRC Climate Witness Project is going to Germany! Together with our partners, we will bear witness at the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations climate change negotiations. Sign up for daily emails from our delegation during the two weeks of COP 23 (Nov. 6-17), which will include updates, prayer requests, and opportunities to take action.