Prayer Requests

As Christians we stand in  all people and especially those who stand on the edges of society. We post prayers and in support of other students, SCMs and Christians around the world.

  1. Prayer for students – UDPS 2017

    We had the following prayer sent to us by Karolyn Mangeot on the occasion of Universal Day of Prayer for Students from North Carolina, USA:

    I am not a enrolled in school now but I am a woman who has benefitted from a great education and I hope to always be a “student”.  I pray today not only for those who cannot afford an education but also for those students who can think only about what education will get them the job/career that will allow them to make money to support their families or pay back their student loans or make other people proud of them.  May God lead them to an education that will fulfill their souls and help them and their families and friends expand their minds and bless them with a life rich in opportunities.

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  2. Prayer for education – UDPS 2017

    Dear God,

    In children and young adults, you implored the disciples and his preaching audience to let them come unfettered to God, because theirs was the pure in heart and innocence. We know that an excellent way to do this I through education, both religious and secular. In a world made more anxious by political changes, we are more and more aware that children are the hope for the future. We pray that they may continue to seek truth in an era that seeks to distort or change it. We pray that they may see the good in education, and we pray for those who continue to make education available and meaningful to students across the world.

    In your name we pray, Alleluia, Amen.

     

    This prayer was offered by a retired high school teacher of over 30 years, a former and present coach, and a past youth group leader for over 2 decades, who read about WSCF-Europe in the Presbyterian Church USA’s Mission Yearbook.

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  3. WSCF AP Statement on LGBT rights in Bangladesh

    AP region

    World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific demands protection and safety of LGBT human rights defenders and ensure freedom of speech in Bangladesh.

    The World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific Region (WSCF-AP) condemns in the strongest terms the recent brutal killings of two gay rights activists, Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On 25th April 2016, six unidentified attackers entered their apartment and hacked Mannan and Majumdar to death in the presence of Mannan’s 80-year-old mother, leaving behind a seriously wounded security guard of the apartment building, according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

    WSCF-AP expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of Mannan and Mojumdar. Mannan was a passionate dreamer to create an inclusive community in Bangladesh. He stood for justice and human rights and tried to uplift the voices of the oppressed and marginalized sexual minorities , the LGBT community, through his courageous initiative. Mannan was the editor of the country’s only LGBT magazine Roopbaan, which was launched two years ago to become a platform for promoting the rights of the LGBT community in Bangladesh. Mannan also worked at the U.S. embassy prior to joining the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition, he was also serving as a founding member of the U.S. Embassy Diversity Committee. “

    “I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi,” said U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat. “We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders.”

    The chairperson of Student Christian Movement (SCM) Bangladesh, Edward Tarun, condemned the recent killings and expressed his concern about the recent developments in the country in which a series of systematic killings have been carried out to suppress any expression of liberal ideas or writings of dissent by civil society.

    “We are no longer allowed freedom of speech,” Tarun said. “There is fear-mongering among the community who express their dissent. The government is least bothered to take action against the perpetrators. We are living in a dangerous situation in the country.”

    Earlier this month a Bangladeshi law student who had expressed secular views online was hacked to death with machetes and was then shot in Dhaka. This attack took place within a context in which last year four prominent secular bloggers were also brutally killed with machetes. The four bloggers had all appeared on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 that was widely circulated.

    The situation in Bangladesh is disturbing as the targeting of progressive authors and writers is growing at an alarming rate. We in the student community in WSCF Asia-Pacific Region seek your solidarity and action to protect the lives and human rights of minorities in the country, especially Bangladesh’s sexual minorities.

    We stand in solidarity with the justice and peace-seeking community and urge the Bangladesh government to urgently undertake the following actions:

    1. Ensure that everyone in Bangladesh is secured and protected under human rights protection laws, particularly the country’s progressive thinkers, writers and creative artists who have recently become victims in the hands of religious fanatics;
    2. Undertake measures to ensure the protection and safety of all LGBT human rights defenders in the country;
    3. Bring the culprits to justice as quickly as possible and render the most stringent punishment in order to prevent any future occurrence of such heinous criminal acts;
    4. Proactively address cases of violence against LGBT people, including the implementation of measures to prevent all forms of violence by investigating and penalizing such actions and by undertaking necessary reforms to the justice system;
    5. Ensure freedom of speech as a fundamental right of every human being.

    In Solidarity,

    Human Rights Justice and Peace Committee – WSCF – AP
    April 28, 2016

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  4. Prayers for Ankara & Brussels

    World Student Christian Federation in Europe condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Ankara and Brussels. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters who suffered from the violent attacks. We pray for the victims, the injured and their families.

    Almighty God,
    We pray for all the victims, injured and survivors of terrorist attacks in Ankara and Brussels.
    Merciful God,
    Stretch out your strong hand in this situation, hold and rescue those who have suffered
    Please, fill the hearts of survivors and their families with patience
    to overcome pains and sorrows in their souls
    Help us to understand each other in this time of darkness
    Protect us from evil and shield us from violence
    Preserve us in our hour of need
    Help us to overcome fear with faith
    Hold us safe and hold us strong
    God hear our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ
    Amen

    WSCF-E calls you to join us in praying for peace and praying for those who have suffered violence. Please, light your candle and show that you are in solidarity with the people in Ankara and Brussels.

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  5. WSCF statement on harassment of Lumad people

    The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) stands in solidarity with Lumad indigenous people of Mindanao and the United Church of Christ in Philippines (UCCP). We join the students and churches in condemning the burning of the church shelter for Lumad evacuees in Davao Philippines.

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    Photo by: National Council of Churches in the Philippines

    The cry for justice for the Luman Indigenous People intensify as last February 24 2016 at 2’o clock dawn, unidentified men broke into the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Mission Center in Davao City Philippines pouring gasoline that burned down dwelling places of 700 Lumads seeking refuge inside the church compound. Fleeing from militarization and harassment, the Lumads took shelter in the church compound more than a year ago. Five people were injured, including three children in the blaze of what the UCCP Pastoral Letter describe as ”frustrated multiple murder” or arson confirmed by local Bureau of Fire Protection.

    In a press conference organized by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) February 26 at their national headquarters in Manila, Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza, General Secretary of UCCP asked, “why after one year of harassment and intimidation against the Lumad, the Philippine Government has not taken any action to protect them?” He added, “ the church is a sanctuary, it is doing its mission to serve the poor and marginalized people of God, why are we being targeted by violent forces? ”

    In the UCCP Pastoral Letter issued by eight UCCP bishops entitled, “what they could not do in the light of day, they do so under the cover of darkness,” UCCP calls on their members and partners to join them in prayer and vigilance. They call for a thorough investigation of the incident and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, holding the Aquino government accountable for the series of attacks on the Church and Lumad people.

    WSCF member movement in the Philippines, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) issued a statement calling for justice to the Lumad people and condemns the burning of the Lumad shelter in Davao, Philippines “It is reprehensible that the oppression of Lumad people continue without let-up!” SCMP spokesperson Anna Flores, “calls various groups, individuals and friends of the Filipino people to raise their voices against Lumad oppression.”

    The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), a global community of 105 student movements working for justice and peace joins the SCMP and the UCCP in condemning the attacks on the Lumad people and destroying the Haran church shelter in Davao Philippines. We invite all our members to pray for peace and justice for the Lumad people and call for a stop to the militarization, killings, harassment of the indigenous people and the churches. Stop the development aggression of mining companies exploiting and destroying the indigenous people ancestral land.

    Reference: Necta Montes, Secretary General necta@wscfglobal.org

    26 February 2016

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  6. Students call for better access to higher education for refugees & asylum seekers

    SCM Britain Refugees welcome

    University students and young adults have called for greater access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers, during an event organised by the Student Christian Movement (SCM Britain). Students came from universities in Birmingham, Worcester and Leeds to hear stories from local asylum seekers, who spoke of the difficult and often drawn out process of settling in Britain, and take part in workshops exploring the current refugees situation.

    “Refugees and asylum seekers have come from dangerous places, often fleeing war and poverty, with many young people among them hoping to go to university,” said Ruth Wilde, SCM’s Faith in Action worker who organised the event.

    “SCM’s campaign, in partnership with Student Action for Refugees, is asking our universities and political leaders to extend compassion to these people by making it easier for them to access loans or grants and attend a university course that could change their lives,” she added.

    The Equal Access campaign

    SCM is part of a coalition of different organisations involved in the ‘Equal Access’ campaign, led by Student Action for Refugees (STAR). At present, refugees and asylum seekers looking to enrol on a university course cannot access loans or grants to cover some of these costs. They are required to pay the same tuition fees as international students, which make it nearly impossible for any refugee to attend a university and further their education.

    At the event on Saturday 13 February, students heard from Shari Brown, who is a project coordinator at Restore, a Birmingham-based charity. Shari spoke of the need for Christian communities to challenge the misinformation surrounding refugees and present positive stories to society through the media. “We need to find allies in the media to push these positive stories and change the messaging around refugees,” she said.

    Students also heard from two local asylum seekers, who live in Birmingham and are involved in the local community through St Chad’s Sanctuary and a community hospitality house. “We don’t leave our homes to claim benefits,” one refugee said. “We leave because it’s dangerous. We just want to rebuild our lives.”

    Fr Martin Newell, who helps to coordinate the Catholic Worker community house project in Birmingham, added that Christians and churches are slowly reviving the “lost Christian virtue of hospitality”, and students can help build a more welcoming place for refugees in their communities.

    The Importance of Higher Education

    In February the University of Edinburgh announced plans to offer fully funded scholarships to five asylum-seeking students beginning in 2016, with a ‘significant reduction in costs’ in tuition fees for other students seeking asylum. Students at the campaign event in Birmingham said this was an encouraging step and offered other ways of taking action to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into the country.

    “Education is probably the most important factor in informing people about the world,” said Mark Birkett, a first-year student at the University of Birmingham and member of MethSoc, the SCM-affiliated Methodist group there. “Education is the pathway to improvement – the people attending university today will be influencing society and helping to run the country in the future. So if we can get people informed at university level, then we have hope for the future. Getting more refugees to attend university would be brilliant.”

    During the afternoon workshop, Revd Keith Hebden led participants in theological reflection, allowing students to reflect on the current refugee crisis and discuss small practical actions to take with them to their student groups.

     

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  7. Appeal from Hong Kong: Free Li Bo Now!

    SCM HK: Free Lee Boo!

     

     

    Dear SCMers,

    SCM Hong Kong is calling for your help. 5 book sellers from Hong Kong went missing. They are believed to be abducted by the Chinese Government.

    They all work for the same bookstore, Causway Bay Bookstore, and they went missing one by one over the span of a few months.

    Although the latest case Li Bo wrote home recently, it is very likely that he is forced to do so under threat. The fact is that he hasn’t show up till now.

    It is said that these book sellers are abducted by Chinese Police because they are about to publish a book on President Xi Jin Ping’s private life. Let me put it very clearly that Chinese police has no role whatsoever in Hong Kong. Chinese laws are not applicable in Hong Kong as the legal system is different and we enjoy freedom of press as guaranteed by the Basic Law.

    Please share the attached news below with your national SCM. You can also find video in different languages at the bottom of this email.

    Q: How can I help?

    Prayers, of course. And more. We need you to go to the Chinese Embassy in your region and give them pressure to release the 5 missing book sellers. You can organize a protest, send press release, make it to the newspaper then send us that piece of news.

    Q: Why would that help? Shouldn’t the police in Hong Kong be investigating?

    The Hong Kong police has very limited power in cases concerning China since China is our sovereign country. In this case since it is very sensitive and political, the local police dare not to point it to the Chinese Government.

    The good news is, judging from the circumstances,  it is only the conduct of some over-ambitious front line officials. If the Chinese Government perceive this as an embarrassment  within the international community, it is very likely
    these booksellers will be released (unlike some real threats such as Liu Xiao Bo).

    Thank you for your help.

    Best regards

    SCM HKJason Lai 
    ExCo Member, SCMHK
    Vice Convenor,  Civil Human Rights Group

     

    More information:

    Videos made by SCMHK in different languages, explaining the situation

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  8. Statement on Refugee Crisis

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

    In light of the on-going refugee crisis in Europe, we call on WSCF-Europe SCMs to show their solidarity with refugees reaching Europe and join us in prayers for those who have lost their lives on their way to Europe and those still fleeing war and persecution at home. We, as the faith-based organization, cannot stay silent when observing refugees’ and migrants’ death, their suffering and desperate walks to survive.

    We are joining other ecumenical organizations committed to peace and justice in call on political leaders and those in power to protect the vulnerable, through respecting the core human rights and dignity of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in line with relevant international conventions.

    WSCF-Europe calls on European Union and its member states to agree on more humanitarian migration policies, that ensures proper reception conditions and safe passages to Europe. This will prevent people turning to smugglers or appear in hands of traffickers.

    As the problem cannot be solved if we do not address the drivers of the forced migration, we call on international community to act for sustainable peace-building and agree on coordinated strategy against Islamic State and other extremist actors causing death and forcing people to migrate against their will.

    One of the biggest challenges in relation to the process is the rapid rise of xenophobia all over Europe. Since misconception fuels xenophobia, the happenings should be referred as a refugee crisis as it is and not as a migrant crisis. Another false perception that stimulates xenophobia is about Islam that it endangers Christian civilization and values. Therefore, proper definitions, knowledge and responsible media reporting are as vital as it forms people’s perception on on-going processes. WSCF SCMs should intensify its work on ground to raise awareness, inform and educate young people and local communities on the crisis and engage them in an open and meaningful dialogue to counter xenophobia and violence towards refugees.

    WSCF-Europe acknowledging its role in ending negative stereotyping of refugees and migrants, people that come from different cultural, social or religious backgrounds, through its educational and informational projects on the local and regional levels. To dismiss stereotypes is a long process, but it has to be done before it is too late. On this basis, the federation should use its unique potential to make a difference by working together to change existing migration narrative to something positive.

    Staying loyal to our humanist traditions and show empathy and compassion is desperately needed for our sisters and brothers reaching Europe’s shores and leaving behind homes and loved ones. Our history teaches us that closing borders, building walls to keep refugees out and leaving people behind a fence is simply not working. We need and must continue campaigning for peace and justice.

    As the ecumenical student organization we invite other youth organizations in Europe to join us in prayer and solidarity with people in need of protection, as well as to act and advocate together to promote peace between the communities. We all have to encourage each other to see individual personalities behind refugees, not a crowd.

    We, as peace-loving community, are considering it as our battle to fight for peace, dignity, justice, non-violence, compassion and love.

    Please share and distribute this Statement in your communities.
    We also invite you to pray with us.

     

     

     

    This solidarity statement was produced by WSCF-E Advocacy and Solidarity team:

    KristaKrista AutioGlobal Networking Coordinator

     


    YuliaYulia Bajelidze
    , Global Advocacy and Solidarity Committee member

     

     

     

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  9. Prayer during refugee crisis

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    Almighty and Merciful God,

    We call you for help. Hear our prayer.

    God of Compassion, whose own Son became a refugee and had no place to call His own, remember those fleeing from danger, hungry, homeless and afraid. God, we ask for them a shelter, food, warmth and peace.

    Hear our prayer.

    God of Hope, thank you for all those  homes and hearts, opening for the displaced. Preserve us from indifference and selfishness. Help us show Your Grace to our neighbours. Help us see each other not as strangers, but as sisters and brothers.

    Hear our prayer.

    God of Justice, guide the nations and leaders of the world toward peace and knowing Your Kingdom. Call people to compassion and generosity towards those in need.

    God, help us bring justice and peace, glimpses of Your Kingdom into this world to make a difference.

    In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord,

    Amen.

     

     

     

    This solidarity statement was produced by WSCF-E Advocacy and Solidarity team:

    KristaKrista AutioGlobal Networking Coordinator

     


    YuliaYulia Bajelidze
    , Global Advocacy and Solidarity Committee member

     

     

     

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  10. Call for prayer – Bagdhad, Beirut & Paris

    Our Lord, Jesus Christ
    You’re the source of life and peace
    You’re almighty and merciful
    Give us the power to love and be compassionate in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Beirut and Paris
    Bring comfort for all, who lost their loved-ones
    Bring comfort for all, who are now in fear or injured
    Help us to be the light in the darkness, since light is the only one to defeat darkness.
    Help us to be the love that defeat hate, since love is the only one to defeat hate.
    You are the God of love and mercy
    Guide us to end division in the world and create equality and peace
    Guide us to give an option for extremism, terrorism and war, an option of peace, reconciliation and hope
    Help us to bring the cycle of violence into an end
    Help us to welcome our brothers and sisters instead of seeing them us others, strangers
    Help us to understand each other, listen and pray for each other
    Show us the way to live your kingdom already on Earth, kingdom of justice and peace.
    God, hear our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ
    Amen

    WSCF-Europe calls you to unite together in prayer with us. Christians and our friends of other faiths and none, all people of good will. Take a moment, 5 mins, over the coming days, and let us be all united in prayerful moment for those who suffer and also for those who  caused suffering to all the humanity around the world.

    – WSCF-Europe

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