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. Creative Worship

    Dear God, who created the heavens and the earth.

    You created humanity in your own likeness. Let us not forgot that each person reflects the divine image, and we thank you that you teach us to recognize this. We thank you for our own safety,and for those who have so far been saved from the evil of human trafficking. We thank you for the strength you have given to people who are fighting against this corruption of your image.

    As you led y our children out of Egypt, w e ask you to lead victims of all kinds of slavery and exploitation to freedom, both spiritual and material.

    We ask that you give peace to the souls of the victims, that they can escape the circle of violence and we ask for justice in your infinite wisdom. We ask for the exploiters to recognize their sins,and to change their ways through your grace.

    We pray for the awareness of society at large and ourselves, and that we can recognize the roots of injustice in our own actions and inactions, as Moses did when he saw when his Israelite brother was being beat en by an Egyptian slave master.

    We have been t aught in the Epistle t o t he Galatians that there is no more slave nor free, and yet through our own ignorance and cold-heartedness we have failed to recognize the exploited as our brothers and sisters, as Jesus showed us. For this we pray for forgiveness.

    Together we pray, that you send the mercy of your spirit onto the whole of humanity, we who are your children.

    Amen.

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  2. In solidarity with the Jewish community in Europe

    Dear members and friends of Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network (RfP, EIYN).

    In the light of the tragedy at Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, where 4 people were killed, we call our EIYN member organizations to show your solidarity with Jewish community in different parts of Europe and join us in prayers for those who lost their lives, for the recovery of those injured and prayers for restoring sense of security and peace for all faith communities in Europe. This attack on Jewish community of Brussels touched all of us, as this was an aggression on core values of civil society, on human rights, on European unified project, on freedom of religion, on peace. We cannot stay silent when a faith community, a minority community is targeted in this way in contemporary Europe, in capital of European Union and lives are lost.

    What can you do? We inspire you to hold within your respective communities, your temples or student clubs, a special Peace Candle Lighting and Prayer Ceremony . Light the candles for the victims of the shooting and light the candles to lift up the darkness with the light, reciting prayers for peace. Prayers can be denominational (just of your own tradition) or interfaith. You can find examples of such prayers in attachment. Best time for organizing such an evening of peace prayers would beWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday, Sunday this week.

    Other idea:

    To organize a cultural or educational event together with your local Jewish community. It can be any intercultural event when you get together with your local Jewish students group and students of other faiths too (food event, charity event, cultural evening of music, anything). If you don’t have any Jewish community in your city, maybe you have an old synagogue building that you can visit with members of your community, or visit a Jewish museum? If in your town you can witness hate speech on walls of the buildings, maybe you can organize “paint over hate spray paintings” action, like painting over painted swastikas and other hate speech sprayed on the walls.

    If you do any act of solidarity, take a photo of it, and send it to us, let others know about your action.

    Show your solidarity!  Let’s support each other and get together and act together in interfaith way for stopping hate speech, antisemitism and other racist incitement, that is raising its head in Europe and that lead to such hate crimes like we witnessed in Brussel’s Jewish Museum.

     

    Daniela Malec

    Program and Development Consultant

    Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)

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  3. Let Us Pray With Them Nigeria Churches Urge Global Prayer For 187 Missing Girls

    Nigeria’s largest church network, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for prayer for the safe release of 230 teenage school girls abducted last week.

     

    On Monday night, April 14, at around 10 pm suspected members of Boko Haram swooped into Chibok in seven Hilux Toyota pick-ups. While some of the attackers set government and other buildings ablaze, others went to the senior secondary school where they overpowered the security guards before herding at least 230 of the female students onto trucks, and drove the girls (who were between the ages of 16 and 20) deep into the nearby Sambisa forest.

    Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.

    “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse.

    “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women,” he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language.

    The tape won’t intimidate or deter Nigeria from efforts to save the kidnapped girls, the Nigerian government said.

    “It is disheartening that someone would make such a terrible boast,” Doyin Okupe, spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, said in an interview with CNN.

    “It is to be expected of terrorists,” he added. “No group can affect our resolve. We will see this through to the end. We have the commitment and capacity to get this done. No matter what this takes, we will get these girls.”

    On Sunday, Jonathan vowed, “Wherever these girls are, we’ll get them out.”

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  4. Let Us Pray for the Central African Republic

    With the UN Security Council due to vote  on a resolution creating a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, it’s worth reviewing what’s at stake as the country is caught in the grips of a massive human rights crisis, Read a Q and A about the crisis and they prayer for our brothers and sister caught up in it.

    A girl sits at the back of a truck as she prepares to flee sectarian violence in Bouar.

    A girl sits at the back of a truck as she prepares to flee sectarian violence in Bouar.© REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

     

     

     

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  5. Easter Common Prayer Of The Churches Of South & North Korea 2014

    Let us pray with them: 

    O God, who makes leaves bud on withered branches and life sprout on barren   ground, we praise and give you thanks for your amazing love which gives us hope for reunification by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know that death is not the end of things, but the very beginning, because of the resurrection of our Lord. We dream of the resurrection of our people through peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, going beyond the present reality of national division. Reveal your power to us so that our earnest wish will be fulfilled.

    O Lord! The situation of the Korean peninsula is severely affected by the powerful surrounding countries and our people suffer from mutual distrust and hostility. The people who have been wounded by the division and those who still suffer from separated families are crying out louder and louder. Let us know that this crying out is the sighing of the Holy Spirit. Let us overcome our wounds and pains and be your instruments to achieve peace and coexistence.

    O Lord of resurrection! We are eager to stop the military drills on land and sea surrounding the Korean peninsula which intensify the conflict and opposition between the two Koreas. Establish your peaceful kingdom on earth wherein the people can communicate without any obstacle. Pour your grace on us so that we can be united and overcome the revival of Japan’s military ambition.

    We give glory and thanks to you, for you have invited us to participate in the incredible event of resurrection. We believe that the resurrected Lord ordered us to break down all human-made walls and we want to follow the Lord’s will. Encourage us and be with us as you once walked with the dispirited disciples to Emmaus. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ who had been raised by God and who wants the peace and reunification of Korea. Amen

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  6. Look At what SCM Philippines is doing

    Let us keep them in our prayers,

    Members of the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) joined thousands of students who walked out of their classes today with the slogan ‘Remember Kristel Tejada, Remember Mark Chua’, demanding urgent and drastic reforms in the Philippine education system.

    Today marks the first death anniversary of Kristel Tejada, the University of the Philippines Manila student who committed suicide after being forced to drop-out by campus administrators due to her inability to pay her tuition fees on time. At the same time, it is the 13th death anniversary of Mark Welson Chua, the University of Sto. Tomas ROTC cadet who was murdered after exposing rampant corruption and other wrongdoings in the ROTC program.

     A year after the death of Kristel, and more than a decade after that of Mark, it is enraging that the problems of the education system linked with their deaths not only remain unchanged, but are taking a turn for the worse” said Einstein Recedes, national spokesperson of the SCMP.

    He noted that the tuition fee in the University of the Philippines is now at the P30,000 per semester level, close to the national average which includes fees in private universities. Alongside that, more than 400 colleges and universities will also hike their tuition for the next school year.

    On the other hand, Recedes reiterated his group’s call for the total abolition of the ROTC, pointing to last month’s case of hazing done against a PUP ROTC cadet by her officers as a sign that ‘history is repeating itself’.

    “The ROTC, along with the military, are essentially violent, fascist, and inhumane institutions. There is no reforming that. Making it ‘voluntary’ is clearly not enough, as its mere existence guarantees the continuation of human rights violations against students. What we need is the complete, and total elimination of this antiquated Cold War relic” said the youth leader.

    He warned “Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Unless there are changes in the education system, there will be more Kristels and Marks in the future”.

     

     

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  7. Condolences to the departed comrades of SCM Indonesia

    WSCF Europe prays for the families and friends of the 14 victims of a volcano eruption in Indonesia, among them 7 members of local Student Christian Movement. This is the condolence letter from WSCF Asia Pacific:

    It was with utter shock and disbelief we learnt about the tragic deaths of our comrades from Indonesia Student Christian Movement (ISCM) and people living in the Tana karo Regency region, North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung.

    On that direful day of 1st February 2014, seven members from Kutacane branch of ISCM, North Sumatra went to Suka Meriah village – Kabanjahe as part of the ecumenical visit for the refugee programme. The seven members visited the region prior to a bigger group’s visit due on 2nd February, to study the situation in the area. Members from 8 branches of ISCM, North Sumatra planned to join on the following day for an emergency relief work in Tana Karo Regency, North Sumatra for the victims of previous volcanic eruptions in the recent past in the refugee shelter nearby and to warn the farmers who were in the refugee shelter to refrain from climbing up for plucking coffee beans, since the poor farmers continued their work for their livelihood despite the warnings. For the last 3 months all the members of ISCM are raising funds to help the victims of the volcanic eruption since October 2013. While they were within relatively “safe distance” of the Volcano, suddenly the volcano erupted, spewing ash and sulfur gas and engulfed the people before they could runaway to save their lives.

    This incident is certainly a horrific tragedy which claimed 14 lives and many injured and are in critical conditions. All the Seven SCMers from Indonesia on this ecumenical visit were dead!. WSCF AP mourns with the ISCM communities and expresses her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, friends and their loved ones. This is a great loss not only for the ISCM but for the whole federation, Church and society to lose these brave young students who had dared to help the victims under hazardous conditions near the volcano. We thank God for the life of Ms. Fitri Napitupulu (Chairperson of Kutacane Branch of Indonesian SCM), Mr. Marudut Sihite (Secretary of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Santun Siregar (Board member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Julfandi Siregar (Board member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Daniel Siagian (a member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Asran Lubis (a member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), and Mr. Mahal Surbakti (Board member of Kabanjahe Branch of ISCM)

    They will always remain in our hearts for their bravery and commitment to help the needy and will continue to inspire their fellow SCMers.

    May the departed souls rest in peace and be a driving force for all of us.

    With sincere sympathy and solidarity,

    Sunita Suna

    Regional Secretary – WSCF AP

    Among prayers, we can help raise funds for the bereaved families .  Assistance can be channelized to the bank account number 122-00-0509990-1 KCP an RSCM Jakarta GERAKAN MAHASISWA KRISTEN INDONESIA . (If you wish to contribute, please confirm to 6285297200823 ( Treasurer/Lisbeth ) or email:  for the administration report. Please also inform  and  of WSCF)

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  8. Universal Day of Prayer for Students 2014

    World Student Christian Federation invites our members and friends to celebrate The Universal Day of Prayer for Students on 16 February 2014.

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  9. An Appeal to Support the survivors of the “Super Typhoon” Haiyan in the Philippines

    WSCF Asia Pacific and SCM Philippines seek our support and donations for the survivors of the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan:  

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  10. WSCF-E Calls for Equal Rights of Sexual Minorities in Russia

    WSCF Europe wishes to express solidarity with Russian LGBT community in the times of rising homophobia in the country, expressed in the brutal incident in Volgograd. 

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