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“Flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you.” Matt. 2:13

Friday, August 7

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Asia and the Pacific, continued


Dhyana Pura Beach Retreat Center, Indonesia Photo by Mienda Uriarte


Dhyana Pura Beach Retreat Center, Indonesia


Photo by Mienda Uriarte


The region is marked also by staggering energy and dynamism: in surging movements toward democracy and self-determination, in economic expansion, and in rapid modernization and technological advancement. Many people have become more conscious of their rights and have begun to demand that their dignity be honored and due rights granted. They are claiming to be their own subjects and are refusing to be objects in the hands of others. The people are speaking, and the groundswell is just beginning to be felt in peaceful demonstrations and public outcries, organized student activities and written declarations, and creative and artistic expressions. These are exciting and uncertain times in Asia and the Pacific.

The faithful will continue to offer up their prayers: from mothers and fathers in villages throughout the hill country, for the safekeeping of their children at night; from women and men in urban high-rises, that militaries will not invade today; from the impoverished and downtrodden, that there will be enough; and from brothers and sisters all over, that God will continue to move in mighty ways.

Rev. Mienda Uriarte, area coordinator, Asia and the Pacific, Presbyterian World Mission

Let us join in prayer for:


Pacific Conference of Churches • Pacific Theological College [Fiji] • Ulaanbaatar University [Mongolia] • Presbyterian Church in Singapore • Trinity Theological College [Singapore] • Protestant Church in Timor-Lorosa’e • Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu • Onesua Presbyterian College

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Mary Martinez, PMA
Brad Masters, FDN

Let us pray

God of grace and peace, there is so much happening around us. Changes are coming, and some are already here. It is difficult sometimes to know where your presence is in all of it. Are these blessings from you, or are these temptations to avoid? There are moments when we are very confused. We long for your guidance. Please break through the chaos with your reassurance and grant us your understanding. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 148
First Reading 2 Samuel 12:1-14
Second Reading Acts 19:21-41
Gospel Reading Mark 9:14-29
Evening Psalms 25; 40

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