Pray for the Philippines

Prayer Vigil Flyer President Barack Obama will host a visit from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines this week.

Recognizing the human rights abuses that have occurred in the Philippines in recent years, a Prayer Vigil (PDF) will take place in Washington, DC on July 30, 2009 at noon.The Presbyterian Washington Office is among the sponsors of the vigil.

If you cannot come to Washington at that time, consider organizing a prayer vigil where you are.

If you cannot organize a vigil, consider praying on your own that justice and peace will be attained in the Philippines.

If you cannot pray on July 30, pray on another day. Pray every day.

Learn more about the situation in the Philippines.

Read about Melissa Roxas, a Filipina American and an American citizen from Los Angeles, who was abducted and tortured by suspected Philippine military agents on May 19 of this year in the city of La Paz in the Tarlac province.

View video about the abduction and release of Pastor Edwin Egar of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. This event took place in February 2009 while Presbyterians were visiting our church partners.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been in ministry with the people of the Philippines since 1899. The 218th General Assembly (2008) adopted a resolution on human rights violations in the Philippines.

The 2009 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study has a prayer that might be used for the people of the Philippines.

Merciful God, let your justice prevail for the people of the Philippines. Bring the violence to an end and release for the captives. Restore the dignity of the Philippine people and provide for them the abundant life that is your will. Help us to be good neighbors to them and advocates for a just peace for all. Amen.

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