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Please join us in praying for a group of pastors and leaders from across Canada who will depart for a CBM trip to Lebanon on June 15. The five-member team will be in Lebanon until June 27 to take part in the 2018 Middle East Consultation, which will be held at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut. This year’s theme is “Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam.” Please pray for the safety, health and strength of everyone in attendance. As the participants hear from a variety of keynote speakers, listen to personal testimonies and engage in interfaith forums, may they experience a renewed passion to serve people of other faiths within their own communities.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” says information from the Government of Canada. “Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.” As we take time to reflect on the contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada, please continue to pray for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). In recent months, the MMIWG asked the federal government for additional funds and two extra years to investigate the underlying causes of violence against women and girls. However, the government announced last week that it could only grant the inquiry an additional six month at this time. The final report is now due on April 30, 2019. We continue to pray that the results of this inquiry would bring hope, healing and reconciliation.
World Refugee Day
On June 20, World Refugee Day will commemorate the strength and perseverance of refugees around the world. Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror, says information from the United Nations. Please join us in praying for the millions of displaced people who are seeking to rebuild their lives and create a better future for their children – all while struggling with personal grief and loss. Pray that governments would take actions to ensure that refugee children have access to education and that families would feel welcomed in their new communities. May they experience the love of God through the kindness of strangers, and find long-awaited comfort and peace.