Mother and daughter in Gaza waiting for a
God is to us a God who saves – by God the Lord do we escape death.
Christ prayed for the peace of Jerusalem and so do many Christians to this day. Though the Middle East can be seen at this distance as a byword for war and instability, the dioceses of the province seek to bless the communities in which they operate. In Egypt, for example, the EpiscoCare centres offer a variety of support (medical, educational, trade education, microfinance etc) to Egyptian families. In Gaza, the Church runs the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital. As part of the many services it delivers, Al-Ahli provides a Child Nutrition program for underweight babies. In Northern Cyprus, the Church runs a chaplaincy for Christian students who come from many countries for tertiary study.
On this day we call to mind our sisters and brothers within the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East; and so we pray for –
Lord Jesus Christ, be with your Church where it suffers especially in your beloved Jerusalem and the Middle East. Keep them in safety and security, dwell among them, and encircle them with your peace so that they be freed from all fear. Amen.