Prayers for Peacemakers, May 7, 2014

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Prayers for Peacemakers, May 7, 2014

Pray for all those who had their hopes for
a free and fair election in Iraqi Kurdistan disappointed on April 30,
2014. 

The team in Iraqi Kurdistan wrote, “Our hopes for fair elections in Iraqi Kurdistan died today”:
– as we witnessed the fear that the presence of armed
and undercover PUK “security” forces at the gates and inside of the
voting centers sowed among the voters and electoral staff;
– as we heard shooting and saw bullet shells gathered
at the yard of a voting center;
– as we watched armed PUK men take away a staff member
employed by the Independent High Electoral Commission allegedly because he
filmed the illegal entry of armed “security” forces into his voting
center;
– and as we read that TV station crews and journalists
have been attacked, beaten and otherwise prevented from doing their work…

Give thanks for the
courageous judge who issued warrants for the arrests of the Director-General of
the Asaish (secret police), the head of the Anti-Terrorism unit and the head of
the provincial Special Forces, because of the assaults on election observers.

Epixel for May 11, 2014
Gorran election observer in hospital after he was abducted and severely beaten
For it is a credit to you if, being
aware of God, you endure pain while suffering
unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is
that?
But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s
approval.
1 Peter 2:19-20

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a
text from the upcoming Sunday’s RevisedCommon Lectionary readings.

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