Pray

Join with us in prayer as we come before God, bringing the needs of the poor, our overseas partners and our friends and colleagues in Australia. Get monthly updates when you receive TEAR Update. If you are praying with us, or if you'd like more information, please contact us at prayer@tear.org.au

Prayer for Dhumba

More about TEAR's partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia

• Interested in Indigenous issues? Join Dhumba on Facebook.  • Working in Indigenous communities? Join the TEARLink network.

Prayer is a critical part of our work. Listed below are some areas that need support through faithful prayer.

Pray for the Dhumba Committee and Dhumba staff

The Dhumba Committee meets 4-5 times per year, sets policy for the program and makes important funding decisions. Pray for each member, that they can find time for good preparation and that, together, they may make wise decisions.

Governments and Policies

  • Pray for wise government leaders, both federal and state/territory, as they develop and implement polices on closing the gap of Indigenous life expectancy.
  • Pray for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.
  • Pray for a successful referendum to change the Australian constitution to give overdue recognition to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to change the race provisions. The timing is not yet set but may be in 2017.

Reconciliation

Pray for churches and communities to embrace reconciliation and build strong relationships between different groups in their local area.

Pray for the projects that we currently support

At any one time, Dhumba has a portfolio of 4-5 Indigenous Christian partnerships. Please pray for the effective work of these partnerships.

TEARlink

TEARlink is a network of Christians working in government and community jobs across Australia.

  • Pray for all those called to work in the challenging situations of Aboriginal communities.
  • Pray that they may be well-prepared and well-skilled in cross-cultural relating.
  • Pray for wisdom, patience and peace.

Prayer for Reconciliation

Lord God, bring us together as one,

Reconciled with you and with each other.

You made us in your likeness.

You gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.

He has given us forgiveness from sin.

Lord God, bring us together as one,

Different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ:

Together as your body, your church, your people.

Lord God, bring us together as one,

Reconciled, healed, forgiven,

Sharing you with others as you have called us to do.

In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one.

© Prayer by Bishop Arthur Malcolm taken from APBA.

Prayer for the Journey of Healing

Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,

Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.

You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.

We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask Your forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.

In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope.

Amen

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