New York, NY – August 11, 2017
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), together with the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches, calls on churches to observe this August 13th as ‘Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.’ It marks the Sunday before Liberation Day when Koreans in the North and South celebrate their independence from Japan on August 15, 1945. Yet at the same time it was also the day when the peninsula was divided.
Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA, comments: "Dialogue and understanding is the right and moral way forward as we uphold the dignity and great value of every people who bear the image of the God of Peace. On this Sunday of prayer, we bring before the Lord our plea for a peaceful resolution and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. May God change hearts, may He change minds, and may He bring about unity in this land to the glory of His name."
In February last year, participants of WEA’s International Leadership Forum in Seoul visited the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and offered a prayer for reconciliation and reunification. May it serve as inspiration for many prayers that will be offered this coming Sunday:
In the spirit of reconciliation that Jesus entrusted to us, we pray for all the Korean people and the leaders of both governments that throughout this peninsula there will be peace and harmony.
All our nations bear the scars of history and strife of previous generations, which we all regret and none of us would have chosen. We want to be those who heal the wounds of the past and leave a lasting legacy of peace for our children and future generations.
We pray that the governments both in and outside the peninsula may be guided by God to undertake peacemaking initiatives in a spirit of mutual respect, not of condemnation. We commit ourselves to pray that the God of peace will be with all those who undertake these difficult tasks, which appear to be impossible in our own strength but with God’s help we can achieve lasting peace.
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.