HealthEd Connect at Peacemakers Summit

Saturday, September 7

9-7By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

You are called to create pathways in the world for peace in Christ to be relationally and culturally incarnate. The hope of Zion is realized when the vision of Christ is embodied in communities of generosity, justice, and peacefulness.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:3a

My husband, Jac, and I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Peacemakers Summit at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, in September 2011. The purpose of the summit was to bring together leaders of the church and church-affiliated groups to discuss justice and peacemaking. Invigorating energy and stimulating ideas permeated the event.

One theme that recurred throughout the day was the need to involve young adults in internships to develop academic and practical skills of how to create justice and peace.

We felt the organization we lead, HealthEd Connect, was on the cutting edge of this effort. We arranged two internships for young adults to go to Zambia. One as a teacher mentor to help the schools move forward in continual progress toward higher academic standards; the other as a guide for the emotional-support groups organized to help orphans work through their grief.

The idea is to match skills of young adults with needs in the field. Your contributions to world mission tithes help make this possible. This effort to help Abolish Poverty, End Suffering excites us. Additionally, this project helps Develop Disciples to Serve. That’s a “win-win” approach!

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, inspire us with ways we can share Christ’s peace. Infuse our programs with new ideas and give us strength to succeed.

Spiritual Practice: Praying with a Partner
Pray with a partner if possible, or imagine Christ sitting with you. The heart is a center of compassion and spiritual connection. Stand or sit across from your partner with hands open and palms up. Invite your partner to place hands, palms down, on your hands. Close your eyes and be aware of the connection between your heart and your partner’s heart. What needs, feelings, or longings do you sense? Invite God’s peace to flow into you and move from your heart to the heart of your partner. Feel or see God’s healing light and love flowing between your hearts. After a period of silent prayer, thank God and your partner. Say amen. (You also may pray this prayer by envisioning a particular person across from you.)

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will join my peacemaking skills with a partner to make a greater impact.

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  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  7 September 2013

    Since having opportunity to sit and talk with you and Jac in Fort Collins, your work in Zambia has been on my mind. It is such a worthwhile project and is benefitting so many people. We sure commend you both for your dedication.

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