The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world.
June: Gun Violence
We see it in the news practically every day – someone’s life being taken by gun violence. Most times, it happens in communities far away, leaving us momentarily saddened but ultimately unaffected. But with more than 300 million registered firearms in the United States, there’s always a chance that someone in your neighborhood will decide to use one out of frustration, anger, or desperation. In 2017 alone, about 15,500 people died in the United States due to gun violence. The United Methodist Church passed a resolution on gun violence at the 2016 General Conference, saying in part, “As followers of Jesus, called to live into the reality of God’s dream of shalom as described by Micah, we must address the epidemic of gun violence so ‘that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in God’s paths.’”
This month, please pray for:
Week 1: United Methodist congregations to make preventing gun violence a regular part of their conversations and prayer times.
Week 2: United Methodist congregations to partner with local law enforcement and community groups to help prevent gun violence.
Week 3: United Methodists to advocate at the local and national levels for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence.
Week 4: Peace for families and communities that have experienced gun violence or gun-related deaths.