Lord, in the past missionary activity was sometimes
seen by local people as just another arm of colonial rule.
We thank you for the tireless work of missionaries
who respect the cultures and traditions of local people
and work to become part of the local community they serve.
Through their work, they reveal the love of Christ
throughout the world.
We pray for all missionaries today,
especially those operating in difficult circumstances
that they may live and witness to the gospel
in a way that will draw people to Christ.
— By a Columban Missionary