Lord, we pray for Jane Holl Lute, as she accepted the mantle
today of a United Nations special coordinator for improving the UN’s response to allegations of sexual
exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Lord, what a sad irony—for
peacekeepers to sexually abuse and exploit those they are appointed to protect!
Our hearts are saddened by this tremendous abuse of power and breach of trust.
Lord, help Ms. Lute as she seeks to better
align the UN’s peacekeeping and human rights systems. We ask for accountability
for those who commit these crimes. We ask for swift response on behalf of the
victims. We pray for healing for the individuals and people groups who have
been damaged in multiple ways through these abuses. We pray also for protection
against any false accusations. May truth and justice occur for all involved. In Jesus’
name we pray, amen.