Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Prayer about Costa Rican land disputes and murder of indigenous leader


Lord God, we pray for Costa Rica as the murder of an indigenous leader brings land issues to the forefront again. First, we pray for the loved ones of Yehry Rivera, a leader of the Broran ethnic group who was killed during a violent land dispute Monday night. Please grant peace and hope to those who mourn, as well as to the nation as it grieves this situation. We are thankful the man who shot Rivera turned himself in to authorities. We pray that the justice system will work effectively in this case, considering and uncovering how many people were involved in the violence. Of course, Lord, the bigger issue that led to this violence has to do with land occupation, as you know. Rivera died trying to expel landholders who are occupying land granted by law to the indigenous population. From the heavens, you see how national indigenous lobbyists accuse the government of ineffectively protecting the land designated for their ethnic groups, and for providing inadequate security. Please help all parties work together on helpful and agreeable solutions. We pray against further violence as these disputes are settled. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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