Ambon (ANTARA) - The Commission of Children and Youth of the Maluku Protestant Church (GPM) called for prayers for children in war-torn Palestine to live in peace and lead a happy life like others their age.

This prayer call is made in the framework of the World Children's Prayer Day (HDSA) held annually by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI).

“This year's HDSA was held for Palestine. HDSA worship activities are annual activities carried out at the GPM Rumah Tiga Ambon Congregation," Chairman of the GPM Children and Youth Commission of Desa Rumah Tiga Semy Papilaya stated in Ambon, Thursday.

Some 600 children, in the age bracket of three to 15 years, participated in the activity with caregivers, supervisors, and commissions.

They presented a performance of history, culture, natural resources, geographical location, and the condition of the state of Palestine this year in the form of a parade.

"From this activity, we show our love and concern in Palestine for our friends in the World Children's Prayer Day Celebration," he remarked.

Papilaya noted that in future, concern for Palestine will be followed up by raising funds through the GPM Congregation's humanitarian program.

"Of course, we will involve children. At least through prayer and concrete actions, we can provide hope and positive change for children in need around the world, including in Palestine," he added.

In this vibration of joint prayer, the children made their own Palestinian flag attributes and wore colored clothes that matched with the color of the Palestinian flag.

Sunday School children also demonstrated the Dabke dance as a typical Palestinian dance form and conducted parades while carrying Palestinian ornaments, such as bread, wine, watermelon, oranges, eggplants, olive trees, gazella gazelles, as well as sand, bricks, and gold as the main source of livelihood in Palestine.

In addition, the children played the Ukulele while singing the song "God Love All Children in the World."

The worship was made lively through the peaceful message conveyed in the parade themed "Love brings Peace."

Children are taught to live in love with one another in the family environment and school, including towards society and also strangers, so as to create peace for all parties.

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Translator: Winda Herman, Yuni Arisandy
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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