Promoting East/West peace and understanding

Janessa Gans Wilder was liaising with top Iraqi leaders as a CIA analyst in the run up to the first elections in 2005, and witnessed first hand the clashes between Americans and Iraqis and the lack of cultural, religious, and historical understanding that pervaded both sides. Her prayers convinced her that the resolution of human entanglements is to see that good is abundant, that there is enough for everyone because God is good and universal.

Janessa decided to Walk the Talk and so she resigned from the CIA to start a grassroots movement to allay fear and restore trust between the West and Middle East in the aftermath of 9/11. Her aim is to help citizens on both sides realize their mutual humanity as the way to find lasting freedom and security. After five years of government service on the Middle East and South Asia, she became a consultant to the State Department and a visiting professor of Middle East issues at Principia College.


  1. Randall says:

    Awesomeness, J. Gots a song for you:

    :) love,


  2. Peter Phillips says:

    I love and look forward to it for inspiration and hope. Peter

  3. Peter Phillips says:

    I love it and look forward to it for inspiration and hope. Thank you. Peter

  4. Peter Phillips says:

    Janessa – I am so inspired at what you have undertaken! You are taking a stand on the firm ground of Truth, Love and Principle which we all, throughout the world, across the divide of religion, doctrine, race, ethnicity, and whatever is contrary to God’s pure, loving and upright children.
    As a veteran who served in the Navy and was in the Viet Nam War, I appreciate and respect you and the movement you have started for peace and justice!
    Sincerely. Peter

  5. Carlos says:

    Janessa… thank you for sharing and for the wonderful work you are doing. It’s inspiring to see how you have seen through the chaos to divine purpose in your current situation, whatever it may be. We can all learn a lesson from that. Your story shows the potential of just one person getting a clearer understanding of reality, and you’ve told it with such poetry I’m sure it will inspire many.

  6. Trevor Leach IOM says:

    Love your video
    I wondered if you are praying with Bicknell’s Article on Oneness
    Plainfield Church CS Church have a good version of this article in the collected writings of Bicknell Young- we like Jesus can think scientifically as the Father from the standpoint of oneness, perfection- God bless you in your work for the Science of the Christ.
    Trevor Leach

  7. Janessa says:

    I’m so inspired by these comments and the prayers for peace! It’s a privilege to be on this journey towards a greater daily practice of peace with you all. (To Wendy in Kuwait, insha’allah all is well and you are learning lots!) ;-)

  8. Janessa says:

    Love this, Cathryn! It’s so good to run straight at the darkness (those root causes) and uncover them. Thank you for this!

  9. JJ says:

    This is beautiful!!! Such pure thoughts and motives, and such total promise from your wonderful example, Janessa, and Euphrates. This is important! Thank you for all you are doing. Much love and gratitude to you -

  10. Simon D in Melbourne says:

    Janessa, you are an inspiration. Your work is vital. I will let everyone I know about this video.

  11. Wendy - Kuwait says:

    Vanessa – Wow.
    A couple of friends have told me of your work since I moved to Kuwait a few months ago. I’m on your hope and peace wagon, praying with you and my entire church congregation in SoCal for a recognition of the peace and control of God that is already here, as you so eloquently said.
    Thank you so much for your work – and all your helpers worldwide.
    This video is going to be forwarded and forwarded.
    God bless all,

  12. LittleChild says:

    You’re right, Sandy. I’m newly informed, totally inspired, and on my way to being transformed, from hopelessness about to hope for the Middle East, and all civilizations.

    What Janessa said about the beauty, power and serenity of the Euphrates, plus the definition of Euphrates in the Glossary, have become the newest launching pad for my own spiritual activism.

    Here’s the first sentence of the definition — the part Janessa referred to — for anyone who doesn’t own a copy of Science and Health:

    EUPHRATES (river). Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 585, by Mary Baker Eddy)

    It can also be found here:

  13. Cathryn Rathsam says:

    Dear Janessa,

    I loved your story of how the river Euphrates evolved into the name of your peace organization. My wholehearted prayers are behind you! Recently as I prayed about peace, these ideas on the causes of war and terrorism and their spiritual counterfacts (SC) came to thought:

    Cause: Feeling of powerlessness. SC: God gives man respect, honor and the ability to address problems in a peaceful manner.

    Cause: Hatred. SC: God’s love FILLS every space, including every heart.

    Cause: Fear. SC: God’s love is all-powerful and inspires confidence and hope in Goodness.

    Cause: Life is not valued. SC: God values each one of us as if we were his only child in the whole universe! Because He so values us, and He is the Father of us all, we too, can and will, value each other.

    Cause: Sterotyping. SC: Man is individual, special, unique. God loves us all and equally.

    Cause: Narrow-mindedness. SC: God is always expanding, therefore, His ideas (that’s us!) are open-minded, free, creative, unconfined able to adapt and progress.

    Cause: Minds being manipulated. SC: There is ONE Mind, ONE God, and He governs all His ideas and expressions. Only good thoughts can flow from God to man. Man is NOT separate from his Maker.

    Thank you and all the Warriors for Peace! Our God is a God of Peace, so peace is natural and we can LET it shine through us and expect to see it manifested in the Middle East.

  14. Sandy says:

    Janessa is the real deal! Thank you for modeling Inform, Inspire and Transform! What a gift The Euphrates Institute is to mankind!

  15. Joe says:

    Good stuff. She’s a really good thinker, which is what the world needs.

  16. itsaboutgood says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for carrying the standard of the warriors of peace! Your work is so powerful and so needed. Thank you for taking a stand for the good in this world!

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