Join me today in prayers regarding conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for civilian victims in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, and others affected by crisis. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about international crisis relief and humanitarian efforts.
I pray that aid workers will never again be killed or harmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I pray that factions will see that aid workers are there to help them, and that hurting them only harms there own people.
I pray that the DRC will have fair and open presidential elections in 2018.
I pray for a peaceful end to war in Syria. I pray that masses of civilians will not continue to be killed by airstrikes and bombings in Eastern Ghouta.
I pray that each person injured will heal fully and quickly. I pray that those traumatized by war will encounter the peace of Christ.
I pray that when the war in Syria ends, there will be an effective plan implemented so that the destroyed cities and economy can be restored so that the millions of Syrians who have left the country can return.
I pray for the Rohingya, that at their refugee camps in Bangladesh conditions will improve so that there will be adequate housing, sanitation, food, clean water, healthcare access, and access to counseling. I pray that preventable diseases will not continue to spread across the camps. I pray that all those infected with diphtheria will be saved.
I pray that each of the Rohingya will encounter the peace of Christ in Christian aid workers.
I pray that warring factions in Yemen will cease for the sake of the common person who is suffering so much. I pray that You will save each person at risk of death from starvation, severe acute malnutrition, diphtheria, or cholera. I pray that warring factions will no longer attack medical facilities, and will allow aid workers full, unimpeded access to the entire country.
I pray that the government of Afghanistan will regain control over its entire territory in the next five years. I pray that they will be able to protect their citizens from extremist attacks. I pray that the Taliban and ISIS ideologies will be extinguished in the country within eight years.
I pray for full restoration of vital systems in the entire Caribbean, primarily electricity, very soon.
I pray that worldwide, refugees will be welcomed with mercy and compassion. I pray that wherever they go, they will be met by people with resources to help them. I also pray that they will not be seen as a threat or a danger, when the majority of them are regular, peaceful people fleeing violence.
Notes and Explanations
According to UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 250 civilians have been killed in the past 48 hours in Eastern Ghouta. Eastern Ghouta is a suburb of Damascus, Syria’s capital, and is a rebel-held area.
Two Hydraulique Sans Frontières workers were killed and a third kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend. Read more here. The country’s president has been in power for many years. They were going to hold elections in 2017, but those were cancelled, and the president now says there will not be new elections until 2019.
Yemen has been in a state of civil war, with many international powers involved, since 2014. It is being called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, although Eastern Ghouta may soon replace it. In Yemen over 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, with many millions at risk of immediate starvation.