Join me today in praying for victims of Indonesia’s earthquake and ensuing tsunami, which occurred on Friday, September 28th. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I write Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that the over 1200 people who have been killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia will be welcomed into heaven. I pray that the death toll will not continue to rise and that all who are able to be saved will be saved. I pray for your comfort for those who mourn the deaths of loved ones.
I pray that the injured will receive lifesaving care and that they will heal fully and quickly. I pray for persistence and perseverance for doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers who are likely overwhelmed by the number of injured people. Pray that relief efforts will not be hindered by a lack of mobility from destroyed roads and debris.
I pray that those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged will have immediate access to shelter, food, clean water, and other necessities. I pray that the destruction caused by the disaster will not prevent support from reaching those who need it.
I pray that over time, the destroyed homes and structures will be rebuilt. I pray that those who cannot afford to rebuild their homes will receive sufficient assistance to do so.
Notes and Explanations
On Friday, September 28th, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of the city of Palu in Indonesia. The earthquake was very destructive and was followed by a tsunami that was approximately 18 feet high. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake also occurred 12 minutes after the initial one.
Large amounts of homes and building were destroyed. Over 1200 people have been killed. The death toll has been rising each day. Hospitals and medical facilities have been caring for hundreds of injured people.
Many people are missing and the disaster destroyed telecommunications capabilities so phones have not been working.
The video below shows the tsunami as it hit the shore. It may be disturbing.
There are many charities that you can donate to in order to support disaster relief efforts. I suggest doing a Google search to find one you like best.