Prayer

Continued Prayer in the Wake of Cyclone Idai

In crises like this, often our children and families can disperse and thus increasing their vulnerability and hampering efforts to provide care. We thank God that none of our children have left the communities. Thank God for the protection He gave our children, their families and Care Workers during the cyclone.

As the local Hands teams in Chimoio, Mozambique and Dedza, Malawi begin to repair homes and as they, and those supporting them, continue to assess and plan the next steps across the region, ask God to give them wisdom and discernment, strength and endurance, and encouragement and love.  

Currently, many of the communities in Mozambique and Zimbabwe are facing a total loss of crop. This will have a devastating impact on the year to come, as for many the hunger season will be extended for another twelve months. Pray for Hands at Work leaders, to have wisdom as they seek to plan to support our families in this time of uncertainty and desperate hunger. 

This past Tuesday, the Care Workers and the Primary Caregivers in the community of Matsinho, Mozambique, with the support of Hands at Work, were able to do some emergency planting of vegetables with the hope that they will grow quickly. Please pray for these vegetables to grow and that the harvest will be plentiful, giving our families in Matsinho some source of consistent food, in the midst of the hunger season.  

Pray for the local churches in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to rise up and take responsibility for the most vulnerable and the broken in their community who have lost everything.  

The impact of an event like the cyclone is not just physical. Our communities are fragile, and many of our children are already dealing with trauma. An event like this has left children and their families further traumatised as their homes were destroyed, they lost whatever crops were remaining after a bad growing season, and they face the uncertainties of what lies ahead. This is the most important work that we do: that through our efforts and our presence in the communities, we bring a stabilising force: we show compassion and love, demonstrating, as we work together to serve the most vulnerable in these communities, that these families are not forgotten and alone. Pray for our children and families to have hope in the midst of hopelessness and desperation. Ask God to bring His peace and comfort in this season of sadness and uncertainty. Pray for God to reveal Himself as their Heavenly Father, who knows their name and loves them deeply, despite the challenges surrounding them.

Although the rains have ceased in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, they have continued in Malawi. Pray that the rains will slow to enable us to better respond. Pray, too, that no further homes will be destroyed in these rains.

Some of our families have been separated and accommodated into different shelters. Pray for these families. Pray that they will be reunited soon.

Across Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe there have been many cases of malaria and other water-borne diseases that have been reported as a result of the stagnant water from the cyclone. Please pray for the health of all of our children, their families and our Care Workers.

Pray that people in our communities, who weren’t directly impacted by the cyclone, will have grace and compassion on those who have been considerably impacted. Pray for those who have resources to share with those who don’t.  

Prayer Requests - November 2015

GREETINGS TO ALL

PRAISE GOD IN HIS SANCTUARY; PRAISE HIM IN HIS MIGHTY HEAVENS. PRAISE HIM FOR HIS ACTS OF POWER, PRAISE HIM FOR HIS SURPASSING GREATNESS. - Psalm 150:1+2

As we approach the end of 2015, Hands at Work can witness the grace of God and His faithfulness.

Prayer for Goma

Greetings in Jesus’ Name,
 
                       EVEN THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY,
                                 OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL
                                          FOR YOU ARE WITH ME, YOUR ROD AND YOUR
                                                      STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME.

                     
                                                                                                         Psalm 23 : 4
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO.
 
Rebels are again active in Luhongu Village, Gomo, where Hands at Work is caring for vulnerable children. These children live in constant fear and are extremely traumatized. Please pray for their protection and that feeding schemes can continue.That grannies and Care Workers will be able to comfort these children.
 
Thank you for your prayers.
 
Be blessed.
Oumie.

Pray for Luhonga, DR Congo

Greetings in Jesus’ Name.
 
                                       Even though I walk through the valley of
                                              the shadow of death ,                         
                                                    I will fear no evil, for you are with me,
                                                              Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
 
   Please pray for:
 
                             Luhongo in Eastern DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
 
Hands at Work supports Muungano Community Based Organisation in Luhongo where many vulnerable children have again been affected by attacks from rebels.
The children we care for, ranging in age from 1 – 10 years, fled with grannies and Care Workers to Sake, a refugee camp, when the rebels also attacked Sake.
Many were wounded by gun shots and five people in the refugee camp were killed. We are not able to get much more information than this.
They live in constant fear. Many fled into dense forest areas and are lost.
As no food can reach them there is a fear that starvation will claim lives.
 
Pray for all the leaders to have wisdom to face the many challenges.
Pray that Care Workers will find these children even as the situation is desperate.
 
These children are so traumatized and we pray for God’s mercy. That they will experience His love.
 
Be blessed,
Oumie