Prayer News 20 August 2021

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

This week, we are focusing our prayers on the situation in Afghanistan.

A member of our international mission team, who worked in Afghanistan, shares the urgent need for prayer:

We have all been greatly saddened by the pictures we’ve seen of fighting, destruction, mass displacement, frantic attempts to gain passports and visas to leave the country and chaotic scenes at the airport in Kabul. Those affected most are the women, children, elderly and people with disabilities.

The Islamic call to prayer rings out from mosques, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslim people to prayer five times a day. Afghanistan needs our prayers particularly at this time. I am wondering if you could stop to pray regularly for the people there?

Here are some things to pray for:

  • Pray for things to be calm, not only for Kabul, but for the rest of the country.
  • As the country goes through this period of transition, pray that those who want to leave will be able to, and for those who remain, that they will remain safe, particularly women and those from minority groups.
  • Pray for the many thousands of people who were displaced, that they will receive humanitarian aid swiftly, and that they will be able to return safely to their homes.
  • And pray that, as the country looks to the future, girls will continue to be able to go to school and university, that women can contribute to society and the light that was lit for so many during these last 20 years would remain visible.

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