Our Angry World
posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 22 September 2017, 13:09
The Power of prayer is needed more than ever with so many crisis around the world. Today we report on the catastrophic mudslides in Sierra Leone and the effects of hurricane Irma on the islands of the NE Caribbean, especially Aruba. Thousands of people have been affected by mudslides in Freetown, the Capital of Sierra Leone. Over 500 people have been killed, a quarter of them children, and hundreds are missing. Mothers' Union responded immediately, providing food, clothing, toiletries, water, blankets and medication for those homeless and hospitalised. Emergency services work day and night to search the mud for bodies. This is a tragedy for a country still coming to terms with the effects of the Ebola outbreak. Both Christian and Muslim leaders are coming together to oversee mass burial ceremonies. There has been a great outpouring of love. People have welcomed those fleeing the landslide into their own homes sharing their traumas. It will be a long and painstaking task, but they will rebuild their lives.
Mothers' Union Diocese representing the many islands of the NE Caribbean wish to send prayers and messages of solidarity to all those affected by the ferocious hurricanes in that area. Experts are estimating there is at least $10 billion worth of damage caused by this unmitigated disaster. We mourn for all those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses. Mothers' Union are assessing and monitoring the situations as they develop, identifying how they can respond. Grants are being considered from both the Mothers' Union Disaster Fund and worldwide Mothers' Union Relief Fund. Never before has such massive destruction been seen. On one island alone, virtually every house, school and church has been flattened. People live in fear, isolation and desperation. Let us pray for all those that need us:
Lord we pray for all those affected by the mudslides, the hurricanes, the storms and other natural disasters. We recognise we are hopeless in the face of them, but we pray, Father, you help those who stand in harm's way, and the people who are trying their best to keep them safe. Loving Father, help us to know and be confident that if disaster comes our way, you are ever present with us. Teach us to cope and afterwards respond with love and care for others. If we are spared, and others are affected, we pray that Your help is given to them speedily, and this may be turned into an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of love and service which bind men and nations together. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. By Arthur Tear
Posted: 22 Sep 2017 | There are 0 comments
You can comment on this article here (All fields required)