19th July 2019

Tearfund Latest Prayer Points

 

Rebuilding your life when disaster hits

 

 

Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. What was so certain can be swept away and our world can be suddenly uprooted.

 

This is Yaema’s* survival story. Yaema lost almost everything when floods hit Sierra Leone’s capital in 2017. Her husband, swept away. Their home, ruined. Her business, destroyed. Only her children remained safe. ‘I could not salvage anything’, she shares.

 

Before the disaster, Yaema was a business owner. Her children went to school, and she was able to provide for them. In her own words, ‘We were a happy family’.

 

Overnight everything changed. When the floods hit, the family sought refuge at a church a Tearfund local partner where they received food, water and toiletries. ‘We survived on what the church gave us’, Yaema says.

 

Rebuilding

At Tearfund we are passionate about working with people to secure their own future. Our local partners supported Yaema in the interim, but it was important to help her with the tools she needed to rebuild her life.

 

To help Yaema in the long term, our local partner gave her a cash grant. With the money she has rented a house and opened a small shop, which she plans to grow. What’s important to Yaema is that she is able to provide for her family again.

 

Trust in God

Yaema is certain it was God that helped turn her life around. ‘God saw my tears and he helped me out. I give him glory and praise because he did it for me and my family’.

 

Our God isn’t distant. He cares and provides for us. Yaema concludes, ‘Now I know there is a God who we can trust that will never fail me. When we lost everything I thought it was over for me and my family, but God came in time and lifted us up.’

 

 

 

PLEASE PRAY

 

 

* Thank God for his provision through Tearfund’s partner for Yaema and her family, and pray that her business continues to grow.

* Lift up Tearfund and their local partners who respond to disasters. Pray for safety and wisdom as they reach those in need.

* Pray for protection over Sierra Leone, a high-risk country for natural disasters.

 

*Name changed to protect identity.

 

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A note from...

 

 

‘Yaema's trust in God overcame her fear of losing everything. Circumstances might challenge us, set us back and make things sometimes seem difficult. However, there is a God above that can help us in the midst of all these trying times. Let's give thanks!’

 

Patricia Conteh

West Africa Team

 

 

PRAYER POINTS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

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Prayer Item #1

 

Monsoon rains have caused severe floods and landslides in Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India, leaving millions of people at risk. Pray for people affected and for Tearfund’s partners as they support those in need. Pray for God’s protection over the Rohingya refugees living in temporary shelters as more heavy rain is predicted.

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Prayer Item #2

 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola has spread to Goma, a major city of 2 million people close to the Rwandan border. Please pray for an end to the spread of this virus. Pray also for peace in the eastern part of the country, where violence has been on the rise.

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Prayer Item #3

 

Thousands of people up and down the country are marking plastic-free July by giving up one type of single-use plastic for the month. Pray this will raise awareness of the impact of waste on people living in poverty, and result in people in the UK forming new habits in caring for creation.

 

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