3rd March 2017
Tearfund Latest Prayer Points
Hope for Honduras
With an average of 20 murders committed every day, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. Living in a crime-riddled riverbank slum in San Pedro Sula, Honduras second largest city, it’s no wonder families like Angela’s go to bed frightened.
River of death
Angela, her husband and five children live in a two-room hut made of salvaged wood and plastic sheeting, perched precariously above the river. It gives little protection when it rains. In the last rainy season, the family’s latrine was washed into the river.
Gang violence and drug trafficking regularly take a terrible toll. The river that runs beside the slum and through San Pedro Sula is used as a dumping site for bodies. This is the same river that Angela’s children must wade through to reach school since the bridge was damaged.
There is no school in the slum, the government won’t provide any services as the people aren’t legally settled. Angela and her family are one of 40,000 families living in the riverbank slum, without access to any facilities.
These are the very places where Jesus calls us to make the most profound difference. This Lent, the cross reminds us that redemption is a gift for everyone, no matter how desperate the circumstances.
Finding her voice
Tearfund’s partner, Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM), is helping women like Angela set up committees to be a voice for their community. CASM helps the community come together, support one another and create a better life, despite the dangers.
Today, with training from CASM, Angela and others on the committee are calling for changes that will give the riverbank slum families a safe place to live.
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* Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that the violence and corruption that characterises Honduras will give way to a peaceful and just society for all. We pray for a dignifying relocation process for the riverbank community and that they may be able to live in safety. Please may joy overflow where it seems impossible right now. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A note from...
‘My heart breaks for mums like Angela. They struggle to provide for even the most basic needs of their families. It really is no wonder that grief and despair are found in every corner. However – in spite of everything, some amazing things are happening.’
Head of Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean
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Prayer Item #2
As the offensive to liberate West Mosul (Iraq) continues, pray that civilian life will be protected, and that people will have access to food, water and other essential supplies. Pray that we would be able to support those fleeing the violence through our programmes in the region.
Prayer Item #3
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