13 Jan 2021 MONTH OF PRAYER: Week 2
The Lahash global community is beginning this new year of ministry together with prayer. As we focus each week on a specific region where Lahash works along with a current issue that the children across East Africa are facing, we thank you for joining us in setting this foundation of prayer for 2021.
Forever altered by the horrors of genocide committed against the Tutsi tribe in 1994, Rwanda is a small country with big scars. Although the children Lahash serves in Rwanda have all been born in the post-genocide era, they are being raised by parents and caregivers who survived it or have grown up in its shadow. Our ministry partners at ERM-Rwanda are caring for some of the most vulnerable of these families. They currently provide holistic care for over 70 kids in the Sponsorship Program (like Alice who is praying in the photo above). Please pray for continued hope and healing in the lives of these kids and their caretakers, as well as for peace to prevail between all Rwandan people.
Rwanda has benefited greatly over the past several years from a period of economic growth and improvement, but the pandemic has halted that progress. Vulnerable families have been the hardest hit, as lockdown measures have cost people their day labor, small business, and market jobs. Pray for economic recovery and protection from Covid-19 as Rwanda opens up its now-fragile economy, schools, and other social structures.
Request: Nutrition & Food Security
Improving the health of vulnerable children and families has always been a ministry focus of Lahash, and good nutrition is a big part of that. Even under normal circumstances, many of the kids and families that Lahash serves struggle with hunger. Now the pandemic has made it even harder to get the food they need.
Please pray for:
- Wage-earning opportunities to open up for families in poverty
- Our ministry partners as they check on families and deliver emergency food
- Sufficient rains and plentiful harvests across the region
- Dramatic improvements in nutrition and food security for families in need
- Physical health and strength, and protection from malnutrition and disease
Praise God for the emergency food relief that was generously donated by the Lahash community this past year! Pictured above is part of a distribution to kids and families in the Sponsorship Program. Please pray that 2021 brings these hungry families the chance to thrive rather than just survive.
Reflection: Psalm 146:5-10
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
We would love to have more people praying for Lahash and the kids we serve! If you’d like to receive periodic prayer emails throughout 2021 and join us in praying over specific requests, join the email list here.