22 Jan 2021 MONTH OF PRAYER: Week 3
The Lahash community is beginning this new year of ministry together with prayer. We just released the 2021 Lahash Prayer Guide for you to use now and throughout the year ahead. Click the link to view, download, or print the new guide. Thank you for joining us in prayer this month!
Lahash has three ministry partners in Tanzania, each in a different region of this large and mostly rural country. Path Of Hope in Shinyanga, Albino Peacemakers in Arusha, and Grace & Healing Ministry in Dodoma are all serving incredibly vulnerable children whose families depend on small-scale farming, day labor jobs, or small businesses (such as selling fruit or vegetables in open-air markets) to survive. Pray for these families as the combination of the pandemic and periods of destructive rainfall and flooding have brought major losses of jobs, homes, and property. Pray for restoration and stability in 2021.
Tanzania held a presidential election in October 2020. Thank God that it proceeded peacefully and pray for solidarity and cohesion among the people of Tanzania. May the divisions caused during the time of the election be resolved. Pray for wisdom as the government makes decisions on how best to protect its citizens against Covid-19.
Request: People with Albinism & Their Families
Albinism is a genetic condition that is more prevalent in Tanzania than anywhere else in the world. There is a long history of people with albinism being ostracized from their communities or even their own families due to the harmful myths, lack of understanding, and social stigma associated with albinism. People with albinism often suffer debilitating health issues, discrimination, neglect, abuse, and violence, and many perceive themselves as a burden to their families. Please pray for:
- Our ministry partner Albino Peacemakers and their mission to improve the lives of people with albinism across Tanzania.
- Physical and emotional protection for people with albinism and their families/caregivers.
- Education, understanding, compassion, healing, and reconciliation to prevail in families where someone has been rejected because of having albinism.
- Societal stigma to reduce and even disappear; full acceptance and celebration of people with albinism.
- For Lahash kids with albinism to thrive, knowing they are loved and cared for by God and by our global community!
Praise God for the work of Sister Martha Mganga and Albino Peacemakers as they seek to educate families and communities about albinism, care for vulnerable children with albinism, and work to create a strong and supportive community for people with albinism and their families.
Reflection: Psalm 95:1-7
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
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.