Prayer Updates for Children at Risk for the Week of November 10, 2014

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Prayer Concerns for the Week of November 10, 2014

 

Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal

  • Continue to keep the children and people of West Africa close in prayer as they deal with the Ebola outbreak. The deadly disease has infected more than 13,000 people and killed an estimated 5,000 of those infected. Pray for healing for those with the virus and pray those who’ve been exposed to it won’t contract the disease.
  • Please pray the Ebola outbreak can be halted in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea—the countries with the highest rates of infection.
  • Give thanks to God the number of new cases of Ebola have started to taper off in Liberia. Those involved believe a combination of factors has helped reduce the infection rate—more treatment beds made available; increased education about the deadliness of the virus and what to do to keep from contracting it; and community participation in quickly identifying and isolating infected people. Please pray this declining trend continues throughout Liberia. http://tinyurl.com/q78xew3
  • Pray for 82 people in Mali who were exposed to the Ebola virus by a toddler who died of the disease last month. The little girl’s mother had died in Guinea several weeks before so her grandmother brought the toddler to Mali. Pray for the family of this 2-year-old girl and her mother as they mourn them. http://tinyurl.com/mdmxods
  • Pray the spread of the virus in Mali—the sixth West African country to be affected by Ebola—can be stopped by a quick response to identify and monitor those who had contact with this little girl. http://tinyurl.com/ksw8ut7
  • Give God thanks the Ebola virus has been stopped from spreading in Senegal and Nigeria. Health authorities in both countries were diligent in tracking down the hundreds of people who had contact with the person who first brought it into their country and then monitored them for any sign of symptoms. http://tinyurl.com/lkxsmcj
  • Keep in prayer the health workers, doctors, nurses, gravediggers, and all those who come into contact with people infected with the virus. Pray for their safety and health as they care for the sick, the dying, and the dead. Sierra Leone has lost six out of its country’s 100 doctors in this outbreak. About 100 health workers have also died after contracting the virus. http://tinyurl.com/njdl3oj
  • Pray healthcare providers and non-government organizations working to stop the spread of the disease will be equipped with all of the resources they need to combat Ebola. Many rural clinics lack basic medical supplies like plastic gloves.
  • Please keep in prayer the survivors of this deadly virus—often, they and their families are ostracized by friends and community out of fear of contracting the disease. Pray the stigma attached to Ebola survivors will be lifted through education. http://tinyurl.com/ptfm73l
  • Give thanks to God so many survivors, who are believed to have immunity from Ebola, are helping others with the disease. Survivors have been volunteering in Ebola treatment centers to offer hope as well as care for some of the estimated 3,700 children orphaned by the disease.

 

Philippines

  • Continue to keep in prayer the 5.9 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on record to strike land. Haiyan killed or left missing an estimated 7,000 people after tearing through the Philippines on November 8, 2013. http://tinyurl.com/mdpz7do
  • Pray for children who were orphaned by this powerful storm. Estimates vary from 111 to 132 children, but aid workers believe there are many more orphaned children as the typhoon destroyed the civil registration system and there aren’t enough social workers to conduct children’s needs assessments.
  • Please pray for the grandparents and extended family members caring for children orphaned by the storm. Pray God will provide for their most immediate needs as many struggle to feed, clothe, and educate these additional family members. Give thanks to God for their willingness to care for these vulnerable children.
  • Pray for children who were traumatized by what they experienced in Typhoon Haiyan. Please pray they will receive the psychosocial support they need to recover from the trauma.

 

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