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Apr27FriApril 27, 2018 By the Women of Hope Ministry Team
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Praying for Women in East Africa
East Africa is one of the poorest areas in the world. In addition to extreme poverty, many women across the region face common challenges such as illiteracy, forced marriages, polygamy and domestic violence. Also common are health issues such as teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation, uterine prolapse, fistulas, malnutrition, maternal death and HIV/AIDS. Studies have shown that educating communities about the dangers of some old cultural practices, promoting respectful treatment of women and girls and making protecting children a priority are major keys to overcoming these challenges.
Adopting and enforcing laws against child marriages and the sexual abuse of children, along with establishing mandatory education or skills training for all children, will strengthen communities. When abusers are shamed and punished, people will begin to change their attitudes and actions. And as adults courageously speak up and act on behalf of their children, communities will prosper.
When girls become pregnant, they are often forced to marry the father, who is usually much older. Their bodies and emotions are not ready to be mothers or wives. They drop out of school, and the cycle of poverty and abuse continues. Providing safe homes in addition to education or skills training for unwed mothers is an opportunity to prevent further abuse.
Children need parents and teachers as well as religious and community leaders to teach them about health and life issues, show them the benefits of respecting others, give them passion and purpose to set goals and protect them while encouraging them to overcome challenges and better their lives.
Please pray for …
1. Women living in poverty, unable to read or write, to have the opportunity to learn God’s Word through radio. Pray for funds so that the Women of Hope program will be available in more languages. “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5)
2. Parents to provide their daughters with an education and not force them to marry men who will abuse them. Pray also that girls will understand their legal rights to refuse a forced marriage and that community leaders will provide protection for these girls.
3. Women living in horrible devastation in war-torn East Africa to know the peace and hope in Jesus. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
4. Political and economic stability in East Africa so that needed resources, medical care and food supplies can be made available to women and their families. Pray also for refugees and internally displaced people who desire to resettle in a safe place.
5. Women who deliver their babies at home, in slums or even outside, putting them at risk of either dying from complications or suffering for years from fistulas or uterine prolapse, the result of long, obstructed deliveries.
6. Opportunities for the 27,000 refugees in Djibouti to hear the truth about God’s love. Officials have agreed to integrate refugees into their national education systems, eventually giving them certificates that are recognized throughout the region.
7. Safety for the Women of Hope Amharic and Oromo team members in Ethiopia and the listeners who live in severe poverty, in prisons, with major health issues (uterine prolapse, fistulas) and with the effects of abuse (acid attacks, child marriages, rape).
8. The Healing Voice audio drama to educate women affected by fistulas and assure them of God’s love for them. Pray also for plans to record Healing Voice in the Amharic and Oromo languages.
9. Young girls who are forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and face lifelong complications from the procedure, including extreme pain, hemorrhages and infections. Pray that parents will realize these harmful consequences and demand a halt to this cultural tradition.
10. God’s protection over children faced with bad influences and peer pressure that lead them to make wrong choices in life. Pray for those in danger of drug abuse, alcoholism and devil worship.
11. Women affected by domestic violence in East Africa. Police too often do not take complaints seriously, and trials take years to reach the courts.
12. Women in Burundi who were not able to attend school but deeply desire to learn. Praise the Lord for the four-day workshop in 2017 during which women were able to speak about their suffering. Some walked miles to attend the seminar because they didn’t have the bus fare. Some came carrying their babies.
13. Children, young and old, to honour and respect their mothers and that adult children will protect their mothers. Pray that mothers would receive encouragement and support from local churches. “Honour your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
14. Evangelical Christian families, including children, who are being arrested in their homes in Eritrea. Pray also for Eritreans fleeing their country only to be kidnapped and held for ransom in Chad, Libya, Somalia and other countries.
15. Guidance and wisdom for the Women of Hope Swahili teams in Kenya and Tanzania as they translate, adapt and record these programs so that many will be touched and led to a personal relationship with God. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
16. Leaders in Kenya as they work to reduce obstacles hindering teenage girls from getting an education. Pray for women throughout East Africa receiving literacy training.
17. Wives who are abandoned by their husbands or do not have trusting, caring relationships with the men in their lives. Pray these women will receive skills training to generate income so they can provide for their children. Pray also for the widows and single mothers who are shunned and then struggle to survive.
18. Somali women around the world seeking truth about God. Pray for safety for the Somali Christian women who reach out to them offering hope in Jesus. More than 6,000 have joined the Somali Christian women’s Facebook page.
19. Hannah’s House in Tanzania, where women learn to sew or cook items to sell. Almost 70 percent of the nearly 50 million people in Tanzania live in poverty.
20. The committed volunteers trying to visit the 343 prayer groups in Tanzania (more than 2,500 intercessors) and for the provision for the funds needed for their transport. They sometimes travel long distances, sometimes 19 hours, by bus to reach listeners and intercessors.
21. Women who suffer because of the common practice of polygamy. Pray that more laws would be made and enforced to protect the family unit. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be glory” (Ephesians 3:20).
22. Women from Congo and Burundi in refugee camps in Tanzania. Pray for women reaching out to these refugees and providing radios and listening devices so they can hear the Women of Hope program.
23. East African leaders to provide the desperately needed clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to prevent deadly diseases that claim the lives of millions every year.
24. The protection of refugees and new Christians who have left their old religious beliefs. Also pray for them to be allowed to worship freely in East Africa.
25. Leaders in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, to protect and educate their children and not allow them to be used as child soldiers. Pray for child soldiers who are released after years of horrible existence.
26. South Sudan's children. More than half the nation’s 1.8 million children of school age are not getting an education, according to U.N. figures. Three-quarters of the population are illiterate.
27. TWR Women of Hope’s volunteer coordinator and translator for Rwanda to find a safe home for her family as they return to the country to minister to women who need hope in Jesus.
28. Intercessors in Rwanda who use the prayer calendar in the Kinyarwanda language. Pray for funds to help with the costs of a laptop, printing prayer calendars, visiting and starting prayer and listener groups.
29. Volunteers translating the prayer calendar into the Luganda and Lango languages for intercessors in Uganda. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
30. Women living with HIV/AIDS in East Africa. Many are neglected by their spouses and family members and are not able to obtain necessities.
31. Grandmothers and others who carry heavy responsibilities as they care for orphaned children of parents who died from AIDS-related diseases. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).