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May25FriMay 25, 2018 By the Women of Hope Ministry Team
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Praying for Women in West and Central Africa
West and Central African countries are rich with diamonds, gold, oil, uranium and other minerals, but the people are among the world’s poorest. The abundance of natural resources often becomes a curse rather than a blessing to the local people. The misuse of these resources results in limited infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, electricity and other services, and this frustrates people who are struggling to survive. This frustration has led to many rebellions and conflicts, which in turn displaces millions of people and leaves them facing malnutrition, insufficient access to safe water, inadequate sanitation and a future without hope.
In search of an income, many women travel to other countries looking for work. Some are then forced into prostitution or held for ransom until their families pay for their release. Girls attending schools in hope of better lives are sometimes kidnapped by rebels, many of them child soldiers also searching for a way out of life’s horrible conditions.
Women in this region of Africa often suffer from the cultural practices of female genital cutting and child marriages coupled with limited health care that can cause high rates of maternal death. Many of those who survive their pregnancies suffer from the debilitating problem of obstetric fistula. In addition, preventable or easily treatable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections remain the main killers of women and children.
Spiritual darkness also grips the people of West and Central Africa with fear and bondage to fetishes, voodoo, witch doctors and controlling cultural and religious practices. Limited education has further darkened the lives of unreached people groups and oral cultures, making it difficult to reach them with the gospel of Christ. TWR’s radio broadcasts reach into their darkness and despair. Women of Hope programs offer lifesaving advice, love and hope through Jesus Christ.
Please pray for …
1. Women in West and Central Africa who are struggling to provide for their families despite having few resources, little education and almost no help from their extended families or communities.
2. God’s Holy Spirit to change the hearts of leaders involved in conflicts and rebellions throughout West and Central Africa and end the suffering and turmoil destroying communities and families. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2: 1-2).
3. Christians to help women and girls understand how precious they are to God, recognizing the dignity and empowerment he offers them through a new life in Christ.
4. Protection of workers and equipment at the TWR West Africa transmitter so that Women of Hope programs in Bambara, English and French can continue to give hope in Jesus to those in despair.
5. TWR Women of Hope’s Central African Republic national coordinator and others sharing God’s love with women in hospitals and maternity centers while distributing food and other necessities. Pray that women who have been abused will be willing to be tested for diseases and infections so they can receive proper medications.
6. Central African Republic women to join the more than 1,300 women in 39 prayer groups using the Sango translation and praying in five other local languages (Banda, Kaba, Ngbaka, Nzakara and Yakoma).
7. Volunteers translating the Women of Hope scripts into the Sango language in hopes that they will be able to record and broadcast the programs on local Central African Republic radio stations.
8. The Lord’s blessings on the 30 prayer-group leaders in Liberia and the women praying through the monthly prayer requests, which are also aired from two radio stations. Pray for those who visit churches to encourage women in their relationship with God and to invite them to start prayer groups.
9. God to change the hearts, minds and emotions of female inmates in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Liberia, Nigeria and Mali prisons and help them to live for him in their difficult surroundings. “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).
10. Women and girls who continue to be vulnerable to HIV infection, gender-related violence and poverty while having limited access to education and health services.
11. Leaders to address the shortage of midwives in their communities. This shortage contributes to pregnancy-related complications, fistulas and deaths.
12. Listeners of TWR broadcasts of the English Women of Hope program heard in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to follow Christ daily and teach their children God’s Word.
13. Disabled women to find hope, dignity, personal safety, acceptance and love in communities that consider the women to be cursed by God.
14. TWR Women of Hope to connect with Spanish-speaking women of West and Central Africa and invite them to pray with us using the Spanish translation of the monthly prayer calendars.
15. Mothers to learn the harm emotionally and physically that their daughters face if they continue the cultural practice of female genital mutilation, which is common in West and Central Africa.
16. Christian groups that provide income-generating activities for mothers, such as farming and soap-making, to help pay for uniforms and books so their children can attend school.
17. Fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles and other men to cherish the women and girls in their families and to protect them and demand that others respect them as God’s precious daughters.
18. Ivory Coast ladies producing the Women of Hope French program that is heard in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo. Pray also that a medium-wave license can be obtained so many more unreached people groups in Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal can receive programming in their languages.
19. The 35 Ivory Coast prayer groups comprising 2,200 women who are encouraged as they pray, listen, learn, grow and give to help others know God. Praise the Lord that the French prayer requests can now be heard on Facebook or by using memory cards, which is important for those who do not read!
20. The availability of vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplements, insecticide-treated bed nets and improved breast-feeding practices along with the adoption of safe hygiene practices to treat preventable diseases that kill children and women
21. Wisdom and strong faith for families raising their children to understand that God’s laws help them live healthy, productive lives that honour the Lord and lead to a better future. “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway” (Proverbs 8:34).
22. God’s protection on women and their children as they live with limited medical access where malaria, typhoid, yellow fever and meningitis are concerns.
23. The Holy Spirit to fill Christians living in communities mired in spiritual darkness because of influences from other religions and from cultural practices such as magical charms, child slavery and the ritual sacrifice of children.
24. TWR Women of Hope to be able to resume translation and distribution of prayer calendars in Ghana and to start production and broadcast of Women of Hope in the Twi language.
25. Thousands of Nigerian women who are kidnapped and abused by traffickers in Libya as they try to relocate to countries where they can find work to help provide for their families.
26. Church leaders to teach men to respect and protect women and girls. Pray for women and teenage girls to respect themselves and not allow men to seduce them, demanding instead that men treat them with dignity, marry them and provide for their families.
27. The faithful few women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who pray with us even amid the horrible destruction brought by several conflicts on their communities. Pray for peace so the millions of displaced people can return to Congo to rebuild their lives.
28. Women living in Mali, where extreme poverty and a very low literacy rate make life very difficult. Praise the Lord for the 22 radio stations in Mali airing Women of Hope in the Bambara language.
29. God to continue to touch the brokenhearted, the scared, the lonely and the desperate. His great love invites women to receive his joy and peace no matter what their circumstances. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and they are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
30. Women isolated by controlling cultural and fanatical religious beliefs hostile to the gospel. Only through radio programs that reach into their homes and behind closed doors will many of them be able to hear about God’s love and gift of salvation.