Weekly Prayer Update






Friday, January 27, 2023


Escalation of Conflict in DRC 

In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an escalation of conflict on January 19 in a camp for internally displaced people caused the deaths of seven people. As many as 17,000 people fled the camp to a nearby town and are staying in schools, churches, and camping outdoors. In the previous six weeks, more than 200 people have been killed in a series of attacks by armed groups. As part of the violence, homes and schools have been burned or demolished. As people living away from home try to flee new violence, they often end up joining other camps or areas which are already overcrowded. These influxes strain food, water, hygiene, and healthcare resources. The Church of the Nazarene is active in DRC, with churches and trauma-informed outreaches to women who have survived trafficking.

We pray for women, men, and children who have experienced conflict and displacement in DRC. Provide protection, enough food, and emergency supplies that support good health. Uplift aid workers who are providing care. Change hearts that are bent on violence, and bring healing to hearts that are hurting. Lord, hear our prayers.

Holistic Child Development in Kenya

In Kenya, three child development programs care for 354 children. Most of those are children of Nazarene pastors, and their program helps relieve their families of primary and secondary education costs. One such young man is preparing to graduate next month, and he shared his hopes for the future with his sponsor, saying, “I am so glad that I will be finishing high school ... God willing, I will study medicine for me to be a doctor in my community. Thank you once more for the support I get from you for my education.

We thank you for the children in Kenya and the dreams you give them for their future. Encourage them along the way and provide for their families. Lord, hear our prayers.


Showing Compassion through Clean Water (WASH) Ministries

Over 2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe water at home. As a result, one of the leading causes of death in low-income communities are illnesses caused by waterborne diseases, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene practices. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries partners with local churches to help people live healthier lives by implementing a comprehensive WASH program addressing WAter supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene.

We pray for people who do not live near clean water sources or struggle with waterborne diseases. Through church-led WASH projects, may they experience the relief of good health and wellness, a fundamental human right. Lord, hear our prayers.