Weekly Prayer Update
Friday, September 15, 2023
Massive Flooding in Libya
On Sunday, September 10, Mediterranean Storm Daniel made landfall in Libya causing severe weather conditions, including strong winds and sudden heavy rainfall. The storm caused deadly flooding in many towns of eastern Libya, but the worst-hit was Derna. As of Friday afternoon, the death toll in Derna stands at 11,300, plus about 170 people elsewhere in the country. When two dams above Derna collapsed, floodwaters swept through the city center. Entire blocks were washed away, and communications were cut off between Derna and the rest of the country. According to local official, as much as a quarter of the city has disappeared. At least 10,100 people remain missing, and 30,000 have been displaced by the floods. This disaster has overwhelmed local authorities and a long-scale humanitarian response will be required.
We pray for the people of Eastern Libya who have been impacted by Daniel. For all those who lost loved ones or friends, we pray for comfort. For those who are now homeless, we pray for immediate aid and assistance. For children who are struggling after going through a traumatic experience, we pray for healing. Pray for all who are assisting with rescue and humanitarian relief. Be the hope to all who are hopeless, Lord. Hear our prayers.
Earthquake Response in Morocco
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake on September 8 in Al Haouz Province, Morocco, killed close to 3,000 people and injured more than 5,500. Aftershocks have continued in the area throughout the week. Around 50,000 homes were damaged or completely destroyed, and close to 300,000 people were impacted or displaced. That figure includes close to 100,000 children.
We pray for all who are beginning the rebuilding process in Morocco after this devastating earthquake. For all who are fearful and in mourning, we pray for peace. Allow aid to reach those with the greatest needs quickly, and provide for all who cannot return home. Heal the injured and comfort exhausted first responders. Lord, hear our prayers.
Anti-Human Trafficking Ministries
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that enables people to profit from controlling and exploiting others. Human trafficking is a global problem that affects people in every country in the world. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries partners with local churches in anti-trafficking efforts that range from awareness and education campaigns to prevention efforts that lower individuals' risk of being trafficked and protection and care for survivors.
We pray for those who have survived human trafficking and for those who are still trapped. Encourage them and bring them healing and peace. We pray that those who would harm others in this way would turn from their ways and be brought to swift justice. May we learn to recognize the signs of trafficking and change our own habits that may support it. Lord, hear our prayers.