Day 28: InstabilityBy Brooke M.
During this Secret Church on Good Friday, April 6, we are focusing our prayer time on the people of the Horn of Africa. Throughout the weeks leading up to Secret Church we will post information and prayer requests on this blog. We invite you to join us in learning about and praying for the people of the Horn.
Peace and national stability remain out of reach for Eritrea, in and out of conflict with neighboring countries for decades, most notably with Ethiopia. Unresolved border disputes between Ethiopia and Eritrea have led to mounting tensions and failed UN peacekeeping missions. The establishment of peace between the two countries is of top importance.
National economic recovery and progress are virtually impossible, since the majority of the workforce are conscripted to military service for an indefinite period. Facing mandatory military careers, many young people flee Eritrea, seeking a brighter future elsewhere, an action that can bring reprisals against family members left behind.
The ongoing threat of war, international relations and severe drought leave millions of Eritreans dependent on foreign assistance for food, whether through relatives abroad or the promise of humanitarian aid often not received. Many face extreme poverty with no relief in sight.
Ways to Pray
- Pray for humility and a willingness to compromise on the parts of the government officials. Pray for the international community to act fairly and wisely as they seek to end the hostilities between Eritrea and neighboring countries.
- Ask God to protect young people fleeing from Eritrea. Pray that they would find life in Christ rather than merely seeking a brighter future.
- Pray that the people of Eritrea will not only have their physical needs met but will come to know the Bread of Life as their daily sustenance.
For more information about and ways to pray for the people of the Horn of Africa, visit Pray for the Horn.
Source: Operation World