Baptist Global Response
The Ebola death toll quickly approaches 5,000 souls in West Africa. Prayer is essential - Christian workers, volunteers and many who do not know Jesus come in contact with this virus daily. Pray for the epidemic to be stopped in its tracks. Pray for orphans who have lost parents, homes, belongings and extended family. Pray for Ebola survivors - many are now ostracized by their communities.
AIDS is the leading cause of infectious deaths around the world. Pray for increased efforts to educate people about this disease and about how it spreads, and pray that education can dispel misconceptions.
In prayer walking the barangay of San Roque, Tacloban, Beth and Marvella visited with a woman working in her yard to clean chickens for sale. She is still without appropriate shelter and seeing the beginning of houses being built for neighbors, wonders why she hasn't been chosen for a new house. Prayers were offered on her behalf. Pray that there will be enough funds to build her a house and pray that her home will be built on the Rock that stands firm.
BGR partners in East Asia will soon travel to rural villages to help meet the basic eyesight needs of students and of the elderly, improving their quality of life. A partner said the per capita income in this area is roughly $1,000 per year, and people live in meager conditions. Many have never owned glasses, and students with poor eyesight have difficulty reading the blackboards in school. Partners will host eye clinics and dispense glasses. They are expecting to help between 4,500 and 5,000 people. Pray these people will see the love of Christ as their eyesight improves.
An estimated 39 million people have died from AIDS since 1981. Pray for the families those people have left behind--especially for the children who have been orphaned by the disease. Some of them live in households headed by other youth, and they barely survive.