The situation in Syria has escalated the week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 February 2018. Well over 500 people died. Just sit down, close your eyes for 15 seconds and imagine 500 bodies – mostly children and women – civilians. The air strikes continue although the UN approved a cease-fire.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Would you please pray this week for the 393,000 people trapped? Secretary-General Antonio Guterres states the situation is “hell on Earth.” The barrel bombs continue to rain down upon women and children. Many of the hospitals, due to extreme damage no longer function or lack the adequate supplies to care for the injured and sick.
- for the people of Ghouta and for peace to come to the land.
- for God to draw men, women, and children to Himself during this time of trouble.
- for them to seek out Christ as their refuge and strength.
- for the world leaders to have compassion and courage to find peaceful solutions to the complex conflicts continuing to rage.
- for medicine and medical services (many hospitals and clinics are systematically targeted). There are clear indications of chemical attacks.
“Shouldn’t there be an emergency security council meeting to resolve this?,” said one Ghoutani. “We’ve had no electricity for four years; children are dying, no milk, no food and no water. The shelters that the families and women and children are hiding in are in terrible conditions; they have no floors, or windows. We had one ‘sugar dealer’ who was a pro-regime man, and a kilogram of sugar cost us 17,000 Syrian pounds [R910]. We are now resorting to giving our kids sugary [fluids] as food.”
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