Since early January, extreme rains and flooding in Malawi and Mozambique damaged houses, bridges, roads, and crops. About 200 people have died and at least 200,000 were forced to evacuate because of high water and damage to their homes.
These historic rains destroyed houses and infrastructure, including irrigation systems, and robbed farming families of their crops and livestock. Faced with the loss of everything they owned, many families are camped in schools or under tarps, in need of food, water, sanitation, and basic household items. The full extent of damage and loss is not yet known, but recovery will be a lengthy process.
Ask God to protect children from harm.
Heavenly Father, you know when a sparrow falls. We ask you to hold to your heart the children who have suffered because of the flooding in Malawi and Mozambique. In the chaos of a grievous disaster, children may be harmed or exploited. Some have lost loved ones or even become separated from their families in the aftermath of floods. Restore them to safety. Heal their bodies and minds from the trauma they’ve experienced.
Pray for those who have suffered losses, that they will have what they need to recover.
Dear Lord, many families and communities that already faced poverty and malnutrition have now lost everything. Help them, as they begin again, to have courage and faith, and to know that your will for them is to enjoy fullness of life.
We ask you Lord to guide us as we reach out to them in compassion and fellowship. May we embody your loving kindness as we provide food, shelter, and assistance to rebuild livelihoods.
Pray for aid workers who struggle to meet the needs around them.
Lord, you know the challenges and dangers faced by World Vision staff and others on the front lines of this disaster. We ask your protection on those working to find the lost, reunite families, and distribute relief goods.
Give wisdom and endurance to all who serve in the flood zone so that they will intervene successfully to avert hunger and disease among displaced families.