Heratafghanistan Earthquake Bygetty

Pray for Herat, Afghanistan

On October 7, a series of devastating earthquakes rocked Herat, Afghanistan. Since then, they’ve experienced over 20 more earthquakes and tremors. So far, the city of Herat, with its concrete structures, has seen little structural damage. However, villages in nearby areas have been devastated. Composed mostly of mud homes, many have seen significant damage, with whole areas being flattened to the ground and many lives lost. 

Several humanitarian aid organizations have been able to step in to meet basic needs. UNICEF reports that 90% of the fatalities were believed to be women and children. The World Vision Afghanistan director shares about the pain and trauma associated with the earthquakes, along with mobilizing rescue efforts and humanitarian aid, in this CTV News Report:

The Body of Christ has always been called to respond and come together to meet needs. In 2 Corinthians 8: 1-24, we read about the practice of taking up a “collection” in response to natural disasters. The Apostle Paul invited churches to rally together in support of their sisters and brothers of faith in another place, as a practical expression of unity. Let’s consider how we can do likewise today. 

Pray where their friends and family continue to face significant challenges and hardship. Please join us in prayer and action as we continue to journey alongside and recognize the strength and resiliency of people who have been forcibly displaced. 

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How to Pray

  • Pray for rescue workers. There are very few international aid organizations lefts in Afghanistan today. Pray for their work to save lives and bring aid where most needed.
  • Pray for families affected by this situation. Pray that they would be comforted, encouraged and restored. Pray for their healing and that they would recover from the traumatic stress many are facing.
  • Pray for the church. Pray for Christ followers t be bold in sharing their faith, especially in Herat and the surrounding region. May they be bold in bringing the love of Christ to those in need.
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