Bangladesh: Worsening Flood Brings Suffering
The flood situation in Bangladesh has been worsening. Following heavy rainfall for two weeks, the water levels at different rivers overflowed their banks, resulting in flooding in ten districts: Sylhet, Sirajganj, Jamalpuru, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Pabna, Borga, Lalmonirhat and Cox’s Bazar.
As the floodwaters rose, all the villagers, including believers of Muslim and Hindu background, were cut off, leaving 200,000 people stranded and facing scarcity of safe water, sanitation, food and shelter. Pastor Jagodish Ray reported that “many believers living in these villages are also stranded and are in need of relief. We need to urgently extend our help to them.”
Father, You are Lord over the heavens and the earth. As the thunder roars, we are reminded of Your power and fury over the evil that seeks to consume us. As the storm clouds roll away and the sun once again shines forth, we are reminded of Jesus’ power to calm the storms. God of all power, we call upon You today to come to the aid of those in Bangladesh who are suffering from the great floodwaters that threatened to consume them. Comfort Your children there during this time of suffering. Send forth Your churches and humanitarian organizations to provide shelter and sustenance. Strengthen the believers to stand strong in the face of the storm’s devastation. Protect them from the desperation that can lead to temptation; rather, increase their trust and faith that they might reflect the righteous presence of Christ to those around them. In the name of Jesus, our strong shelter from the storms. Amen.