Dear Heavenly Father,

As we come to you today we want to thank you for being with us. We want to recognize you as our Creator God, and praise you for that.  As we read in the book of Revelation,

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”  (Rev. 4: 11 NIV)

Living in Rwanda we are amazed by the beauty of your creation. We see your handiwork in the rolling mountains, in the flowers, shrubs and trees as well as in the birds that nest in them! And we know in Canada that as spring has come and flowers are now blooming this is an encouraging time for many people.

All around the world, men and women continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has been so different in this past year and a half, and we come to you to ask for continued strength to deal with it. In Rwanda we pray for additional vaccines to be delivered to the country so that more people can receive them. For other countries that are still waiting for vaccines, we pray the same prayer. We thank you for countries where the vaccine has been administered to many people and pray that it would have the intended effect of slowing the spread and severity of the illness. For individuals around the world we pray for peace and patience and the other fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22 – 23) as we continue to live during this pandemic.

Although we are based in Rwanda, and our main partner focus is the AEBR group of churches, we also want to remember CBM’s other partnerships in this area. We pray for the two groups with whom we minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We pray for peace, God’s shalom, in the Eastern area around Goma where unrest continues to be a problem. We pray about the volcano near Goma that recently began to erupt again, causing much fear and panic among the people.  Along with the lava and the ash from the volcano there are also ongoing earthquakes leading to even greater fear that there is worse yet to come. Lord we pray for your presence in this time of chaos.

We pray for the partners with whom we serve in Kenya and South Sudan as well. There are so many issues with leadership in the government and how things trickle down to affect people at the grassroots level.  May the programming that CBM helps sponsor with its partners be full of meaning and give life and hope to the communities they touch.

We pray for the work CBM does in other countries around the world and for the local partners in those respective nations.

Father God, as we close this prayer, once again we want to say thank you for your care for us. We appreciate so much how you are aware of our own individual needs and struggles, and yet you love us and help us. At the same time, we fully believe that you are powerful enough to deal with something as big as COVID-19. So we trust that into your hands.

We pray in Jesus’ name and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.