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Christians definitely have the promise and the hope one day the pain and the sorrow of this present world will all be washed away. The Kingdom of God will someday come in its fullness. We pray for this to happen “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We have the blessed hope that God’s desires will be totally accomplished in the age to come. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him (Heb. 2:8).
It is certain that these last five years has seen the Muslim world groaning in great pain. The Afghan and Iraq wars, the Bam Earthquake were already very difficult experiences for several nations in 2001 – 2003. Then during 2004 and 2005 the Indian Ocean Tsunami and the huge earthquake in Kashmir only showed us the reality of our fragile world. Before the forces of nature we and our civilisation are not much stronger than an egg shell which breaks. There may be other significant events before this booklet actually arrives in your hands.
* Afghan conflict and Iraq War : The casualties number in the tens of thousands. The actual numbers may never be known.
* Tsunami : 130,000 Muslim Indonesians died. About 200,000 houses, 1,900 schools, and countless businesses were also destroyed.
* Kashmir earthquake : 80,000+ dead, 106,000+ injured, possibly 3,000,000 homeless.
* The daily struggle to recover from these events continues for many.
* The May 2006 Java earthquake : 6,000+ deaths and hundreds of thousands homeless.
For Christians, God is our very present help in a time of trouble (Ps. 46:1). Let us pray for the millions of people affected by these events that they would see the salvation of our God. Try to pray as specifically as possible for the various relief efforts that you may know about. Pray for people to encounter God in their distress. Ask God to guide you if there are other practical things you can do to be a partial answer to the pain and suffering of Muslims.
Please pray for the needs of Muslim people affected by these tragedies:
Many have lost father and mothers.
Many have lost their children.
Many have lost their entire living family.
Many have lost their homes.
Many have lost their jobs.
Many no longer have schools.
Many no longer have their best friends.
Many have lost their health.
Many have lost limbs.
Many have lost their sight.
Many still lack appropriate food.
Many still lack medicines.
Many have lost their doctor.
Many have lost their favorite teacher.
Many are ruined financially.
Many have lost their family inheritance.
Many have seen horrible deaths before their eyes.
Many have seen rivers of blood.
Many have seen anger.
Many are angry.
Many have known bitterness.
Many are hurting.
Many have lost hope.