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Middle East and North Africa prayer tree

Share your prayer for people across the Middle East and North Africa. Let’s pray for an end to conflict, for peace and reconciliation, and an opportunity to rebuild lives. Please pray for the many ways you’re reaching people with God’s love in this region, including children, refugees and survivors of natural disasters.

𝗣𝗿𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗜𝘀𝗿𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝘇𝗮

The Christian communities in the Bible Lands continue to provide ministry in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Will you pray for their safety and for the impact of their witness?

  • Pray for the end to the war. Ask God to intervene to stop the bloodshed, the pain and the suffering
  • Pray that people in Israel and Gaza will experience healing and the divided communities will be reconciled
  • Pray for strength and perseverance in mission workers
  • Pray that the Church in Israel and Gaza would remain full of grace and not give in to anger or fear

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Merciful God, please stop the Israeli army from slaughtering more Palestinians. Cease US funding & backing supporting the Israel war. Biden to call a halt to this war. Hamas to be held to account for exploiting Gaza, causing civilian suffering, and not to be allowed political power over Gaza again.

Kathryn, from Manchester

17 hours ago

Lord, Hamas has exploited both the Palestinian people and Gaza, their double-dealing games need to be stopped, and people allowed to live lives free of fear and intimidation. Forever in Christ.

Irene

17 hours ago

Dear Lord, may Israel allow foreign journalists to report on what is truly happening in Gaza; and as we approach World Prayer Day, may we remember people like Shireen Abu Akleh, a Christian who also dedicated her life to reporting the truth. Through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Kathryn, from Manchester

2 days ago

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Saraa’s story

Saraa

Saraa, 30, lives in one room with her six children. She weeps as she recalls leaving her parents behind in Syria.

‘My children had been greatly affected by the war, so I decided to bring them to Jordan so that they could see better days,’ she says.

For years, she had pretended to her young children that the explosions they heard were fireworks. There was nothing to worry about.

‘The straw that broke the camel’s back was when they bombed the house next door and I couldn’t pretend anymore,’ she says.

Alone in Jordan, she found herself ‘broken and aggressive’. Now, she says, she’s able to cope better thanks to the trauma healing course. ‘It affected me greatly, just knowing how to deal with my anger.

‘At first we used to ask God, “Why are you leaving us? Why are you putting us through this?” But I’ve learned that God will get us through this in the end. He cares for us.’

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Wedad’s story

Wedad

Wedad, her husband and their six children fled their home in Damascus after the city was hit by chemical bombs.

‘It was emotionally exhausting,’ she says. ‘We got to the point where we didn’t have food and my littlest child had a rash on her arms because she was so afraid of the bombing.’

Once in the town of Madaba in Jordan, the family began attending the local church, and the children took part in a special trauma healing course.

‘The pastor did the trauma healing with them and drew the feelings out of the children,’ says Wedad. ‘As soon as he helped the children I felt a lot better.

‘The best thing is that they have love now. Now, they also sleep. I’m thrilled to see the children doing as well as they are now, playing and singing. I’m very grateful.’

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Zubaida

Thirty-seven year-old Zubaida and her family fled their home in Deraa, Syria, in 2013. They’d endured two years of war and could bear no more.

‘It took a terrible toll,’ says Zubaida. ‘I used to sleep sitting up and my children slept wearing their jackets, with their bags ready next to the door because as soon as we would hear any shotguns, we would be ready to move. It was emotionally exhausting.’

The war traumatised her children, particularly 13-year-old Abdul, who says he loves football, particularly Cristiano Ronaldo.

But he’s not like other young boys. He has been paralysed by fear. ‘I used to be very scared of the shotguns,’ he says, crying. ‘My legs used to hurt a lot and I felt like I would fall down on the floor.

‘My dad used to carry me and my mother used to run away with the rest of the kids.’

The family now lives in Irbid in northern Jordan. They are among 10,000 who have received trauma healing.

‘The trauma healing was of great benefit for me,’ says Zubaida. ‘I used to be very aggressive with my children and with everyone around me. But as soon as I started the sessions I started having more patience.

‘I learned that I should forgive,’ she adds. ‘God is forgiving, so I should forgive.

‘Yes, I can forgive the people who caused the war because I know that God has my back.’

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Find out more

What is trauma healing?

Find out more about the trauma healing care that uses the Bible, science and mental health practices to help people like Saraa, Wedad and Zubaida.

What does the Bible say about refugees?

Explore what the Bible has to say about refugees in this 4-part course written by Paula Gooder.

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