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Pray for Louisiana

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Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast full force as a catastrophic Category 4 storm Sunday, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck.  The lives of those in its path have been turned upside down.  Their homes are damaged and in some cases are a complete loss.  KCBI’s ministry partner, Texas Baptist Men, is among the local organizations mobilizing volunteers to serve on the ground, deploying a mobile mass feeding kitchen that can provide 30,000 meals a day, a shower and laundry unit, an electrical support unit and materials to provide temporary roofs.

Here is how you can help:

  • Texas Baptist Men asks for prayer
    • For families who have suffered the loss of a loved one, injuries and the damage or loss of their homes
    • That God will guide and strengthen TBM volunteers and will work through them to provide hope, comfort and peace
  • The ministry is accepting water and cleaning supplies this week.  Here’s a list: https://www.tbmtx.org/disaster-relief-donations

 

  • Another ministry partner that is on the ground in Louisiana is Convoy of Hope, is also providing food, water and relief supplies.  Learn more at this link.
  • You can also help by giving financially here.

Thank you in advance for praying, caring about and helping those who have been devastated by this storm.

Pray for Afghanistan

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Your prayers continue to be urgently needed for our troops, Americans and the Afghan people who are struggling to flee Afghanistan, which is now held by the Taliban.  Please include the nearly 18,000 Christians in the country as you pray.

Open Doors UK and World Relief offer some ways you can pray:

  • Please pray for the families of the 13 U.S. troops and at least 60 Afghans who were killed in recent suicide bombings – for the peace that only God can provide, comfort and strength.
  • Please pray for the small group of believers in the country, that they find strength, wisdom and supernatural peace in God’s promises
  • Pray for the displaced.  A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world, possibly even here to Dallas Fort Worth.  Pray for God’s protection and provision over them.
  • Pray for the women, many of whom fear Taliban rule means they will be stripped of educational opportunities.  Women involved in education during the past years could also be at risk – pray for their protection.
  • Pray for the sick.  COVID 19 cases are spiking in Afghanistan and hospitals are limited in their ability to help.  Pray that the healthcare system will not collapse.
  • Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago are known enablers of extremist Islamic organizations. With its newfound control over Afghanistan, the country could be host to a new generation of terror groups.

Your prayer support is one of the most important ways you can help at this time.

One of KCBI’s ministry partners, Gateway of Grace, is ministering to Afghan refugees in DFW.  You can learn more about its ministry at this link: https://www.gatewayofgrace.org/.  As we learn of additional opportunities to help, we will post them to this page.

Fort Worth based World Relief is also responding and invites you to help.  You can find details at this link.

Pray for Haiti

On Aug. 14, a 7.2 earthquake rocked southern Haiti, killing nearly 2,000 people and overwhelming hospitals in at least two Haitian cities.  The disaster comes in the midst of a political crisis, following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7.

Please pray:

  • For the Haitian people, many of whom have been injured or who have lost loved ones, that they will feel God’s comforting presence
  • For the Church in Haiti – that God will give strength as it serves
  • For the relief effort – that God will guide and direct as leaders seek to alleviate suffering

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You can help!  These KCBI ministry partners are reaching out:

  • Texas Baptist Men is asking for donations to send 200 family water filters and $10,000 to help after the devastating 7.2 earthquake in Haiti.  Learn more at https://www.tbmtx.org/haiti
  • Compassion Haiti’s National Office has a Disaster Response Team on the ground in the most affected area.  The Compassion Haiti medical team is preparing to go as soon as possible to offer medical assistance to beneficiaries and their families, CDC staff and church leaders. The Team is also working with local providers to prepare food and hygiene kits to deliver to affected families by this weekend.  Learn more at https://www.compassion.com/crisis/advisory-earthquake-in-the-southern-part-of-haiti-august-2021.htm.
  • Food for the Poor is rushing critical aid to families in Haiti’s southern peninsula, including food, clean water, medical and other relief supplies.  You can help by providing relief items via FFTP’s AmazonSmile Charity List: www.FoodForThePoor.org/emergencysupplies.  Learn more about FFTP at www.FoodForThePoor.org/haitiaid

Pray for those affected by COVID-19

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COVID-19 continues to be a threat in the US and beyond, as the WHO continues to identify variants of the virus.

How can I help? 

The ministry of World Vision has outlined some ways that you can pray:

  • That, if it is God’s will, COVID-19 will stop spreading (Ps. 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …”)
  • For those who are infected with COVID-19 or who are facing quarantine (Phil. 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”)
  • Pray for protection for those at higher risk of developing the disease (1 Pet. 5:7, “Case all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”)
  • Pray for medical professionals, caregivers and researchers (Ps. 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”)
  • Pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the coronavirus (2 Cor. 1:10-11, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again.  On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.”)
  • Pray for families adjusting to new ways of life (Ps. 57:1, “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.”)
  • Pray for business owners and families facing financial stress (John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”)
  • Pray for grocery store workers and delivery drivers (Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”)