January 10, 2018
For your prayers –
Hurricane Ava (aka Tropical Cyclone Ava) pounded through Madagascar last week. One report that I have seen says that there were 29 people killed, 22 missing, 17,170 displaced and 83,023 otherwise affected. While hurricanes are a frequent danger and challenge along the southern coasts of Madagascar, where our two companion synods are, this hurricane struck closer to the midsection of Madagascar, including the capital city of Antananarivo. There is now a distinct risk of flooding and mudslides in wider areas of Madagascar, including the Fort Dauphin area, as the heavy rainfall now makes its way into streams and rivers flowing to the more southern coastal outlets.
God is our refuge and strength
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult…
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (from Psalm 46)
Eternal God, through the turmoil of this hurricane and its aftermath, your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. Comfort and sustain those who have lost loved ones, bring healing and recovery to those who have been injured or lost home and goods, fortify the disaster response workers, and ease all distress; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
S. John Roth