September 16, 2021
by Claire Bramma
Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis = Prayer Intentions and Invitation to Respond
Our former seminary intern, Claire Bramma, served in Afghanistan as part of her military service, getting to know the land, the people and the politics intimately. Since hearing about the downfall of the Afghanistan government, she has started volunteering for the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA). Claire recently shared with Mthr Jennifer this reflection she wrote, and she has granted permission to share it with members of All Saints.
It has been nearly one month since the world has been watching the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, which has exacerbated an already challenging humanitarian crisis in the country. We have been praying as a church each week as we gather for Sunday worship, and many of us have also been praying daily for specific aspects of the crisis that God has put on our hearts. By the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, might we continue in steadfast prayer and be inspired to take action?
1. Pray for peace, dignity, and freedom for Afghanistan. That diplomatic efforts and other non-violent interventions would quell the conflict and overcome oppression.
2. For courage, vision and generosity within the international community responding to the most recent refugees. Pray for protection from COVID-19 and other diseases, as well as for perseverance and logistics to ensure adequate food, water, and shelter.
3. For the resettlement process. May the international community work together and countries uphold their pledges to accept Afghan refugees. Action can be taken now through financial donations, such as to the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA). AURA’s goal is to assist sponsor groups who currently do not have the money to access the private sponsorship process. They have recently established a special fund in anticipation of the resources needed to support the influx of Afghan refugees. See the Aura Afghan Relief Fund
4. Finally, may we keep in prayer the members and veterans of our Canadian Armed Forces who have either directly and indirectly supported the mission in Afghanistan.
While the terrible situation in Afghanistan looks bleak, may we pray and respond by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in the love of Jesus, finding hope in redemption and having faith that God brings beauty from the ashes.
We are moulded, each one of us,
in the image of God,
and within our souls there is a fingerprint
none can erase.
We pray for those who have no regard
for anyone but self,
who put no value on human life.
For nations and individuals who abuse and kill.
We are not called to be judge or jury,
but we are called to be agents of change,
and if the butterfly that flaps its wings
should be our attitude to others
then so be it, Lord,
and may the hurricane this generates
somewhere within the world
reach into the hearts and souls of those
for whom we pray, and reveal to them
how precious are those
for whom they have no love,
and how precious are they
who now bring tears to the eyes of God.
– John Birch