Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, August 10, 2017
At Least 50 Migrants Drown as Smuggler Throws Them Into Sea
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The migrants — average age 16 — were fleeing two desperate places, Ethiopia and Somalia. They were headed to the shores of another, Yemen.
But early Wednesday morning, as they were about to reach land, they were thrown into the Arabian Sea by a boatman they had paid to take them across the water, according to the United Nations migration agency.
At least 50 of them drowned.
Their attempted flight to a country consumed by war was a measure of the desperation of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa, where successive droughts have led to acute shortages of food and water and to outbreaks of disease. Thousands have fled, usually paying smugglers to take them to Persian Gulf countries in search of work.
The route, across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, takes them through Yemen, one of the world’s most dangerous war zones, where airstrikes and mortar shelling have become routine, and a cholera outbreak has affected more than 400,000 people.
And Yemen, too, is on the brink of famine. Nearly seven million residents rely entirely on food aid, the World Food Program says.
Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Thursday, August 10, 2017
Right in the middle of the greatest prayer that has ever been given to humanity, we have this request: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6.11).
Please note, God invites us to bring our “daily bread” needs to him in prayer. So, let’s do it. Let’s bring everything we need to him, just like a child boldly asks a parent for what he or she needs.
As we pray for our “daily bread” needs, take time to discover areas of the world where food shortage and starvation is a paramount concern. Ask God that he provide for their daily bread.
Prayers for Thursday, August 10, 2017
Dear God, we pray for migrants throughout the earth, who are attempting to escape desperate situations. Please grant them their daily bread needs.