Hands Tied by Old Hope, Diplomats in Myanmar Stay Silent
(There are people and places in the world where we are unaware or ignorant of their situation. That is the case of a Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar. God is not ignorant and neither is he uncaring about their plight. As you read excerpts from this Times article, please include the Rohingya people group in your prayers.)
It is unfolding again: Troops have unleashed fire and rape and indiscriminate slaughter on a vulnerable minority, driving hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee and creating a humanitarian emergency that crosses borders.
A crisis in Myanmar that many saw coming has brought a host of uncomfortable questions along with it: Why did the world — which promised “never again” after Rwanda and Bosnia, then Sudan and Syria — seemingly do so little to forestall an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmar’s military? And what can be done now to address the urgent humanitarian calamity caused when more than half of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled the country over just a few weeks?
Outside Myanmar, criticism of its military has mounted. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, has urged “unfettered access” for international agencies and called the Rohingya crisis “the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
President Emmanuel Macron of France has called it genocide. And there is talk, although still tentative, of the European Union’s renewing targeted sanctions on people culpable in the violence that has driven the Rohingya from Rakhine, a state in western Myanmar.
More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, when a Rohingya militant attack on Myanmar security posts catalyzed a brutal counteroffensive. Hundreds of thousands more remaining in Myanmar may still be trying to cross the border. Those who cannot flee are trapped and hungry in northern Rakhine, according to anecdotal evidence collected by international aid agencies, which the government has largely prevented from delivering relief supplies or even assessing need in the region.
Readings from the Prophet Joel for Friday, October 13, 2017
The promise that Joel made became a reality on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2.17-21). The activity of God’s Spirit in a human’s life is a very real promise for us today. Dr. Eduard Schweitzer has written, “Everything Jesus was to his disciples, the Spirit is to people today.”
The gift of God’s Spirit is possibly his most treasured gift for people. When we return to God with out whole heart, he gives us his Spirit that literally transforms our lives.
Joel 2.28-29- Then afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my Spirit.
Prayers for Friday, October 13, 2017
Dear God, we ask that you come to the aid of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and Bangladesh.