Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, October 17th

Headlines from the NPR Online for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

For Half A Million Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar, Bangladesh Is A Reluctant Host

537,000: That’s the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in the past seven weeks, according to the U.N.

It’s the largest migration of people in Asia in decades. The Rohingya are fleeing a campaign of terror by the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes, something the U.N. has called the world’s “fastest developing refugee emergency” and a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

It’s not the first time this has happened. Members of Myanmar’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority have been fleeing military crackdowns for decades — as far back as 1978, and as recently as last October and November, when the military launched “clearance operations” after a series of attacks by Rohingya militants on security outposts in Rakhine State. Similar attacks in August prompted this latest wave of rape, murder and arson, entire villages torched by security forces and Buddhist vigilantes.

Bangladesh reckons about 800,000 Rohingya are now living on its side of the border. Most are in overcrowded, spontaneously erected camps, staying in shelters that amount to little more than bamboo poles strapped together with a bit of plastic sheeting for a roof.

Readings from the Prophet Amos for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One of my friends often says, “If he knew better, he’d do better.” What happens when you know better but choose to not do better. This is the message God has for Israel in Amos’ day. They knew better and choose to disregard God’s will. God’s only recourse was to correct them through adversity.

As I look at the many calamities that have come to our world, I wonder if God is bringing correction from adversity to us.

Amos 3.2 – You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Prayers for Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear God, help the leaders of the world to recognize your correction and to respond with trust and obedience.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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