Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, October 19th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, October 19, 2017

My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire?

(I have been following this tragic story for the past few weeks. Below is a short excerpt from a long article. Please pray for this people group today.)

As I walked out of the refugee camp, my phone rang. The instant I said hello, my wife could hear it in my voice.

“What’s wrong?” she asked.

“I just finished the worst interview of my life,” I said.

I was standing near the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, where half a million Rohingya people, probably one of the most unwanted ethnic groups on the planet, fled after government massacres in Myanmar. I had just said goodbye to a young woman named Rajuma and watched her — a frail figure in a red veil — disappear into a crowd with one of the most horrible stories I had ever heard.

She told me (and everything she said was consistent with dozens of other witness accounts) that Myanmar government soldiers stormed into her village in August and burned down each house. They separated the men from the women and summarily executed the men. Then they raped the women.

But before raping her, Rajuma said, the soldiers snatched her baby boy from her arms and threw him into a fire. The baby was screaming for her as he burned to death.

Readings from the Prophet Amos for Thursday, October 19, 2017

How tragic it is to be so consumed with wrongdoing that we do not know how to do right. This is the accusation of the prophet toward people who should know better. To be so infused with evil that we don’t know how to do right spells disaster for a people.

Amos 3.10 – They do not know how to do right, says the Lord, those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.

The media reveals the extent of evil on a daily basis. God’s people are charged to pray and work for his righteousness.

Prayers for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear God, please help praying people to respond to your will and counteract the evil of our times.

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