Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 18th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, January 18, 2018

What We Can Learn From ‘S-Hole Countries’

(This is an excerpt from an editorial by Nicholas Kristof. I hope you will take the time to read it in full.)

Despite President Trump’s reported call to reject immigrants from “shithole countries,” people from these countries actually have plenty to teach us.

Sierra Leone’s president has committed the country to providing free health care for children under 5 and for pregnant women, including prenatal care and deliveries, although care still lags. Meanwhile, in America the issue doesn’t get such high-level attention, so American women die in childbirth at five times the rate of British women.

Kenya is way ahead of the U.S. in mobile money. It’s easy in Kenya to transfer money by cellphone and to use a phone as a bank account. Nearly everyone has a mobile phone, and 88 percent of Kenyan mobile phone users also have mobile money accounts. Kenyans don’t understand why Americans are so backward in telecommunications.

Understanding the importance of languages in a globalized world, many Kenyans speak English, Swahili and a tribal language, and polyglots are common throughout Africa. In contrast, there’s the old joke: If somebody who speaks three languages is trilingual, and one who speaks two languages is bilingual, what do you call someone who speaks one language? An American.

Readings from Proverbs for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let’s pray today that Americans experience the wisdom that arises from humility and integrity.

Proverbs 11.2-3 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Prayers for Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dear God, please help Americans to experience the wisdom that arises from humility and integrity.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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