The COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to
spread around the world. There are now more than 250,000 confirmed cases with
over 11,000 deaths worldwide. Life worldwide is becoming more and more
restricted as governments attempt to slow the spread of the virus and allow
medical staff time to respond to the unprecedented levels of people needing
healing, we pray that you strengthen everyone around the world as they attempt
to find a new way to live in the face of the current pandemic. Grant your
restoring grace to all those medical workers who are putting their own health
and the health of their families at risk to treat those sickest among us. Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer.
This week’s Kumi Now initiative focuses on
the work of Aid Watch Palestine (AWP). This is an independent Palestinian
organisation which seeks to stimulate and channel international aid
effectively. It has recently helped farmers in Gaza to access aid after 29% of
agricultural land in Gaza was destroyed by the 2014 Israeli bombardment.
we pray for the work of organisations like AWP, which seek to help those in
need and to make good use of precious resources. Lord, in your mercy…hear
Lord Jesus Christ – you are the light
of the world. We are poor, miserable, wretched and blind. We have all sinned
and fallen short of the glory of God. Come and speak order into chaos, and
light into darkness of occupation in Palestine. Heal us that we may see. And
seeing — may we see you Jesus, the Son of Man, and believe in you. And
believing, may we worship you — honouring you as the one who restores the sight
of the blind that our eyes may see the salvation of God.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad
Malki strongly criticized the labelling of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem
as “non-Israeli” and “Arab residents” in a US State Department report. The
minister accused the United States of adopting the terms used by the right-wing
government in Israel.
Lord, we pray that international law will triumph over those
who seek to remove all rights and recognition of the Palestinian people, their
culture, and history. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
On Thursday 12th March,
Israeli occupation forces demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Freidis
village, in the occupied West Bank, east of the city of Bethlehem, according to
a local source. Forces raided the area and proceeded to demolish the one floor,
130-square-metre house, which belonged to Hazem Abu Muhaimid, under the pretext
it was built without Israeli permission which isn’t required in the West Bank
under Palestinian control.
Lord, we pray for all those who are forced to demolish their
own homes or to have the Israeli government to demolish them in Palestine. We
pray that this inhumane, unjust, and illegal policy will cease, and that
Palestinians will be granted the right to build homes for their families. Lord,
in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Palestine Olympic Committee (POC)
President General Jibril Rajoub has praised the contribution of the
organisation’s female staff. He gathered with the women
who work at the POC to pay tribute to the impact that they make, saying
“we honour the Palestinian women who have been able to impose their
presence with their hard determination to serve their country and their cause…women
are mothers and sisters that we cherish, and their pride and effort has made a
prominent contribution to the sports system.”
God, we thank you for women everywhere, and pray for their continued strength
and determination. Lay your hand upon them and guide them in their constant
struggle towards peace and justice, for themselves, their families, and their
countries. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
11th March, Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Hamayel, 15, was killed
after being hit in the face by live ammunition fired by Israeli occupation
forces during clashes in the village of Beita, south of the city of Nablus in
the northern West Bank.
O Lord be with the family of Mohammed as they mourn their loss. Grant
them grace and peace to grieve and remember this young man whose life was so
cruelly cut short. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
due to COVID-19 continues in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala. In other
areas Israel is putting in place stricter and stronger restrictions as the
number of cases continues to rise. At present there are no known cases in Gaza,
where any cases would put a huge strain on an already over-stretched healthcare
Lord, your son Jesus Christ, travelled through the towns and villages of
this land “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were
made well. Grant your grace in the midst of the global spread of the
coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick
with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality
medical care. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
Week 22 of the Kumi Now initiative is now online
(https://kuminow.com/al-haq). This Kumi week, we are focusing on natural
resource exploitation in the occupied Palestinian territory. This means we want
to take the time to read about Al-Haq, their work, and Na’imah Mohammed Dabak’s
story before taking part in the Kumi Action for this week to raise awareness of
Gracious Lord, we pray that Israel stops the theft of
Palestinian resources, the resources you have given to our land. Lord, in your
mercy…hear our prayer.
Dear Lord, we are all guilty of judging
others. This keeps us from connecting with others in loving, healthy ways. We
see threat from may angles, from others within our community, from those of
different religions and from internationals. Help remove this tendency from our
hearts. Help us to see our brothers and sisters the way you see them and to see
the person rather than being led by fear.