Prayer requests for Australia

From our friends at the International Mission Board:

Information….

Australia’s state of Victoria experienced a series of intense bushfires in February 2009, resulting in the nation’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. The fires killed at least 210 people and over 500 others were injured. These fires destroyed over 2,000 homes and damaged thousands more. Several towns were severely damaged and some, such as Kinglake and Marysville, were almost completely destroyed. Many have called this the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history.

Prayer Requests….

- Pray that in this time of devastation that people will cry out to the Lord and honor Him with their lives.

- Australians gave much time and money to aid the victims of the recent bushfires. Pray that these generous efforts will help our nation to re-discover the One who is our source of life and hope.

- Pray for those who will be rebuilding, that they will build a strong foundation in the Lord. Pray that those who do not know Him will discover him in this time of grief.

Prayer for Australia

Each week the VBS team meets to make sure we are on track with our work and with the mission God has given us. Each meeting begins with a time of prayer for each other, friends, churches, and for folks who are doing God’s work around the world. This past week we felt an extra burden for the people of Australia, especially those affected by the wildfires. As our VBS 2009 theme is releasing, many folks are focusing on Australia. Australia has often been a suggested theme throughout the years, but it was definitely God’s direction that held it back until 2009. We believe in His omniscient, omnipotent control He knew the events that would coincide. We also know that tragedy and crises can often cause people to seek spiritual answers. At this time when hundreds of thousands of Christians are thinking about Australia as they plan VBS, we believe God has called us to make a real impact by praying for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those who are hurting in the great country of Australia. We invite you to join us in this team effort of prayer for our friends Down Under.

Rhonda VanCleave

Editorial Project Leader

VBS Team