Children’s Ministry Prayer Challenge Week 2: Trauma and stress from the impact of natural disasters

November 12, 2020

We all love the hymn, “Jesus Loves Me,” found in our United Methodist Hymnal, number 191 translated into four (4) languages namely, Cherokee, German, Japanese and Spanish. We are pretty sure there are other language adaptations though they are not included in our United Methodist Hymnal yet.
 
What is fascinating, inspiring, and empowering about this hymn is its grassroot theology about children. As we affirm our ministry of prioritizing children in our connectional ministries, let us remember that the late world renowned Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth, after giving a lecture at the University of Chicago Divinity School, when asked about which was the greatest theological insights he ever had, he said, “The greatest theological insight that I have ever had is this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!” [1]
 
We invite you this week to engage in our prayer challenge for all children:
 
WORD:                        God is our refuge and strength,
                                    a very present help in trouble.
                                    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
                                    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
                                    though the waters roar and foam,
                                    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.[2]
 
WISDOM:        Natural disasters present a significant and growing threat to the well-being of children. Every year, 175 million children globally are expected to be affected by natural disasters, including floods, cyclones, droughts, heatwaves, severe storms, and earthquakes. Children are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters and experience increased problems regarding their physical health, mental health, and learning after exposure.[3]
 
PRAYER:        Pray for . . .

  • Children who lost their homes because of the fires in counties, cities and towns our California-Nevada Conference Office of Disaster and Response Ministry is extending support and assistance 
  • Children who were hurt, who lost their homes because of the very high magnitude earthquakes such as in Masbate, Philippines, and other parts of the world 
  • Children who are displaced because of hurricanes, tornados, storms, floods, thunder, and lightning that caused the wildfires
  • Other children’s concern impacted by natural disasters . . .
 
 
 
[1] From www.healthyspirituality.org
[2] Psalm 46:1-3, New Revised Standard Version of the Bible
[3]Understanding the Impacts of Natural Disasters on Children” by Betty S. Lai, Ph.D., Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology, Boston College and Annette La Greca, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Miami