Praying and fasting for the people of Madagascar (9.10.17)
With Madagascar facing a bubonic plague epidemic, USPG responded to a call from the Mothers’ Union for a day of prayer and fasting on Friday 6 October.
Marie-Pierrette Bezara, who is the President of the Mothers’ Union in the Province of the Indian Ocean, called on women to pray that ‘the God of mercy save the Malagasy people from this horrible disease’.
She quoted Mark 16:17-18, which reads ‘And these signs will accompany those who believe… they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them’.
And she added: ‘We are united by our risen Lord. So dear sisters, join us with prayer on that day.’
Jocelyne Razafiarivony, also of MU in Madagascar, said: ‘We pray day and night that God would preserve Malagasy people from disease. We pray for God's forgiveness for all our sins and pray that the government may be able to cope. Be assured we will unite in prayer and fasting this Friday.’
The following prayer was written by the Revd Canon Richard Bartlett, USPG Director for Mission Engagement:
Thank you that your loving care is over all your Creation.
We ask your blessing on the peoples of Madagascar,
overrun by plague and sickness.
Strengthen those work to eradicate the plague,
give compassion to those who care for the sick,
and healing to all who are affected.
May your own image shine through all Creation,
that all people may know fullness of life through you.
We continue to pray for the people of Madagascar as the epidemic continues.