29 APRIL ’20 | PRAY FOR YEMEN
Dear prayer partners,
Flash floods in Yemen have left at least eight people dead, 85 injured, and almost 15,000 displaced in Aden (which was declared a disaster zone). The United Nations is working with the government of Yemen to assess the needs of all those who are displaced. This has added to Yemen’s long list of crises.
Yemen has endured one of the largest cholera outbreaks in recent memory and health officials have dreaded the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. On 10 April, Yemen announced its first case of COVID-19. Aid organisations have concerns that the country’s health infrastructure – debilitated by years of conflict between the government and Houthi rebels – will not cope.
Last month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s appealed for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting COVID-19. However, the Houthi rebels battling the Saudi-led coalition did not support the truce, and violence has continued in a few provinces. More than three million Yemenis are internally displaced due to the conflict. Most live in camps and face the risk of contracting and spreading diseases such as cholera, malaria and now COVID-19.
According to The Joshua Project, Yemen is home to about 28 million people, and 99.6% of the population is considered ‘unreached’ with the Gospel of Christ. On Thursday 23 April, Muslims around the world (including those in Yemen) began their “holy month” of Ramadan where they will fast from sunrise to sunset daily, till Saturday 23 May. During this time of heightened sensitivity to spiritual matters, Muslims are often more open to talking about spiritual issues, this would be especially true in this time of global crisis. There have been numerous testimonies through the years – in the Middle East and around the world – of those who have had dreams and visions of Jesus appearing to them during this time.
Please join with us in praying for Yemen as the country faces multiple crises and for Christ to reveal Himself to the people of Yemen during this time of Ramadan.
“Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honours God and brings Him into active aid.” (E. M. Bounds)