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Dear prayer partners,

On Sunday 18 July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised financial aid after visiting one of the areas worst affected by the record rainfall and floods in Germany. This is the country’s worst natural disaster in almost six decades killing at least 157 people and leaving dozens more still missing. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag that the German government will be readying more than 300 million euros in immediate relief and billions of euros to fix collapsed houses, streets, and bridges. Economic Minister Peter Altmaier also said that there could be a 10,000-euro short-term payment for businesses affected by the impact of the floods as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The devastating European floods began on Wednesday (14 July), hitting mainly the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as parts of Belgium – leaving entire communities cut off without power or communications. Powerful floodwaters tore through once picturesque mountain villages. Other affected countries include Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Germany is home to about 83 million people, 65.5% of whom profess to be Christian. Among those who responded to the emergency situation was a Catholic bishop, Father Meyrer, who praised the work of volunteers involved, saying there was “great attentiveness by the helpers and overall a great amount of readiness to help.” Matthew 5:16 says “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” It is the privilege of the Church to respond in times of crises, with kindness, aid, and ‘good works’ – for it is in the darkness of a crisis that the light and love of Christ can be more clearly seen by those whose hearts have grown cold towards Him. May this current crisis be just such a time, bringing many more into relationship with Christ, for God’s honour and glory!

Please join us in praying for Germany.

“Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth.” (Elisabeth Elliot)