“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” #prayforparis ~ an update from YWAM Paris

Every day we are confronted with acts of terror around the world : Beirut, Burundi, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, in places we read about, in places we never hear about. We live in a world of threat levels. In the face of the tragic attacks on Paris last night, our team is touched and absolutely humbled by the outpouring of love and support from around the world.

These attacks hit close to home. We love and frequent the areas that were struck. Our team had spent the evening together eating dinner and enjoying fellowship in one of our homes. Once we received the news, the walks home were filled with prayer and intercession while police sirens wailed all around. We are grateful to have been safe and together during this time.

We may never fully understand why these attacks happen, but we are called to know God’s heart for this situation. We are grieving with those who grieve. We grieve for our city, our home, but not without hope.

Many are asking us how to pray. Here are some ways you can help bring the Kingdom of God to this situation :

PEOPLE OF PARIS :

– Pray for the victims and the families experiencing deep loss.

– Pray for the thousands of refugees who are seeking sanctuary or safe passage.

– Pray that people would come to know God through this.

GOVERNMENT :

– Pray for the government as they lead the nation during this time of heartache. Pray for wisdom and integrity in the decision-making. Pray that decisions will be made on the basis of understanding and compassion and not a response to fear.

– Pray for agreement and solidarity among the officials and people of France.

CHURCH :

– Pray for unity of the Church. What an opportunity for teaching and leading by example the power of love, humility and forgiveness.

– Pray for the pastors of Paris as they prepare their sermons for tomorrow.

– Pray for the local churches that have lost members of their congregations to these attacks. Pray for hope to endure through the grief.

– Pray for the believers to hold fast to the promise of God’s hope and for the courage to walk in forgiveness, to choose love over fear, and to act in kindness instead of vengeance.

– Pray for our team and the churches we work with, that our response to this will be with the heart of God and not our own ideas.

– Pray that those who represent Christ can show the heart of Christ to the nations and cultures that make up Paris.

– Pray for those who have a calling for Paris, that fear will not rob them of all that God has in store for them.

We thank you again for your prayers and support. Please feel free to contact us at jemparis19@gmail.com to share any words, encouragement, or prayers.

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