Urgent Prayer Request for Topaza
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our friends in Antananarivo, Madagascar desperately need you to uplift them in prayer. Our SHINE staff recently learned that all 45 children at Topaza are suffering from the flu, as well as their caretakers. Tantely, the director of Topaza, takes a few of the children to the hospital each day to receive treatment. Because the hospitals are full, most return home the same day to try the treatment they’ve been given—some are recovering, and others are still struggling to get healthy. A few have been hospitalized for an extended period of time. In addition to the health of the whole orphanage, please pray specifically for these children in severe situations:
- Eugene, a child who has a rare hereditary condition that has caused him many health issues for the last three years.
- Ando (pronounced AHN-doo), a little boy about 8 or 9 years old whose health is not improving.
- Miangaly (MEE-ahn-GAH-lee), a baby girl who was rushed to the hospital Thursday and has fallen into a coma.
- Ravaka (Rah-VAH-kah), a little girl who is struggling to recover because she can’t hold food or nutrients.
While the children are fighting this serious illness, Topaza also just received another baby boy. He was abandoned by his mother at a church service Tantely attended a few weeks ago, so Tantely has gained legal custody to care for him. Please pray for him and the plans the Lord has for him in his new home.
David Swanson often reminds us that we can only hold God to promises that he has made. He does not promise good health, great fortune, or even the breath of life for tomorrow, but he does promise to be with us always to the very end of the age. We cling to this promise and seek the Lord in prayer to heal our friends in Mada just as Paul has encouraged us to let our requests be made known to God, The good news is that Christ Himself sits on the right hand of God and intercedes on our behalf.
So pray, and pray fervently. We’ve been so encouraged by Tantely’s unwavering faith through all of this. Her eyes are set steadfastly on the Lord, so let’s join with her in prayer as her family of brothers and sisters in Christ. We’re working with some of our partners in country about how to come alongside Topaza to help carry the financial burden these hospital visits and treatment plans have created—but the greatest help we can offer is to set aside intentional time to petition the One who holds each of these children in the palm of His hand.