Today we remember our family in Myanmar, Syria and Turkey and we remember Leah Sharibu in Nigeria and Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia as this month marks another year since tragedy struck their lives.
Military coup in Myanmar
Last week, the 1st of February marked three years since the military coup took place in Myanmar, which saw the military junta taking over leadership of the country. Sadly, the situation has worsened with gunfire and explosions still echoing through the streets. The scarcity of food and the price of commodities are increasing, and the fear of violence remains visible.
Earthquake in Syria and Turkey
The 6th of February was the first-year anniversary of the deadly earthquake that devastated parts of Syria and Turkey. Many of the survivors in Syria mention how the earthquake still affects them. Rihab for example says: “Physically we are okay, but psychologically we have scars, we’re troubled.”
Abduction of Raymond Koh
This month, on 13 February it will be seven years since Pastor Raymond was abducted in broad daylight. The court case regarding his abduction is still ongoing and the next date has been set for May this year. The Koh family continues to hold on to hope for his return.
Abduction of Leah Sharibu
The 19th of February will mark six years since Leah Sharibu was kidnapped along with 109 other students by Boko Haram, a splinter group of the Islamic State of West Africa. In the immediate months and years after her kidnapping, there was strong support and campaigning for her release. Today, it has sadly tapered off. However, Open Doors continues to raise prayer and advocate for Leah’s safe release.
- Pray that God would heal traumatised and discouraged believers in Myanmar.
- Pray for the people of Syria and Turkey who are still traumatised and in mourning from the earthquake.
- Pray for justice for the Koh family and answers regarding Pastor Raymond’s abduction.
- Pray for comfort for Leah’s family and for the safe release of Leah from captivity.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12