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Isaiah, Immanuel and praying for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Join us in using the different names of Jesus Christ to declare peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Written by Rachael Adams | 17 Dec 2021

Credit: Arlette Bashizi/Tearfund

In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah not only foretells the coming of Jesus Christ, but reveals some of the names that Christ will be known as. These names reveal aspects of Christ’s character that we can use to guide our prayers for people around the world who are facing unimaginable suffering. Like families caught up in violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The DRC is regarded as one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Conflict between armed groups has forced millions of people from their homes. People like Avesi*, who fled with her nine young children when their village was attacked by armed groups.

Seeking safety 

‘We walked for a week before reaching the town of Bunia,’ shares Avesi. ‘We had no family in Bunia, so we took refuge at the hospital. After three days we were helped by a local church and were taken to a camp that is near the hospital.’

The camp quickly became overcrowded as many more families sought refuge. The United Nations Refugee Council built a new camp, which is where Avesi and her family now live.

‘When we arrived at Kigonze Camp, we found there were toilets and showers, which had been built by Tearfund. We also received handwashing kits and training on how to properly wash our hands… Thanks to the kits and this training we can protect ourselves and our children from disease.’

 A group collect water in the Kigonze Camp, DRC | Credit: Arlette Bashizi/Tearfund

Christmas in the camps

Tearfund is doing all we can to help families like Avesi’s, but life is hard. So much has been taken away from them. Many fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

‘At home, before coming to the camps, I had work. I was a trader and a farmer in my village which allowed me to earn a living,’ says Avesi.

‘I also had a big house and could celebrate Christmas and New Year with goat. All this doesn’t exist anymore.’

Christmas will sadly look different again this year for people like Avesi. The families in these camps long for it to be safe enough for them to return home, so that they can rebuild their lives.

‘I would like to ask people in the United Kingdom to join us to pray for peace,’ concludes Avesi. 

Pray with us 

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:6)

Wonderful Counsellor,
Hear the cries of your people in the DRC. Hear and provide for their needs and restore peace, we pray.

Mighty God,
You have the power to change things for good. In your name, we ask you to bring an end to violence in the DRC. Make a way for people to safely return home and rebuild their lives, we pray.

Everlasting Father,
Comfort those who are grieving and living with trauma. Heal them, protect and care for them. And bring them a sense of hope that is found in you, we pray.

Prince of Peace,
We look to you in these times of trouble and uncertainty as our guide. We ask that even more people in the DRC will lay down their weapons and follow in your footsteps of peace and reconciliation, we pray.

Immanuel – God with us – bring your loving presence and peace to those who need it, in this season and beyond, we pray.



*Name changed to protect identity

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Written by  Rachael Adams

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