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