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.
‘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.’