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Lord, it feels like there are no words for reacting to the devastating consequences of the drought in Northern Kenya and Somalia. First, to hear that reported cases of sexual violence against women have tripled is deeply disturbing. Please protect these women as they search for food and water for their families. Bring out the best rather than the worst in people as they recognize that this is a humanitarian crisis. May they desire to help rather than harm. And, Lord, to read of the dramatic increase in women and girls of all ages turning to sex work in order to provide for their families… girls charging only 50 cents and often not being paid or being beaten when asking for the money… these are the times when we are most thankful for your Holy Spirit interceding for us (Romans 8:26), because we cannot express the sadness in our hearts. Lord, how do we even pray? Be with those girls. Meet them in their pain. Help influencers make great strides in addressing the root problems in this crisis. And, Lord, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We humbly ask your help, in Jesus’ name, amen.