Heavenly Father, we pray for the dozens of surrogate babies awaiting their parents in a Kiev hotel, separated and delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The reality is a bit shocking: a surrogate baby industry thriving in Ukraine: infants advertised as a “quality product.” Now the parents of 51 babies face extra hurdles to collect their newly born children as Covid-19 halts international travel. First, Lord, we pray for the children. May they receive the best care possible in the absence of actual parents. Please provide them with the love and attention, nutrition and medical care that they need to thrive. Next, we pray for their parents, who likely struggle, knowing their children are lined up with dozens of others, not receiving the kind of attention a family provides. Make a way for these parents to get to Kiev so they can pick up their children, and grant them peace in the waiting. Third, we pray for the medical personnel and other caregivers in the hotel, that they would have the strength, determination and support they need to care for this many infants under these pandemic conditions. May they embrace the great value in their work of nurturing these young lives, even while suffering under the pandemic in their own, personal ways. Finally, Lord, we pray for a healthy examination of this industry, now that it has come into greater light. If anything should change about how Ukraine handles this situation, may its leaders see that clearly and handle it wisely. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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