Monday, June 29, 2020

Prayer for Amish woman missing from Pennsylvania, USA, community

Heavenly Father, your Word tells us your eye is on the sparrow (Matthew 10:29). We know you see where missing Linda Stoltzfoos is. We find peace in that. Yet we seek your help in locating this 18-year-old Amish woman, who seemingly disappeared without a trace June 21. With no indication she desired to leave the Amish community, it does not seem likely she ran away. However, there are no clues about foul play either. Please reveal truth in this situation as quickly as possible. May clues be found, people step forward, and/or information come to light. If Stoltzfoos is held captive somewhere, please provide a clear way of escape. Lord, amid the fear and concern, we rejoice in the togetherness shown by both Amish and non-Amish citizens in Stoltzfoos’ community as they seek their missing member. May they find Stoltzfoos soon. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Prayer about foster children being placed with pedophiles in Berlin

Lord God, we know the search for loving foster homes is never-ending. First, we pray for that need. Lord, please compel families even this very moment to consider foster care. May they take seriously your promise that “if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42). Next, we pray about the truth coming to light in Berlin regarding children being placed with pedophile men as foster parents for decades. To say we are grieved is an understatement as we realize the significance of this terrible trend, inspired by Dr. Helmut Kentler’s work. It is baffling that people went along with Kentler’s theory at all, let alone for more than 30 years. We are thankful the truth is now coming to light and pray that all who were harmed will find emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We are thankful that the city-state of Berlin is taking responsibility and seeking to help those who were abused. May this public admission of grievous error ultimately result in great improvements to Berlin’s foster care system and many local families stepping up to care for children. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.