PRAYER ALERT for Shenzhen mudslide. Pray for the 85 people who are now missing one day after a man-made mountain collapsed in Shenzhen, China. The mountain was made of excavated soil and construction waste piled against a 330 foot hill. Heavy rains caused the Shenzhen mudslide to cascade with such force that it buried or damaged 33 buildings in the nearby industrial park. Seven trapped people have been rescued so far. At least 16 have been hospitalized. More than 900 have been evacuated from the area now buried under 20 feet of mud.
The Shenzhen mudslide is China’s fourth major disaster in the past year. The New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai killed 36 and wounded 49. In the June sinking of a cruise ship in the Yangtze River 442 drowned and only 12 were rescued. The massive chemical explosions at a Tianjin container storage station in August killed 173 and injured 797. All these disasters were attributed to human error. China’s rush to industrialize without environmental safeguards has produced dangerous conditions around the nation. Today is the fourth day of a smog alert in Beijing. Schools have closed, factories have cut production, and half the city’s cars have been forced off the roads because the air is far too toxic to breathe.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, You are Lord of the heavens, the earth and the sea. You are sovereign over everything in them. But the earth you have given to the sons of men (Acts 14:15; Ps. 115:16). We confess that we have not stewarded this precious earth well. Only after our industries fouled the heavens and the seas did the West begin to implement environmental safeguards. Now China’s rapid development has made much of its air unbreathable. The Shenzhen mudslide has destroyed much of its industrial park. In such a world small human errors are producing huge catastrophes. And You say that You will destroy those who destroy the earth (Rev. 11:18).
Bring mercy instead of judgment to Shenzhen. You have a great underground church in China which has power to move mountains. In a sense they have been buried by official condemnation. Yet this underground movement has multiplied greatly. In the Holy Spirit we join with them in prayer (James 2:13; Mt. 17:20).
- Provide supernatural help to the thousands of rescuers who are searching for the 85 people still missing. Let their be testimonies of miracles. Show Your power to save lives and save souls (Lk. 19:10).
- Comfort the friends and family of those who have died. Impress on them how precious life is. Show them how they can truly live with You (1 Thess. 3:7-8).
- Help them raise up stronger buildings with higher safety standards. Show Your people in China creative ways to use excavated soil and construction waste. Show that Your heart is to prosper them and not to harm them (Jer. 29:11).
- Let Your underground church arise with Your light and Your solutions. Instead of persecuting them, let the government see their good works and glorify the Father in heaven (Mt. 5:16).
DailyInsight. In facing a trial, neither stop, go backwards or go around it. The only way to overcome a trial is to go through it (See James 1:12).
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