Historically war and disease have created many orphans. After WW2 there were millions of orphans in Europe.
Today the AIDS epidemic has created over 16 million orphans. Over 90% of those orphans live in Sub-Saharan Africa. The largest number of AIDS orphans in one country is 2,500,000 in Nigeria. While 16% of all children living in Zimbabwe have been orphaned by AIDS.
In addition to the pain of losing a parent to AIDS, there is additional trauma because of the stigma associated with the disease in many places and the vulnerability of the family between the time of infection and the parent’s actual death. 50% of AIDS orphans are age 10 or older, so they’ve often lived through their parent’s sickness and now find themselves without their parent.
Today we’re going to ask God for strength for those AIDS orphans who feel weary and alone.
“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31
Prayer: Father, we cry out to you this day on behalf of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. God, we ask that you, the Great Healer, bring relief from this epidemic. Lord today we was that you strengthen the weak and weary. We ask that these orphans would find hope in you. Provide for them this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.