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Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. —1 Timothy 5: 3-5

 

In places of conflict and disaster, mothers and children are at even higher risk of disease and death. Children die from preventable causes like malnutrition and malaria. Mothers don’t survive childbirth. Together, we can change that. Because we know that healthy women and children are the first step to creating healthy communities. This month, let’s pray for the mothers, children, and Medical Teams staff working to improve the health of mothers, newborns, and children in the communities where we work.

Prayers

We pray for good health for all Medical Teams staff. As our staff work hard to ensure maternal, newborn, and child health services are available for people like Rose, we need to ask the Lord to keep our staff healthy – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – so they can provide the highest quality of service to our patients.

We pray for all the refugees, displaced people, and nationals who have access to maternal, newborn, and child health services. As of June 2022, Medical Teams provided more than 2. 4 million people with primary health care services for women and children.

We pray for all the community health workers in the refugee communities. The community health workers are local refugees and host community members who volunteer to receive training from Medical Teams to help promote the health of women and children. The average number of individuals visited by Medical Teams community health workers each month is 459,711 people. The community health workers are our largest pool of volunteers.

We pray for the pastors and other faith leaders working with Medical Teams to support the health of women and children. In Guatemala, Tanzania, and soon in Uganda, Medical Teams partners with community faith leaders, key influencers in the community, to promote women and children’s health. Faith leaders are a key ally in breaking down cultural barriers to health.