On a beach in Senegal with so much plastic trash that much of the sand is covered, one man is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of plastics — by wearing many of the bags, cups and other junk that might just as soon be part of trash piles. He is environmental activist Modou Fall, whom many simply call “Plastic Man. He emphasizes telling anybody about the problems of plastics. As he walks, strands and chunks of plastic dangle from his arms and legs, rustling in the wind while some drags on the ground. On Fall’s chest, poking out from the plastics, is a sign in French that says, “No to plastic bags.” He says that plastic pollution, often from people who chuck things wherever without a second thought, is an ecological disaster. Pray for the mission against trash to clean Senegal. Pray for Senegalese to git rid of their sins by accepting God’s righteousness(The Bible, Psalm 11:7).
Jordan is running out of water with a grim glimpse of the future as it is one of the driest countries in the world. Jordanians have long been accustomed to a household water supply of only about 36 hours a week. But recently, even that meager flow has been curtailed by the debilitating combination of a warming planet and swelling demand. Population growth, diminished water supplies and climate change have all taken their toll. Jordan’s geography and topography have only made things worse. Rainfall has decreased precipitously in recent decades, and warmer temperatures mean that what rain does come evaporates rapidly. Pray for Jordanians desperately in need of water for drinking, cleaning, washing clothes and cooking. Pray that living waters will flow into their lives and refresh them with new life in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 68:9).
Authorities discovered more than 600 grams of the drug methorphan sent into the country by courier from Bahrain. Drugs smuggling into the Maldives through the postal system has increased in recent years. The health minister said that meth is widely available in Maldives. Pray for ongoing vigilance by the authorities towards drug smuggling. Pray that people with addictions will find help. Praise God that as we celebrate Christmas, we remember that Jesus came to bring freedom from addictions, and healing to troubled lives (The Bible, Matthew 11:28-29).
The Nigerian government revealed in late October that at least 612 people have died and more than 3.2 million people have been affected as a result of flooding across the country since the beginning of the rainy season this year. The WHO has announced that it has donated emergency medical supplies in response to flood disasters during this rainy season that have affected more than 600,000 people in the state. More than 30 states in Nigeria were affected in floods, many houses and health facilities have been submerged, wreaking havoc on people’s psychological and mental health. The flood increases the risk of infectious disease outbreaks such as cholera, malaria and typhoid fever. Pray for the global health organization providing medical services. Pray that Nigerians in deep trouble cry out to God for salvation (The Bible, Isaiah 43:2).