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Advent calendar 2023 - 9 December

Daniyal* in the mountains of Afghanistan.

He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and bread, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing.

Isaiah 30:23

The prophet Isaiah gives us an insight into God’s will for the future. There will be prosperity and harmony, and enough rain will fall to allow the ground to be fruitful and life-giving. 

Today many millions of people are suffering the impact of droughts induced by the climate crisis. Persistent lack of rainfall in Afghanistan has devastated farming communities. Daniyal* is a farmer living with disability, who has a family of seven to support. He tells us: 

“The drought has negatively affected all aspects of my farming. All the wells and springs have dried up. Due to that my farming has been extremely unproductive this year, so our food supplies are low. The one safe water source that we have access to is 300 meters away from my home, so collecting water for my family proves to be difficult due to my disability.”  

With our cash assistance programme Daniyal is now providing his family with essentials, including nutritional support for his grandson, who is suffering from malnutrition.  

Today, as we reflect on Isaiah’s hopeful vision of the future, let’s allow that vision to change the present, reorienting our hearts to the coming of God’s kingdom so that we reach out in love to our sisters and brothers in need. 

*Name changed to protect his identity. 

Advent prayer

God of grace, 
we pray for all those affected by drought. 
Inspired by your vision for creation, 
may we work so all people can find prosperity and harmony. 


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