Published: 00:01 GMT Daylight Time - Sunday 01 April 2012
Lent Prayer - Elderly
“Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.” (Isaiah 46:4)
Where Christians are under pressure, one group who can often go unnoticed are the elderly. When people are living in poverty and hardship they often age more quickly than those in more comfortable situations, especially if they cannot afford medical care. In contexts of persecution, struggling families may not be able to care for needy older relatives or to afford specialised medical care for them. The elderly may be unable to flee from attacks or natural disaster owing to their physical weakness.
|In countries where Christians are living in poverty, the elderly often
suffer even more as families are unable to care for their needy older
This lady is a beneficiary of Barnabas Fund’s
feeding programme in Pakistan
The Bible holds elderly people in a position of high regard, even stating that “grey hair” is “attained in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31). The Israelites are instructed to respect and honour older members of their community (Leviticus 19:32) and Timothy is told not to speak harshly to an older man, but to encourage him as a father (1 Timothy 5:1).Christians are expected to care for others out of love for Christ, and we should embrace our responsibility for caring for the elderly, whether they are our own family or simply older Christians in more need than we are (1 Timothy 5).
Barnabas Fund assists Christian families in caring for their elderly relatives in contexts of poverty or persecution by providing direct support to the older members of the Christian community. In Lebanon, Barnabas recently helped to fund the costs of general site preparation, excavation and foundations for a care home that will accommodate 75 elderly Christians. We have also supported care homes for Christians in the Holy Land, India, Iraq, Lebanon and Zimbabwe.
Barnabas Fund projects include:
- Care home for the elderly, Iraq (Ref. 20-1024)
This article is taken from
“Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent 2012” -.