Saturday, July 4, 2009

Prayer request from a Catholic missionary in Honduras

Received this morning via e-mail:

Dear Friends,

I realize that the current political instability in Honduras may not seem like a big deal, and maybe to the rest of the world, it
isn't a big deal - but what happens over this weekend will determine the fate of this small country, and more specifically, the fate of the Church in this country, and the fate of our mission here in Comayagua.

Over the past ten months, I've put down roots here, which is why when I was faced this week with the choice of whether to stay or to go (back to the States), I chose to stay. I'm writing to ask all of you to please,
please pray for the mission here in Comayagua, especially over the next couple of days.

I cannot emphasize enough the great need for prayer in this difficult situation. If Hugo Chavez makes good on his threats to the Honduran government, his actions in the coming days (and the subsequent reactions of the Honduran people) could be disastrous. If you can commit to being a prayer warrior for us until this conflict is resolved, please leave a comment on
my latest blog post with your prayers, sacrifices and words of encouragement. Whether it's a single prayer, a Mass or a Rosary - we would be so grateful. (As a community, we will be praying a novena to Our Lady Help of Christians - posted on our Community Blog - starting tomorrow.) If I am able, I will share your comments with the rest of the missionaries. It helps to know that we’re not in this alone!

If you still don't have any idea what's been happening down here, I've tried to summarize the events of the past week on
my blog. Please stay close in prayer - I will post updates when I can!

In Jesus and Mary,
Emily Byers

"If it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him... He saves the needy from the sword... He saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts her mouth." - Job 5: 8,15-16