Prayer Focus: Birth Defects and Zika Virus Cause Fear in Brazil

brazilAccording to Reuters, at a hospital in Recife, Brazil, “dozens of soon-to-be mothers wait anxiously for ultrasound scans that will indicate whether the child they are carrying has a shrunken head and damaged brain, a condition called microcephaly.”

The Guardian reports, “Since October, there have been more than 3,700 confirmed or suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil, compared with less than 200 the previous year.”

A cure does not exist for microcephaly.  Scientists suspect this condition is caused by the zika virus carried by mosquitoes.

Prayer List

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the women carrying babies with microcephaly.
* Pray for Christians to provide health care services and support for the babies and families affected by this birth defect.
* Pray for Christians to defend life while there are calls for liberalization of abortion laws.
* Pray for a vaccine to be developed that can prevent these birth defects.

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