Our Response to the Israel-Gaza War

Church family, 

Last weekend’s events have left us stunned and saddened about the situation in the Middle East concerning Israel and Palestine. We want to take a moment and let you know what our current response is:

  • We have contacted our partners on the ground in Israel and the surrounding area. We will let you know when we have more information on tangible ways you can help. 
  • The Mission Journey to Israel scheduled to leave this month has been indefinitely postponed.  
  • We are partnering with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board in the coming days and weeks to lend support and donate supplies. We will be working with them and Send Relief on ways our church can be involved. 

Here’s what we’re asking of you. Please join our church family in praying through these requests.

1. Pray for Peace and Protection (Psalm 91:1-2)

Pray for the people of Israel and Gaza that God will grant them His divine protection and bring peace to this troubled region. Shield them with your wings, O Lord, and keep them safe in your refuge. Comfort those who have lost loved ones.

2. Prayer for the Hostages (Psalm 34:17)

Lord, we lift up the hostages in Gaza. We ask for their safe release and that you comfort them in their distress.

3. Prayer for the Leaders to have Wisdom (James 1:5)

Heavenly Father, grant wisdom and discernment to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and all leaders involved in making decisions during this challenging time. May they seek your guidance in every step. 

4. Prayer for Civilians in Gaza (Psalm 46:1)

We pray for the innocent civilians in Gaza who are suffering. Have mercy on them and provide for their needs.

5. Prayer for an End to Violence (Matthew 5:9)

Prince of Peace, we cry out for an end to the violence and bloodshed. Bring about reconciliation and understanding among conflicting peoples. May your peace prevail. 

6. Pray for International Leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We pray for world leaders and leaders in the Middle East. May they work towards a peaceful resolution and support efforts to end this conflict.

7. Prayer for Healing and Unity (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves and seek your face. Heal the land, bring unity among people, and let your love shine through even in the darkest of times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

If you would like more details on how we are assisting, please have them reach out to Keith Holloway ([email protected]) or Vicki Howell ([email protected]).

International Relief Fund