“Even to your old age and grey hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and will carry you: I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Iasia 46:4).
In February 2015, Christians around the world watched in horror as a video showed 21 Egyptian Christian men being led single file along a beach in Libya before they were beheaded by Islamic State militants who despised them for their commitment to Christ. Like so many menkilled for their faith, they supported elderly parents as well as wives and children.
Wherever Barnabas Fund brings relief to suffering communities of Christians, it is the elderly who are among the most vulnerable. Their physical frailty may render them less able to defend themselves against violence or to flee, and poverty may deny them access to legal aid or medical care. Younger Christians who are themselves living in hardship may be unable to provide for their elderly family members as well as they would wish. The wearying and unrelenting burden of poverty, discrimination, harassment and violence may also cause some Christians to age more quickly.
Barnabas Fund has supported Christian care homes for the elderly in several countries, and older Christians also benefit from the disaster relief and feeding programmes that we fund.
Pray for the older generation of Christians in contexts where they live in poverty and suffer persecution because of their faith. Ask God to uphold them in their sufferings, to meet their needs and make His power perfect in their weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Pray that they might know His peace and joy in their remaining years. Pray too that the care homes and other support that Barnabas Fund has provided will relieve hard-pressed Christian communities by ensuring that their elderly loved ones are properly cared for.