Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Peace-building in DRC
Please pray for local partner the Rev Bisoke Balikenga and his ministry of peace-building among young people. He says, “We do not have security, many people have lost their lives with mainly the young people suffering. We have planned to have workshops with the youth leaders and people with influence in the community on peace-building and discipleship. Pray with us for God’s provision of whatever is needed for the training.”
South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
Cathie and John Rutter are working with Kajo-Keji Christian College (South Sudan) ‘in exile’ in Uganda: “There are now over a million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Uganda’s welcoming policy – allowing entry, allocating a plot of land etc – is now stretched to the limit as are the resources of the UNHCR. Refugees are still entering Uganda at the rate of at least 1,000 a day, as violence continues in Central Equatoria (where Kajo-Keji is).
“Both staff and students at the college have had to cope with their families being flooded out. And 30 sq metres isn’t sufficient, even if the land was suitable, to cultivate enough crops to feed a family. And 6 kg of food isn’t enough. Conditions create a lot of health issues, especially malaria, but clinics have often run out of medicines, and black market prices are exorbitant.
“We’ve had the privilege of being involved in two Prayer and Fasting events at two camps and it’s hard to put into words the impact of many people crying out to God for forgiveness, for healing, for reconciliation, and for a return from exile."
Inauguration of new Province of Sudan
Stephen Burgess, regional manager for Africa, will be representing Church Mission Society at the inauguration of the new Anglican Province of Sudan (now to be separate from the province of South Sudan) on 31 July. Pray for the folk from various organisations in the UK to get their visa to attend in good time. Remember Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo and his team in Khartoum preparing for this.
Derek and Jane Waller are currently planning to serve in a new location in the Diocese of Toliara in Madagascar. Their departure is delayed as Jane fractured her ankle. Please pray for healing and for plans to be able to move ahead for them.
CMS-Africa financial workshops broadcast from USA
Henry Mwaniki of CMS-Africa reports: “Please celebrate with us the platform that God has provided that will see F4 [CMS-Africa’s Financial Freedom for Families training] broadcast from Atlanta, Georgia, to South Sudanese in diaspora across the globe. Let us pray with Abraham Deng, one of the F4 graduates from South Sudan who is now resident in the US, as he spearheads this initiative. The broadcasts started on 8 July and will continue for the next five and half months on a weekly schedule.”
India: pastor murdered
A horrendous event this week in India as Pastor Sultan Masih was murdered in Ludhiana, shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. The family have refused to hold the funeral until the assailants are caught and Christians have staged a sit-down protest on the highway to ask for justice. Please pray for true justice and for a spirit peace in the community.
Pray for the board and staff of Asia-CMS, who have just finished their board meeting in Malaysia, as they move to a transition period in which they continue with their work and responsibilities as well as searching for a new leader for Asia-CMS.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Mission Is campaign at summer festivals
Hopefully by now you have all heard about our Mission Is campaign – the first stage of which is a giant listening exercise both online and at Christian festivals this summer. This coming week Church Mission Society staff and volunteers will be at New Wine and Naturally Supernatural – please pray for some great God-inspired conversations. Also speaking at New Wine (on Wed 26th) is Dennis Tongoi of CMS-Africa along with Philip Mounstephen – please pray for their message to come across well. Pray too as we reach out to churches over the next few weeks with our new mission-themed card game.
Training and rest for our people in mission
Please pray for two events: ForMission, a fortnight’s training and orientation for new short termers and mission associates continues this week and next in Birmingham and then All Nations Christian College. Also at All Nations from 25 to 28 July is a gathering for all mission partners who are currently in the UK: pray for a good time of rest and refreshment, helpful conversations and blessing from the Lord for all those participating.
Please pray for the trustees of Church Mission Society, who have their annual residential meeting coinciding with the People in Mission gathering at All Nations so that they can have the chance to meet and hear from mission partners. Pray for Spirit-filled deliberations.
Bolivia: Satelite Solidarity
Give thanks with Andrew and Lisa Peart in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for the way the mission church is able to stand with its neighbours: “There are a great many needs in the community of Satélite Norte and the mission is at the heart of it all. Pastor Belisario and his wife Claire, mission leaders, have been building Christ-centred relationships here for three years. We see the fruits of this labour, and have the privilege to join in and support them in ministry. Since working alongside the community, we have witnessed among others things the sad and unjust imprisonment of a local father of two girls, as well as the joy of him being released with no conviction after five months. He then faithfully attended and completed the Alpha Course with his wife and teenage daughters. Andrew and Belisario went on prison visits, supporting him with friendship, spiritual and physical nourishment.”
Pray for the team working with the Diocese of Peru: Paul and Sarah Tester and their three girls, Anna Sims and Pat Blanchard (currently on UK leave) and mission associates Juan Carlos and Penny Marces. They give thanks for the new openness and good spirit in the diocese under the new bishop (Jorge Luis Aguilar) and pray for many small congregations considering new steps in discipleship training thanks to the programme both Paul and Anna are involved in. Pray also for Anna’s prison visiting of English speaking women. Juan Carlos is the new vicar general of the diocese while also pastoring the Nazareno congregation. Penny is the lay leader in charge of the English speaking congregation in the cathedral; they are in the process of looking for a new chaplain.
Pray for Sharon Wilcox and short termers Lydia and Mark Trezise in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, all embarking on new ventures: Sharon has started a programme for teaching life skills to teenagers with learning difficulties in a new church (called New Man in Jesus Christ) with a new volunteer from the church, Gloria. Lydia and Mark are working to set up a craft project with the help of Susie Hart and Craft Aid International; they need prayer for all aspects of this new project and for their Spanish ability (which is getting better!).