“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Britain: Mind, Body, Spirit, Wellbeing Festival
Please pray for mission partner Andrea Campanale who will be part of the Dekhomai team at the Mind, Body, Spirit, Wellbeing Festival at London’s Olympia.
She writes: “Our team will be ministering to spiritual seekers from Friday (28 April) to Monday (1 May). We would really appreciate prayer for protection, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, good conversations with those that are searching and a willingness to step out in faith. I’d particularly value prayer for the new people on the team, as we see this as an opportunity to train and give experience in cross-cultural mission as much as it is to reach out with the love of Christ to those interested in alternative spiritualities.”
Pakistan: Prayer for peace
A mission partner, F, based in Pakistan writes with an urgent prayer request:
“Please continue to pray for the nation of Pakistan, for peace and harmony between different religious communities, for security and safety for all and for good governance and integrity.”
India: Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC)
Rev Jim Paul, a local mission partner, is a chaplain at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. His ministry of pastoral care to terminally ill patients also extends to that of their family members who suffer with them.
Jim writes: “Visiting patients at the CMC Hospital in Vellore can be an enriching experience. In my chaplaincy ministry, I have been encouraged by patients who continue to trust in the Lord no matter what the circumstances faced.
“Cancer patient Varan, 53, is one such blessing to care givers. ‘God is good all the time’, Varan would say each time I met with him in the ward. He works for a leading IT company in Bangalore and was accompanied by his wife for treatment, which involved several cycles of chemotherapy. This couple never murmured a word of disappointment about their situation. It is a joy to be with them. ‘Even if I don’t recover, we have nothing bad to say about God’s leading’, Varan once told me.
“After a few weeks, I met them outside the ward after the first cycle of the treatment. I could not recognise Varan as his appearance had changed due to chemo. There was no hair on his head, and his complexion became darker. Still, they greeted me with the same smile they wore weeks back. ‘Still, God is in control over us’, he said as we exchanged greetings.
“Each day we hear different stories that encourage people in their sick bed. Stories like that of Varan’s can change even our approach to the sick and suffering. We can experience the marvellous leading of the almighty God in their lives. Praise be to God.
“Please continue to pray for our ministry among the sick and suffering.”
Latin America: Mary Rollin
Please continue to pray for Mary Rollin, local partner officer for Latin America, recovering from successful open heart surgery but still in ICU and in considerable discomfort.
Northern Argentina: Training course for new leaders
Please pray for the training course for new leaders from the Wichi and Toba churches being held in Ingeniero Juarez from 2-13 May. Pray especially for the 50 or so students to be able to get there, despite the recent rains, and for good teaching input from the team which includes Wichi and Toba leaders as well as mission partners. Pray also for calm in Juarez where there has been serious civil unrest in recent weeks.
Mission partner David Stokes is coordinating the event, and the logistics are a real challenge even at the best of times!
Latin America: Adelante 2017 conference
Give thanks to God for all the people who came to the Latin America Adelante conference last weekend, for the speakers and all those due to go soon to Latin America: Catherine Le Tissier and Nick Drayson, Tim Curtis, Bev Richardson, Deborah and Levi Santana and new Central America mission partners Steve Poulson (Honduras) and Azaria Spencer (Guatemala).
Chile: Alf and Hilary Cooper
Please pray for our mission partners Alf and Hilary Cooper who are based in Chile.
They write: “Please pray for us as we seek to publish Alf’s latest book on his four years as chaplain to Presidente Piñera. Pray especially that we are guided to the right publisher and right method of distribution.”
Peru: Diocesan Synod
Give thanks for the successful Diocesan Synod in Peru last weekend. Pray for those assuming new responsibilities:
- Vice president Rev Julio Montoya (a former Latin partner and father-in-law of local partner Anderson Sanchez)
- Vicar general Rev Juan Carlos Marces (a mission associate)
- Paul Tester, a mission partner, one of the members of the new standing committee
- Bishop Jorge Aguilar, diocesan bishop.
Uganda: Mission to the Kiraydonga refugee settlement
Please pray for mission partners David and Heather Sharland, who are based in Uganda. They write:
“We are going on a SOMA [Sharing of Ministries Abroad] mission to the Kiraydonga refugee settlement in central Uganda for 10 days from 13-23 May. This is a camp for South Sudanese, mostly Moru people, from the Mundri Lui area where we lived for nearly 10 years. This will be a challenging and exciting time of sharing, listening and praying with believers away from their homeland. For some of the people it will be reconnecting with friends which will also hold many emotional challenges.”
Please pray for all aspects of this trip including spiritual and physical protection.
Kenya: Matt Roberts-Davies
Please pray for our mission associate Matt Roberts-Davies, based in Kenya. He writes:
“I returned to Kenya on Wednesday (26 April) to start my new job. I’ve had a lovely time over the past few weeks, spending my time on long walks with my family etc., seeing a few of you at church and finding time for much needed rest. I will be working for an organisation that facilitates crowd funding, called M-Changa (a fundraiser management platform that provides cutting edge end-to-end management tools to enhance fundraising success). My job is experience director and I’ll be one of nine on the team and responsible for strategic partnerships and product innovations.
“I have three major prayer requests:
- Please pray for strength and wisdom as I start this new role; pray that God will equip me with the right tools as I take on this responsibility in Kenya.
- Pray that I would have no issues with my visa and quickly find permanent accommodation. I will try to get a special pass once I start working, which is difficult since I’ve already been working on a special pass whilst at Musoni Kenya, but having a new passport should make this an easier process.
- Pray for my own accountability network to expand; I’m working in a secular environment within a different culture and I pray that God continues to bless me through meeting other Christians who I can relate to and be accountable to.”
South Sudan: An update
Please continue to hold South Sudan in your prayers. CMS trustee, Jane Shaw, writes with an update:
“The UN humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has expressed concern at the continuing displacement of civilians because of fighting: 100,000 fled after recent violence in Jonglei state, and fighting in Wau Shilluk (Upper Nile), Wau (Western Bahr-el-Ghazal) and Kajo-Keji in Central Equatoria has triggered new waves of displacement of thousands of people. Raja town in Lol state, where attacks last week killed 74 people, is now deserted. In Torit (Eastern Equatoria) the food shortage is severe and two people have died of hunger, while many have moved to refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Fighting in Kapoeta (Eastern Equatoria), started allegedly by government forces, caused President Kiir to cut short his visit last week which, ironically, was intended to encourage peace rallies and to inform the communities of his government’s efforts to end the war.
“The conflict may not be limited to South Sudan: two rebel commanders were captured by Ugandan troops in a district of northern Uganda; it is not clear whether they were pursuing fleeing refugees, or themselves seeking refugee status.
“Please continue to pray for a true desire for peace in the hearts of all, and an end to the conflict and violence.”