Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.Psalm 105:4 (NIV)
DR Congo: aftermath
Please pray for the people of DR Congo in the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May. A reservoir and pipes were damaged as a result of the eruption, and half a million people have been left without clean drinking water. With cholera already endemic, there is an urgent need for clean water. Pray for clean water for everyone who needs it and for the hundreds of thousands of people unable to return to their homes.
South Sudan: chaos
Mission partner Lynn Treneary writes: “The seemingly never-ending chaos of political and even cultural instability marches on throughout the whole of South Sudan. The roads all over the country are near impassable because of the danger from unemployed youth with guns searching for money for food and because the roads turn to quagmires in the nine-month long rainy season. There are also still militias at odds with government troops, causing mayhem for villagers, townsfolk and travellers. Please do not weary of doing good and crying out to the Lord for these people.”
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Middle East: faith comes by typing
Please pray for a team connecting with Muslim women and young people in prison and teaching them English and computer skills. Pray for God to open the door for this team to share the love of Jesus, and for learners to connect with God’s word as they practise their typing using the Gospel of Mark.
UK: vaccinations on track
The BBC has reported that more than 75 per cent of UK adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, less than six months after the rollout started. Praise God for this immense effort by the UK government and healthcare personnel, which is in stark contrast to the vaccination programmes in many other parts of the world.
Peru: COVID-19 and elections
Pray particularly for Peru this week. The government recently revised the official COVID-19 death toll in the country, increasing it by more than double. Peru is now officially the country with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita in the world (partly due to a very slow vaccine rollout). In the presidential elections this Sunday, voters face a choice between extreme left and extreme right in the second-round runoff of the election, where both candidates are deeply unpopular. Pray for the right person to be elected, who will take the country forward and speed up the vaccination programme.
Having returned to Guatemala and completed quarantine, mission partners Mark and Rosalie Balfour ask for prayer over the next couple of weeks as they travel to Honduras for the first time since December 2018. Pray for safety for Mark and Rosalie as they make the 700km journey to Tegucigalpa, and back less than two weeks later. Pray for them as they visit Street Kids Direct projects and lead a retreat for Proyecto Alas staff on Friday 11 June – pray for this retreat to be a refreshing day full of God’s light and presence.
South Asia: visa
Please keep praying for mission partner F’s visa, which still hasn’t come through. Pray for a decision to be made and for her visa to be issued quickly so she can make concrete plans for her home leave, which is due to begin in August.