“Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.”Psalm 38:15 (NIV)
Ecuador and Peru: elections
Citizens in both countries will be voting this weekend, amid high levels of COVID-19. In Ecuador there is a second-round vote between two candidates for the presidency, while in Peru elections are taking place for a new president, members of congress and members of the Andean parliament. Pray for the right candidates to be voted in and that the movement of people to vote will not worsen an already extremely high level of COVID-19 cases in both countries.
Brazil: COVID-19 cases rising
The P-1 COVID-19 variant that emerged in Brazil continues to fuel a surge in cases across Latin America. In March there were over 60,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in Brazil. Please continue to pray for those who are unwell, those who have lost loved ones and for those serving in struggling healthcare systems.
Brazil: economic and material hardship
Daniel and Sarah Brito Medeiros ask for prayer: “The percentage of people living in extreme poverty is getting bigger because of the loss of jobs at this time. Many people are living with hardly any food to eat. Pray for the church to know how to respond at this time.”
Uganda: a new location
The space that SPLASH Dance Company were using to rehearse has been closed down during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Please pray that Helen Kisakye and her team will be able to find an accessible location to meet so that their work in advocating for people with disabilities can continue.
Tanzania: Rehema reopening
Heather Johnstone writes that Rehema Cafe and Crafts started trading again at the end of January, for the first time since March 2020. A few customers have returned and after a brief viability study Rehema is opening two days a week. Please pray that business will pick up as more customers return to town, and that the Rehema women working fewer hours will be able to provide for their families.
Sudan: continuing violence
In West Darfur, a week of violence between the Masalit community and Arab groups have left 87 people dead, and nearly 200 more injured. Since the beginning of the year more than 100,000 people have been displaced by conflict there, and a national state of emergency has been declared this week. Please pray for peace and reconciliation in Sudan.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Spain: a new disciple
Mission partners in the region write that a new believer, M, who they have been discipling is moving to another town. Please pray for M to continue to settle in her new location, and that she will be able to find a new church to attend.
Britain: Plymouth work club
Ruth Sayers shares that the drop-in centre for those seeking work has only been able to operate in a distanced capacity over the last year, and that it has been difficult to reach out to new individuals who need help. Please pray that the work club will find new ways to reach people who need their help to find employment, and that plans for a full reopening will be able to go ahead in line with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
Nepal: improving healthcare
Please pray for mission associate Dan Munday as he prepares and delivers a presentation on palliative care for a World Health Organisation conference. Dan and his wife Phillipa are continuing to plan for their return to Nepal later in the year. Please pray for them as they confirm their plans and prepare to leave the UK.
Myanmar: military coup continues
As conflict in Myanmar continues to escalate, a human rights group has voiced concerns that the country could spiral into a civil war. Please pray that the violence would stop and that a diplomatic solution would be found.