Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:6–7 (NIV)
Vaccine announcements: new hope, new questions
Key breakthroughs in the race to find a coronavirus vaccine have been announced this week. Please hold in prayer those in positions of power globally as they develop plans for vaccination schemes. Pray particularly for countries who have not been able to secure purchase of vaccine doses for their citizens, and for individuals who will not be able to afford vaccination.
Africa: CMS conference
Give thanks for the CMS Africa conference which took place last weekend and gave office staff and people in mission a chance to connect over Zoom, share about their ministry, engage with teaching and pray with each other. Pray for attendees to continue to be encouraged and refreshed by the time they shared together. You can watch sessions here: https://cms.org.uk/e
Uganda: higher rates of malnutrition
Mission associates Hanna and Ian Spillman, working at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda, report that the terrible impact of lockdown (rather than COVID-19 itself) is becoming more apparent as many families can’t earn a living and feed their children, resulting in more malnutrition among children. Pray for hospital staff, who are on a 25 per cent salary cut and are now dealing with COVID-19 within the hospital as well as malnourished children alongside everything else.
South Sudan: facing potential famine
South Sudan is now on the World Food Programme list of four countries facing potential famine, along with Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Yemen. A result of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes (including flooding) and COVID-19, pray for relief for those in South Sudan and other countries who are suffering and even dying due to a simple lack of food.
Uganda: Financial Freedom for Families (F4)
Local partner Judith Murungi is holding an F4 online session on 18 November for the Church of Uganda, teaching financial literacy based on biblical principles. Judith asks for prayer for the 18 participants to be impacted and to apply what they learn. Pray for all the Uganda trainers as they work together to facilitate the CMS-Africa programme, that God will protect them and grant them wisdom as they serve in these challenging times.
Central America: Storm Eta
Please lift up the people in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and now Cuba who are dealing with the aftermath of the recent Storm Eta. The storm has caused widespread devastation through very heavy rains, consequent flooding and mudslides. Across several countries, hundreds have died and as many as 100,000 may have been affected. In addition to the tragic loss of life, Storm Eta has also brought with it economic devastation on top of that caused by the pandemic. Pray for governments and those involved in bringing rescue and relief, as well as those who are mourning the loss of friends and family and having to rebuild their lives and homes.
Latin America: Political tensions rise
Pray for the political situation in a number of countries in the region. In Peru, President Vizcarra was impeached on Monday, although many in the country see it as a political coup by the congress. Protests continue across the country. In Bolivia, former President Morales returned from exile in Argentina following the election of his party’s candidate to the presidency, to the delight of many but the dismay of many others. In Brazil there are local elections this Sunday. In all of this, please pray for peace and stability in turbulent times, for God’s will to be done and of course for all of CMS’s people in mission in these countries.
Argentina: fighting gender-based violence
The webinar organised by AMARE in northern Argentina, supported by mission partners Shelley Stokes and Catherine Le Tissier, which focused on raising awareness of domestic violence, was a big success. Praise God for the fruits borne from bringing people together online, and pray for more opportunities to spread awareness widely.
Brazil: new theology training
Rose Roberts, CMS mission partner in Brazil, has recently started seminary through the Anglican church in Brazil. Praise God for this new opportunity, and please pray for her as she expands her horizons and discerns her next steps.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Algeria: discrimination against churches
Christians in Algeria request prayer for the government to allow churches as well as mosques to reopen as the COVID-19 regulations in the country are relaxed. All places of worship were closed in mid-March. In August, hundreds of mosques were allowed to reopen, but no churches. Pray for church leaders to know the peace of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in dealing with this situation, and pray for greater freedom for Christians in Algeria. (This prayer request comes from Middle East Concern.)
UK: community garden set-backs
In their latest link letter, mission partners Anna and Chris Hembury write that their community garden, once a place of honest and cohesive community development, has been vandalised. Please pray for Anna, Chris and other invested individuals who are feeling discouraged by the damage. Pray for courage and resilience to grow as they start to rebuild and reimagine a new future for the garden.
Sri Lanka: local partners
Our local partners in Sri Lanka are continuing to face challenging circumstances. Please continue to pray specifically for God’s protection for them.
India: state regulations
This week, India’s government has announced that all online news, social media and video streaming platforms will be state regulated. This is raising fears of increased censorship of digital media. Please pray for wisdom for the government and for those involved in media and creative industries as they discuss implications of the new legislation.