“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18–20 (NIV)
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
We want to pray each week for a specific country where CMS people in mission work. This week, please spend time praying for the nation of Lebanon and for mission partners Audrey and Colin Gibson, Phil and Sylvie Good and Nabil and Sarah Shehadi, along with another mission partner we can’t name for security reasons and local partners Emil and Reem Bourizk.
Home to two of the world’s oldest cities, it has been involved in many conflicts with Syria and Israel due to its strategic location. It’s a unique mix of both Sunni and Shia Muslims (approximately 55 per cent of the population) as well as Christian (approximately 36 per cent) and Druze, ensuring that it’s been a place of sanctuary for minorities throughout the region, especially as it’s the only Arab nation promoting religious freedoms and legally allows for conversion. Approximately one million Syrian and Palestinian refugees have recently moved to Lebanon, making up about 30 per cent of the country’s population.
However, the political climate has lately become more strident in calling for refugees to go home. Please pray for God’s peace. Please also pray for harmony within the region, particularly between Sunni and Shia nations.
Britain: Prayer for a new role
CMS is currently recruiting for a communications and social media assistant; please pray that the right person will be called to apply and for wisdom as CMS interviews candidates. Further details of the job can be found here.
Zimbabwe: At breaking point
A staff member writes: “Please pray for the continuing crisis in Zimbabwe. The people are at breaking point, desperately needing our prayers for a breakthrough. Please pray for wise and godly leaders to be raised up in government who will be moved into positions of influence with a heart for the suffering of the people. Pray also for the Zimbabwean people to be renewed and rejuvenated in hope, that God would give them extra strength in these trying times and that they would rely on him more fully. Finally, please pray that with the passing of Robert Mugabe, there would be a new season ushered in supernaturally, that there would be a shift in the heavenly realms and that God would hear their cry and heal their land.”
Ethiopia: Chris and Suzy Wilson
Please pray for mission partners Chris and Suzy who are part of the leadership team at St Frumentius’ Anglican Theological College in Gambella and are involved in the provision of theological training to local church leaders.
Chris and Suzy write: “Various challenges have emerged in the last few days. Family life has felt a little more difficult than usual, we have had no running water now for nearly three weeks and we have also just heard that very good friends of ours here in Gambella may be leaving in just over a month. On top of that, last week two Nuer NGO workers were killed just outside the town and so we are all praying that there will not be another downward spiral of revenge and retaliation. However, despite these challenges, we praise God for all the wonderful things he has been doing here and for being able to partake in some of that. Please continue to pray for peace in the town and region, for unity in the church, for the students to thrive, and for us as a family as we navigate home school, play and rest.”
Peru: Pat Blanchard
Pat is a mission partner working as a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Peru with responsibility for the Shalom church, which began in 2008 out of a ministry for people living with disabilities. She is also director of Shalom Rehabilitation Centre for children and adults with disabilities, ministering to over 100 children and their families with therapies, workshops and pastoral care. She writes for prayer for new opportunities for Shalom to improve services and practices in the church and community, especially vocational training for the youth.
Thailand: Jason and Tracy Day
Please pray for mission partners Jason and Tracy who are seconded to Overseas Mission Fellowship (OMF). Jason is an area personnel manager and Tracy is a mum, Sunday school team leader and part-time child safety officer. They write:
“Please pray for Sunday schools all over the world, not just ours. It’s vital in reaching the next generation for Christ. Pray for more male godly role models and that kids would get excited about following Jesus. This month, we are also having a half-day retreat for the Sunday School teachers, so please pray for that.”