He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
United Kingdom: prayer for the nation
Please pray for the UK this week. The country has recently officially left the European Union and is now in a transition period until the end of 2020. Political divides continue to cause disunity among families and even Christians. This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson approved HS2, the high-speed rail link connecting London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, which threatens to cause much irreversible damage to the country’s woodlands and wildlife sites. Please commit these impossible situations to God, and pray for Christians to be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10).
Storm Ciara ravaged the country less than a week ago and Storm Dennis is due this weekend. Pray for those whose homes are threatened by roaring waves on the south coast, or by the crumbling cliffs of Holderness, and elsewhere in Britain. Pray for those whose job it is to protect seaside residents and visitors, crewing lifeboats and lighthouses, especially any suffering disabilities caused by their job. Pray for marine biologists striving to prevent destruction of the immense habitat of the ocean deeps. Pray for God’s people to have the strength and determination to protect God’s handiwork for future generations to enjoy and conserve, to the glory of his holy name.
South Asia: moving back to the UK
Pray for strength and wisdom as mission partner R organises the logistics of moving back to the UK sometime in May. Pray for her to be able to finish well and have time for proper goodbyes.
Taiwan: consecration of new bishop
Catherine Lee requests prayer for the consecration of the new Bishop of Taiwan, Lennon Yuan-Rung Chang, on Saturday 22 February at St John’s Cathedral, Taipei. Taiwan has 18 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and fortunately so far all are contained. The Taiwan government is being cautious and vigilant. So far there has been no community outbreak, and as long as it remains this way, then the consecration service will go ahead as planned, although they have cancelled the consecration banquet on the Saturday evening, and travel restrictions mean that the archbishop and bishops from Hong Kong will not be able to come. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (of Royal Wedding fame) will be chief consecrator, and they are expecting archbishops and bishops from Japan, Korea and USA, VIP church leaders from Taiwan and a congregation of over 300 people.
Paraguay: Rio Verde Chaco retreat
Mission development manager for Latin America Paul Tester asks for prayer for pastors and leaders on retreat in Rio Verde Chaco. Pray for the 41 participants from 26 Anglican churches; for a restful, restorative time where each person can set aside everything else and meet with Jesus.
Brazil: vision for fostering
In January, short termer Evaldo Rodrigues and others from ReVive were invited to speak at a fostering forum in Olinda, along with a psychologist for fostering services. Each of them talked about their experience working in the care system, the need to implement fostering and the important role of the church in encouraging families to take in foster children. Many families and couples attended the forum to learn more about fostering. Pray for Christians in Brazil to see God’s heart for the many children who need a loving home.
Horn of Africa: locust infestation
CMS-Africa ask for prayer for the Horn of Africa, which is currently facing a terrible infestation of desert locusts. Locust swarms arrived at the end of June 2019 and unusually favourable weather conditions have allowed them to flourish, threatening food security for millions of people. Please pray for a solution to be found and for protection against a food crisis in Kenya and neighbouring countries.