“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
South Sudan: Prayer for the nation
We want to pray each week for a specific country where CMS people in mission work. This week, please pray for mission partner Lynn Treneary who works in Maridi and local partners Joseph Sati, Paul and Regina Lueth and Sam Malish, as well as the country in general.
The civil war continues in South Sudan; pray for God to break through and bring lasting peace. Pray for people to reject ethnic hatred, to embrace the gospel and demonstrate love and forgiveness.
Pray for Lynn Treneary who is in the UK on holiday, and visiting her daughter in Scotland as she gives birth to Lynn’s first grandchild.
Pray for the Diocese of Maridi, her clergy and people; and this week thank God and pray for the Bethsaida Clinic, the diocesan clinic with 16 staff, outpatient facilities and a four-bed ward. Pray for the staff and for medicines – give thanks for a regular delivery through the Salisbury Medical Link. Pray also for more trained staff for the clinical work, and for more training for the community health workers.
Bishop Moses of Maridi is in Heytesbury Deanery this week, meeting people and visiting different parishes and groups. Pray for a fruitful visit in terms of friendships made and relationships deepened, and for his safe return to Maridi this Monday.
Gambella, Ethiopia: A terrible reputation for unity
Chris and Suzy Wilson, serving at St Frumentius College, write: “As we pursue unity in the midst of tension, we feel like we are frequently stepping on the toes of others. Each morning, I pick up Jeremiah and the Nuer students with the church car. Not infrequently, some Anuak man on the road will make some kind of aggressive gesture towards us. A senior leader recently warned me that actively pushing for unity would give the college ‘a terrible reputation’ in the local Anuak community. I don’t know how heavily these words should weigh on us; youths from a local Anuak community did completely destroy the neighbouring government agricultural college during the conflict two years ago. Our Nuer students are also getting a hard time; other Nuer church leaders repeatedly give them a hard time for being willing to come, even telling them that they are all going to be killed here. Please pray for wisdom, boldness and protection for us.”
Asia CMS planning meetings
Pray for the team at Asia CMS as they get together for a week-long retreat next week to pray together and make plans for the rest of the year. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as they meet and strategise on how to better serve their communities and mission partners. Pray also for journey mercies for their various travels this year.
Networking in Hong Kong
One of our mission partners is doing a presentation at the SENIA (Special Educational Network in Asia) conference this Sunday in Hong Kong. Pray that it will go well and that she will be able to meet others working in the area of special needs. The conference is for SEN specialists in Asia to get together and discuss theory and practice. They already have a local chapter in many countries, and are in the process of setting up a new SEN network in that country as well.
India: Admin needs in South India
Trying to fill an admin role which has been vacant for six months, one of our mission partners is now narrowing down a list of 120 applicants to a shortlist of interviewees. Pray that he will be able to discern who should be interviewed, for the process to go smoothly and that he soon will have an assistant to help him.
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
Britain: Summer camps making a difference all year round
As part of their ministry to people on the margins, every year Chris and Anna Hembury host summer camps in Hull. They write: “In the last few years the two most prominent camp leader roles have been taken on by wonderfully capable young women in their early twenties who ‘grew up through camp’. Join us in giving thanks for their gifts and character and pray for wisdom and discernment of God’s leading.”
Spain and North Africa: Local outreach
A couple serving in Spain and North Africa ask for prayer for a local outreach event in their town this month, where they will be engaging people with the good news of Christ. Pray for hearts to be open, and for people to recognise the truth when they hear it.
Brazil: The team is growing!
Andy and Rose Roberts, running safe houses for girls in Recife, write: “Stuart and Rosie Bayford have finally arrived! They’re the most recent long term volunteers to have come via the Church Mission Society and join the others; Becky and Evaldo, Tony and Laura, and with Sarah and Daniel still to arrive. It’s been interesting to see God raise up other people who are committed to the expanding vision at ReVive and who want to develop and pioneer new ministries. Stu and Rosie are settling in well and are well into intensive language training at the moment. Do pray for them along with Tony and Laura, who have just had their third child, and for Becky and Evaldo as they prepare to come back to Brazil after some time in the UK.”
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