Be filled with the Spirit…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18,20 (NIV)
South Sudan: Prayer for the nation
This week’s focus for prayer is South Sudan. Please pray for mission partner Lynn Treneary and for local partners Joseph Noel, Sam Malish and Paul and Regina Lueth. Pray for the people of South Sudan to reject ethnic hatred and embrace the gospel, and that this very young nation will soon know peace.
South Sudan: Peace agreement shows progress but not enough
The UN Security Council has heard that 135,000 refugees have returned home, plus many displaced persons, and special courts are being set up to try crimes of sexual and gender violence. But there is still fighting in Yei. Give thanks for the progress that has been made and for the efforts of UNMISS, humanitarian agencies and local churches to keep pushing forward. Pray for the verbal commitment to peace by both government and opposition parties to be demonstrated in action.
Uganda: South Sudan refugee camps
Garry Ion, a mission partner based in Uganda, will be visiting South Sudan refugee camps in northern Uganda next week. Pray for safety as he travels, and for productive meetings as Garry and others look at plans for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) as they contemplate returning home from the refugee camps to South Sudan.
Please pray for Festo and Grace Kanungha, mission partners serving in Kilimatinde. Grace is currently back in the UK with the children and almost 20 weeks pregnant. Pray for God’s protection, especially from illness; she has been quite sick, first with anxiety and just before leaving Tanzania with typhoid and sinusitis. Grace will stay in the UK for the duration of the pregnancy and Festo will join the rest of the family nearer the due date which is 4 August.
Ethiopia: Shock in Gambella
Mission partners Chris and Suzy Wilson have just finished a fairly long stint at St Frumentius’ Theological College in Gambella, and are now in Addis Ababa for a month while the students are on field education. Ojulu, a student in their third year class, unexpectedly died last week. Although he had been struggling with some gastric problems for the last month or two, his death came as a big shock to Chris and Suzy. Please pray for his family, and for Chris and Suzy as they struggle to process the fact that he’s no longer with them.
New Zealand: New bishop-elect
New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) have announced that their national director, Steve Maina, has been named bishop-elect of the Anglican Diocese of Nelson. Praise God for Steve’s immense contribution to NZCMS over the years. Pray for NZCMS as they take steps to search for a new national director, and as Steve and the Nelson Diocese navigate this transition.
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
Britain: John Ellison
Please keep praying for John Ellison, former bishop of Paraguay and SAMS mission partner along with his wife Judie. John has had good medical care and is now at home – in a much more comfortable breathing condition with both lungs now drained of fluid. Next week he and Judie will be meeting with the consultant to discuss further his medical situation and the results of a biopsy.
Britain: Preparing for change
Mission partners Andrew and Faye Parfitt, based in Glasgow, are expecting their second child at the end of May. Pray for them as they prepare to become a family of four, especially for Faye as she works to finish all her university assignments before the baby comes. Pray for Andrew as he tries to discern whether God is calling him to ordained ministry.
Middle East: Lost passport
A mission partner’s passport was stolen a couple of weeks ago, and she has been unable to have a new one issued locally. Now in the UK, she has applied for a new one. Please pray that there are no hitches and that she will be able to get back to the Middle East in good time for a leadership team visit 24–26 March. Please also pray that their fridge is repaired or replaced before hosting two of the visitors in their house.
Pakistan: More stringent requirements
Local partner Lilian, helping to provide better education for children in Pakistan through the Primary Education Project (PEP), writes that government policies and requirements are becoming increasingly demanding. Pray for God’s favour on PEP, for good relationships to be built with the right people and for policies and requirements to be clear and not stand in the way of children's education.
India: Drug addiction
Local partner Hemkhomang Haokip reports an increase in drug addiction in young people in Manipur where he is based. Pray for God to protect young people from getting into drugs in the first place, to help those in the grip of addiction to find a way out, and to comfort and encourage those who are recovering from addiction.
Paraguay: New bishop needed
As Bishop Peter and Sally Bartlett come to the end of their time as mission partners in Paraguay, give thanks to God for their faithful service and pray for them in this new phase of their lives. Pray that the Lord will fill the church with his grace during their search for a new bishop.
Bolivia: Pearts preparing for UK visit
Please pray for Andrew and Lisa Peart as they prepare to return to the UK for their mission partner training in April and as they transition from being short termers and become mission partners. They have a limited time in the UK due to Bolivia’s visa rules and will need to fit in lots of visits to churches as they need to build their support. It will be an intensive three months in the UK from April to July so do pray for them as a family as they prepare and as they are in the UK.