Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. Psalm 111:2–3
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
Spain: prayer for the nation
Pray for Spain’s population of 47 million: with 20,000 deaths, Spain is Europe’s worst-hit country in terms of coronavirus. Pray for the many people who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for those who have lost jobs through the crisis and those for whom life will never be the same again. Pray for wisdom and protection as the country starts to lift restrictions.
Please pray for Felipe and Sarah Yanez, mission partners running a food bank in Malaga. Over 150 new families have been referred to the food bank in the last three weeks, and more families continue to be referred every day. Pray for God’s provision for the food bank during this very difficult time, and for wisdom for Felipe and Sarah to know when to work harder and when to pull back and rest.
Another mission partner asks for prayer for a 20-year-old YWAM girl who has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19. Pray for health, swift recovery, comfort and courage for this girl as she lies in hospital far away from home.
Jordan and Egypt: babies
Pray for Fiona and Joel and Joe and Sarah as each couple prepares to welcome a new baby. Pray for God’s perfect timing for these babies’ arrival and for the right plans to be put in place to facilitate easy births when the time comes.
UK: pioneer training online
Continue to pray for the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training team as they and the students adjust to teaching and learning online. The new term starts on 27 April and all the modules will be taught online, so anyone can apply to take part – please pray for a good take-up on this offer, and for the process of recruiting new students for the next academic year amid all the coronavirus uncertainty.
UK: families grieving
Lift up all those grieving the loss of loved ones, including the family of Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward, the former general secretary of CMS, who has died. We have also received the news that another beloved member of the CMS family, Bishop Peter Vaughan, former principal of Crowther Hall (CMS’s former training college), died at the weekend. This month we also lost Kenneth Baker, a former editor of the CMS magazine.
Middle East: refugees
Refugees from Syria, along with refugees all over the world, are among the most vulnerable should coronavirus reach the camps. Pray for them and all those serving them. Pray too for mission partners in the Middle East continuing Bible translation work amid the chaos.
Pray for the Asia-CMS team as they seek to help their partners on the ground respond to the needs of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people being affected by coronavirus in some of the poorest parts of Asia.
Malaysia: Jigsaw Kids Ministries
Please pray for Kate and Tim Lee and their children. Kate is busy teaching online while Tim has been working hard ensuring that Jigsaw gets emergency funding, and organising relief programmes for the vulnerable and hungry. Jigsaw recently distributed 1,500 food parcels to families in Manila. Pray that as a family they will continue to thrive despite the restrictions imposed in Kuala Lumpur.
South East Asia: colleagues with COVID-19
Mission partners ask for prayer for colleagues who have contracted the virus and are in the high risk group. Pray that they will get the necessary care in the country they have evacuated to and that they will make a speedy recovery.
As lockdown restrictions reach round the world, there are different implications for different communities. In the Chaco, where David and Shelley Stokes are based, the pandemic has still not reached the most remote – and vulnerable – areas; pray that it doesn’t. Pray families will take advantage of time in lockdown to grow in their family life and that local leaders will truly come into their own. The AMARE women’s movement is holding a daily wave of prayer. Pray for Catherine Le Tissier and Bishop Nick Drayson supporting them while stuck in lockdown in the UK.
Ecuador: Orchid Project students
Mission partner Sharon Wilcox writes: “Please pray for the students of the Orchid Project in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, who are all on lockdown, with a curfew from 2pm. The families are unable to work, in a culture where people live and work from day to day. They don’t have savings to call on. I am currently continuing to teach life skills by WhatsApp and text message, which is proving OK but is very limiting. Pray that the young adults will have the parental support needed to enable this to be successful.”
Like the rest of the world, Uganda is under lockdown, which has a far greater impact in parts of the world where many people only earn enough to eat today. David and Heather Sharland write that many people in their area have spent lockdown working in the fields and now that the rain has begun, seed is being planted and is beginning to grow.
Unfortunately, the locusts that threatened the area in January have now bred and the young are growing and hungry – millions of them. On course to wreak devastation and food shortages, please pray that the locusts will be stopped in their tracks. As David and Heather write: “Humanly speaking, there’s so little we can do, but as he proved at Easter, our Jehovah God is able to do the AMAZING. Let us have the audacity to plead with the King of Creation to intervene.”
Pray for the team in Nairobi as they discern how best they should respond to the crisis as it develops across Africa.