But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.Galatians 4:4–5 (NIV)
South East Asia
Pray for mission partners A and L who are very tired at the end of a long year. The school where L works has been forced to close again; pray for them to be able to open again early in the New Year. Pray for the children L usually works with who are now stuck at home, for them to be able to go on learning in different ways in the meantime.
Pray for a mission associate currently applying for a visa to get to work as a volunteer at a school to teach A-level religious education next semester. This particular country’s visa process is currently a very random process apparently. Please pray for favour and the Lord’s intervention in this.
South Asia: protection from COVID-19
Please pray for the elderly parents of one of our mission partners, who have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. Pray for protection for the parents and for peace of mind for the mission partners who cannot be with them at this time.
International Nepal Fellowship (INF) are delighted to report that Angus Douglas has been appointed as the new Executive Director of INF International. Angus has been serving in Nepal for the past eight years as deputy director at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). Please pray for the Douglas family as they join INF, and for wisdom, grace and boldness as Angus takes up this new role.
Ethiopia: St Frumentius’ College
Mission partners Chris and Suzy Wilson teach at St Frumentius’ College in Gambella, where the student body comes from six different tribes. Outside the college, this cultural mix often leads to tension and violence. Pray for God’s peace over the area, and for the students to take God’s peace back to their own communities. Chris and Suzy also ask for prayer for more sustainable ways of teaching, as the college has been very short of staff, placing a heavy burden on the staff members who are there.
Rwanda: training in the New Year
Josias Nkusi, country coordinator and local partner asks for prayer for an envisioning event for 100 young people this January. Many young people have turned to drugs during the pandemic; pray for the participants at the event to rediscover their God-given purpose. Pray also for plans to organise holistic transformational leadership training and a business as mission conference in Kigali in the New Year as well.
Uganda: COVID-19 cases on the rise
COVID-19 figures in the country have recently seen a steep rise and a lack of tests means many cases are not diagnosed and therefore not included in statistics. Increased travel over Christmas will likely cause further spread of the virus. Pray for people to practise good hygiene and take sensible precautions, and pray against the spread of the virus.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Ukraine: pastors’ conference
Pray for mission partner Alison Giblett and local partners Valery Alymov and Anya Manchuliak who are participating in a pastors’ conference this week. Please pray for God’s blessing, protection on icy roads and for good partnerships and relationships to form.
With winter creeping in and snow in many areas in Lebanon, please pray for the refugees living in tents, for our partners at Resurrection Church Beirut as they aid these refugees and for our mission partners Phil and Sylvie Good and local partners Emil and Reem Bourizk as they have just started their school in a new building.
Cyprus and Lebanon: residence permits
UK: awaiting surgery
Please pray for mission partner Michael Green, who was scheduled for surgery this week which has now been cancelled. Pray for his surgery to be rescheduled (and to actually take place) soon and for his health.
UK: a different Christmas
Please pray for people across the UK who are celebrating a more difficult Christmas than usual. Many have lost jobs, homes and even loved ones this year. Many may not be able to see their loved ones this Christmas or are even forced to spend the festive season alone. Pray for comfort for all those taking stock of a difficult year, especially for those who are doing so alone.
COVID-19 and Christmas
Pray for Latin America in the run-up to Christmas. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and restrictions are being tightened in several countries to prevent Christmas celebrations causing spikes in case numbers. Please pray for CMS’s people in mission across the region as some will be celebrating the birth of Jesus with reduced freedoms, and others in the context of concerning increases in the spread of COVID-19. May they all be able to share the hope of Christ with others this Christmas.
Chile: new constitution
In Santiago, mission partner Alf Cooper is working to bring a Christian influence to the writing of a new constitution for the nation. Pray for the right people to be chosen to draw up the constitution for Chile, and for Alf as he provides a link between the government and the Evangelical Church.
Bolivia: Christmas lunch
Mission partner Andrew Peart has been working with a couple called Jenny and Richard through his microfinance programme. Jenny and Richard are planning to provide a Christmas lunch for people on the street in Santa Cruz. Pray for their plans to come together to provide a welcoming, safe and joyful lunch.
Prayer News is taking a break over Christmas, and will be updated on 7 January 2021.