Prayer News 19 March 2021

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5

Africa

Madagascar: new bishop of Toliara

We praise God that the Rt Rev Samitiana Jhonson Razafindralambo (currently assistant bishop of Toliara) has been chosen to be the next bishop of the diocese following an election held last week. The date of his official installation is as yet unknown. Pray for the Diocese of Toliara to grow in faith, hope, and love, and increase in numbers, unity, and manifold good works under his leadership.

Tanzania: waiting to return

Mission partner Heather Johnstone has now been in South Africa for 18 months, unable to return to the Rehema Project in Mara. Pray for her residence visa to be processed swiftly and for Heather to get her vaccine so that she can return without putting herself or her Tanzanian friends at risk of contracting coronavirus.

Heather writes that Rehema Café and Crafts started trading again a couple of months ago, and asks for prayer for more customers, and for the Rehema ladies to be able to provide for their families despite working fewer hours.

Malawi: vaccine rollout

Melita and Steve Gordon, who serve at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, write that COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the country. They request prayer for the vaccines to be distributed and administered orderly and fairly.

Latin America

Upcoming elections

A number of mission partners ask us to pray ahead of voting in Latin America on April 11th. In Chile, Alf and Hilary Cooper ask us to pray for voting for the constitutional assembly which will write Chile’s new constitution. In Peru, Paul and Sarah Tester ask for prayer for Peru’s presidential and congressional elections, and in Ecuador, Sharon Wilcox asks for prayer for the second round of presidential elections, all on the same day. May God give great wisdom to the population of each of these countries and may the right people be elected.

Bolivia: tension and division

Pray for the tense situation in a divided Bolivia as former interim President Jeanine Anez has been imprisoned on charges of sedition and conspiracy following the ousting of former President Evo Morales after fraudulent elections. Morales’ party is now back in power under the new leadership of President Luis Arce and many see the charges as political revenge. The country is divided in opinion but in Santa Cruz, where mission partners Andrew and Lisa Peart are based, most oppose the recent moves and have been protesting.

Brazil: change of roles

Pray for the newly appointed CMS director of international mission, Andy Roberts, who, together with his wife Rose, is currently a mission partner in Recife, Brazil, serving the most vulnerable through ReVive. Pray for Andy, Rose and their family as they transition out of their roles in Brazil and prepare for the new challenges ahead of them.

Asia

Philippines: apart from family

Please pray for Eric and Sandra Read and their work on the farm, as well as for them as family – it is now over a year since Eric and Sandra and Peter have seen Atiyyah. Pray that they can stay connected and for an opportunity for them to all get together this year.

South Asia: transition period

Pray for mission partners B and M. Give thanks that they are settling in well at their current location in the UK and getting the help and attention they need for their baby girl. Continue to pray for them as a family and for their well-being during this transition period.

Malaysia: family

Pray for Tim and Kate Lee, for their general well-being and for family in the UK. Pray also that Rebekah, who is studying at university in the UK, will soon be able to see the rest of the family.

Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Romania: meeting in the church building

Local partner Sergiu Bradean, a pastor, asks for prayer for the church to be able to continue meeting in their church building. Romania has now been hit by a third wave of coronavirus, and new restrictions and regulations are being enforced, calling into question whether the church family will be able to celebrate Easter together in person.

The Basque Country: a growing faith community

Local partner Daniel Scott writes that two more Euskalduns (Basque speakers) have recently opened their hearts to Jesus, making a community of around 12 believers. Also, Daniel’s wife Martu recently finished writing a devotional Bible study, which has been translated into the Basque language. Pray for the community to continue to grow and for God to use Martu’s book to meet powerfully with people.

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