And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Spain/North Africa: discerning next steps
A couple working in Spain and North Africa are discerning their next steps after recent plans to move to a retreat centre were derailed. Pray for God to guide them clearly about each new property they consider. Pray for God to work all things together for his good purposes, even as the couple trust in him. As the couple put talks, articles, training, etc online in various ways, please pray for this work to bear much fruit.
Myanmar: call to prayer
Please pray for a justice and peaceful resolution to the military coup and protests in Myanmar. Pray for a change of mind and heart in those who are killing others, the release of innocent prisoners, safety for protestors – including from coronavirus – and for those grieving lost friends and family. Please see the article on the CMS website for more.
South Asia: teaching at full speed
A mission associate teaching in South Asia writes that she has just had her first week teaching students face-to-face, able to discuss and argue and laugh with her students. After a slightly rocky start, praise God that things are getting easier. She asks for prayer for her stamina and that she will be able to keep going at full speed, including late nights and early mornings, until study leave in May. Please pray for protection from COVID-19 for the residential school where she is teaching.
South East Asia: COVID-19 and lockdown
Mission partners A and L in South East Asia ask for prayer for local schools to reopen soon, as schools have only been open for about two months out of the last 12. Pray for L as she works with school leadership to keep the school where she works viable during this time. Pray for protection for the country from COVID-19, for the vaccine rollout to happen quickly and for the current outbreak to be contained.
Tanzania: work permits
Praise God for Ben and Katy Ray’s work permits which recently came through after a long process of applying and waiting. Please pray for colleagues Chloe and Joe’s to come through too, as theirs are now pending appeal.
Sudan: debts to be cleared
Sudan has now fulfilled all conditions for its huge historic external debt to be cleared so that the country can access World Bank grants and low-interest loans. This has not been without cost, as the floating of the Sudan pound has led to price rises and hardship for the poor. Give thanks for this good news, and pray that resources secured will be used wisely, and that the poor will be protected.
Uganda: children’s rights manual
Helen Kisakye writes that a children’s rights manual for use in 10 schools is coming along well and draft copies have now been distributed. According to mentors, children are already benefiting from the camps and radio community shows which are also part of the programme. Pray that the children’s rights manual is used widely to ensure that more children are aware of their rights and how to advocate for their own and others’ rights.
Please pray for those people in mission in Latin America making decisions about travel, either back to the UK for ministry and home leave, or from the UK back to their countries of mission service. May they know God’s leading and peace as travel remains challenging and quarantine restrictions continue in many countries.
Brazil: spread of COVID-19
As deaths from COVID-19 continue to reach new record levels across Brazil, hospitals are full and restrictions to prevent its spread have led to a widespread increase in poverty. Daniel and Sarah Brito Medeiros ask for prayer for wisdom for leaders in the country as they make important decisions and for all of CMS’s people in mission in the country as they consider how best to respond to the current situation.
Praise God that up until now the indigenous peoples of Paraguay have only been relatively lightly affected by COVID-19. Tim Curtis asks for prayer that this would continue to be the case while also highlighting worrying political interference in indigenous areas like La Patria.
Chile: praying against violence
Alf and Hilary Cooper in Chile also highlight ongoing political and extremist interference in indigenous communities in the south of the country which is leading to violence. Please pray for peace and for a rejection of violent and extremist ideologies.