In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12
Brazil: prayer for the nation
This week, we focus on Brazil, which has a population of over 200 million. Across the nation, twenty per cent of the population lives in poverty, and in Rio de Janeiro, as much as 25 per cent may be living in favelas, where drugs, prostitution and violence are rife. Pray for children growing up in this harsh environment, for God to reach each one of them.
Please pray for our people in mission in Brazil: Andy Roberts and Rose Pereira da Silva, Evaldo and Rebecca Reid Rodrigues, Jimmy and Katia Rocks, Debora and Levi Santana, Jess and Mark Simpson, Rosie and Stu Bayford, Daniel and Sarah Brito Medeiros, Alexandre Teixeira and Thiago Oliveira.
Brazil: alternatives for young people
Young teenagers in Rio de Janeiro very easily become entangled with gangs, many are in and out of jail and teen pregnancies are common. Jess and Mark Simpson are very aware of young people’s need for something better. An intern who has been with them over the past few months, Jody-Ann from Jamaica, has helped formulate a project proposal and they are now advertising for a paid position of project coordinator to be able to ramp up what they can offer to the kids and families in the area – as well as finally progress with the building work onsite. Please pray through this process, for God to raise up the right leader for this task and for favour among the local community.
Honduras and Guatemala: Street Kids Direct
Mission partners Steve Poulson, Azaria Spencer and Mark and Rosalie Balfour are all connected to the work of Street Kids Direct, impacting the lives of so many children. Please pray for Sergio, who is now in a Christian rehabilitation centre, that he comes through the whole process and understands God’s plan for his life. Praise God for Jackie, a little girl Street Kids Direct got into school recently. She is four and was working in a restaurant and spending lots of time on the streets. Please do pray for Jackie as she adjusts to her new life.
DR Congo: peace and reconciliation
The governor of Ituri province, Jean Bamanisa Saidi, recently invited local partner Bisoke Balikenga to his office, along with five others working for peace and reconciliation in Bunia (the capital of the province). The governor asked his guests to think about how to help the young people of Ituri as the authorities’ use of force is not fostering peace and the conflict continues. Please pray for Jean Bamanisa Saidi, Bisoke and the other leaders as they work together across faiths for peace among young people especially.
Mission partners Catriona and Stephen Bennett are back in Rwanda following the arrival of their second child, and Catriona is working one day a week while on maternity leave. Catriona and Stephen are trialling a young lady as a nanny for their children for a month. They write, “She has no qualifications, no experience and limited English but she is very kind to the children.” Please pray as they seek to find out whether this is the right solution for them.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Spain and North Africa: rest and discernment
Mission partners M and T in Spain and North Africa write that T will be taking an extended time away from his usual responsibilities to rest and reflect on his local leadership role. Please pray for times of soul refreshing, physical rest and clear guidance as he seeks to discern what changes might be necessary in order to both make room for younger leaders, and to give attention to new ways God is developing his ministry.
M will be working with three full-time workers who are visiting Spain for some much-needed time out, offering debriefing and spiritual direction for them at times of transition. Two of them are coming in from Muslim nations in the wider region. Please pray for their time away from their locations to be rich times of connecting with God and discerning clearly their next steps.
Thailand: settling back in
Please pray for Jason and Tracy Day and their daughters; Tracy and the girls fly back to Thailand today (2 August) while Jason will stay in the UK for a couple more church visits and join them in a couple of weeks. Pray for the girls as they settle back in to school and life in Chiang Mai. Jason and Tracy also ask for prayer for the new king of Thailand as he tries to fill his father’s shoes.