And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
Malaysia: prayer for the nation
Our focus country this week is Malaysia, with its population of over 30 million people. Thousands of schools across Malaysia and Indonesia have been closed this week due to toxic haze from rampant forest fires. Pray for success in efforts to tackle the fires and for protection for those living in the affected areas. Please pray for an end to the pressure on Malaysians to adopt sharia law, and for the gospel message to reach the Malay people, one of the world’s largest unreached people groups.
Please pray for mission partners Kate and Tim Lee who have recently moved from the UK to Kuala Lumpur. Give thanks that Kate, Tim and children Grace and James have managed to get into a bit of a routine. Continue to pray for this period of transition with school, work and finding a work/life balance as there are often many demands on the family especially right in the beginning. Pray also for their eldest daughter Rebekah, as she has just started university in the UK.
Thailand: Sunday school
Please pray for Jason and Tracy Day and their church’s Sunday school. They write, “We have a new class this year; nothing unusual about that you may say, but this year we have kids from at least eight different local schools (normally two), which is very exciting. Please do pray for Sunday schools all over the world, not just ours. It’s vital in reaching the next generation for Christ. Pray for more male godly role models and that kids would get excited about following Jesus. This month we are also having a half-day retreat for the Sunday school teachers, so please pray for that also.”
Bolivia and Brazil: forest fires
Please pray for an end to the forest fires which have caused so much devastation in Bolivia and Brazil, and which are continuing to threaten communities. Please pray for the animals, the forests, the people and the firefighters, and also for leaders in these countries; for wisdom and humble hearts to accept international help.
Chile: new school for leaders
Mission partners Alf and Hilary Cooper rejoice in the founding of the new school for leaders and lay ministers, ELML (Escuela para Líderes y Ministros Laicos), as an extension of La Trinidad Church. Please pray for the 35 students at the school, who are very committed to serving the Lord. Pray that their dean, Guillermo Martínez, will be encouraged.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Egypt: finding a natural rhythm
Joe and Sarah Harvey write that their current priority is to settle and find a natural rhythm. Pray for them as Zane settles into nursery, as Sarah and Elora settle into life at home and as Joe settles into his new teaching job. Pray also for suitable language helpers to help Joe and Sarah continue their Arabic studies.
Middle East: ongoing illness
Please pray for mission partner R, who is seeking medical treatment following low energy and ongoing tiredness. Pray for clear communication with medical personnel, for a correct diagnosis and the right treatment.
Please pray for Canon Moses Bushendich, international director of CMS-Africa, as he travels in the US, networking and speaking at a conference.
DR Congo: training
Pray for the work of community transformation being led by local partner Jeff Sikabwe in Kinshasa. Jeff is initiating the first ever Financial Freedom for Families (F4) training in the capital city. Pray for God’s blessing on all the training he is involved in; F4 as well as training for women and 3D youth training.
South Sudan: Chaima Christian Institute
Lynn Treneary writes, “Chaima has just begun a new semester. Student numbers are down, again because of the economy, but we continue to pray and trust God. We’re still praying for a crisis grant to help us through this particularly difficult period. The management team have all drawn closer together recently as we realised that we had all been struggling alone in some sense, although it’s created a sort of blitz mentality where we all pull together with renewed hope.”