“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”Matthew 18:18 (NIV)
COVID-19 across the region
Praise God that across much of Latin America, COVID-19 cases and deaths are currently reducing and vaccines are becoming more readily available. However, there is still great inequality between different countries and within countries. Pray that all those throughout the region will soon have access to vaccines, particularly those most marginalised by society.
Brazil: moving to the UK
Andy and Rose Roberts report that Rose has now received her UK visa, meaning all the family can now travel to the UK as Andy prepares to take on the role of CMS director of international mission from September. Pray for them as they travel and settle in to life in the UK during August.
Peru: confirmed president
After weeks of fraud claims and appeals, Peru has finally received the official results of its presidential elections. Pray for newly confirmed president-elect of Peru, Pedro Castillo, who will begin his five-year term on 28 July, the 200th anniversary of Peru’s independence.
South East Asia: returning home
Please pray for K and T and their children who are preparing to return home next week after 16 years’ service in South East Asia. Pray for them to get everything done in time, to finish well and to have a smooth journey home.
South Asia: in need of God’s comfort
Mission partner F writes that a retired couple and their son were studying very enthusiastically, when suddenly the husband became ill with COVID-19, and despite hospitalisation, died after a few days. Since then they have heard that his older brother has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, so that is another blow for them. Please pray for them to know God’s comfort and strength. Pray also for F, who is returning to the UK on home leave in August.
Philippines: repeated lockdowns
Cagayan has gone down into lockdown again. Pray for Eric and Sandra Read, who have been trying to start their creation care cafe, but keep having to close down due to repeated lockdowns.
South East Asia: tragedy upon tragedy
Friends in South East Asia write that many of their clergy and staff are now sick with COVID-19, and that several of their church members have already passed away. There is more tragic news every day and the situation may even get worse over the next week or two. Please pray for God’s comfort, strength and encouragement during this extremely difficult time.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Jordan: preparing to return
Please pray for mission partners Fiona and Joel Kelling and their children, who are preparing to return to Jordan next month. Please pray for them to land back in Amman gently, including as they go back through the administrative hoops required around residency and as Aidan returns and Nora starts nursery.
UK: CMS staff meetup
This week, for the first time in over a year, CMS staff met together in person for prayer, worship and to reconnect. Praise God for this precious time together.
Kenya: tragic loss
Please pray for CMS-Africa staff member Lucy Ochieng, whose husband Phillip died this week. Pray for comfort for Lucy and her two daughters as well as CMS-Africa as they grieve Phillip’s passing.
South Sudan: Peace Fellows Program
Pray for a new programme designed to galvanise citizens to “breathe fresh life into the quest for a durable peace through active participation and leadership”. A joint initiative launched by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, pray for young people especially to catch the vision for peace and commit to working towards it together.
Sudan: the economy
Pray for the economy in Sudan, where inflation recently reached 413 per cent as a consequence of the economic reform package which includes devaluation of the currency and removal of fuel and other subsidies. Pray for all Sudanese who face real hardship from rising prices – and pray the reforms will not lead to civil unrest and disorder.