“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
Praise God that CMS people in mission in Latin America have been protected so far from Covid-19. Please continue to pray for their continued good health, as some have been exposed to the virus and others are showing minor symptoms. Pray for the strategic partners we work with, as many staff and volunteers have caught Covid-19.
Please pray for Adelante, the CMS Latin America conference being held this weekend. This year it will be online which brings exciting possibilities of drawing together supporters of CMS work in Latin America together with our people in mission in the region.
Brazil: flourishing women’s ministry
Katia Rocks started a women’s online Bible study in April with five local women in Florianopolis. Now, the weekly meeting is attended by over 40 women from across Brazil. Praise God for the relationships that are forming and for the discipleship that is happening, and pray for many more women to discover Jesus’ love for them through this ministry.
South East Asia: waiting for a baby
Pray for mission partners M and B as their baby is due any day. Pray that all will go well with the birth and that they will be able to settle into a new rhythm. Pray that the family will have peace at this time, as they have moved around a lot this year, and would like to return to their home as soon as this is possible.
South East Asia: isolation
There has been a Covid-19 case in H’s team at work which has meant that H is self-isolating at home, and H and D are trying to avoid each other to keep D safe. Give thanks that the two weeks are nearly over and that both are well.
Nepal: returning home
Praise God that Ram Prasad Shrestha and his wife Kesari have been able to return to Nepal, after spending over six months in the UK. Please pray as they settle back into life in Nepal, and as they work from home while quarantining for a fortnight.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
UK: a new term
The new intake of Pioneer Mission Leadership Training students were able to meet, socially distanced, at CMS house last week. Praise God that they were able to connect face to face before online learning commences for the term. Please pray for the students as they begin a new year of studies, that their year will be a time of learning and encouragement.
UK: hospital chaplaincy
Praise God that mission partner Ruth Radley has been able to continue her work as a chaplain at Birmingham Children’s Hospital throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Please pray for the chaplaincy team’s protection from illness, and for them as they continue to adapt their plans to reach the spiritual needs of families and children who use the hospital.
Uganda: flash floods
Heavy rains in Uganda caused flooding and damage to Kisiizi Hospital on Tuesday. The hospital has lost their water supply and is currently relying on collecting water in jerry cans, and the main generator has been damaged. Praise God that the back-up generator is working, and pray for the repairs to the water pipes and the IT system. Please also pray that the vital care the hospital provides will be able to continue.
Rwanda: settling in
Praise God that mission associates Jane and Nick Cook have been able to return to Kigali, and that coronavirus cases have lowered significantly in Rwanda, allowing churches to reopen. Jane has been able to start teaching English, and Nick is working in a hospital as an ophthalmologist. Pray for them as they establish healthy rhythms of work and life and continue to settle into their new roles.