I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Britain: prayer for the nation
Every week we highlight a specific country for focused prayer, and today we invite you to pray for Britain. With a new prime minister and widely differing views about big political issues, please pray for grace in our disagreements and healing of divisions, among Christians especially.
Just one of many Christian conferences over the summer, New Wine starts this weekend (Saturday 27 July). Pray for all those attending conferences over the summer to meet powerfully with God and for him to provide what they need; whether it’s healing, rest, restoration, inspiration, a new perspective or just to spend time in God’s presence. Pray for people to return to their communities encouraged, energised and ready to do what God has called them to do.
Please pray for our people in mission in Britain: Kailean and Kim Khongsai,Jenny Green, Ruth Radley, Ruth Sayers, Joan and Nigel Bull, Michael Green, Anna and Chris Hembury, Andrew and Faye Parfitt and Andrea Campanale.
Lebanon: allergy issues
Please pray for mission partner Audrey Gibson who has recently been diagnosed with an allergy to olive pollen, which is problematic as she and Colin live and work on a campus with an olive grove and many olive trees. Please pray that her allergy will stop causing problems for her, either through her prescribed three-month allergy medication or by God’s healing power.
Mission partners Mark and Rosalie Balfour are preparing to return to Guatemala on 28 August. For Mark and Rosalie, as for many, the hardest thing about going back is saying goodbye to family especially. Please pray that they are able to make the most of their last few weeks in the UK. They have given nearly 40 talks over the past few months. Please pray for them to finish well with their last couple of talks.
Please pray for Mark and Rosalie’s residency to come through quickly on their return to Guatemala.
Paraguay: John Ellison
Please pray for John Ellison, previous Bishop of Paraguay who is very ill. Pray for strength, courage and peace for John, his wife Judie and their family as John receives palliative care.
Philippines: continuing education expanding
Mission partners Eric and Sandra Read recently launched their adults’ continuing education system for four of their workers and it has now expanded to accommodate 40 adults from throughout the district. Their students are a mixture of mature housewives, working men, out-of-school youth and teenage mothers. Praise God for their “amazing” teacher who created a relaxed, flexible atmosphere and gave them a positive experience. Please pray for this new programme; for it to build self-esteem and open up opportunities for the students.
Madagascar: in need of wisdom
Derek and Jane Waller have now been in Toliara for 18 months and completed three-day Rooted in Jesus training conferences in all 10 parishes. Please pray that they find an approach to disciple-making that fits the local culture, as initial enthusiasm sometimes seems to fizzle out and people stop attending the groups.
South Sudan: signs of hope
Discussions have taken place between South Sudan government and China on further development of the education sector. China has already built three schools, trained hundreds of teachers and helped the South Sudan government to print around 750,000 textbooks. There are now plans to develop teaching capacity further, to increase exchanges and to print more textbooks.
The governor of the South Sudan Central Bank has said the macro-economic outlook is starting to show signs of recovery after the peace deal. He plans to inject dollars into the market to meet forex needs for the import of essential goods and services; support has already been provided for fuel and essential food items. Give thanks for these promising signs and pray that the tide of economic wellbeing may at last be turning in a positive direction.