Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” Daniel 2:27-28
Nepal: prayer for the nation
Nepal has a population of close to 30 million people and over 100 different ethnic groups. Nepal is currently one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world, with perhaps as much as 40 per cent of the population living below the poverty line. Pray for the gospel to be preached among hard-to-access people groups and for training for church leaders so that young Christians can grow in their faith. Please pray for our people in mission in Nepal; mission partners Andrea and Andrew Young and local partner Saggu Abraham.
South Asia: school closure
The board of a Christian school has with heavy hearts decided to close at the end of the school year in June, remaining open for one year for pupils finishing IGCSE and A level exams. Their main reason for closing is a lack of staff (an issue that affects many mission schools in various countries). Praise God for his wisdom in this difficult situation and pray for solutions to be found for the many families affected by this decision.
Ecuador: training staff and parents
Pray for Sharon Wilcox as she travels to Huaquillas, Ecuador to work with staff and clients of the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion on 5—6 March. She will be training staff and parents of children with disabilities and helping build self-esteem in those children. This is a new stage for Sharon as she helps bring about transformation in society in Ecuador beyond her Orchid project in Santo Domingo. Pray for all those that she will be serving and working with, that they will greatly benefit from Sharon’s work and that the light of Christ will shine through her.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Middle East: justice for persecuted Christians
Middle East Concern report that an appeal hearing scheduled for 24 February to review the sentences of Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three Christian converts has been postponed once again. Please pray for a conclusion to these long-standing cases and that the new judge will rule justly and have the courage to overturn the sentence. Pray for the Lord to encourage the defendants and their families, and for the Iranian regime to stop oppressing religious minorities, including Christians.
Uganda: consecration of the archbishop
Please pray for the consecration of Bishop Stephen Samuel Kaziimba taking place on 1 March at St Paul’s Cathedral in Namirembe, Kampala. Pray for Bishop Stephen as he takes on the mantle of Archbishop and Primate of Uganda.
Uganda: children’s outreach and resettlement
Garry Ion, mission partner in Uganda, asks for prayer for the street children’s outreach and resettlement programme he is helping with in Kampala (where as many as 15,000 children live on the streets, according to Ugandan government estimates). Garry writes, “This week we took in two boys who are very sick, one has had to have a foot amputated and the other boy has a horrible infected rash. Both boys are between 12 and 14 years old, and have been on the streets for more than a year. Pray for the Ugandan social workers I serve with. They are amazing Christian people who have a huge heart for this work.”
Tanzania: a good harvest
Praise God for plenty of rain in Kilimatinde this year, which should mean a good harvest. Please thank God for his provision so far and for his protection over the crops until they are fully harvested. In other parts of East Africa there have been problems with plagues of locusts again this year – so far Tanzania is unaffected but please pray that God keeps those pests away and that everyone will be able to harvest in abundance all they need for the coming year.