The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.Psalm 9:9–10 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Spain/North Africa: online training success
Mission partners based in Spain and working across North Africa write that their two-week online course Leadership Development Encounter was a great success, with more than 80 participants, all of whom have leadership responsibilities of some sort as part of their mission projects. Praise God for this encouraging progress. As the couple is considering offering the course in a further two languages, please pray for wisdom in stewarding this resource, and for it to serve well those living in their region and elsewhere.
Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Kathmandu and other places in the country and there is a lot of fear and worry among people. Pray that the hospitals will be able to cope with the increased number of cases and that staff will be able to deal with the situation as it unfolds. Nepal has also had an earthquake (magnitude 4.9–6.0) recently around 60 miles northeast of Kathmandu. Pray for people’s safety and that they will not face another serious earthquake on top of increased cases of COVID-19.
South Asia: tutoring
Pray for mission partners B and K as they are helping tutor seven children at their home while at the same time helping the children’s mothers that have been in troubled relationships in the past. Give thanks that their son is really enjoying the company of the other children.
Sri Lanka: COVID-19
Following a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a garment factory, a police curfew came into force in the outskirts of Colombo last week. Pray for daily wage earners who will be worst affected by a potential new lockdown. Pray for protection over the country from COVID-19.
Uganda: Kisiizi Hospital
Mission associates Hanna and Ian Spillman are based at Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda, where Hanna works as a midwife and Ian is medical superintendent (in charge of the hospital). The pandemic has put Kisiizi Hospital under pressure; it has been difficult to get medical supplies, and flooding recently damaged the hospital’s hydroelectric generator. Fewer patients has meant less income and lower salaries, leading some staff to leave. Pray for encouragement for Hanna and Ian, for medical supplies to come through, and for patients who need treatment to return to the hospital.
Malawi: online church
Current restrictions mean churches are unable to meet in person. Mission associates Caroline and Peter Finch share that they have kept going with online church, but numbers are low. Pray for people to come to the online services and find a real connection with God and with other members of the church there. Caroline and Peter would have also liked to run the Alpha Course online, but limited broadband is proving a major obstacle. Pray for God to make a way for them to run the Alpha Course in his time.
Uganda: aching to return
Mission associate Janie Robson, who was based at Potter’s Village in Kisoro, Uganda, has felt frustrated being in limbo in the UK, unable to return to Uganda due to travel insurance limitations. Pray for a breakthrough so she can return to her role at Potter’s Village.
Chile: peaceful referendum vote
Praise God for a peaceful referendum vote in Chile which resulted in an overwhelming majority in favour of writing a new constitution for the country. Pray for all those working for peace and reconciliation in the country, particularly for mission partner Alf Cooper in his role representing evangelical churches to the government.
Argentina: surge in COVID-19 cases
Pray for Argentina which continues to experience a massive surge in COVID-19 cases. Remember particularly CMS’s people in mission in the country: Nick Drayson and Catherine Le Tissier, David and Shelley Stokes, Andrew and Maria Leake, Mario Agreda, Mateo Alto and Crisanto Rojas. Nick Drayson particularly asks for prayer as today, 30 October, is normally a large celebration of the anniversary of the sharing of the gospel with the Toba people, and this year will be the 90th anniversary. While this should be a joyful occasion, please pray for any celebrations to happen in a way that doesn’t cause the spread of COVID-19.
Ecuador: steps of faith
Mission partner Sharon Wilcox gives praise that her church was recently able to celebrate the baptism of four people and the dedication of two others at a special ceremony at the river in Santo Domingo. Praise God that the church was able to celebrate within the current restrictions, and pray for all of these people in their continuing faith journey.