Prayer news 5 November 2021

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 (NIV)

Africa

Ethiopia: rebels advancing

Please pray for the people of Ethiopia, where tension is rising as rebels advance towards Addis Ababa. Ethiopian authorities have announced a state of emergency and are urging citizens to defend the capital. Pray for protection for those in the line of fire, and for peace to come to this nation. Pray too for mission partners Chris and Suzy Wilson and family, currently based in Addis Ababa, where they are monitoring the situation and taking sensible precautions.

Uganda: returning to Arua

Please pray for mission partners Tom and Verity Clare and their four children as they prepare to leave the UK and return to Uganda on Friday 12 November. Amid all the change, pray for their children to know their identity fixed in God and for Tom and Verity to guide them wisely. Pray for them all as they leave behind family. On the journey itself, please pray for grace from fellow passengers, for their luggage to follow them all the way and of course, for safety.

Sudan: tense and disturbed after military coup

Over a week after Gen Burhan seized power in a military coup, widespread protests continue on the streets in many towns, and especially in Khartoum and Omdurman. So far at least 15 people have been killed, and over 245 injured. Inflation is at around 400 per cent, which has made bread and fuel unaffordable for most people, and UNICEF reports that malnutrition levels are very high. Pray for the restoration of democratic government – or at least for a settlement which resolves the protests, removes the risk of death from live bullets and enables progress towards stable administration and an improved economy. Pray for those who face hunger daily and who cannot feed their families.

Asia

Afghanistan: worsening situation

Please pray for Afghanistan, where the already-dire economic situation worsened this week with the announcement by the Taliban that they have banned the use of all foreign currency. Also, attacks continue by ISIS-K, who attacked a military hospital in Kabul this week, where over 20 people were killed and dozens more were wounded.

Nepal: school accreditation

Mission associates Craig and Elaine Watson ask for prayer for Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC) in the context of an upcoming inspection by the Middle States Association (MSA, an association similar to Ofsted) on 15 and 30 November and 1 and 2 of December. In order to continue to operate, KISC need to renew their accreditation with MSA as well as convince the Nepali ministry of education to give them another five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU). This may not be easy as there are some Nepali officials who misunderstand their work and might try to block or restrict them through the conditions of the MoU. Please pray for a straightforward inspection by the MSA which reflects KISC staff’s hard work and dedication to the school, and for the MoU to come through quickly without any problems.

Philippines: coming on home leave

Please pray for mission partners Eric and Sandra Read as they travel to the UK on 8 November for home leave. Pray for an uncomplicated, safe journey and for a restful time in the UK.

Europe, Middle East and North Africa

Iran: religious freedom

In Iran, churches for ethnic Armenians and Assyrians are closed to Persian-speaking Christian converts. The only way for converts to gather for worship is in small home groups known as house churches, but these gatherings are targeted by Iranian authorities, and believers can receive prison sentences of up to 10 years. Please pray for religious freedom: for all believers to be allowed to freely gather and practise their faith. (This prayer request comes from Middle East Concern.)

Latin America

Climate change affecting the region

As discussions have been held and decisions made at COP26 this week, pray for those most affected by climate change. Pray for wise decisions to be taken and implemented. Severe climate events and the ongoing pandemic alongside grinding poverty are some of the factors causing increased migration from Central America, including Guatemala and Honduras, towards the US border. Pray for CMS people in mission and our partners serving with some of the most vulnerable in these contexts. Pray too for CMS’s work with indigenous peoples in Paraguay and Northern Argentina and particularly for work to prevent deforestation.

New bishops

Pray for our partner dioceses in Latin America who are currently in the process of electing new bishops. Pray for the dioceses of Araucania (in Chile), Bolivia and Paraguay who are all at different stages in their search for future leadership. Andrew Peart asks for prayer for the search for candidates which has already begun in Bolivia. Meanwhile, in Paraguay, Bev Richardson and Tim Curtis ask us to pray particularly on 6 November for the diocesan synod in Paraguay which will be restarting the electoral process and electing the group responsible for searching for the right person to lead the diocese.

Haiti: missionaries held for ransom

Christian Aid Ministries ask for prayer for US and Canadian missionaries who have now been held for ransom for three weeks by a gang in Haiti. Pray for God’s protection on each one of them and for their swift release, and for the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of the gang members.

Argentina: theological training

From 3–10 November new leaders in the indigenous churches in the Argentine Chaco are gathering for theological training. A number of CMS people in mission will be involved (Nick Drayson and Catherine Le Tissier, Chris Wallis, Crisanto Rojas, Ed Brice and Marcos Humacata). Please pray for a thorough grounding in Scripture applied to their local contexts, and for this new generation of indigenous leaders to become mature in humility and transparency.

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