“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18–20 (NIV)
South Africa: prayer for the nation
This week we ask for prayer for this nation of 57 million. Pray for reconciliation among the many different ethnicities who don’t always co-exist peacefully. Ask God to move in the HIV/AIDS epidemic; for the infection to stop spreading and for healing, hope and support for those already affected. Pray for God to touch the hearts of the 75 percent of the population who count themselves as Christians, and draw them into a real, loving relationship with him.
Please also pray for our mission partners in South Africa, Caroline and Dick Seed.
Uganda: a new focus
Mission partner Helen Kisakye (nee Burningham) writes that a new project has been started, supporting children to learn about their rights through the arts. Pray for Helen as she visits three local schools on a regular basis to, through dance, teach students about their right to survival, protection, development and participation.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Britain: Partnership for Missional Church
This weekend, several churches in Oxford diocese are gathering to share their experience of Partnership for Missional Church. Each of these churches is part way through their year of experimenting with a missional challenge they sense God calling them to in collaboration with people outside of church. Please pray for encouragement for clergy and lay leaders as they share and listen to each other’s stories; for many to be able to attend the testimony session on Friday night and hear how God is at work in their neighbourhoods; and for the local delivery team as they prepare for, actively listen at, and navigate the weekend.
Brazil: new ReVive house
Becky and Evaldo Reid Rodrigues write that the new ReVive house for babies and young children has been completely furnished and fitted with all the necessary fire safety equipment, emergency lighting and signs. Please pray for the last bureaucratic bits and pieces to be resolved so the house can be declared fully open and functioning.
Chile: praying against disorder
Alf and Hilary Cooper ask for prayer for Chile, that threatened violence and social disruption will be minimal. They write that their church has prayed almost daily since the outbreak of the disorder on 18 October and they believe that this month will be crucial to the atmosphere leading up to a national referendum on 26 April on whether Chile needs a new constitution or not.
China: coronavirus fear
Please pray for the Chinese Church. Due to the fear around coronavirus, churches are not meeting; seminaries are not in session; trains are not running; flights are cancelled; roads and public spaces are uncharacteristically empty of people; many are trapped at home, uncertain of what happens next. Some fellowships of Christians are using a range of digital means to keep in touch and offer each other prayer, fellowship and support. Pray for coronavirus to be stopped in its tracks and for the epidemic to be brought to an end.
Nepal: challenging negotiations
Please pray for one of our strategic partners who is going through a property dispute, which could result in a court case. Please pray for God’s hand to be upon all negotiations, and for the court to rule justly when the time comes.
This NGO is also looking to recruit a new executive director within the next two years; pray for God to provide the right person at the right time to lead the NGO in accordance with God’s will.