Prayer News 8 March 2019

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:8-9 (NIV)

Latin America

Peru: Prayer for the nation

As every week, we are focusing on a specific country where CMS people in mission work. This week, we request prayer for those working in Peru: mission partner Pat Blanchard and local partner Anderson Sanchez, in addition to mission partners Anna Sims and Paul and Sarah Tester (more detail below). Pray also for Peru itself, for God to bring lasting peace after many years of corruption and dictatorships.

Peru: Returning home after many years

Mission partner Anna Sims and the ministry she works with, Walking in Liberty, recently helped an English-speaking ex-criminal, S, get back on her feet again and prepare to return to her home country after completing a prison sentence of more than 10 years. A few weeks back, S received her authorisation to leave Peru, and flew back to her home country. Anna is looking forward to visiting her in May.

Brazil: Paul Tester visits

Paul Tester, normally based in Peru with his wife Sarah, will be in Brazil 9–18 March visiting several people in mission. Please pray for discernment and good relationship building with our partners, particularly in Goiania and Recife.

Guatemala: Balfours back in the UK

Mark and Rosalie have returned from Guatemala for six months, and are grateful for a good, uneventful journey. However, the day before flying back, Mark's dad was taken into hospital with sepsis. Pray for Mark’s dad, that the underlying cause would be diagnosed and for him to receive the right treatment. Please also pray for Mark’s mum and Mark and Rosalie staying with and supporting Mark’s parents in the midst of their own transition and upheaval. Pray for all concerned to keep their eyes on Jesus in it all.

Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

Britain: Pioneer Conversations Day

Give thanks for our Pioneer Conversations Day at the beginning of this week (Monday 4 March) and for everyone who came. Pray for God to continue speaking about his will for each person who attended. Find out more about what happened on the day through this video.

Britain: John Ellison

Please pray for John Ellison, former bishop of Paraguay and SAMS mission partner along with his wife Judie. John is struggling with his health and has had to have cardiac surgery this week, and had his lungs drained of fluid. The consultants are trying to find what is causing the problem; having previously had prostate cancer, it may be that this has returned and spread to other parts of his body.

Lebanon: New support group for parents

Let’s join Audrey Gibson in giving thanks for the SKILD (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences) centre monthly Parent to Parent support group starting next Monday 11 March with a breakfast for nine mothers. Pray that it goes well and in due course parents will feel encouraged and their needs listened to and help and advice received. Audrey also requests prayer for improved health for her as she undergoes medical tests for possible allergies.

Asia

Nepal: International school staff needs

Dave and Debra Chislett, short-term people in mission, ask for prayer for teacher and network administrator needs at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). Three candidates in a row who were considering KISC, have decided to go to Chiang Mai in Thailand instead, leaving KISC with a number of outstanding vacancies. Please pray for the right people to fill these roles so that KISC can continue to offer the expat community a high standard of education. For more information on vacancies, please visit: https://www.kisc.edu.np/vacancies

South East Asia: SENIA conference

A couple of weeks ago, one of our mission partners presented at the SENIA (Special Educational Network in Asia) conference in Hong Kong. Praise God for a productive and fruitful conference and pray for what this means for her future role related to special educational needs programmes. Please also pray for her husband as he continues to develop a men’s prison ministry; pray for God to lead him to the right people who can offer inspiration and guidance.

Africa

South Sudan: Failing peace agreement

Evidence on all sides suggests the peace agreement, so hard won, is not being put into practice on the ground:

  • The government claims there is no money to implement it and has cut a day's salary from civil servants to contribute to costs 
  • In different states there have been complaints of continuing fighting (especially in Amadi and Yei River states)
  • The Catholic bishops have issued a joint pastoral message stating that the peace agreement is not holding, and pointing to human rights abuses (including murder, rape and looting), high-level corruption, hate speech and propaganda, environmental degradation and obstruction of humanitarian access; in response to which they have made 17 Recommendations.

Pray for God's Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of all in power, and for a radical change of heart and mind, so that genuine and lasting peace may be achieved.

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