I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
Tanzania: prayer for the nation
Pray for this nation of over 50 million; for leaders especially to have powerful encounters with God and for corruption to be stamped out. Pray for accurate Bible translations to lead to powerful teaching of God’s Word in churches and theological institutions. Please pray for our people in mission in Tanzania; Heather Johnstone, Stephen Hatch, Paul Kibona, Ben and Katy Ray and Festo and Grace Kanungha.
Kenya: People in Mission Conference 2019
Thank God for a very successful People in Mission Conference that brought together close to 70 people in mission in Nairobi earlier this month. Pray for fruitful outcomes from the time spent together over these few days.
Bolivia: election protests continue
Roadblocks, strikes and mass protests continue across the country following highly controversial election results, and at least two people have now been killed as a result of the protests. President Evo Morales continues to insist that he has won the elections in the first round, while the opposition suspect electoral fraud and are demanding a second round. Pray for the Organization of American States’ audit of the vote which is seeking to determine whether fraud has been committed and whether a second round vote is required. Please pray for our people in mission in Bolivia: mission partners Andrew and Lisa Peart (Santa Cruz), local partner Franklin Cuenca (Santa Cruz) and Walter Toro (Tarija). Andrew and Lisa report having sufficient but limited supplies and being limited in what they can do. Pray for peace, for the will of Bolivia’s people to be observed and for the church to be light for Christ in these difficult times.
Chile: continued unrest
Recently, protests over a rise in the price of the metro system quickly spread to a nationwide wave of protests about inequality in Chile. Sadly there have been a number of deaths as a result of the protests and the security forces’ handling of it. President Sebastian Piñera has announced changes to government policies to reduce inequality and in an attempt to bring an end to the violent protests. Please pray for law and order to be established and maintained. Pray for peace in Chile, particularly for those who have been left on the margins of a prospering country. Pray for our people in mission in Chile: mission partners Alf and Hilary Cooper and local partners Gabriel Parra and Nicolas Fuentes.
China and Thailand: deeper relationships
Mission partners Jason and Tracy Day are increasingly connecting with Chinese people from their base in Chiang Mai. They write that local churches have moved onto large factory sites in China where long hours and monotony were driving employees to suicide. Churches’ spiritual care and social services, activities and relational connections have apparently helped many workers establish a kind of communal life and sense of belonging, giving them some relief and enabling them to negotiate the disciplinarian factory life. Jason and Tracy ask for prayer for the desire and courage not only to share the truth of the gospel verbally, but also to walk in that truth through seeking deeper relationships with those around them.
India: record number of candidates
People in mission working at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, write that selections for the various undergraduate courses at CMC seem to have gone off without a hitch this year, and a record 33 candidates were interviewed for various management courses. Give thanks for this encouraging number of candidates, and pray for the teaching staff as they also start a Masters in Hospital Administration, accredited by the medical university in Chennai.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Britain: families of fatal car accident victims
This last Monday, Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, A Rocha International CEO, together with his wife Susanna, were involved in a horrific car accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter and the driver of the car are being treated at hospital in Port Elizabeth and are in a stable condition. Please pray for their families in the UK during this very difficult time.