“The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.” Micah 2:13 (NIV)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Israel/Palestine: prayer for the nation
Please pray for peace in this nation of 8.5 million, and for an end to the long-standing conflict between Arab and Jewish peoples. Pray for the body of Christ to be strong and unwavering in the face of persecution.
UK: Mission Order for Sacred Space
Give thanks that last month, pioneer network developer and mission partner Andrea Campanale was commissioned as one of the first of three lay pioneers in Southwark diocese. Andrea is also expecting the Bishop’s Mission Order for Sacred Space to be granted before Christmas. Please pray that there are no last minute, unexpected hurdles and this goes through the last of the diocesan processes quickly and smoothly.
UK: Local meetings
Give thanks and pray for various CMS meetings taking place in the next few weeks. Yorkshire CMS are meeting in Sheffield this Saturday, 12 October, learning about mission in Africa, the Muslim world and Latin America. Ann Moore, recently returned from Kisiizi hospital in Uganda is talking about her work to a group in mid-Northants on 15 October, and the Norwich and Edinburgh groups are meeting for prayer and fellowship on 21 October. Pray that each of these events will encourage those attending to pray for and participate in mission as they learn about God’s work around the world.
Ecuador: blockages and protests
Please continue to pray for Ecuador where ongoing protests and social unrest are affecting people in mission. Short-termers Andy and Jess Lynch and mission associate Jill Ball are currently stuck in Quito and unable to leave due to road blockages and protests. Please pray for ongoing safety and that they will soon be able to travel to Santo Domingo, where mission partner Sharon Wilcox reports that things are calmer although strikes and protests continue.
Bolivia: prayers answered
Praise God for answering prayers regarding the forest fires in Bolivia. Reports show that these fires have finally been extinguished by rain. Do continue to pray for our people in mission in the country: Local partners Franklin Cuenca and Walter Toro and mission partners Andrew and Lisa Peart.
Peru: new church
Anna Sims asks for prayer as she continues to settle into her new church. Pray for her to continue to grow in her relationship with God, make friends and be a blessing to others in the church. Please pray for J (an ex-offender) and her daughter R who are moving to the UK in November. Please pray for them as they settle into British life, for a good church, friends and school. R has never lived in the UK before so please particularly pray for her as she adjusts to the English language, the British school system and life in the UK.
Sudan: transitional government adopts constitution
Praise God that the transitional constitution has now been adopted, enabling the appointment of the attorney general and chief justice, so courts can begin hearing cases related to the killings of civilian protesters and other atrocities. The (civilian) prime minister has dismissed many ministers of the old regime and is expected to dismiss more. Give thanks for these signs that the civilian-led government is really in charge, and pray for continuing progress to a lasting peace and democratic rule. Pray that Islamist groups, who have been excluded from the transitional parliament, will not cause trouble.
South Sudan: good news for child soldiers
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has conducted a verification exercise in an army base near Wau, in north-west of the country, and released a number of child soldiers. They will be returned to their families and resume their education, with support from UNMISS. Give thanks for the liberation of these children, and pray for the work of UNMISS and of the British Army contingent who work with and support them.
Southeast Asia: Celebrate Recovery and new role
Please pray for A and L, for A as he invests time and energy in Celebrate Recovery, helping broken and hurting people to process their emotions and find healing, and for L as she juggles teaching and her new role as chairperson of the country’s special needs association.