“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”Isaiah 55:6
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Lebanon: Beirut Blast
Mission partners Phil and Sylvie Good write that they are incredibly grateful for the concern, messages and especially prayers from supporters in the aftermath of the Beirut Blast on 4 August. (They were thankfully staying further away from the port at the time.) The church is busy supporting those who were directly affected and there is a large number of people who have suffered various degrees of trauma and need counselling. Pray for peace and healing.
Middle East: leading women’s ministry
Mission partner R writes that life for her has almost returned to normal. As her church starts up again, she is taking on more responsibility and leading the women’s ministry in her church from this quarter. Please pray for abundant wisdom and discernment for R as she takes this on and for unity within the team she will be working with.
South Asia: pivotal visa
Give thanks for mission partner F’s finished work on the chapter of a book and pray for her teaching work. Pray for the renewal of her visa as it will determine her future – whether staying or having to leave the country.
South East Asia: car trouble
Pray for mission partners in South East Asia who have been struggling with car problems for a long time now. Pray they will be able to get their car repaired for good without massive expenses.
Kate and Tim Lee and their family have now been in location for several months and it has been quite the journey and transition for all of them. Pray for schooling for their daughter Grace, for Kate’s teaching and for Tim’s work with Jigsaw Ministries.
Paraguay and northern Argentina: COVID-19 spreading in indigenous communities
Please pray for the peoples of the Chaco in both Paraguay and northern Argentina. Cases in both countries are now increasing significantly and cases have begun to occur amongst some indigenous communities where CMS people in mission serve. Pray for our people in mission in the Chaco, those who serve with our partners in the area who have caught the virus and for the indigenous communities now being affected. Pray particularly too for rain as the Paraguayan Chaco is experiencing drought and water levels are reportedly running very low.
Chile: representing the evangelical churches of Chile
Praise God mission partner Alf Cooper was chosen to be the official representative to the government for the evangelical churches of Chile. His first task has been to arrange the Te Deum (thanksgiving service) for Chile’s independence this weekend which will be attended by the president of Chile. Pray for the impact of the service on the nation.
Praise God that mission partner Steve Poulson, together with a local Honduran pastor, was able to baptise E, a young man whom Steve has mentored for a number of years and the first in his family to complete secondary school. Pray for E as he has now left home to join the police force.
DR Congo: timing of return
Patricia and Peter Wyard, currently in the UK, ask for prayer for when they can return to Aru. Pray for good sleep for Peter especially, as their frequent moving around over the past few months while in the UK has made good sleep elusive.
Sudan and South Sudan: flooding
In addition to an increase in COVID-19 cases, both countries are also experiencing severe flooding. In Sudan, 99 people have died and 46 been injured; more than 100,000 houses have partially or wholly collapsed. Flooding has reached record levels and the government has declared a three-month state of emergency. In South Sudan, there is serious flooding all along the Nile. The waters have been rising since May, due to unprecedented heavy rains; malaria and snakebite are rife, medicines are lacking; and crops have been destroyed – the state director of agriculture says only 10 per cent of the state’s 8,000 acres of cultivated land will yield a crop this year. Pray for all those bereaved, homeless or bereft of livelihood because of COVID-19 and flooding.
South Sudan: churches reopening for public worship
The directive has gone out from Archbishop Justin Badi, endorsed by the South Sudan Council of Churches, that churches may reopen for public worship, subject to observing all COVID-19 guidelines and precautions. The first services were held last Sunday, 6 September. This is especially good news for pastors, since their income is largely dependent on collections. Give thanks for this cautious easing of restrictions, and pray for all congregations to observe the guidelines and remain in good health.
Sudan: transitional government developments
The good news is that the final peace agreement between the transitional government and rebel movements in both Darfur and the Two Areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile) has been initialised and will be signed formally on 2 October. Peace talks are still continuing with two rebel groups. Pray that the peace may hold in the areas that have known so much conflict.