Pause with Scripture
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Europe, the Middle East and North Africa
As we continue to reflect on vital issues of racial injustice and inequality in the UK and around the world, we ask God for grace and wisdom and courage to act. Here is a prayer written by Dr Martin Luther King Jr that has inspired us and helped us in our staff prayers this week:
“God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.”
– from Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits
South Asia: impact of pandemic
Mission partner F reports that she and her colleagues are doing their best to move their theology teaching online amid lockdown and rising infections, but that some students lack the technology to study online, meaning some will likely have to drop out. Pray for a way forward for each of these students, and pray for F as she delivers online training next week for participants across ten time zones.
India: teaching online
Pray for local partner Shirish Suresh Suryawanshi, also teaching theology, who is living on hospital grounds with his family where his wife works. Pray for protection for Shirish and his family as the hospital has many COVID-19 patients, and pray for wisdom for Shirish as he considers moving more teaching online.
Please pray for rain for Paraguay. Mission Associate Beryl Baker reports that rivers have dried up, water tanks are empty and many in the Chaco are now dependent on water tankers coming into the area.
Ecuador: an end to corruption
Sharon Wilcox in Ecuador asks for prayer for an end to corruption at some of the highest levels. An ex-president was found with large quantities of medical supplies in his home and he and government officials have been arrested. Please pray for medical supplies to reach those who need them in Ecuador and across the region.
Chile: coming out of lockdown
Alf Cooper asks for prayer for Chile, particularly as the country comes out of lockdown. Protests had already greatly affected Chile at the end of 2019 and there are concerns they will restart and cause greater economic damage on top of that which the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused.
Mission Associate Janet Mena asks for prayer for those migrants to Chile who are now seeking to return to their own countries as they face hardship during the impact of COVID-19. They are currently camping outside embassies in Santiago in the cold hoping for help. This situation is repeated in a number of cities across the region. Please pray for these highly vulnerable people.
The Horn of Africa: locusts
Pray for timely intervention to stop the locust infestation in the Horn of Africa which threatens livelihoods of many poor and farming communities in Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan. CMS-Africa has channelled some relief packages to affected communities in parts of eastern Uganda. Pray for more provision as the needs in the communities are many and the situation is likely to get worse as drought sets in and hunger and starvation strike in a few months’ time due to low or no yields.
South Sudan: translation of core training materials
CMS-Africa ask for prayer as they translate their training materials into Arabic. They have completed translation of the financial freedom manual and are now working on the financial freedom book as well as the first young adults’ training manual. Pray for an accurate, powerful translation of these life-changing training materials.
DR Congo: Ebola outbreak in Mbandaka
New cases of Ebola are being reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with four deaths from the virus in the western city of Mbandaka. More than 2,000 people have succumbed to the disease since August 2018. Pray for an end to this epidemic.