When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3–4
Argentina: prayer for the nation
Argentina’s highly educated, urban population is predominantly Roman Catholic (though other Christian segments are also well established). Pray for people to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, no matter their specific faith tradition. Pray for the local church to reach out and care for those living in material and spiritual poverty, as half a million people in this country live in slums (the total population is 44 million).
Please pray for our people in mission working in Argentina: Mateo Alto, Crisanto Rojas, Andrew and Maria Leake, Nick Drayson and Catherine Le Tissier, Mario and Paula Agreda, David and Shelley Stokes and Aida Cuenca.
Argentina: important meetings
Please pray for the Province of South America’s House of Bishops meeting and provincial council meeting which is happening in Buenos Aires from 19–24 October and will include mission partners and Bishops Nick Drayson and Peter Bartlett plus local partners Bishops Mateo Alto and Crisanto Rojas. Pray for God’s leading and wise decisions.
Ecuador: an end to protests
Thank you for praying for an end to the protests in Ecuador and for our people in mission in the country. Praise God that short-termers Andy and Jess Lynch and their young daughter are safely back in Santo Domingo after being stuck in Quito during the protests. Almost two weeks of protests have now come to an end. President Lenín Moreno has struck a deal with indigenous leaders, agreeing to withdraw Decree 883 which included a sharp rise in fuel costs. Pray for the country as they deal with the aftermath of the event, which has paralysed the economy and left seven dead.
Brazil: mission team
CMS is helping facilitate a small Brazilian mission team from the northeast of the country travelling to and serving in Peru from 18–30 October. Pray for them as they work with the Peruvian church and for God’s continued raising up of this type of sharing in mission across Latin America as part of a regional mission movement.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Israel/Palestine: near burnout
Please pray for local partner Alexei Nemchenko, director of a drug rehab centre in Tel Aviv. Alexei carries every rehabilitant’s journey very close to his heart, and has recently started losing sleep and has felt on the verge of burnout. Please pray for Alexei to take the time he needs to recover, and for God to show him a sustainable way forward.
Oxford: cleft palate repair
Mission partners Tom and Verity Clare ask for prayer for their youngest son Joel: “We are confident in God’s protection over him as we pray for his next operation (the cleft palate repair), which is currently scheduled for October 21. This operation will be longer and more complicated than the first, but the repair is crucial to his ability to suck and to develop speech normally in the long term. It will be the last planned operation that he’ll need until he’s eight or nine, with other surgeries only required in between if there are any complications. Please do pray for Joel’s operative team, for him as he undergoes another long procedure, and for us as we look after him through the post-operative pain, swelling and likely difficulty feeding.”
Swanwick: Africa conference 2019
Pray for those preparing for CMS’s annual Africa conference in Swanwick 8–10 November. The weekend will be a time of prayer, fellowship and shared learning about God’s mission in Africa, this year around the theme of Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Pray especially for keynote speaker Rev Canon Moses Bushendich, international director of CMS-Africa, for his visa to come through easily, for safety in travel and for God to clearly guide his words over the weekend. Please sign up by 27 October.
Kingston: leading service this Sunday
Please pray for mission partner Andrea Campanale as she, along with others from her community Sacred Space Kingston will be leading the Sunday morning service at St John’s the Evangelist, Grove Road, Kingston-upon-Thames this Sunday. The theme will be transformation. One of their community will be leading a reflection, someone else will be playing the live music and Andrea will be doing a craft activity called “turning over a new leaf”.
Chris and Suzy Wilson ask for prayer for: “A regular source of medicine for Tor, who has chronic hepatitis. It is very disturbing to see someone with a life-threatening condition struggling to get regular access to medication. We’re just about managing to get the pills to Gambella each month (often by calling friends in Addis Ababa) but please pray for a better long-term solution to this problem.”
Rwanda: back to work
Please pray for Catriona Bennett as her maternity leave comes to an end and she goes back to work at Gahini Hospital this coming Tuesday, and for the childcare practicalities of this.