“Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.” Psalm 112:1 (NIV)
Philippines: Prayer for the nation
Please pray for the country and its population of over 100 million. Pray for God to raise up honest leaders who refuse to be corrupted and who can lead the way in building a just, fair system of government at all levels. Pray also for unity in the church and for the church to respond to God’s call to reach others with his love.
Philippines: Demonstration farm possibility
The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) have asked mission partners Eric and Sandra Read to apply to be a demonstration farm for the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), following their work with the DA on an ad-hoc basis. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as Eric and Sandra look into becoming an ATI and using the opportunity for the envisioning and training of churches.
South Asia: Working out the way ahead
In November, mission partner R is travelling to take part in a mission conference in a neighbouring country. Asia-CMS staff are unable to visit the missionaries in this country as often as they would like, so there are discussions about whether R can get involved as she can travel to this country more easily. Please pray for wisdom in working out the way ahead, and the right priorities for R’s time.
Bolivia: violent protests
Inexplicable changes in the results of this week’s presidential elections have led to allegations of fraud and violent protests across the country. Please pray for God to change this situation, to bring to power a candidate who is willing to stand against corruption and be used by God.
Guatemala: new girls’ group
Having put off starting a new girls’ group, mission partner Azaria Spencer recently felt God was challenging her to get started. She writes: “We are still in the early stages of creating a space where the girls, aged 12+, feel completely comfortable and I have their confidence, but I know God has big plans for these young women.” Praise God for this new group, and ask God to use it to make a difference in each of these girls’ lives.
Please pray for mission partners Alf and Hilary Cooper, who write that they are safe amidst the riots in Santiago this week. Pray that wisdom be granted to President Piñera and that the State of Emergency with troops on the streets might move back to a state of normality, that violence and mob ravaging might be firmly halted, and that the prayers, outreach and loving service of the church win over the heart of Chile. Please also pray for our local partners in Chile, Gabriel Parra and Nicolas Fuentes.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Lebanon: politics and protests
Last week, Lebanon saw street protests across the country against proposed taxes in the budget for 2020. A (quickly rescinded) plan to tax mobile apps such as WhatsApp seems to have brought to a head many months – if not years – of frustration with the country’s politicians. As a young colleague of mission partner Audrey Gibson’s said in despair: “I die a little every day I remain in Lebanon”. Audrey and Colin write that they are far enough out of Beirut not to be directly affected other than the difficulties caused by road closures. Please pray for a settlement that is fair to all people and that politicians will govern with wisdom and integrity. Please also pray for Audrey and Colin as well as mission partners Phil and Sylvie Good, Nabil and Sarah Shehadi and local partners Emil and Reem Bourizk.
Britain: 28 Too Many
Mission partner Ann-Marie Wilson’s team have had multiple successes and acknowledgements in connection with work on their Social Norms report, which has been a popular theme this summer, and further recognition and awards for the #NoFGM ribbon campaign [www.nofgmribbon.info], which will be ramping up over the next six months. Please pray for the team at 28 Too Many as they continue their work on FGM and the law, especially as Selina and Ann-Marie take their agenda and research to the UN in Geneva at the end of October.
Uganda: Joel Clare
Mission partners Tom and Verity Clare write: “Our son Joel had his operation on Monday morning (21 October) and it went really well. He had an unsettled night and took a day or so to get used to his new palate, but since Tuesday afternoon he’s been eating well and seems comfortable. We got home last night and he’s been tired but otherwise like his normal self since then. Praise God for his healing work and thank you all for your prayers.”
Tanzania: NGO status for Neema
Mission partners Ben and Katy Ray ask for prayer as they seek NGO-status for Neema Crafts, which would allow them to open up shops (and possibly cafes and workshops) elsewhere in the country. The Director for the Ministry of Health and Community Development, who is in charge of approving all applications for NGOs, is very positive about the centre’s work. Please pray for a quick processing of this and for the application for charitable status (which is known to be difficult), so that Neema can take bold steps into the future.
South Sudan: homelessness and food shortages
Aid agencies estimate that seven million South Sudanese will need food aid in the coming season, and 1.3 million children (according to UNICEF) will suffer acute malnutrition. 194,000 civilians are still in Protection of Civilians camps on The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases. There is now also heavy flooding in at least two areas of the country, leaving thousands of families homeless and starving. Please pray for all who are in need, those who are displaced, all who have lost crops or homes or livelihood, and for aid agencies struggling to reach them due to the poor condition of the roads.