God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.Psalm 46:1–2, 6–7 (NLT)
Please pray for CMS’s annual Prayer and Aware event held by the CMS Asia Forum on Friday 3 July 2020, which will be live-streamed at 10am–12noon UK time. This year’s speakers are Suchitra Behera from the Church of Bangladesh and Rev Solomon Paul, former director of the department for youth, Church of South India Synod. Pray for the digital format to encourage many attendees from the UK and across Asia. Please register in advance with Jane Fulford: email@example.com
South East Asia: wisdom
Pray for wisdom for mission partner L and her boss as they meet together today to discuss her role in school next year and whether she can give more time to special needs education (SEN). L works alongside her husband A in a country where children with special needs have traditionally been maligned, and L is passionate about making sure these children can have a bright future.
South Asia: clear guidance
Pray for clear guidance for mission partners E and R, as R has been asked to join the staff team at their church. She is unsure whether to accept and take on this more visible role as she prefers serving from the sidelines.
South Asia: returning to the UK
Please pray for R, scheduled to fly back to the UK on 3 July. Pray for safe travels without obstruction or delay and for a smooth transition period as R settles into life in the UK.
Honduras has had to reinstate lockdown measures after relaxing them briefly caused a spike in COVID-19 cases. Steve Poulson reports that the virus is spreading so quickly among frontline health workers that having sufficient medical personnel to treat those suffering with the virus is a real challenge. Pray for those who have been infected to recover quickly, for people to adhere to the guidelines and for God to turn this situation around.
Brazil: worst-affected in the region
Brazil continues to be the biggest concern in the region with 1.2 million cases and 54,000 deaths according to official figures, although the number is believed to be much higher. Particularly badly affected are the indigenous peoples of Brazil who are seeing their elders and leaders decimated by the pandemic. Pray for the nation as a political battle between the president and supporters and many of the regional governors continues.
Mexico, the region’s second-worst affected country also suffered a large earthquake on Tuesday. Thankfully there were few deaths but it was another reminder of the fragility of situations in the region. Pray for the people of Mexico as they fight coronavirus as well as recover from this latest tragedy.
Sudan and South Sudan: COVID-19
Sudan has now reported 8,889 cases with 548 deaths; South Sudan has 1,942 cases with 36 deaths. All South Sudanese cases are being managed in one infectious diseases unit in Juba – but it only has 24 beds. Both countries are still officially in lockdown, which causes huge difficulty and distress for daily labourers and those who need to go out for their work. Some parts of both countries are also subject to flooding, and in the east, to locust infestation. And there is still fighting, both political and inter-tribal, in parts of South Sudan. Pray for all whose already fragile livelihoods have been devastated by these calamities – and pray for all agencies and local organisations striving to bring help.
South Sudan: allocation of state governors
The parties in the transitional government have finally agreed on the allocation of state governors to each party, so appointments can now be made, and presumably local government appointments will follow. Thus the biggest threat to peace since the transitional government was formed has been averted. This should begin to enable the re-establishment of law and order, and some control of the lawlessness which has been reported in many places. Cattle raids in Jonglei last week led to 10 deaths and 10 injuries, and in Mundri East three people were abducted, allegedly by soldiers from the NAS militant group. The programme of training and reintegration of troops also urgently needs support – five soldiers were reported to have died in one cantonment site for lack of food and medicines, and many others have left the camps to return home. Pray that the transitional government will seriously address the administration of justice and order and provide funds to complete the training and integration of troops into one united army.