You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6
Ecuador: prayer for the nation
This week we’re asking for your prayers for Ecuador especially. Pray for government leaders to make wise decisions, and to be willing to address difficult social issues. Pray for the gospel to continue to spread throughout this country, and for the Church to be empowered to support the poor (a third of the country’s population live in poverty).
Please pray for mission partner Sharon Wilcox serving in Ecuador.
Uruguay: reaching a tired diocese
Local partner Mechi Tarragona asks for prayer for the Diocese of Uruguay, her husband Daniel (Bishop of Uruguay) and the clergy throughout this diocese where so many communities are tired and worn-out. Pray for Mechi as she starts to train people working in social centres to reach their communities with the gospel. Pray for the Lord to show her which steps to take, and for wisdom and compassion.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Oxford: new Pioneer intake and returning students
Please pray for our great new Pioneer intake, some of whom started their studies this week. Please also pray for returning students and the postgraduate students who will start with us or return on 1 October. Pray for a great time of encouragement and learning and that the new intake will really bond with each other as they start to study with us.
Southall: Wolf Fields
Mission partners Kailean and Kim Khongsai ask for prayer for events over the next few months; a harvest celebration on 5 October, a winter open day on 30 November and a Christmas event with the Wolf Fields friends’ group on 7 December.
Mission partners Audrey and Colin Gibson ask for prayer: “…we await any repercussions from alleged Israeli military activity in Lebanon that took place at the end of August. As you may have seen or heard on the news, two drones crashed in an area of southern Beirut that is a stronghold of Hezbollah while a missile strike hit a Palestinian position in the Beqaa Valley close to the border with Syria. After retaliation by Hezbollah a week later, firing on military installations in Israel, the situation now seems quiet. Please pray that peace and wise counsel will prevail, for a swift reduction in tensions on both sides and for a lasting settlement to the issues that underlie the recent incidents.”
India: fighting human trafficking
Mission partners working to combat human trafficking in India ask for prayer for the team to be led to places where people are about to be trafficked and for child protection work to be developed in churches in the area. Please pray for God to show these mission partners what he is doing and how they can come alongside him rather than the other way around.
Tanzania: new chaplain
Mission partner Stephen Hatch, working at St John’s Seminary, writes that school chaplain David Lubalisho has gone to Uganda to study for three years, leaving the school without a chaplain. Pray for David to settle in well in his new location and to get as much as possible out of his studies.
South Africa: back home after training in Egypt
Mission partners Caroline and Dick Seed recently spent a week teaching at the Alexandria School of Theology. Due to a lack of funding, the training almost didn’t happen(!), but praise God, he answered prayers and Caroline and Dick were able to conduct the training as planned. Praise God he is using Caroline and Dick in this important work of resourcing African leaders, and pray for God to continue to lead them and make it possible for him to train the leaders he wants them to train.