Prayerspace 30 April 2021

“You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Saviour, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas”.

Psalm 65:5

Asia

India: COVID-19 crisis

India has reached the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 this week. Hospitals are reporting a shortage of medical oxygen and are running over capacity, and vital drugs are in short supply. Please pray for medical staff and for India to receive the aid it needs from other countries.

Cambodia: sudden lockdowns

A sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in Cambodia have caused the government to react with quick local lockdowns, named “red zones”. These have left many local people trapped in their homes, unable to get food or medical supplies. Please pray for local initiatives and projects which are working hard to get food to those in the red zones. Please also pray that the country’s vaccination programme will be able to continue despite the lockdown.

Myanmar: continuing conflict

The conflict in Myanmar between the military and civilians is continuing, with reports now suggesting that close to a quarter of a million people have been displaced. The country’s public healthcare system has been almost entirely halted because of the conflict. Please pray for a peaceful resolution, and for the health of people in Myanmar.

Latin America

Argentina: First Nations week

Please pray for Argentina as it celebrates First Nations week. Mission partner Catherine Le Tissier writes that this week is “an annual opportunity to stand with our Amerindian friends and celebrate their culture, offering solidarity in their struggles.”

Brazil: ReVive fostering service

Mission partners Rosie and Stu Bayford write: “The Revive fostering service is well on its way to being set up and we are hopeful it will be implemented by the end of this year. Recife don’t currently have this service so it’s essential, as we know that children are always better in families, not in institutions. Please pray for the team implementing this service.”

Guatemala: travelling plans

Please pray for Mark and Rosalie Balfour as they plan to return to Guatemala via Mexico City this week. Please pray that their COVID-19 test results would be negative, that they would have a safe and uneventful journey, and pray for a smooth transition back into life in Guatemala.

Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

Lebanon: Evangelism training

Nabil and Sarah Shehadi ask for continued prayer for Lebanon. The economic situation continues to worsen, and poverty is increasing in the country. Please pray for Nabil and Sarah’s work training people to run Alpha courses in the Levant region, and give thanks that Alpha has recently been translated into Farsi.

Lebanon: education

Local partners Emil and Reem Bourizk have had a large increase in requests from local parents who would like their children to attend online school. Pray as the school continues to adapt to online learning, and pray that Emil and Reem would have wisdom as they plan to educate larger numbers of children.

Ipswich: refugee care

Please pray for mission partner Michael Green, who is working with people from the Middle East who are living in Ipswich. Pray for the people he interacts with, and pray for his ongoing health.

Africa

Tanzania: carpentry training

Mission partners Ben and Katy Ray give thanks for their volunteers Chloe and Joe. Joe has developed a new furniture range for the local market, and he has been able to train five new deaf carpenters. Praise God for his faithful provision!

Uganda: antenatal care

Mission partner Nicci Maxwell has started to visit a local Batwa community. Despite initially being resistant, the community has accepted healthcare for pregnant women and children. Six women are now receiving antenatal care and a baby has been safely delivered. Praise God for this new opportunity, and pray for Nicci and the team as they continue to build relationships in the community.

DR Congo: conflict and reconciliation

12 people were killed last week by rebels close to the Bunia peace centre run by local partner Bisoke Balikenga. At the funeral, clergy from different denominations joined together to pray for reconciliation of the tribal conflicts. Give thanks to God for the ecumenical work in the area, and pray that peace would reign in Ituri province. 

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