The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live. 1 Timothy 2:1–3 (MSG)
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Spain: prayer for the nation
Pray for spiritual renewal in the Church across all denominations, and for Jesus to be made known among the millions of immigrants in the country (according to the UN, 13% of the population of 46 million is foreign-born). Pray against the rise of interest in and involvement with foreign cults, the occult, gambling and drugs.
Pray for our people in mission in Spain: Felipe and Sarah Yanez, Noel Diaz and Daniel Scott. Noel Diaz and Daniel Scott are both local partners from Latin America, in line with our vision for mission to be to and from everywhere.
Britain: A Rocha family
Please continue to pray for all those affected by the deaths of A Rocha CEO Chris Naylor and his wife Susanna, and cofounder Miranda Harris in a horrific car accident in South Africa. Please pray for cofounder Peter Harris who is in hospital being treated for his own injuries as well as having lost his wife and two close friends.
Britain: Africa Conference
Pray for those preparing for CMS’s annual Africa Conference in Swanwick this weekend. The weekend will be a time of prayer, fellowship and shared learning about God’s mission in Africa, this year around a theme drawn from 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 safety in travel and for God to inspire his words.
Pray for Tim Lee as he takes part in Jigsaw’s strategic planning meetings for 2020 and board of trustees meetings this week in Manila. Please pray for safe travel and for God to inspire their planning and the board of trustees in their vision for 2020. Please also pray for the ministry at Jigsaw as they seek to provide for the needs of over 1,000 vulnerable children per week in Manila.
South Asia: interviews
Pray for interviews with potential local partners in South Asia this week.
Asia: gap year students
Please pray for a couple of gap year students planning to go to the Asia region at the beginning of next year. Pray for their own preparation and also for making sure of the right placements.
Derek and Jane Waller write that Jane and Neny Holy, the wife of Derek and Jane’s assistant Bishop, are about to start an adult literacy initiative to help the many Malagasy who cannot read their own language. They hope to gather a small group meeting twice each week and for all who come to be able to read within six months. Please pray for this group and Jane and Holy.
Kenya: F4 graduation
CMS Africa’s financial freedom for families training (F4) continues to go from strength to strength, with more and more families changing their financial situation through applying the simple principles. Thank God for the F4 Graduation happening this Sunday at the Overcomers Chapel, Kikuyu town. Pray for many to be inspired to become transformational stewards over the resources God has entrusted to them. Pray also for the ongoing F4 training in Geneva throughout November, for everything to fall into place and for many people to be impacted by the principles and message of transformational stewardship.
Bolivia: continued unrest
Please keep praying for Bolivia and our people in mission there; Andrew and Lisa Peart, Franklin Cuenca and Walter Toro. The blockades and protests continue in the wake of highly controversial election results. The opposition continue in their demands for the incumbent President Evo Morales to resign but there are no signs of either side backing down. Please pray for peace and a just solution. The Pearts continue to be well and report that things are relatively calm and peaceful despite the difficult situation and limited ability to move around.
Paraguay: Anglican schools in Asunción
Please pray for St Andrew’s and the Annexe Schools in Asunción, Paraguay and for all those connected to the schools, particularly Bev Richardson who serves at St Andrew’s. Sadly the decision has had to be taken to close the Annexe School, which has understandably caused upset. Please pray for all of the children and families who will be affected, that they will find the right school place for the coming school year (starting in early 2020) and that they will not be adversely affected by the closure. Pray also for all those in leadership at St Andrew’s, especially head teacher Carlos de la Sobera.
Argentina: electoral synod
Pray for the electoral synod in the Diocese of Argentina which will take place on 16 November. This will convene to elect a new coadjutor bishop (who will be an assistant bishop and then succeed current diocesan bishop Greg Venables) so please pray for the candidates, those electing the new bishop and for God’s leading as decisions are made.
Peru: Christmas bags for male inmates
Anna Sims writes that Walking in Liberty has donated Christmas bags to the British Embassy for the 13 British men currently imprisoned in Lima. The bags included food, toiletries, books & Christmas cards. Anna has also been in touch with the parents of one of the British male inmates, M, through a mutual contact as they are hoping to come and visit him for the first time at the end of November. Please pray for the inmates receiving the bags.