“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21 (NIV)
India, Nepal and Bangladesh: Over 800 dead following widespread floods
As we mentioned in last week’s Prayerspace, please pray for the areas of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh that have been devastated over the past two weeks as a result of flooding and landslides. It’s reported that more than 800 people have been killed and 24 million affected following widespread floods across south Asia.
The Guardian newspaper writes: “Severe flooding has devastated communities and destroyed crops in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with NGOs warning of food shortages and the risk of disease. In Bangladesh, where the floods are thought to be the most severe in 100 years, more than a third of the country has been submerged. At least 115 people have died and more than 5.7 million are affected.
“In the Indian state of Assam, which borders Bangladesh, at least 180 people have been killed in the past few weeks. And in Nepal, 141 people are confirmed dead, while more than 38,000 households have been severely affected by floods.”
Please pray for all those affected by the floods but also for the relief effort teams who are providing “dignity kits” (hygiene and sanitary materials for women), ready-to-cook food and water purifiers. Aid workers are also providing health education and running health camps to prevent disease outbreaks because of the water levels in the areas being so high and the high risk of malaria and other mosquito borne diseases.
Britain and India: The Mar Thoma Church’s presence in the UK
This Sunday, 27 August, CMS's executive leader Philip Mounstephen will be attending a celebration to mark 150 years of the presence of the Mar Thoma church in the UK and bring greetings from the CMS Community. Please pray for this event, give thanks for the presence of this ancient church in the UK, and pray it that it will increasingly find a voice and a role in mission here.
South East Asia: Mission partners A and L
Please pray for two mission partners A and L, working in a country in South East Asia. They write:
- “Please pray for our health (it’s been a bit sketchy of late).
- Pray for productive language learning.
- Finally, please pray for discernment regarding our ministerial roles.”
Brazil, Recife/Olinda: Andy and Rose Roberts
Please pray for mission partners Andy and Rose Roberts who are on home leave until the end of the year. They have set themselves a very demanding schedule of church visits (speaking every Sunday from now until Christmas) and would value your prayers for the renewal of their links and stamina on the road for the whole family (Sofia is five and Julia three).
Brazil: Becky Reid and Evaldo Rodrigues de Araujo
Short-termers Becky Reid and Evaldo Rodrigues de Araujo still need your prayers as they discern how to move forwards after the denial of Evaldo’s marriage visa to enter the UK. Hopefully they will be able to marry soon and celebrate with friends in Brazil and the UK.
Northern Argentina: Catherine Le Tissier and Nick Drayson
Mission partner Nick Drayson is attending a missions conference in Bogota, Colombia, and flying on to Lima where he will be joined by his wife and fellow mission partner Catherine; they will be teaching on discipleship. Pray for them and for all the leaders in the Diocese of Peru who will be attending the course.
Latin America: New mission manager wanted for CMS!
As we mentioned in last week’s Prayerspace, CMS is still seeking applications for the new mission development manager role for Latin America. Please pray for those who might still be thinking of applying and for the short listing and interview process.
The deadline is this Monday, 28 August. For more information on this role, please see this page.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Lebanon: Phil and Sylvie Good
Phil and Sylvie Good are new mission partners in training who are preparing to go out to work in Beirut, Lebanon. They write asking for prayer for:
- “The main area for prayer is selling our house; we will be going for an informal tender with an end date at the end of September. This will not be easy as there are a lot of things to sort out. If the tender does not work out then we can go for an auction at the end of October.
- We also need more supporting churches; please pray for quick decisions by the various committees involved.
- Please pray that we can produce a presentation about our calling to Lebanon and for clear effective communication.
- Finally, we now have received pledges of 53 per cent of the required income, which is great progress so please give thanks.”
Britain: Ruth Sayers
Ruth Sayers, a mission partner based in Plymouth, Devon, writes asking for prayer:
- “Pray for the work club that there will be sustained finance and also enough volunteers to help.
- Pray for the church as it is facing some challenging issues, and for the small congregation, and give thanks for its willingness to get involved locally.
- Pray for the chaplaincy at City College and the start of the new term.
- Please pray for wisdom as to the events that are organised and for a good response from the students.
- Pray too for the staff as they get used to the recent extension to the building and for its usage.”
Britain: CMS ICT team
Please pray for the the CMS ICT team as they write code and prepare data for a transition to a new “supporter relations system”/customer relationship management (CRM). Pray also that the new system would help everyone at CMS to better serve its supporters as they in turn give support to mission partners and projects.
Kenya: Caroline and Dick Seed
Please pray for mission partners Caroline and Dick Seed who are based in Kenya but have been back in the UK for a period of home leave. Caroline writes asking for prayer for:
- “Courage to leave family and grandchildren behind in the UK.
- Settling back into Kenya and sorting out all the utilities again.
- Caroline teaching small classes at The Presbyterian University of East Africa (PUEA) and organising a Bible reading week with women believers from Muslim backgrounds.
- Dick assisting with an Anglican training conference in November and writing new Theological Education Development Services (TEDS) material.
- Preparations for the expansion of TEDS, including a decision on our future location.”
Uganda/South Sudan: Garry Ion
Please continue to pray for mission partner Garry Ion, working in Uganda and South Sudan to support local church communities to undertake building projects. He was admitted to hospital earlier this year with inflammation of his gallbladder. He writes with an update:
“I am thankful that I have remained pain free since having a gallbladder attack which left me in hospital for a week. I am unable to go back to Uganda until I’ve had an operation to remove my gallbladder and now have an appointment to see a surgeon in Blackpool on Wednesday for more pre-op tests. Please pray for me as I go, as I am hoping that keyhole surgery can soon follow after this consultation.
“It’s good to report that there has been progress on most of the ongoing projects in Uganda, and especially Rugarama Hospital where the maternity extension is now being plastered. Jarvis, the young engineer looking after school building projects, had a motorcycle accident a couple of weeks ago; thankfully he is now fully recovered and is back at work.”
South Sudan: Headline prayer
Please continue to hold South Sudan in our prayers. CMS trustee, Jane Shaw, writes:
“Refugee numbers from South Sudan continue to increase. There are now 382,322 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, and the Governor of Gambella (where most of them arrive and stay) has urged those from Pagak to return there; since the government 'liberated' the rebel stronghold three weeks ago, it is claimed to be peaceful. The number of people in Ethiopia needing humanitarian aid has reportedly risen from 5.6 million to 8.5 million – attributed both to a poor rainy season, and the influx of refugees.
“Uganda now accommodates over a million South Sudanese refugees, and the EU has pledged another two million Euros – doubling their previous funding – for refugees in Yumbe and Moyo. New refugees continue to arrive daily at the already overcrowded camps. Pray for all refugees and internally displaced people, and for the agencies tasked with providing for them, and pray for the day when they can return home in safety.”