"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Worldwide: Phil and Sylvie Goods
Please pray for Phil and Sylvie Goods who have been selected as mission partners. They have had a meeting with various regional managers to hear more about possible placements. Please do pray for them as they discern where God is calling them to.
Europe, Middle East and North Africa
Britain: Churches going through change
Please pray for all churches in the UK who are going through a major process of change. Many are joining together as one new parish or benefice, which means a new way of working together. For some congregations this can be a difficult time of transition.
Pray that congregations will seek to move forward with a sense of unity and in a spirit of true collaboration, to serve each other and their local communities.
Britain: CMS church and community mission teams away day
Please pray for the church and community mission teams who are meeting together on Tuesday at Stanton House in Oxfordshire. Pray that they will be encouraged and refreshed as they reflect back on work achieved in recent months and look forward to the year ahead.
Britain: CMS Trustees meeting
Please pray for trustees as they meet on 3 February to review and approve all the budgetary plans for 2017-18. Pray also for Charles Clayton as he chairs the meeting. The trustees hold ultimate responsibility for CMS’s life and mission so pray for God’s anointing grace on them in all their responsibilities.
Europe: Mission partners M and T
Please pray for mission partners M and T who are based in Europe and help lead a training and ministry centre, preparing, supporting and sending workers into the nations of North Africa, as well as reaching local North African immigrants.
They ask for prayer for a few things:
- Pray for Christian university students and migrant workers to North African cities.
- Pray that they might have boldness to take opportunities to share Jesus with their Muslim hosts and colleagues.
- Pray for the new team emerging in the nation that T recently visited.
- Pray for them to reap great fruit from the sacrificial service of those who have gone before them.
- Pray for M and T’s children, and that they will flourish in the years ahead.
Britain: Radio interview with Malcolm Pritchard
Britain: PCC meeting – give thanks
Give thanks for a fruitful time that CMS director of church and community mission, Debbie James, had working with two PCCs last Saturday and continue to pray for those churches as they implement the missional challenge they developed.
Pray also for the 20+ churches in Berkshire who are participating in the Partnership for Missional Church (PMC) process and particularly next Friday-Saturday (3-4 February) as representatives meet together to take this forward. Pray for Debbie and the team from Oxford Diocese who are helping to facilitate this process and pray that all involved will be encouraged and discern God’s leading.
Britain: Growing Vocations conference
We asked in last week’s Prayerspace to pray for Susann Haehnel, CMS’s vocational recruitment manager, as she attended the “Growing Vocations" conference with short-termer Ed Hutton.
Thank you for praying and give thanks to the Lord for what he did at the conference. Susann and Ed found it a real joy to share some of their experiences and expertise in helping others to hear the call of God. One participant who heard them speak said that she would now ask all her Year 5s and 6s in her Church of England school what God had been talking to them about, as a way of starting a conversation about God’s calling and early in life!
Philippines: Derek and Mary Fairfield
Please pray for mission associates Derek and Mary Fairfield who have a long-standing connection to India.
Mary writes: “My next trip starts on 2 February and this time I am NOT going to India, which may come as a surprise. I am off to the Philippines with very long-standing friends Jim and Evelyn Palmer who have been working out there for over 20 years. I would be glad of prayer for the following (similar requests for India trips):
- “Smooth, hassle-free travel and safety. The Foreign Office advises against travel to the area we will be staying in.
- Good health and a mozzie-free environment if possible.
- Safe return travels when I will be on my own. This will involve two stopovers, and a transfer from the domestic to the international airport. Please pray that all this happens without glitches.
- For effective ministry – whatever that may involve; that God will be glorified and his kingdom extended.
- That Derek will remain in good health.
“Every blessing and thanks, Mary”
Asia: New people in mission needed
As we have mentioned before in Prayerspace, please pray that people will come forward for mission in Asia, particular those who are willing to work alongside local partners. For many months, the proportion of people enquiring for mission in Asia has been low compared to other regions, and 60 per cent of the world’s population live in this continent and the need is great.
However, thank God for good long-term opportunities in Asia, even in those hard to reach South-East Asian countries. These positions are with local strategic partners who value CMS and particularly the way we feel called to do holistic mission.
Latin America: People in mission
Please pray for the following people who are all heading off to Latin America shortly to work as short-term people in mission. They are currently undergoing training with CMS in the UK:
- Sarah Quinn going to work with the ReVive girl’s home (with mission partners Andy & Rose Roberts) in Olinda, NE Brazil.
- Rose Sinclair going to work in Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro, with mission partners Jess and Mark Simpson and Alex and Jane Cacouris.
- Bev Richardson going to work in Asuncion, Paraguay under the leadership of mission partners Bishop Peter and Sally Bartlett
- Lydia and Mark Trezise going to work in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, alongside mission partner Sharon Wilcox.
Pray also for the forthcoming People in Mission conference next week and for Paul and Sarah Tester, Alf and Hilary Cooper, Azaria Spencer and Steve Poulson, all mission partners, who will be attending
Bolivia: Walter Toro
Please pray for Walter Toro, a local partner in Tarija, Bolivia, who recently visited the UK with a team from the Diocese of Bolivia. Unfortunately he lost all his photos and notes from the visit due to a computer breakdown. Please pray that he will be able to recover some of his material with technical assistance.
We thank God with Walter for the experience of his visit to Birmingham churches and organisations with the team. He writes: “All these memories are kept in my mind and heart, although I have no images to show. Praise the Lord for the hospitality and care I received from so many brothers and sisters who love and serve the Lord and the realisation that God makes no distinction between races, cultures or continents – He is truly One.”
Sudan: Christians on trial in Khartoum
Christians in Sudan request prayer for three Christian men who are currently on trial (we mentioned this in Prayerspace on 12 January). The two Sudanese pastors and a Czech aid worker still face charges including possessing footage of government forces’ atrocities in South Kordofan. They are accused of espionage and other crimes against the state, some of which carry a death sentence.
The judge was expected to give his verdict on Monday, 23 January but the verdict has now been postponed until this Sunday, 29 January. The three men have been detained since December 2015.
- That the three defendants will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal
- For wisdom for the lawyers defending them
- For a fair judicial process, and that the three men will be acquitted soon
- For an end to the increasing pressure against churches in Sudan, and that Christians will know the peace of the Lord
- That all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow him.
Source: Middle East Concern
Please pray for political stability in The Gambia after president elect Adama Barrow took over power from the former president Yahya Jammeh. Pray especially that the Spirit of peace will continue to blow across The Gambia and that the suffering and political crisis would come to a peaceful end, Such a crisis has already forced thousands of people, who feared an outbreak of violence, to flee the tiny African nation.
South Sudan: An update
Please continue to hold South Sudan in your prayers. CMS trustee, Jane Shaw, writes with an update:
- The headline prayer is prayer for an end to armed forces clashes causing civilian casualties. Violent clashes between government forces and opposition soldiers are reported from various parts of the country. The Protection of Civilians (POC) camp in Wau is now the most overcrowded in the country with 28,850 persons camped on a very small piece of land. Pray for all civilians caught up in fighting, and for those bereaved or injured in conflict.
- Maridi remains peaceful. Please continue to pray for Bishop Justin, for his diocesan staff and for the Chaima Christian Institute. Pray especially for Lynn Treneary, a mission partner who teaches at Chaima and who returned to Maridi this week after leave in Uganda.
- Please also pray for the Eddi Archdeaconry. It falls in the south-east part of the diocese bordering with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and was previously much affected by the activities of Lord’s Resistance Army.
- The UN Security Council was briefed this week on South Sudan. In its last discussion, on 23 December, the Security Council failed to agree on an arms embargo; pray that the current deliberations may lead to a more positive outcome.
South Sudan: Prayer request from Garry Ion
Mission partner Garry Ion, who is based in Uganda, writes with an urgent request for prayer from a diocese in South Sudan that he visited just two weeks ago:
“As you may recall, together with CMS regional manager for Africa, Steve Burgess, we recently attended the consecration of three bishops in Kajo-Keji Diocese. We had a wonderful time with thousands of people in attendance and we enjoyed great fellowship and worship. The actual service took more than seven hours, in very hot temperatures, but still the sight of the Mothers’ Union worshipping and the full cathedral were testimony to the incredible occasion. How sad then that yesterday I received a letter from the newly enthroned bishop, Rt. Rev Emmanuel Murye, sharing how the security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated over the past few days and there have been several incidences of killings which has led to communities fleeing the area. The diocese is once again looking after displaced people from effected parishes. Please pray.”
Sudan: An update
Jane Shaw, writes with an update on the situation in Sudan:
“There are reports of a massive build-up of government military forces, apparently preparing for a dry season offensive against the people of the Nuba Mountains (for which the government last week announced an extension of the ceasefire). Pray for these poor embattled people. Pray also for the Sudanese pastor, of the Sudan Pentecostal Church, who has been deported for 'carrying out church activities' – he had established three new congregations in Khartoum."