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‘R’, serving as a primary school teacher in Pakistan, reports that the local Junior Girl Guides were looking at leaders and leadership for their ‘thinking day’ earlier this year. In response to the question of what a leader is, one girl, aged eight, put up her hand and said: “They are corrupt men who drive Landcruisers.” Sadly this was not a joke, it is what she actually believed. So we went on to look at some of the good leaders of Pakistan, such as Edhi who started an ambulance and other welfare services, the guide leaders, people running the SOS orphanage, etc. Please pray for these girls; for them to have good leaders to look up to, and for God to inspire in them a desire to be different.
There are over 400 different sign languages worldwide. In many parts of the world, the hearing-impaired have little access to education and therefore struggle to read the Bible. What is more, most of these sign languages do not yet have a translation of the Bible in video format. We are currently partnering with hearing-impaired pastors and congregations in Cuba to translate the Bible into Cuban Sign Language. Earlier this year, the recording of the Gospel of John was completed. Pray for the dedicated team as they continue to make the Word of God accessible to all people.
For over 50 years, Light in Amazonia (Luz na Amazônia), an outreach programme launched by the Bible Society of Brazil, has been working to provide social, spiritual and medical assistance to riverside communities facing situations of extreme need. Riverside dwellers face exclusion, isolation, illiteracy, child and slave labour, violence, sexual exploitation, disease, famine, and human trafficking. Most homes do not have electric power, sewerage or piped water systems (the water all comes from the river); leaving many at risk of contracting water-borne diseases. The Light in Amazonia boat has been specially designed with medical consultation rooms, a laboratory and a pharmacy; and is staffed by doctors, dentists and other health care specialists who are providing medical check-ups and tests, dental assistance, physical therapy and, most important of all, spiritual teaching. Please pray for the Bible Society of Brazil as they continue this work. Pray that as people are helped with their physical problems that God would also touch their hearts as they hear and read His Word.
Six out of every ten ‘economically active’ Ecuadorians are not in full-time employment. Pray for economic and political stability in the midst of increasing levels of under-employment, and, with the mistrust of the increasing numbers of Venezuelan refugees, pray that churches in Ecuador find ways to work alongside these refugees, and begin to rebuild trust.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and has still not recovered from the devastating earthquake back in 2010. More recently, Hurricane Matthew struck which directly affected more than 2 million Haitians, including 55,000 who were previously living in tents and had to find shelter during the hurricane. Many children are struggling with stress caused by the natural disasters and also violence, hunger, and illness. Please pray for the Haitian Bible Society as they provide New Testaments to these children. Pray that the children will know God’s peace and love in their lives.
The work with young Guatemalan girls who are the victims of sexual abuse is hard, unpredictable, costly work. Thank God for the dedicated Christian staff who walk the long journey of healing traumatised minds until the girls are ready to live with a safe and loving family. Pray for those staff who dare to challenge evil and bring justice through the prosecution of the abuse perpetrators. Please pray that God will provide all the practical and spiritual resources needed to bring protection, healing, justice and his love to young lives. Please pray for the influence that is bringing massive changes in Guatemala’s child protection system to continue so that a whole nation will be blessed and be a light for other countries in the region where such abuse is endemic.
Please pray for the people of Malawi who are suffering from the effects of devastating floods. Over a million people have been affected: some have lost family members, seen their crops for the year washed away, or lost their houses and all of their belongings. Some of the worst-hit areas include the Lower Shire, Chikwawa and Nsanje districts, where many of the blind and partially sighted people served by Torch Malawi live.
The people of Madagascar have been dealing with a severe outbreak of measles that has been raging since September 2018. The level of vaccination coverage was very low at 58% of the population, leading to deadly disease spreading quickly among the people. Hundreds of children have died as a result. Praise God for the 375,200 measles vaccinations which Mission Aviation Fellowship has been able to fly into communities that need them most, and the campaign by the national vaccination program, aiming to prevent this level of outbreak occurring again in the future.
Cyclone Idai has affected the lives of thousands of people in Southern Africa, particularly in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We can only imagine how awful this has been for them. Pray that there would be plentiful support from a concerted international effort and there would be meaningful, lasting impact by all efforts. Pray for the work of Hope for Africa Mission, and for comfort to those who have lost loved ones.
Praise God that the Bible Explorer (BX) programme has been formally acknowledged by the Ministry of Education so that BX presenters are officially allowed to teach in all schools in Salima, Malawi. Pray for God's strength and good health to all BX presenters so that they are able to continue delivering the message and not miss classes due to health problems. Pray that God will help the team to identify nine additional schools so that it reaches the 50 targeted schools.