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Manchay Oasis Care Centre opened in 2003 to help poverty-stricken mothers of Manchay with their young children. Many of these mothers are not married, and while they often do their best to provide, malnourishment and neglect are rampant. Homes in this city are often one or two-roomed cardboard or tin shacks with dirt floors and no electricity, running water, or sanitation. The number of needy children continues to grow each year. Many children come to the preschool programme where they receive a meal each day and learn skills. Older children come before or after school and receive a meal and get help with their homework. Basic health services as well as counselling are offered for those who have been through traumatic experiences. Pray that God will bless the development of our therapeutic programmes, and that he will bless the relationships between children and counsellors, breaking down the walls and building trust.
Give thanks for the Born to Love project being run by the Chilean Bible Society to promote Christian and family values among children and teenagers. Pray, as these young people read God’s word together, that many lives will be changed as they meet with Jesus.
While official statistics suggest that 95 per cent of the Mexican population are Christians, this is somewhat misleading. Only eight per cent are Evangelical. The remainder includes a mixture of forms of Catholic and indigenous Santeria practices, or the cult of the Holy Dead. The Catholic church and institutionalised religion are allied to political influence in a nominally secular state. Religious identity (both Catholic and animist) is often expressed as a form of political or cultural identity, rather than spiritual practice. There is a significant amount of anti-Protestant sentiment, which forms the backdrop for evangelical witness. During 2019, different churches are planning to be legally recognised by the government and thus have fewer restrictions. Pray for all this to happen correctly and legally.
A translation team’s village was attacked by rebels, so they fled to another village. The team is safe, but others were kidnapped to carry off goods that were stolen. Some villagers have been released, but not all. Some homes were damaged, but the translation office was unaffected. The people need to know God’s love and care at this time. Pray that they will know when it may be safe to return and for courage for the team to continue with Bible translation.
Access to scripture in local languages in Malawi and Mozambique is a big challenge. In most rural churches only a handful of Christians have access to a bible. There are two issues: cost and access. A bible costs about £7, but travelling to the city to buy one costs much more. So they are out of reach of most believers. Zambesi Mission runs a scheme to help rural believers buy a bible in Chichewa for about £1. It is wonderful to see men and women crowding around to buy their own bible, often for the first time. Please pray that many more believers would be helped to buy a bible in this or similar ways.
One in ten girls worldwide miss school simply due to menstruation: 1.2 billion girls and women do not have access to basic sanitation and hygiene. In Uganda, 86% of girls often miss school or drop out for lack of sanitary products. Pray for the “I AM GIRL” project as it dispels the stigma with education and practical solutions.
Christian communities are facing specific challenges in these times of political transition including: the requirement for Christian schools to be open on Sundays; interference by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the operation of churches; confiscation of church properties by the NISS or people related to the NISS and court cases against Christians accusing them of being foreign spies and working for foreign governments. Pray for further progress in addressing these specific challenges faced by the church in Sudan and that any new political situation would allow Christians to worship freely.
The Abuja slums in Nigeria are home to hundreds of people affected by leprosy, living in the most unimaginable poverty. Most have limited or no access to medical care and attention. Give thanks with us that a mobile clinic has now been funded to serve the people of this community who are in so much need. Please pray for the team who will be bringing medical treatment through the clinic. Pray they will bring emotional and spiritual healing as well as diagnosing and treating leprosy.
Many students in Christian Unions around the country are serving on Christian summer camps throughout July and August. Pray that they will faithfully pour themselves out for others as Christ did for us and will see lots of young people take steps closer to the Lord as a result. Pray for energy and health as they do this.
In recent years, many thousands of Muslims in Mediterranean countries have been contacted by Operation Mobilisation’s Transform teams. Large numbers have watched videos, read scriptures for the first time and joined in thought-provoking conversations. Pray that life transforming change will come as many meet Jesus.