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Many have been gravely affected by the storms and floods that took place in El Salvador last year. Pray for local organisations and churches who are working to provide help to those who suffered losses in the disasters. Salvadorians have also been suffering from hunger during the Covid-19 lockdown. Pray that organisations and local believers will be able to bring vital resources and comfort to those who are suffering. Pray for the unstable political situation and for those who have lost their jobs due to the country’s economic struggles caused by the quarantine. May God be glorified, even in the midst of the most difficult struggles.
Pray for righteousness and the implementation of true justice in a nation where the issue of corruption looms large and the tendency to manipulation by those in power is prominent. Pray for the church, where theological and denominational differences can be barriers to effective gospel proclamation. Pray also for a wholesale rejection of prosperity theology, which remains prominent, corrosive and a source of great confusion. The political upheaval in 2019 has only deepened some of the existing ethnic divisions in the country. Pray for unity.
Ecuador is known as the ‘ground zero’ of the coronavirus for South America. The fall in the price of oil, the restrictions on banana exports and the closure of Ecuador to foreign tourism have radically affected the economy. We are working with local churches and organisations to provide basic food and supplies to those most affected and helping our media partners to offer health advice and counselling on the radio and social media. With people nervous to connect with medical services for vaccinations, there is also a rise in other diseases such as dengue fever and measles. Pray for the Church in Ecuador to respond with compassion by reaching out in the name of Jesus in practical ways.
Many more people are begging on the streets and food is being stolen from people as they leave supermarkets. Up to 80% of Hondurans have lost their jobs due to lockdown, many have gone hungry and it is likely most children’s education has suffered greatly during this time due to lack of, for example, internet access or stationery. Pray for God’s grace on this impossibly difficult time families are facing.
The city of Santiago has been through a difficult year. Social unrest resulting in rioting and street violence was followed by the coronavirus lockdown. Pray for the Centre for Pastoral Studies, an Anglican training college. While restrictions on movements and gatherings caused disruption, we are thankful that technology has meant that no student has had to miss any classes. Please pray for the students: that the interruptions to their courses would have led to a renewed and deeper dependence on the Lord in prayer that will continue as things start to return to normal.
There are reports of many more suicides in India than usual due to the pandemic. Please pray for compassion for our ministry partner, JKPS, as they support people not just practically but also emotionally and spiritually.
Kazakhstan in Central Asia has thankfully not been greatly affected by the coronavirus crisis. Many of the people living there are poor and long for genuine democratic freedoms and a better quality of life. It is a predominantly Muslim nation. The vast majority of Kazakhs are unreached with the good news and there is a great need for more gospel workers to go there. Encouragingly, new outreach initiatives are beginning to bear fruit and house church networks are increasing. Let’s ask the Lord for more gospel workers in Kazakhstan and for the good news of Jesus to spread far and wide, transforming Muslim communities with the love of Christ.
Zarephath Bible Seminary was established to train Pakistani Christians to become Christ-like servant leaders. Please pray for this initiative and its students facing many challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – food shortages, unemployment and inadequate healthcare facilities.
Pray for Turkish Meskhitins – deported, expelled, and unreached .They fled to Georgia first, then under Stalin were deported to Uzbekistan, and then expelled to Kabardino-Balkaria and other republics of the Northern Caucasus. They mainly ‘work the land’. They profess Islam. They are unreached – with very few evangelical believers, and no known churches. Please pray for new missionaries to go to the North Caucasus, so that the Turkish Meskhitins will find ‘acceptance and belonging’ through believing in Christ and experiencing church fellowship.
An exciting new pilot project using WhatsApp has been launched in India. Short encouraging audio messages that address the Covid-19 situation were initially sent out to three groups, each made up of 260 recipients. The audio was produced in five languages: English, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Hindi. Within just two weeks these messages of hope were being listened to by thousands of people, far exceeding the earlier estimates. Pray that this innovative project may expand and that the gospel will be taken to unreached places.
The IFES movement in Cambodia – SONOKO, ask us to pray with them: “Praise God that the staff and students have encouraged one another by praying together and sharing the word of God online despite the Covid-19 pandemic. As all the schools have been closed since last March, the students went back to their home town. Most of them are new believers and the only Christian in their families and face various spiritual pressures. Pray that God protects their faith and they can boldly share the gospel with their families.”
“We don’t have food on the table,” read one distressed message from a pedicab driver living near the Quezon City dump. As day labourers, no work means no pay. Emmanuel International Philippines is partnering with churches in the informal settlements of squatters around the city dump. Having been in lockdown since the start of Covid-19 in mid-March, as the Philippines starts to slowly lift restrictions, EI Philippines has begun distributing food packages in these Quezon City dump settlements. The food packages are going not only to church member families but also to a neighbouring family of each church member. In this way, the churches are demonstrating practically the message of hope and life in Jesus’ gift of love.
Pray for an end to the underinvestment and neglect of families from ethnic minority states, pray for better access to infrastructure and necessities such as electricity and clean water for families supported through our Myanmar project.
Life in a Japanese company can be incredibly demanding, largely due to Japan’s group-oriented culture in which people feel bound by the expectations of their peers. Overworking is a serious problem in Japan; workers often feel obliged to work unsocial hours and taking annual leave, although permitted on paper, is seen as shameful and often avoided. Thankfully, it would appear that some companies are gradually beginning to change, but there is still a long way to go. Long working hours make it difficult for workers to find time for church or evangelistic events. Praise God for the Christians God has placed in these companies and also that the issue of overwork is starting to be addressed by the government and society as a whole. Please pray for working Christians to be effective witnesses to their colleagues and also that unhealthy expectations in the workplace will change, leading to a healthier balance between work and leisure time.
SIU-CF Solomon Islands, one of the new Christian student movements which affiliated to IFES in July 2019, have been hit hard by recent events. Not by Covid-19 itself, which has not touched their islands, but by preventative lockdown, university closures and very slow, expensive and unreliable internet connectivity. Student ministry is in ‘hibernation’, so please pray that God will grant wisdom to movement leaders as they seek to restart ministry.
Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq the number of Christians living there has plummeted. Please pray for peace and political stability in Iraq. Please pray that Christians and those of other vulnerable communities will be treated and protected equally in society. Please pray that Iraqi Christians will draw comfort and courage from their relationship with God, and that they will be witnesses of the hope found in Christ and God’s love in difficult and challenging times.
Pray for stamina and grace as our team builds language skills and cultural understanding; wisdom and insight for local churches, agencies and their leaders; and theological and practical training to equip leaders to build Christ’s Church in unsettled and sometimes volatile circumstances.
Please pray for Christians in Turkey following an increase in attacks on church buildings and threats against Christians and minorities. The incidents, reported by SAT-7 TÜRK’s Current affairs programmes, include an arson attempt on an Armenian church in Istanbul and death threats against people connected to the Hrant Dink Foundation.
The church has been growing significantly in Algeria since the 1990’s. It has faced cycles of government led persecution stemming from an Ordinance enacted in 2006. The latest cycle commenced in late 2017. Numerous churches across Algeria affiliated with the Église Protestante d’Algérie, the legally recognised umbrella organisation of Protestant churches, have been closed. Please pray for the church to stand strong and grow closer to God under this persecution. Please pray for the government to cease church closures and to permit churches that have been closed to reopen and function. Please pray for the church to bear witness across society to God’s love and the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for TEN’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, set up to assist partners in Eastern Europe facing serious economic consequences as a result of the closure of businesses, restricted travel and loss of employment affecting church members. Partners are bringing food to the hungry and using social media and online meetings to stay in touch with their communities. Learn more at www.ten-uk.org.
As governments across Europe loosen regulations due to the pandemic, please pray for wisdom for our workers. After lockdown many will be anxious to reconnect with others and return to face-to-face ministry where possible. Ask the Lord to give us all discernment as to how this should be handled in each of our unique situations.
Pray for final-year students who face the disappointment of having no graduation or exams, and now look for jobs in an uncertain climate. Pray that they’re reminded of the sovereignty of the Lord. Pray also for the many students who are young in faith, haven’t yet found a church and have returned to unbelieving homes. Let’s pray that they quickly grow in their love of God and can connect with other believers.
Galeed House volunteers have the privilege of building friendships with adults and children from many nations who have settled in Sheffield, UK. Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Somalian, Eritrean, Slovakian-Roma to name a few. The regulars find some of their social, educational and spiritual needs are being met. For example, one of our volunteers has maintained daily contact by phone with an elderly and lonely widow from Pakistan who is desperately lonely in lockdown. Activities have been severely limited by the Covid-19 pandemic. But some contact is maintained through WhatsApp groups, visiting from the street side, and craft activities and postcards sent to the children. Ask God to keep opening the hearts of those who have experienced the love and truth of Jesus through Galeed House volunteers.
Please pray for Christian medical and nursing staff who are on the frontline of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Pray they have the opportunity not only to meet physical and mental health needs but to share of the love of Christ with people who are scared, vulnerable and sick.
Neema Crafts, pioneered and led by Church Mission Society mission partners in Iringa, Tanzania, has joined the worldwide fight against Covid-19 by halting production of their normal popular craft items to focus on manufacturing PPE to equip the country’s hospitals, medical centres and key frontline workers. Staffed exclusively by men and women with disabilities including deaf and physically disabled people, the Neema Crafts Centre officially closed its cafe and halted production in its workshops at the beginning of April and set to work doing what they can to protect the lives of frontline workers. Pray for the Neema team as they produce 800 masks, 120 face shields and 50 gowns per week from the safety of their own homes.
Please pray for the WEC workers in Chad. There are a few workers who have health issues at this time. The language centre remains closed, but some workers are concentrating on language study. Please pray specifically for the children of a family there: that they will make friends with their neighbours. The branch council also have decisions to make about the Learning Centre following the death of a Chadian co-worker, so please pray that they would have wisdom and peace from the Lord in that task.
Give thanks for our Zambian partners who provide education and welfare support in impoverished rural communities. Pray for them as they distribute support to vulnerable families during the current crisis.
Pray for the grace of God to help the health clinic construction to be completed and to get it registered with the Malawi Medical Council so that the doors can be opened by July. Pray for the welders to complete the contract for the hand washing stand carefully and in good time. Pray for the local chiefs to mobilise the communities to use and maintain the washstands. Pray for wisdom for our staff as they set up the washstands in strategic places around Salima town.
Give thanks that God has enabled our partners to respond swiftly to the Covid-19 pandemic. Let’s especially thank him for LVLE’s initiative, setting up public handwashing stations in Goma. The initiative is the outcome of a remarkable and unexpected collaboration between LVLE, civic authorities, local residents and street-living children – please pray for strong communication and positive relationships. And let’s pray that God will extend this work and use it to save lives.
Thank God that print and audio Scriptures can continue to reach people in the Central African Republic even as travel is restricted and progress in Bible translation is slowed down because of the pandemic! Please pray for funding and IT improvements which are now crucial in this war-torn country. This will facilitate Scripture Engagement work in several languages, and enable translators to work remotely with consultants in Europe and the USA to keep the seven ongoing New Testament translations moving towards completion. Pray for peace and security to be established across the country.
Please pray for workers in the Arab world as they try to keep in communication with people around them who they have got to know and developed a relationship with. Ask God to give them creativity in how to communicate in the best way with people during lockdown. Some days go well, and on other days it is a struggle. Ask the Holy Spirit to give workers grace and help them to make the most of this time until restrictions ease. May they be ready for what God has for them.