Our mission partners and projects value your prayer support. Here are some of their latest prayer needs:

  • Andy and Rachel Symons (with sons Daniel and Hadyn) moved to Zambia in August, where Andy is teaching at Proclamation Institute Zambia (PIZ). Their car is due to arrive in the next week or so – pray that it will arrive in one piece. Pray for the family as they try to find a church - particularly one that has some children’s work. Pray for patience as they adjust to life in Zambia - there are frequent power cuts and water shortages. Pray for the boys as they struggle to settle at school. Pray for the students at PIZ as there is a lot of sickness going round the student hostel.
  • Robbie and Lizzie Bellis relocated from ministry in Brussels, Belgium, to the nearby town of Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN) in August, where they are launching a new church in 2020. Currently the core team has seven adults and six children and they are meeting every Wednesday for bible studies. Pray for Robbie as he leads the team, that they would be shaped by God’s word and united in sacrificial partnership. They have a ‘taster’ Sunday on 6 October - pray that many will come to find out more about the church and that God would grow the core team. Pray for the Bellises as they get to know LLN and pray that God would open doors for good relationships with locals. Pray for a young adults weekend away that Robbie is helping run 11-13 October with Woluwe Church (in Brussels), that they are still attending for Sunday morning services.
  • Rachael Holyome returned from Uganda for three months home leave on 4 October. Pray for her to use time in the UK wisely. Pray that God will help her manage the change in climate and culture. Pray that (if it’s God’s will) Rachael would be able to raise funds to begin a CCEF biblical counselling course next year. This will help her serve in a pastoral capacity among those who live very difficult lives in Uganda. Pray that when Rachael is overwhelmed by the mountains people there are facing, she would keep looking to her (and their) only saviour, Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that she would be able to comfort them with the comfort she has received.
  • Alun and Debbie Burt in Cape Town ask for prayer about the recent horrific crimes against women, children and foreigners in South Africa. The femicide rate is five times the global average and one in three children experience sexual abuse by age 18. Pray for president Ramaphosa as he calls emergency sittings with parliament. Pray for women and children to be protected and for communities to be transformed by the gospel. Pray for Alun, Debbie and their four children amidst this unsettling environment. Bethany Soper – in Johannesburg – asks we pray for Christians there: that they’d engage in conversations, stand up against injustice and care for those affected by the evil and brokenness. Pray for peace, harmony and reconciliation. 
  • Pray for Julia Snodgrass who has just begun ministry in Coimbra, Portugal. Thank God for Julia – the university Christian Union in Coimbra has 19 women and two men and the Clarke family have been praying for a female student worker. Julia is hoping to start prayer triplets among the girls – which she will join as a fourth member. Julia will lead the groups as they look at a few bible verses and pray together, with the hope that this will help them to care for and point each other to Jesus. Pray for girls to be keen to be part of a prayer triplet and that the Holy Spirit would be using God’s word and his people to grow their faith and deepen their trust in him. Pray too for Julia’s Portuguese to improve – she has 20 hours of language learning each week.
  • Pray for Julian and Nicky Milson in Valencia, Spain. Julian is part of the ministry team at Iglesia de Jesucristo in Valencia and is taking over as Rector following an installation service on 20 October. Pray for Valencia, that more people will search for and hear the gospel. Nicky’s primary ministry is to support Julian and look after children Jemima and Theo. Pray for Nicky’s language lessons and her daily home-schooling with Jemima. Pray that Jemima and Theo will continue to feel settled and be used by God to make Jesus known.
  • Andrew and Eunice Moody work with South Sudanese pastors in the Ugandan refugee camps. Pray for Andrew as he teaches a new cohort of pastors in Bidi Bidi camp in October. Pray for the construction of Andrew and Eunice’s new house in Yumbe, enabling them to be nearer the Bidi Bidi camp. Thank God for finances for this. Andrew will visit the site this month to mark out the foundations and meet with builders – pray for wisdom on how the work should be done. Pray for Eunice’s work providing health care to the camps. Pray especially for a surgical clinic she will assist with from 21-25 October in Yumbe. Pray on for real, lasting peace in South Sudan.
  • Pray for Ray and Rebekah Brown who lead Grace Church Brockley in London. October is the church’s mission month. Rico Tice is speaking on ‘What does God think of me?’ on 16 October, they are running a day money management course on 12 October and there are guest services on all Sundays in October. Pray that the church would be emboldened with winsome urgency to invite family, friends and neighbours.
  • Pray for Alex and Susannah Maclean who have just arrived back in the UK from Kenya, before being re-deployed next year to somewhere else in Africa. Pray for wisdom and discernment as they decide where they can best serve. Pray for children Bella and Elias as they are slightly unsettled at being back in the UK. Pray for good times with friends and partner churches and pray that Alex and Susannah can keep up spiritual disciplines of reading and prayer whilst out of routine in this transient stage. They will be at the Crosslinks Pray Conference in Derbyshire 7-10 October – pray for a good time of fellowship.
  • Pray for the Crosslinks annual Autumn Prayer Conference 7 – 10 October in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Give thanks for those who are joining together to pray for Crosslinks and meeting with staff and mission partners from all over the world.

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