Please join us in bringing before the Lord some of the issues facing those beyond our shores. We update this page daily with the very latest news, encouragements and points for prayer from our partners across the world.
- Thorsten and Kerstin Prill give thanks that the academic year at Edinburgh Bible College finished well, despite classes having to move online. Give thanks that the forced move online has meant even more people have been able to attend lectures, including people in the US and Zimbabwe. Pray for the recent graduates as they seek the Lord’s will for their future. Pray for Thorsten and Kerstin as they also seek guidance from the Lord and continue exploring new ministry opportunities for 2021.
- Please pray for Ezechi Iwagwu in Kagoro, Nigeria, where there has been intense Fulani militia attacks. Please pray for an end to the unrest and for the government and security agencies as they intervene. Pray for both sides to find peace, hope and unity in Christ. Pray for safety for Ezechi and his family.
- Pray for Rick and Alanna Creighton, who have just moved within Nigeria from Kagoro to Jos. Pray that the family settle in well and pray for safety as they travel back to Kagoro from time to time to complete the packing and moving. Pray for the coronavirus situation in Nigeria. A strict lockdown has been in place since March, which has slowed the spread of the virus but not stopped it. Prices of food are now rising and many people are struggling financially. Pray for wise decision making from the government and pray that food provisions reach those in need.
- Give thanks that funds have been raised to support clergy in Marsabit, Kenya, who had been facing the prospect of unpaid leave. Pray that, as services start to resume, church income will recover. Pray for Jomo Nderitu, the diocesan youth worker, as he continues to run online bible studies for the young people who have phones. He has also been able to continue one-to-one bible studies with five young men. Pray that the Lord will hold firmly onto these five and cause them to bear fruit. Pray for Marsabit Diocese’s famine relief programme as it supports those in the region who have been put in desperate positions by lockdown and the locust plague. Pray for the government as they try to manage both crises and pray for the Lord’s intervention and provision. Pray too for recent tribal conflict in Marsabit - that the different groups would find Christ, the one who can truly break down barriers and bring them together.
- Nat and Helen Schluter ask for prayers for wisdom as they seek to help those in Johannesburg, South Africa who are in particular need at the moment. Although COVID mortality rates are lower than in many countries, the pandemic has exacerbated disparities in healthcare, education, food and employment. Many people queue for hours for food parcels in order to be able to eat. Pray for wisdom and generosity for all those at Johannesburg Bible College (JBC) as they consider how they can help. Give thanks for the Lord’s help in getting JBC class materials to students with varying degrees of internet access. Praise God that this has meant JBC’s partner colleges throughout sub-Saharan Africa have also been able to access lessons.
- In Uganda, Chris and Ros Howles ask for prayers for those affected by the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. Corruption, hunger, child labour, domestic violence, police brutality, teen pregnancy and crime have all increased. People have lost their jobs, which often impacts several others who are dependent on their income. Pray also for students at Uganda Martyrs Seminary (UMS) and other clergy, most of whom won’t have an income whilst churches are closed. Pray for the long-term sustainability of UMS as, going forward, churches will have less funds to train new workers. Give thanks, though, for the way the Lord has used the crisis to force UMS students to consider new methods of evangelism, discipleship and church-planting, that would not have been possible in a classroom setting. Pray that God would use the pandemic to show false gospels for what they are and lead to fresh expressions of true biblical ministry, as well as emboldened faith amongst UMS clergy.