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Mission Overseas 'PRAYERLINE'

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

  


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PORTUGAL

James and Heather Cochrane are involved in church planting ministry with the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal (ICPP), PCI’s partner in Portugal. 

  • Pray for opportunities to strengthen the links between PCI and the ICPP at various levels – church to church, and also between congregations and presbyteries. 

  • Pray for ICPP as it continues to reflect on how to reach out to a diverse Portuguese society. 

ROMANIA

Csaba and Ilona Veres will be involved in a number of camps and summer programmes during July and August.  The first English language camp of the summer takes place from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th July.  The activities at the camp will include English teaching, crafts, and sports.  The key focus of the day is Bible study and discussion groups each morning on the life of David and evening testimony time. 

  • Give thanks for all the opportunities to share the Word of God with children and young people over the summer months.

  • Pray for next week’s camp, that the times of teaching would be exciting and relevant for the young people who attend. 

KENYA

Stephen and Angelina Cowan report that the Samburu ceremony to make traditional elders in Tuum has finished.  Work associated with maintenance and preparations for Seren has been on hold as many of the workers were involved due to traditional pressure, in the ceremony.  Some of the young men in the church resisted and did not attend the ceremony.

  • Give thanks for those who see their identity in Christ as more important than tribal identity.

  • Give thanks for the outreach last week just beyond Seren.  Several people heard the Gospel for the first time.

  • Give thanks for the progress on the girls’ dormitory at Seren as it is now painted and the windows fitted.

  • Pray for some meetings Kasoni has had concerning partnership and possible funding.

  • Pray for the Cowan family who will be out of Tuum for a few weeks, but ministry and teaching times will continue.

  • Pray for preparations for the August youth camps.  Kasoni is going to brief the team from Meru who will be leading the camps. 

EAST AFRICANS in the UK

Some of the women from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) congregation in London will be attending a prayer retreat from Thursday, 2nd July to Saturday 4th July.  The Men’s Fellowship of the congregation is holding its monthly breakfast meeting this Saturday morning, 4th July. 

  • Pray that these events will bring glory to God and that many will be touched by the love of Christ and be encouraged.

  • Give thanks for the Women’s Guild commissioning service which took place in the congregation last Sunday (27th), and pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen and encourage the women as they serve Him in the church.

MALAWI

John Justin is settling into life and work in Bandawe, where he will serve until late September, when he is due to complete his assignment in Malawi.   

  • Praise God for the very warm welcome John has received in Bandawe.  

  • Give thanks that John has had a very encouraging start in all three schools in Bandawe, and in the Boys’ Brigade and Bible Club which are both new in Bandawe. 

  • Thank God for 50 girls from Bandawe Girls’ School who are coming to Girls’ Brigade and Bible Club.

  • Praise God for the very enthusiastic youth leaders in the local CCAP congregation and pray that they will feel valued as they serve the Lord. 

  • Pray for pupils sitting for exams over the next three weeks.

 

Neil Kennedy sends the following prayer requests from Blantyre:

  • Late June and early July is exam time and Neil as Dean is very busy with lots to do as the academic year wraps up.  Pray that Neil will use his time wisely.

  • Give thanks for the work of Christian Medical Fellowship in Malawi, and pray for the local student and junior doctor leaders.  Pray for ‘seniors’ like Neil that they would be good role models.

 

Rev Rodney Thompson (Badoney, Corrick and Glenelly Presbyterian Churches) is taking part in the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society's 'Cycle Malawi 2015' (3rd to 12th July).  This fundraising event is in aid of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Mission Hospital at Nkhoma. 

  • Pray that the Lord Jesus to be glorified in the bike ride.

  • Pray for safe and trouble-free travel to, from, and within Africa for Rodney and the others in the group. 

  • Pray for good health and safety for the 21 riders and the support team.

  • Pray that the Nkhoma hospital staff would be encouraged by the bike riders' visit and financial help.

  • Pray for Rodney, that he would be upheld physically and spiritually throughout the trip.

 

Sadly, Rev Dr Wyson M. K. Jele died on 25th June.  Dr Jele formerly served in CCAP as Moderator of the Synod of Livingstonia and also as First General Secretary of the Synod of Zambia. 

  • Give thanks for Rev Jele’s service to the Lord and pray for those mourning his passing. 

INDONESIA

One of PCI’s partner churches in Indonesia is the Evangelical Christian Church in Timor (GMIT). 

  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the leaders of the Evangelical Christian Church in Timor (GMIT).  Discipleship and theological education are primary concerns for GMIT, along with socio-economic development in the wider community.

  • Pray forthe work and witness of GMIT’s Radio Gema (‘Echo’) Inti Suara Kasih (‘Voice of Love’), as it seeks to reach out to and serve the community with programmes covering news, religion, information, talk shows, music and entertainment.

NEPAL

Peter Lockwood is due to arrive N. Ireland next week and join with his wife Valerie and their children who travelled to N. Ireland in May.  The family plan to return to Nepal together in August.

The full hearing of the writ order against UMN in the Nepal Supreme Court was scheduled for 25th June, however the hearing was postponed and is now re-scheduled for 14th December.

  • Pray that Peter will have a safe and trouble-free journey to N Ireland.

  • Give thanks that UMN has been able to complete their planned Phase 1 distribution to over 10,000 households in Dhading District.  Pray for the continued development for the recovery phase.

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS

John Hamilton of Wycliffe Bible Translators writes, “Thank you for praying last month for the new team move into the new Wycliffe Office at The Mount: we are all settling in very well together. This monthRicky and Marlene Ferguson (and 10 month old Emily) are off to France (12th to 24th July) as staff members on ‘Two Week Stint’ where 22 people from UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Lebanon, USA and France will together explore options with Wycliffe in a bi-lingual camp. 

Not everyone is as fluent in reading as Prayerline readers, so we thank God that last year, 220 audio Bible players containing Mark and Abraham’s story were launched in Enga, a language of Papua New Guinea. One listener said, ‘We never read a whole chapter at once, but on the AudiBible we can listen to the whole book in one sitting and not get tired!”

  • Pray for staff preparing and delivering teaching and devotional materials for this wide range of cultural backgrounds.  Read more at www.wycliffe.org.uk/twoweekstint

  • Give thanks for the distribution of the audio Bible players in Enga and pray for those who received them. 

CONGREGATIONAL OVERSEAS TEAMS

A number of teams are overseas over the next week as follows and we encourage you to pray for them:

MALAWI – A joint team from Carryduff Presbyterian Church and Mersey Street Presbyterian Churchis in Livingstonia, visiting previous projects the congregations have supported, and building relationships with local people.

A team fromHamilton Road Presbyterian Churchis in Embangweni where they are painting wards in the hospital, building toilets for the local church and revamping the guardian centre.  They are also involved in pastoral work with the local church.  The team is due home on Monday 13th July. 

ROMANIA – A team of nine people from Ballysally Presbyterian Church is in Transylvania where they are helping to run a summer Bible camp for children working with a pastor from one of the Reformed congregations.  The team is due back on 10th July. 

UKRAINE – A team, comprising of members from Woodvale, First Islandmageeand Templepatrick Presbyterian Churches leaves on Friday 3rd July to help facilitate an English camp in Nagyberg in Transcarpathia, followed by a visit to the Reformed Church congregation of Fornos in Transcarpathia, which Templepatrick congregation is twinned with.  They arrive back in Budapest on Monday 13th July. 

Prayer Points for these teams –

  • Good health, safety, strength and energy for all the team members and those they are working with.

  • That the work that each of the teams are in involved in will go well.

  • For the Word of God to be explained clearly and for spiritual fruit in the lives of those the teams are seeking to help, as well as those they are working alongside.

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