A PCI Ignite Team of five people is in Romania, working alongside Csaba and Ilona Veres, leading an English camp for teenagers at the Algyogy campsite in Transylvania. The theme of the camp is ‘Follow and Share’ and it is focusing on the marks of discipleship. The team is due to return to Ireland on Monday, 21st August.
Pray for the young people at the camp. Pray that they will grow in their faith and love for the Lord.
Pray for good health and safety for the team members, the teenagers and those they are working alongside.
Pray for the team to be blessed as they serve the Lord in Romania.
Pray too for Csaba and Ilona, especially for good health, strength and energy as they come towards the end of a very busy summer programme of camps and outreaches.
A team of 12 people from various Presbyterian congregations is serving with the charity 'Vision of Good Hope’ in Moldova. They are involved in community outreach, delivery of food parcels to poorer families, maintenance of village houses, visiting an old people's home, running a Bible club for children in an orphanage, and visiting a local church. The team is due home again this Saturday, 19th August.
Pray for the various outreach activities that the team is involved in, and that many of those they meet will see the Lord at work through the words and actions of the team.
Pray for good health and safety for the team members
Pray for the team to be blessed as they serve the Lord in Moldova.
Violent clashes continue in South Sudan, with no end in sight on the ongoing civil conflict the country. It is estimated that around two million South Sudanese are living as refugees in neighbouring countries, with many more internally displaced with South Sudan.
Pray for an immediate end to all the violence and wrong-doing, and pray for successful peace talks.
Pray for those suffering displacement from their homes and who are in need of humanitarian relief, especially those facing food shortages. Pray that each person will receive the assistance they need.
Give thanks for the aid agencies working in South Sudan and in neighbouring countries providing humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people and refugees. Pray for them as they continue this work to prevent further suffering and death.
Remember especially the work of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s Relief and Development Agency seeking to help those in need.
Pray for the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and South Sudan Council of Churches as they continue encouraging peace and good relations between communities, and for wisdom and guidance for its leadership team seeking to lead the church during such difficult times.
Stephen Cowan reports that the junior youth camp in Tuum finished yesterday (15th) and the senior camp started earlier today (16th).
Praise God for the good attendance and attention at the junior camp, and that all the young people arrived back home safely. Give thanks that many children have grown in their faith.
Pray for the senior youth camp. The main talks are from the book of Joshua. Pray that the young people will listen well and apply the Biblical lessons to their daily lives.
Pray for the team from Magheramason Presbyterian Church who are leading the camps, especially as they communicate both formally and casually in chatting to participants.
Pray that the team from Magheramason will have safe journey back to Ireland next week.
Pray for safety in the Tuum area as some goat thefts has taken place recently during which one Turkana child was killed. Pray that there will be no revenge taken and further lives lost.
The Autumn Semester at JETS commences on Monday, 21st August.
Pray for Colin and Marjorie Dickson and the other staff at JETS as they begin the new semester.
Pray too for the students, especially those who are new that they will settle well into their studies and life at the college.
Sadly, several days of relentless rainfall last week in Nepal have led to major floods and landslides in a number of locations across the country. It is believed at least 110 people have died. Although the heavy rains have now subsided, flood relief and recovery assistance is ongoing in the affected regions.
United Mission to Nepal (UMN) through its local partner Bikalpa, has distributed food items and tarpaulins to 105 households in Nawalparasi. The most affected and marginalised people of the community were given priority in the distribution which was carried out in the presence of the Mayor and members of the Rural Municipality. Pregnant and lactating mothers are being identified so they can be provided with additional nutrition supplements.
In Sunsari, 78 households in Amarduwa received the relief packages yesterday (Tuesday 15th), the other 192 packages were due to have been distributed today (16th). UMN was also planning for more distribution to 200 households in another village of Kaptanganj today.
Pray for all those affected by the floods and landslides. Pray that they will get the emergency relief supplies they need, and also help to rebuild homes, schools, businesses, etc which have been damaged or destroyed.
Pray too for UMN as they seek to distribute aid to those in need. Pray for the logistics of delivering the aid in difficult circumstances and for safety for all those involved.
Evangelism, church planting and theological education are key priorities for the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM).
Give thanks for the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar (PCM) and pray for life and witness of its congregations.
Pray for Rev. Ling Zaw, General Secretary of PCM.
Pray that Myanmar will adjust well to democratic rule and remember PCM’s witness to Christ in a majority Buddhist society.
Dr. Jack Thompson
Sadly, Dr Jack Thompson, who served in Malawi from 1970 to 1983 passed away last Thursday, 10th August. On his return from Malawi, he lectured in mission studies at Selly Oak College, Birmingham, England from 1983 – 1993 and was on the staff at the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh from 1993 to 2008. Malawi remained very close to Jack’s heart and in recent times he served for a year as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Livingstonia.
A service of thanksgiving for Jack’s life will be held in Edinburgh on 31st August. Sadly Jack’s wife Phyllis who served alongside him in Malawi and supported his work at the Colleges is very ill herself at this time.
Give thanks for Jack’s life and witness to Christ and not least for his service in Malawi.
Pray for Phyllis, their children and family circle at this difficult time.
Bible Societies in Ireland
Catherine Little from the Bible Society in Northern Ireland writes:
This week we have had the encouraging news that a team of Bible Society in Syria staff were able to be present at the Damascus International Book Fair once again. The event has not run in recent years because of the insecurity caused by the escalating war in Syria. The Bible Society were the only Christian publisher at the Book Fair and provided an opportunity for anyone to buy Bibles and other Christian materials between 2nd and 12th August.
Pray for those people and families who received Christian books at this event and that God speaks to them through His Word so clearly.
Pray for the team from the Bible Society of Ecuador who are connecting with remote people groups to bring them God’s Word in very challenging and difficult opportunities. Materials from the Bible Society are often the only books that people have access to where access to schools and education is also very sporadic.
Pray and give thanks for the dedication of the Revised Tiv Bible in Nigeria at an event last week where hundreds of people gathered to give thanks and praise God for this new version of the Bible in the Tiv language. The Tiv people have had the complete Bible in their language since 1964 but many people found the language difficult to understand. The new edition dedicated by the Bible Society in Nigeria will lead to much more meaningful Bible engagement especially with younger people in the Tiv community. Pray for the opportunities that having this new version of the Bible will bring to this community and the impact that it will have.