'Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. On the contrary:
‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.'
Romans 12:9-21 NIV
We are so thankful to all of you who stand faithfully with us in prayer. We pray because we love God and we know that he wants to communicate with us. We pray because we believe that God is able and that He acts.
We pray for others when we see their needs and we acknowledge that sometimes the answer to our prayers is for us to play our part. "Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality."
Please use the following prayer points to inform your prayers. There is more information on our website and also our Social media accounts.
As a staff team we meet twice a week for devotions. We pray for each other, for the charity and for our partners and projects and would love to pray for you also. If you have any prayer requests please do email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we promise will pray for you.
We are encouraged by news of answered prayer and reports of progress in some of our projects and we hope that this also blesses you.
Thank you for faithfully praying with us.
God Bless you
Dominican Republic Nazareth house
Praise God as the renovation work at Nazareth house continues.
Please pray that this vital work can continue without more difficulties. The team has experienced some delays due to rain and the various COVID precautions needed, such as having to reduce the number of workers on site.
Give thanks that a massive new storage area has now been created, a new room for Jose - who can't mix with the other children, and there is now a new bathroom for the boys.
Please also continue to pray for Claire (previous MD Country Manager), as she works tirelessly to see the vision for Nazareth House come to completion. Pray for her as she organises the refurbishment work alongside her other workload.
Although we are currently unable to travel this year, we are still very much committed to supporting our partners.
Please pray as we restart our project at Rushararazi Primary School, where the plan is to build a new teacher accommodation block. In order to complete the project before the rainy season arrives in August, we really need to start laying the slab in early May.
Our target is to construct five units of accommodation plus the provision of a water harvesting system if finances allow. Each unit will include a living space, a bedroom and a small store. Please pray for financial provision in order that we are able to complete all that is out heart to do for the school.
Please thank God for the exciting news that on Monday 29th March the first classroom of the new Trinity Primary School in Moyo, being built in partnership between Starfish and Mission Direct, opened its doors for classes. This will be a real benefit to the children in Moyo village and other villages in the area. It will mean they have a school close to home without having to walk miles to school and run the risk of arriving late and being sent home!
For the last few days the children have been taught under the trees whilst the school compound has been cleared and made safe.
We give thanks to Mission Direct's volunteer teams and supporters for making this possible.
Please continue to pray for the country of Brazil, the have suffered unprecedented losses during the pandemic and our partners in Rio have worked tirelessly to help and support the poor community of Maré by providing food parcels and essential items to families.
Due to COVID we were unable to send volunteers to complete the building work at the CADI building, however thanks to the generous donations of Mission Direct volunteers we have been able to send money out to Brazil for local builders to finish the refurbishment on the final floor of the community building.
The CADI project is a lighthouse in the community helping vulnerable children and families in a variety of ways both practically and spiritually especially during these difficult times.
Pray for our partner Serve Cambodia and Fellowship of Hope, including Pastors Sara, Meng and the staff at Happy Village School.
This school serves a very poor community which has been plighted bt repeated flooring. The water is foul, polluted, coffee coloured and a risk to the health of children. We plan to rebuild the Harvest of Hope School 1.5 meters above its current level, which will provide a permanent solution to the flooding. Please pray that God will be at the centre of these plans.
Please pray for work at Kumbaya School and for the finances to complete it. At the moment, there is no Grade 12 class at Kumbaya School, so pupils must secure a place at another school and find the necessary fees to complete their secondary education. Also, with 540 pupils and just 7 classrooms, space has to be time-shared. Last year, we started to build 2 classrooms and Edward and his team completed the foundations and slab before work was halted. We want to raise the funds to complete these classrooms.
Give thanks with us for a church in St Albans that has provided amazing support to Dorothy and Crown of Life School. Over the past 10 years they have raised most of the funds to build the current school! They have recently been fundraising to build a science lab. With over 500 pupils at the school up to Grade 12, being able to teach practical science lessons is a vital part of the pupils’ education!
Please continue to pray for our partners, the challenges of living and working during a pandemic are probably beyond our comprehension. The staff have been continuing to work throughout the pandemic in high risk areas; there is no furlough for them.
Please pray for their safety.
Please pray for MD staff; those based in the UK and our overseas staff, pray also for our trustees. We ask God to unite us as we seek to fulfill His mission. We need perseverance, inspiration, creativity and courage.
We thank God for the technology which means we can meet virtually to continue working as a team and communicate with our supporters and volunteers. Please pray for effective communication between all members of the Mission Direct family.
Please pray for our fundraising campaigns. As we are unable to travel overseas it has become essential for us to raise vital funds in other ways. We are still making use of the Government's job retention scheme but we need to do more.
Currently we have several campaigns running:
The Captain Tom 100 challenge has been set up to encourage people to fundraise and donate to their favourite charities by 'doing it their way'.
21 in 21 is a campaign to raise enough money to build 21 houses this year in Rio de Vida, DR. It is fantastic to think that we could house 21 families who are living in extreme poverty. What a difference we could make to their lives. We praise God that we have the funds to complete 2 houses, so 19 to go!