I don't know about you but as the days roll into weeks and weeks into months it is easy to lose focus and feel fatigued and frustrated. Perhaps you are wondering what you can do, how you can be effective for God when there are so many physical restrictions placed upon us.
"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them;
intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone."
(1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT)
The good news is that the pandemic cannot force spiritual restrictions on us. The instruction above from Timothy reminds us that in the first instance we should pray. Pray for all people and for those in authority. It is easy to judge and to criticise and there is a place for holding our leaders to account but our first action should be to pray. As a staff team, despite working part time we are still meeting several times a week to pray for staff, volunteers and projects. Please pray with us.
DR Nazareth House
We thank God for His faithfulness that work has begun on the refurbishment of Nazareth House after many years of prayer and fundraising by our volunteers. We thank God for Sister Mercedes who has worked tirelessly, holding fast to the vision she had to provide a home for children with physical challenges. She has not faltered in the face of significant challenges over the years.
The house has now been purchased and work has started to adapt Nazareth House into a modern and accessible home for Sister Mercedes and the children. We pray for the work to be completed smoothly and timely and for the future of this place of safety and joy.
Education in Zambia
We pray for our partners in Zambia as the new school year begins, the start had been delayed by 2 weeks to 1 February due to the recent rapid rise in coronavirus cases. Probably caused by a new strain of the virus, cases have risen from an average of 50 cases a day in mid-December to over 1400 a day now. The delay was to help schools to prepare for the re-opening, but the situation will be kept under constant review. There are many challenges due to this new strain of COVID-19.
Please pray for the management team, teachers and students at our partner schools as they navigate the rapidly changing environment.
Campo Largo, Brazil
Give thanks for the amazing fundraising effort led by Carlton which raised over £12,500. Andre and Samuel can now finish the work at Open Hands building transitional homes to enable families to leave the slums. 8 more families now have a safe home for a nominal rent from which they can build a future.
Give thanks for the dedication of all those involved and for God’s provision which has enabled this project to reach completion. God has been faithful and Mission direct supporters have worked tirelessly to raise the funds despite not being able to travel and be physically involved in the work.
Emmaus School, Korogocho, Kenya
Please pray for Emmaus School, they have recently lost their major donor and are struggling for necessary finance. The school has fantastic academic results despite the desperately poor conditions. The children are very bright and motivated, the staff are extremely faithful but they are struggling to purchase enough desks and chairs for the students to attend school.
Please pray that a new donor will come forward and for the resilience of staff and students in these trying times.
We have had to adapt to new ways of working, a smaller team and unprecedented circumstances which have meant no travel at all. We are so grateful to God for His provision to enable us to survive thus far. It is not easy to plan for a future which is constantly changing but we are determined to keep our eyes firmly fixed on God and follow where He leads.
Please keep the UK and overseas staff team in your prayers. We need patience, perseverance and inspiration as we move forward.
We thank God for the incredible generosity of our supporters. Please pray for an increase in regular donors to support us as we seek a firm foundation to build for the future.
We thank God that the work on the 2 final houses at Happy Village has now been completed. We give thanks to Mr Song and his team. Despite the Mission Direct team being unable to travel in April last year money has been raised so the building work could be completed.
We also ask for prayer for Pastor Meng as he and his family relocate to Preah Vihear Province to start a new ministry. This is a real step of faith as they move to an unfamiliar, rural community so please pray that God will go before them and will be with them in all they do for Him. Pastor Meng has served as community manager for 13 years, relocating more than 40 families from the slums and served God as youth pastor in Fellowship of Hope church for more than 10 years. Srey Lin served as church administrator for almost 5 years, and together with Pastor Meng will start a new story in the north of Cambodia.
Some of our partners have contracted Covid-19 and although many have fully recovered, thank God, the challenges of the stigma of disease and access to health care are very real for those in our partner countries.
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 and recovery.