So let's do it!
So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:19-25 The Message
The chocolate eggs all have been eaten and the cards have come down from the mantelpiece, we have returned to work or education and Easter fun has been forgotten but as Pope John Paul II famously said "We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!" It isn't a story to be remembered once a year it is the reality we live in so what difference does the Resurrection make to our daily lives?
We read in Hebrews that "we can now-without hesitation -walk right up to God" we can approach His throne, be in His very presence and bring our prayers to him, confidently, knowing that Jesus has made us acceptable by His sacrifice.
So let's do it! Let's draw near to God, let us pray earnestly to Him, let us creatively encourage love and helping out.
Please pray with us for the situations in this email. Share with your family, your prayer partners, your life group and your church. Pray confidently holding on firmly to God's promises and let us see what He will do.
We have much to be thankful for and yet much still to do. Please pray with us for the situations reported below. With God's help and yours we will surely make progress.
We are so thankful to you for standing faithfully with us in prayer.
As a staff team we meet weekly 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 email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to pray for you.
Thank you for faithfully praying with us.
God Bless you
Simone Olagoke - Regional Manager at Mission Direct
Please continue to pray for Simone, our dear friend and colleague. Simone is still undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The treatment had caused the tumours to shrink and we give thanks to God for this but we need to keep praying for a miracle; for the cancer to disappear from her body completely. Please pray with us believing for her complete healing.
Pray also for Simone's family, her husband and two daughters and all who love Simone and are affected by this battle she is fighting.
We have all been affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has seen a huge influx of refugees. We need to pray for the churches who have mobilised to provide accommodation, food and support to thousands of displaced an traumatised people. Mission Direct has set up a justgiving page to support our partners and other organisations that are working with this huge number of refugees. We will do all we can to help.
For protection for Ukranian people in reaching safety.
For the people in Moldova who have little themselves and yet are welcoming refugees with open arms and hearts. Welcoming strangers into their homes, even their own beds.
For provisions to swiftly reach to where they are desperately needed.
For children especially who have been traumatised but what they have seen and heard and by what they are living through.
For financial aid to get to where it is most needed.
Giving thanks for all that is being done.
For those who are working tirelessly to be sustained and supported.
For visas to be speedily available to refugees so that they can arrive in safe places and with friends and family soon.
For wisdom around what help we can provide.
That Moldova would not collapse under the strain of receiving so many refugees.
We give thanks for the journey made by 2 retired police officers Martin and Mark who we have facilitated and supported to take aid to refugees. Our partners in Moldova connected them with a pastor in Romania who is helping Ukrainians who are in dire need.
Jim is the husband of our Volunteer Manager Jackie. He contracted Covid in March and after initially only suffering mild symptoms he became very unwell. He has been in hospital for 5 weeks including 2 weeks in ITU.
Please pray for Jim and Jackie, for healing, comfort and a real sense of God's presence.
There is residual pneumonia infection in his lungs which should clear in 5/6 weeks when we expect to see some further improvement. Pray that this improvement will be swift and more extensive than expected.
Fibrosis in Jim's lungs is extensive and may limit his recovery so prayer is needed to increase the efficiency of his lungs so that he can start to get mobile and come home.
We give thanks to God for the successful trial Team of 2 volunteers who travelled to Kumi just before Easter.
Please pray that there will be sufficient funds raised to enable the project at Kumi Primary School to continue and be completed. Also for the volunteers who are signed up for the July team.
Pray that our friends and partners in Kumi will be kept safe enabling them to continue with the amazing work they undertake.
That the current huge rise in the costs in Kumi for basic food stuffs and other essentials will reverse and that prices will return to more affordable levels
For the rains that enable planting to take place and that there will be good harvests
That the most vulnerable, orphans, widows, elderly, and those with disabilities will be protected, have sufficient food and know the God’s love and protection.
- That life is returning to normal in Zambia, and that our Partners are ready to welcome MD teams again;
- For the generous donations which have enabled Mission Direct to continue supporting our Partners throughout the pandemic;
- For the success of the Recce team who have just returned.
Please pray for:
- Dorothy, who had Covid last year and continues to feel tired and needs to rest, for healing and restoration;
- Vasco, who has been unwell recently, for full recovery from his illness;
- People considering travelling with Mission Direct this year, for wisdom as they consider the various factors;
- The vaccination programme in Zambia, that more vaccines would be made available and more people would come forward to be vaccinated;
Please continue to pray for Dave and Jean Melnick who run Samaritan Foundation of Canada who are our partners in Dominican Republic. The last 2 years have seen significant stresses and challenges for them. Pray for their health and resilience.
Their car was run into by a motorcycle a few months ago, thankfully no one was hurt, and they are now having trouble with the engine. Please pray for the mechanic to find and fix the problem quickly.
Jean will be starting a second woman’s small group. she says "with so much legalism here I am praying for God to show me the woman that are ready to hear the truth. The book I will be leading with is called “Lies Women Believe” it is a powerful book but the woman need to be ready for change." Please pray for God’s leading in this.
They are looking for a piece of property for the next build site. Please pray that God helps them to find the one he has for them.
Please continue to pray for the 2 houses which Mission Direct has raised money to build, that they will soon be completed and be ready for the families to move in.
Pray also for plans and preparations for trips to DR later this year.
Please pray for Dylan who grew up in Godmanchester Baptist Church. He is a principled and servant hearted young man and was a volunteer on a Mission Direct Trip to Zimbabwe in 2018.
Dylan is one of two British volunteers providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine who have been captured by the Russian military.
It is typical of Dylan to take no regard for his own safety to help others. Please pray for his health and safety and for his swift return to his parents in the UK.
We really need you to pray with us for wisdom in planning and preparing to send volunteers overseas this year. We are thrilled and so grateful to God that the recent trial trip to Kumi went so well. The cost of flights has risen dramatically which impacts significantly on budgets. Travel conditions are still subject to change at short notice and insurance premiums have increased which makes planning trips extremely difficult. We are desperate to travel again but are mindful of the need to safeguard our volunteers, partners and staff. Please pray for guidance and discernment for us.
We have still hybrid working and we very much miss Simone being with us at the moment; our team of 5 is temporarily only 4. We are relying more on our overseas staff so please pray for them especially as they gather information about returning overseas and undertake recce trips. Please pray for us all as we support each other in new ways.
We thank God for the number of people who are keen to volunteer with us. Please pray for their preparations to travel and for their fundraising efforts.
Please pray for the new virtual orientation and for team building when people are not meeting in person.