Staff teams: Please give thanks for all of our overseas staff who served last year and for those going out this year.
We still need staff for some of our overseas campaigns - please ask for God to intervene and stir people's hearts for this calling. Without staff teams, the campaigns can't run and projects don't progress, so the recruitment of these gaps is vital for campaigns in 2019 and beyond.
We're also recruiting for two roles in the UK office; An additional full-time Volunteer Manager, and an additional full-time Regional Manager. Prayer over this process would be welcomed.
Please pray for all the campaigns as they start up again, especially the spring campaigns:
Brazil: This year will complete the current campaigns in Brazil:
Campo Largo: This will be our 12th and final year of building transitional homes for vulnerable families currently living in the favela with our partner, Open Hands.
Rio: Our 3rd year will see us fulfil the commitment made to our partner, Cadi, of helping to renovate a space into a community centre which will be used to educate children, young people and adults with the aim of preventing them from being lured into gang life and drug trafficking.
Please give thanks for the impact that has been made in both locations and for this to be a standout year as the campaigns come to an end and new projects are confirmed.
Kumi (Uganda): Prayer of thanks for Richard and Jan, who have served as country staff here for many years. Prayer for the teams due to go and for success of the project, building classrooms at Kumi Bazaar School, as it continues.
Zimbabwe: Prayer for the ongoing political stability of the country as well as the economic situation. Prayer of thanksgiving for funds that have come in for Joshua Dhube School - including a fantastic grant - and our work here, as well as a blessing for the teams due to serve.
Cambodia: Ask God to bring his hand of safety and comfort to the four teams about to embark on a 14-week campaign throughout 2019 to repair houses in Phnom Penh affected by monsoon flooding. Volunteers in November began the process of adding a 2nd storey to houses built by Mission Direct in the past to enable families to move upstairs during flooding as well as helping neighbours and friends. Pray for a long-term, sustainable solution to the flooding too. Teams will also help expand a school in a village in the suburbs of the city. The first team includes two GPs from the UK who will be providing medical support for many people who cannot access health care. Pray too for the six team leaders who will be supporting the volunteers and liaising with our Cambodian church partners.
Sierra Leone: Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the spring teams due to a lack of interested volunteers. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for the team to know God's will for any decisions that arise around our work here. We pray for clarity, direction and God's favour for our campaigns in Sierra Leone - may He make the path straight.
Kenya: Unfortunately, we have also had to cancel the spring team for Kenya due to a lack of interested volunteers and no staff team. Please pray for the later teams, that they would fill and projects can progress.