God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble
Covid-19 is still a reality in the UK, despite the loosening of restrictions, as it is across the world. Without welfare support, such as we have here in the UK, the consequences for people already in poverty are much more severe than we experience. We are so saddened to learn that we have lost yet another friend to this awful virus and we pray comfort for his family and community.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Psalm 46 1-3 NIV
Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed when we look at the needs of the world around us.
We can feel helpless in the face of conflict, disease, poverty and suffering but God wants us to bring our concerns to Him in prayer.
Let us take some time to free our minds from our own thoughts and focus on the following prayer points from our partners. Perhaps allow your emotions to lead your praying; how do these issues make you feel, what would you need in these circumstances?
We hope that that the photographs and first-hand information help you to pray.
We are so thankful to you for standing faithfully with us in prayer.
As a staff team we currently 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 email them to email@example.com and we will be delighted to pray for you.
Please pray for our partner – The Samaritan Foundation
For health and safety for all the staff at the Foundation.
Please pray for the Children’s Medical Centre.
Pray for the vocation school.
For the children of DR, so many of whom have had a difficult time with school during the pandemic and for the teachers.
Pray also for Jean’s small group of ladies.
Thankfully construction has kept going throughout the pandemic. The Samaritan Foundation is grateful that some financial support, including that from Mission Direct, has continued. Last year they were able to give 56 very needy families a dry, safe home to call their own
We are really sad to learn that our long-time friend (over 12 years) Bishop Benon Magezi of North Kigezi Diocese (Rukungiri) has died from Covid-19 in Mulago Hospital in Kampala. He had previously been air lifted from hospital in Mbarara.
We pray for his wife Gladys and family at this difficult time.
Well the inevitable happened and Uganda has been added to the UK Government Red list. The Covid situation in the country is reportedly deteriorating although our partners in Kumi say there are few cases as yet.
Please pray as there is an immediate need to fuel the ambulances to move people to the Health Centre and to transfer them to the larger hospitals at Atutur and Mbale. We have funded this as best we can, hopefully enough for a few thousand miles, more is needed.
We have been in touch with Kumi Health Centre about a number of things including the possibility of improving their facilities for Immunisation Clinics. (Currently basically under a tree).
There is real hardship amongst the low-income communities; many people have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 economic crisis.
Praise God that Serve Cambodia has been providing some food aid such as rice, noodle, cooking oil, and other foodstuffs for some of their students’ parents who are facing real issues of survival.
After the lockdown period people have been particularly hard-hit, it is very difficult to purchase food and other necessities, and people are facing shortages and price increases for food and other essential items.
Praise God that work has started on the science laboratory at Crown of Life School, funded by a St Alban’s church. Since 2019, the school has had pupils up to top secondary grade 12. The science lab will allow the school to teach practical science lessons, which will provide valuable experience for their pupils and help to promote their interest in science.
Please pray for all those who support Mission Direct that they will be encouraged and strengthened in their faith. We also pray also for enthusiastic engagement with our 2021 fundraising campaigns