A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
The nights are drawing in, there is a definite chill in the air and the mornings are often dressed in the mists of Autumn. The season is changing, it is time to pack away flip flops and suncream and start thinking about socks and cardigans and stews. There are other changes afoot also; furlough is ending and we are returning to the office; regulations and restrictions are lifting and life is slowly becoming more open and free. We thank God for these changes but we also recognise that change can be difficult and even painful for many. We need time to adjust and time to adapt. We can be confident that our God is a constant as the world around us changes; He is the same yesterday, today and forever, our firm foundation.
Please pray with us in this season of flux. We have so much to be thankful for not least that Mission Direct is still able to partner with and support projects across the world and effect real change, bringing hope to many who had none. Below you can read updates with good news and information about projects which are ongoing and need our prayers and our support. There is much still to do and with God's help and yours we will surely do it.
We are so thankful to you for standing faithfully with us in prayer.
As a staff team we meet each weekday 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.
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
Please continue to pray for the COVID situation in Malawi. There is now a third wave happening as the Delta variant spreads.
1.3 million Vaccine does arrived at the end of July, however only 3.8% of the population over 18 years of age have had their first dose.
Please also continue to pray for the children and staff at Moyo School, that they remain healthy and safe.
Thank you for all your prayers regarding the latest surge in COVID cases. As we shared in our last prayer email sadly Elder Sophal wife, Sopheak passed away due to COVID, and the entire Happy Village Community had to be closed. Thankfully there were no further outbreaks in the community and Happy Village has reopened.
Please do continue to pray for the COVID situation across Cambodia, pray for wisdom in decision making and for the many households currently without an income due to the situation.
During the one year closure of schools in Kenya due to COVID our partner – Mission With A Vision has been working hard to highlight the worrying trend of a rise in teenage pregnancy. MWAV estimates that approximately 10% of Kenyan school girls dropped out of school due to pregnancy . MWAV were also affected with 9 of our 112 girl falling pregnant during this time. These were girls had been reconciled back with their parents and were living with their parents at the time, but were still under MWAV sponsorship program. MWAV believes in providing these girls with a second chance, and therefore partnered with African Children's to support the girls affected.
Please pray for the going work of MWAV and for the all the teenagers who have become mothers during this time.
Rukungiri – Uganda
Please continue to pray that our work at Rushararazi Primary School will be completed on time.
Finding local teaching staff is difficult in this remote location because of a lack of teacher accommodation. Therefore, during lockdown, Mission Direct decided to complete its promise to construct five units of accommodation at Rushararazi Primary School. We are delighted to report that the project has been underway for a few months now and we are gradually approaching the final stages.
In the words of Simon our country manager in Rukungiri; ‘I look forward to the day when I can once again see the joy in the eyes of the children as they continue to learn, and for the teachers as they continue to teach’
We are delight that the 3 homes sponsored by our volunteers have now been completed. The new homes are located in Rio De Vida and were built by our partners The Samaritan Foundation.
These 3 families they have waited a long time to be rehoused, and although COVID was a challenge everyone involved pushed through to make this happen. These families not only receive a new home, but the adults also receive skills training, while the children are given access to education.
Thank you so much for standing with the people of the DR in these challenging times.
Praise God, we have now completed the 2 classrooms at Kumbaya School. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Due to COVID we were unable to take volunteers, but as the say’ where there is a will there is a way’. Volunteers continued to give despite not been able to travel.
October sees an end to furlough and a return to full-time hours for UK office staff. The transition from lockdown home working to spending time in the office will be a huge adjustment and the current issues around purchasing fuel have added to the stress. Please pray for us as we settle back. We are looking forward to being together and being more available.
Pray for those who support our ministry that they may be encouraged and strengthened in their faith. Pray also for excitement for and engagement with our new fundraising campaigns and online meetings.
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
Are you Regular?
The current situation with overseas travel makes planning and budgeting incredibly difficult for Mission Direct. Regular giving is a real lifeline for us. If you don't already give please would you consider doing so and pray with us for an increase in regular giving to help us going forward. Lots of people giving even small amounts means we can continue serving and blessing our brothers and sisters who live in places where they have very much less than we enjoy. Please pray for an increase in regular giving.