Prayer and Praise

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CYCLONE IDAI

Cyclone Idai made landfall near the city of Beira in Mozambique where it has caused significant damage, destroyed infrastructure and homes, and killed at least 300 people. The storm and heavy rains have also caused damage to the surrounding areas of Mozambique and the nearby countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe. The Global Interaction cross-cultural team live a few hundred kilometres north of the severely damaged areas. The team has remained safe, however some people in the communities they live have lost their homes. At the moment, communication with people in the most severely damaged areas is not possible and the full extent of the damage is not yet clear. 
For Prayer:

  • That rescuers and aid workers will be able to find, rescue and sustain those in need 
  • For the flood waters to recede and no further damaging weather events to occur
  • For God to give the team wisdom to respond appropriately to this crisis  
  • Thankfulness that the team is safe and their communities have not been badly damaged

 

OUTBACK AUSTRALIA

For the past nine weeks Mat and Shannon have been living in Alice Springs to be with Mat’s father as his health declined. This time has been very challenging as the family has dealt with health issues, infections, Mat’s mother spending time in hospital, their home in Yuendumu being vandalised and most recently, Mat’s father passing away. During this difficult period, they have experienced God’s goodness as He has ministered to them through people around them. They are also finding comfort in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11. Verses 3 – 4 read, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ Mat and Shannon’s prayer is that God will lead them to use their experiences to have Gospel conversations and share faith. 
For Prayer:
  • That Mat, Shannon and their family will experience God’s love and presence, even as they grieve the passing of their loved one
  • For God’s hand to be on the family as they process the challenges of the past months
  • For God’s Spirit to be opening opportunities for Gospel sharing during this time 

KHMER

Luke and Rachel have been living in Cambodia for nearly six months. Each weekday they spend hours in culture and language lessons with a local language nurture. While they still have a lot to learn, they are encouraged that their vocabulary is growing and they can now speak simple sentences. They are motived to keep working diligently to improve their communication skills so they can have more complex conversations and, in time, share the message of Jesus. They are currently seeking a house to live in long-term and discerning which part of Siem Reap will enable them to best connect with Khmer people. 
For Prayer:
  • That Luke and Rachel will understand and retain the Khmer words and phrases they are learning so they can communicate with those around them
  • For Luke and Rachel’s cultural understanding to continue to deepen so they can form meaningful friendships where the Gospel can be shared 
  • For God’s Spirit to open opportunities for Luke and Rachel to establish new relationships with Khmer people
  • For Luke and Rachel to find a suitable home where they will connect with people of peace

B PEOPLE

Phil recently spent time with one of the Community Based Organisations (CBO) that our partner NGO helped establish in South Asia. The CBOs are 5-10 self-help groups coming together to form a larger group of women who work together to advocate for their rights, better their communities and support each other. This particular CBOs is located on a river that significantly rises during the wet season and often floods the surrounding area, impacting the communities who live along the river banks. They explained to Phil that in the event of a flood, the CBO members support each other. They help each other move possessions to higher ground, suspend loan repayments in the groups’ savings and loans system and provide resources so those impacted can replant crops. Phil was so encouraged to see this group not only take responsibility for their CBO, but make it work for their situation.         
For Prayer:

  • Thankfulness that this group is strong, self-sustaining and led by members
  • That this group will continue to flourish and be empowered to support themselves and each other
  • For members of this group, and others like it, to connect with local followers of Jesus and hear their testimonies