CAM INTERNATIONAL – NEWSLINK – 12 May 2020
‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us’ (1 John 5:14)
In this uncertain time of the coronavirus pandemic, with different stages of lockdown around the world, there is so much that can make us fearful and anxious. No-one knows what the future holds. But we can have confidence – complete trust – in God, who knows everything and loves to hear our prayers. Thank you for your interest and prayer support. The following items are to help you thank God and make requests on behalf of CAM International.
In Lubumbashi, Congo, Carol Seymour and Ginny Perkins have been wearing face masks while out and about, and found them very hot and uncomfortable. Only about 25% of people seemed to be wearing them. Some have been fined for not wearing masks, while others have had their mobile phones taken. Pray for protection and peace for the people in this city and nation, where some leaders are urging the Congolese to cry out to God for mercy and deliverance. Banza, one of the workers at the Living Waters Centre, had an attempted break-in to his home on Sunday night, the second in 2 weeks. Pray for him and his family. Pray for protection for the Centre and all who live there. As well as visitors calling at Carol and Ginny’s house for material help, many come for literature and tracts for Bible study and evangelism. Thank God for their printing work that continues and for the way it is being used to further God’s Kingdom. Carol and Ginny have started contacting churches in UK by Zoom online calls. Pray that God will bless these meetings with friends and supporters.
Lloyd Rowlands mentions that he is still waiting for his passport to be returned from Kinshasa. He needs this for when he will be able to fly home to Australia. (He was due to leave Congo at the end of April.) There are no flights at present, but he wants to be ready when the time comes. Pray for it to arrive soon. Meanwhile, Lloyd has been planting vetiver grass along the banks of the local stream – an ongoing project to help prevent erosion. He also has plenty of work to do in the orchard and tree nursery. Pray for him, as his ‘2-month’ visit to Congo extends without a known end date, yet he has the frustration of not being able to visit churches at this time.
Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva report that there are now over 100 known cases of coronavirus in Mozambique. It is present in the coastal cities of Inhambane and Beira (the latter not too far from Chimoio). Pray for this country, which is under lockdown and seeking to hold back the virus, to be kept safe. Pray for health and protection for the da Silvas.
Daniel Habtey is preparing for his next online Leadership Academy course for Eritreans, which will start on 22 May. Registration started yesterday. Pray for good interest and uptake. He would like to give some training via Zoom (online conference) to the Huddersfield Eritrean community. Pray that this will be possible. Daniel’s eldest daughter has been accepted by her first choice for further studies (University of Art London). Praise God! Pray for her, especially for Christian friends, good accommodation and financial provision.
Trustees Meeting. This will take place online by Zoom next Tuesday, 19 May, and will hopefully involve the missionaries joining the trustees for a while in the afternoon. Pray that this will go well.
Gordon & Sybil McKillop, on leave in Scotland, have had to wait some time for Sybil to be able to have her review following her eye operation in February. A senior nurse has now done tests and is very happy with the results – the pressures in the eye have lowered to within safe levels. She does not need to have surgery in the other eye for at least 6 months, so Sybil will be free to return to Zambia with Gordon when that is an option – hopefully by late June/early July. Pray that this will be possible. Gordon has been able to procure PPE (protective equipment) for the Nyangombe Clinic staff and Kalene Mission Hospital. This has now arrived in Zambia. Praise God! Praise God, too, for a good harvest of maize now drying in the fields at Nyangombe.
Pray for Sam Livingston, in Preston, UK, and Sandy Rowlands in Adelaide, Australia, to know God’s encouragement and blessing.
Thank you so much for your prayers, which encourage and bless our workers.