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CAM INTERNATIONAL   –   NEWSLINK   –  23 June 2020

‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you’ (Jeremiah 29:12)

What an encouragement to know that God listens to us when we bring our praise and prayer requests to Him! Thank you for joining with us in prayer for the personnel and work of CAM International. Here are some items to guide you:-

Carol Seymour, Ginny Perkins and Lloyd Rowlands, in Lubumbashi, report that the 2-day lockdown last week passed without incident. Latest coronavirus figures for Congo are 5,925 confirmed cases, with 183 of them in Lubumbashi. Many rumours are circulating about potential troubles ahead, associated with Independence Day (next Tues, 30 June). Pray for peace to reign. The government is expected to announce soon on the reopening of schools, churches, etc. Meanwhile, in preparation, schools have to download and print official ‘syllabuses’ for each pupil. Carol and Ginny have started printing copies on their machine for the Lighthouse School. They need 570 copies, each one over 50 pages – a lot of printing! Pray for them – and for the Risograph printer to keep working, and for electricity too! Ministry colleagues would appreciate prayer: Mama Mangasa (prison work) is unwell; Pastor Mwambay’s diabetes needs to be well controlled; Pastor Kalenga has a very sick son. (Latter two in Media team.) Pray for these friends to know God’s healing touch.

Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva report that there are now 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Chimoio. Pray for protection for them and the community they work with. They have been providing the Pre-school children with work to do at home during the lockdown, but are now considering a possible re-opening of the school from July 1st. Pray for wisdom about how to do this safely. In April the Baruk Centre received its official recognition, but they are still waiting for the registration documents. Pray that they will receive these soon.

Daniel Habtey reports that the Gospel is reaching people in Eritrea via a satellite channel, and many are coming to Christ. Praise God! However, the channel is struggling with a monthly rent of around $6,000, plus 2 part-time wages. An emergency meeting with the committee on Saturday produced a fundraising plan. Pray that the necessary funds will be found for this vital work to continue.

News from Zambia. Gordon McKillop (on leave in Scotland with Sybil) keeps in close touch with his Zambian colleagues. He has recently tried ‘maintenance by WhatsApp’ – helping from a distance when the main water pump at Nyangombe failed and another had to be fitted. Thank God for a good outcome, with water now pumping again. All being well, Skills Training will be able to start again in August at Nyangombe. Pray for the area to keep free of coronavirus so this can go ahead.

News from Ethiopia. Recent news from CAM’s missionary partners in Ethiopia is exciting, with a situation that parallels the Bible story of Cornelius, who was told to send for Peter, who would bring a message of salvation (Acts 11:14). A major community leader in a rural area, opposed to Christianity, had a vision of Jesus telling him He was the Saviour and would send a believer to him. A few days later, a church planter arrived at his house and shared the Gospel. This leader accepted Christ and is being discipled, ready to lead his whole community to faith! Praise God!

Ken Herschell, in Queensland, Australia, needs our prayers. (He and his wife Esther were CAM missionaries working at Kipushya, in Congo, for about 15 years from the late 1960s.) Ken had a heart attack on Thursday morning, is in hospital on intravenous blood thinners and is to have major heart surgery next week. They are praising God for the sense of His presence and for the care of family and friends. Pray for protection for Ken as he awaits surgery and for a successful operation.

Since 20 May, Dave Garrard (CAM’s Director, based in Preston) has been teaching Congolese students on the Book of Revelation 3 times a week, using the Zoom programme. The lessons are going well and he is now about halfway through the material. Pray for him.