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All in this together: prayer requests from our mission workers

From Albania to Thailand, we’ve been in touch with some of our mission workers and asked for their top prayer requests.

“Without your prayer support, we couldn’t do our jobs.” This is what one couple serving with BMS World Mission in a sensitive location shared recently. None of us doubt this to be true: without prayer from faithful supporters, the life-transforming work of BMS would not happen. Work like helping to find foster homes for abandoned refugee children on the Thai-Burma border, or saving lives and sharing the light of Christ in the heat and the heart of the Chadian Sahara.
 
This week, we caught up with some of our mission workers and asked what they'd most value prayer for. Here’s what they said.
 

Claire Bedford – a pharmacist serving in the desert hospital in Chad

 

 

“There are times throughout the work in Chad where I’ve wondered how I’ve survived, and I can only put that down to your prayers.” 

 

  • Pray for Claire, living and working in heat and dust, and in a new and different culture, for perseverance and strength. Pray for the pharmacy that Claire runs, that as a team they would see a real deepening of their friendships.

 

  • Pray for the continued growth of relationships with local people, for Claire and the rest of the hospital team.
 
 


Mat and Suzanne Gregory – serving men’s groups and more in Tirana, Albania

 

 

“We’ve had a sense of reassurance that God’s got this in his hands.”

 

  • Mat helps run a series of informal church groups called 'Eat, talk, pray', bringing together people from different backgrounds. It’s exciting to see how these have taken off, particularly amongst men in the community, and there is now an opportunity to develop a more structured discipleship programme as part of this. Pray that the right people would be encouraged to join, and that the gospel would take root in people’s hearts.
 
 
  • As they return to Albania after home assignment this summer, pray for the whole Gregory family – Mat, Suzanne, Seth and Esther. New jobs and school places will mean significant change for everyone. Pray for a sense of peace and security, that they would know they are in God’s hands.
 
  • Through the work Mat and Suzanne are involved in locally, vulnerable Roma communities are being reached with practical help and Christ’s love. Pray for the poor in Tirana, and the ongoing BMS work in their communities. Pray that they would have a sense of God at work in their lives.


Brian and Lydia English – serving Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border

 

 

“We’re so grateful for all the support, and have felt so encouraged, supported and loved by churches in the UK.”
  • Along the Thai-Burma border, thousands of children are abandoned and are being raised in residential care facilities. Pray for more opportunities to place these children in loving foster families.
 
 
  • Brian and Lydia are coming to the end of their service with BMS. Pray for them as they seek God’s guidance on what’s next. Pray that they and their son Jesse would settle quickly back into life in the UK.

 

  • Pray for the work Brian and Lydia have been involved with in Mae Sot, supporting vulnerable Burmese women and children. BMS continues to support this work. Pray that families living in desperate situations would be encouraged and strengthened, and that we would be able to help children to stay with their parents.


Laura-Lee Lovering – helping to train river pastors in Peru’s Amazon

 

 

“We’re all together in this work, in this mission. Thank you, and God bless.”

 

  • Laura-Lee and local BMS worker Pastor Luis help run the training centre. Pray for them, as they serve isolated pastors. Pray also for new BMS mission workers Dave and Michele Mahon – along with Jonathan, Ruth and Phoebe – as they join the pastoral training team in Nauta. Pray for their ability to learn a new language and live in a new culture. Pray that they may be able to build strong and lasting relationships in Peru.
 
  • There are several BMS-supported national employees who are crucial to the smooth running of the training centre; we give praise and thanks for the work of the administrator Sara who is moving on, and ask for prayer for those who are taking over, including Pastor Pedro who is returning to work at the centre after some time away. Pray for this handover process, that God would give his peace to all involved, and pray that the centre will continue to have a big impact in the Amazon.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!

 
Pray for people to come and serve 
 
We need more people. Could one of them be you? Currently, we have a desperate need for: 
 
- People willing to work in Afghanistan as development and community workers, educationalists, teachers, mental health professionals and project managers

- Teachers to cater for the school needs of our mission workers’ children, enabling their parents to carry on with important work

- Doctors and surgeons for Chad, to work alongside Claire in Guinebor II Hospital

- English teachers and science academics for closed countries in East Asia 
 
Please pray that we would find the right people to come and join us and serve overseas.

27/07/2017

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