Please pray with us!
The following prayer request is from a MedSend healthcare professional serving near Nairobi, Kenya:
Thank you for standing in the gap of prayer for me and for our brothers and sisters in Christ here in Kenya. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face continue to shine on you, may He be gracious to you and grant you joyful peace.
Please pray as follows:
- Pray for the protection of all those involved in the terrorist siege of the Westgate Mall. May the Lord minister in ways that only He is able, giving clear minds and strong resolve. Pray for Him to intervene in this situation, releasing hostages from bondage. Continue to pray for believers to allow the Lord to guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, may there be no thought of revenge or seed of bitterness. May the peace of God fill each soul and the comfort of the Holy Spirit bring healing.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort those who have lost loved ones and for those who have been traumatized. May the Church step up and be the comfort of Christ to all involved
- There are many underlying tensions in this country that are ready to burst forth. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in each of these situations and the lives of involved people to bring resolution and reconciliation.
- Pray for Christ followers to keep their eyes focused on Him so that we may be the holders and reflectors of His hope to all around us. May despair have no place in the lives of Christ followers here because Christ has already overcome all.
- Pray against the needless death and destruction of this country. For example, Kenya is only the size of Texas with many fewer cars, and yet over 2,000 people have been killed on the roads since January. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring peace and healing to this land.
As you pray, please also give honor and glory to our Lord. May we ever be found faithful in prayer and faithful in following the voice of God in our lives. May we never turn to the right or to the left of loving Him and obeying all He has for us each and every day.
An urgent situation has developed in Bundibugyo, a remote area of Uganda where a number of MedSend grant recipients serve. A member of the team currently in the U.S. writes:
As you read this, a reported 66,000 Congolese refugees are flooding Bundibugyo due to the brutality and threat of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels to Democratic Republic of Congo villages on the border.Whole families are traveling by foot as they flee their homes, walking through jungle, rivers, and paths to an unknown - but hopefully safer - place. These Congolese do not know how long they will be in Uganda, but they do know that for now they cannot go back.The atmosphere on our side of the border seems safe, but our team does have evacuation plans in place should they need to leave the area. In the meantime, they are working around the clock with the Ugandan Red Cross, the UN, and multiple relief agencies that have arrived to assist in meeting the basic needs of these displaced people who fled their villages with only the things they could physically carry. Food, water, and sanitation are urgently needed (plans to provide them are underway) so that serious health consequences can be avoided.Because this area of the DRC has been so remote, so volatile, and mostly closed to foreigners, it has been extremely difficult for anyone to bring the gospel there. But now, these Congolese are literally in our front yard (and sideyard, and backyard...). They are scared, desperate, and displaced. If there is any positive light in the situation it is that even through evil, God is using this situation for His good by bringing these people to us so that they might hear of the Hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Our teammates and Babwisi and Bakonjo believers are offering the desperately needed Hope of the gospel.
Please pray for this situation in Uganda and DRC. Pray for God's protection for the refugees and those who care for them and that peace might be restored in the refugees' home region of DRC. Pray that the physical and spiritual needs of the refugees will be met. MedSend healthcare professionals who serve there write:
- "Please pray for the stamina & morale of our team as they share God's love to an immensely needy people right now. Pray for the team to have perseverance when exhausted, courage to speak with boldness about God's love, and wisdom in how to best engage in this situation."
- "Please also pray for our local Ugandan brothers and sisters as they have opportunities to share the gospel with refugees; that they would have boldness and joy in sharing about the Only Hope we all have."
Please pray for grant recipients whose faith is being tested whether they are preparing to go to the field, adjusting to life on the field or bearing continuing challenges on the field. Pray that they would be victorious in learning the lessons of faith.
- Reflection: For grant recipients, "faith boot camp" begins long before they set foot on their respective mission fields. A grant recipient explains:
After many ups and downs and being tempted many times to give up hope, our house has finally sold! We are now beginning our "goodbye" tour before heading for Southeast Asia in September. We are very excited that this dream is starting to come to reality versus the feeling that we were always a phone call away from having it shattered. I realize that while we may never know why it has taken so long, I know our Father God has been teaching us many things. For me this time of waiting and preparing has been a constant battle of learning to trust, moving forward in faith, having patience, and more patience. Did I mention patience? This whole process has constantly tested our sense of calling. Did we "hear" right? Are we mixing our own desires into this and getting ahead of God? What does it mean to move forward in faith when you're not even sure you can see the next step… Will we survive in Southeast Asia? Will we manage to learn a new language and way of life? Amidst the questions and ups and downs, we've learned it's not so much about having arrived at any one point or answer to a question, as it is a lesson in moving through life and walking by faith… Yes, that is what it is about. Walking, planning, moving and living by faith in what is unseen. That is what our Father wants for each of us, whether we are planning to move to the other side of the world or staying here... Trust and faith in our Father is what I keep coming back to. In Him we move and breathe and have our being.
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