CLC Mission Opportunities Prayer List -- March 2020
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly
and be glorified, just as it is with you...
2 Thessalonians 3:1 (NKJV)
Pray for All those Affected by the Coronavirus Crisis – I have an acquaintance who works with and consults for humanitarian organizations around the world. He has first-hand experience with these types of situations having worked in the Ebola-affected areas of the D.R. Congo in the past. He is very concerned about the spread and catastrophic potential of Covid 19 if it begins to take hold in developing nations. There is much to pray for concerning the world's most impoverished and thus vulnerable populations in the world. He sent the following summary of an email he received from a doctor in India. What this man shared relates to so many of the places and people we are privileged to work with around the world in places like India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Mexico, Liberia, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, DR Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Pray for God’s mercy and protection.
“Social distancing is a privilege. It means you own a house in a place that it is large enough and has enough space between neighbors to actually practice it. Hand washing and hand-sanitizers are a privilege too. It means you have access to running water and have money to buy soap and other such luxuries. Stockpiling food is a privilege. It means you have enough money to plan beyond your next meal. It also means you have electricity and a refrigerator to keep perishable food. The irony in this situation is that this virus was spread around the world by those who could afford to travel beyond walking distance of where they live and work and it has the potential to kill millions among the world’s poorest who seldom travel beyond a few kilometers of where they live. All of us who are practicing social distancing and are ‘enduring’ imposed lockdowns need to appreciate how fortunate we are. Many in the world don’t have the financial means to do any of this.”
Myanmar – Pastor Kham has requested urgent prayers for a family he and the CLC-Myanmar serve. This family lives in the western part of Myanmar and attend a CLC-Myanmar congregation. They have tested positive by the government for Covid 19. This family of eleven has been admitted to the hospital for treatment and isolation. Pray for this family and the doctors and staff that are treating them. Pray also for Pastors Kham and Thang as they find ways to bring the Gospel to this family and those who are in of God’s comfort and encouragement in the community.
Times of Need and Uncertainty – CLC Missionaries have heard from several of those we work with overseas concerning the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Many, perhaps most, of our brothers and sisters, there is a daily struggle to provide for their families when there is no crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has only made things much worse. The economic struggles of the world, shortages of basic supplies, and inflation are only exaggerated in third-world and developing nations. Pray for the Lord’s mercy and provision. Pray that the Lord will use these times of uncertainly to lead many to find true comfort and encouragement in His sure and certain love and deliverance. Pray that the Lord would move the hearts of those who have so much to share with those who have so little. Pray that God’s great love and compassion will be reflected in the hearts of His children throughout the world that others may see these good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.
Pastoral Training, Worship and Evangelism – Several Bible Institutes and Seminaries that we support have been temporarily closed. Evangelism efforts and worship services have also been severely curtailed. Internet access for streaming is not available to most. Pray that the Lord will bring a quick end to this pandemic so that training and evangelism can begin again soon! Pray that the Lord will provide opportunities for followers to proclaim the Good News in the midst of all of this uncertainty. Pray that our Savior's love, as demonstrated on the Cross and revealed in His Word, will keep all believers strong in the faith!