Prayer News – August 2020

August 2020 Global Prayer News

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If we live, we live for the Lord;
and if we die, we die for the Lord.
So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Romans 14:8

Dear global family, friends & supporters 

Latin America was already sick, even before the pandemic!

Latin America consists of 20 countries and its population (including the Caribbean) is estimated at over 650 million people. As the Covid-19 pandemic started to impact, this was just the newest of many challenges; but it immediately connected to one of the previous sicknesses which has been hurting the region for many years – corruption!

As soon as the pandemic started to spread in Europe, most countries in Latin America decreed a national emergency situation. Seeking to speed up the purchasing processes, governments immediately made bids and purchasing rules more flexible – which unfortunately opened up space for opportunists. Many countries are going into deeper debt, with their economies falling into recession and poverty increasing. If political leaders can prioritize their hunger for corruption, even whilst they know that their people are going to die because money is not reaching its intended purpose, what shall we (because I am a Latin American myself) put our hope in?

“It forces us to look for meaning and hope beyond this world”.

While this pandemic is part of the fallen world we are living in, it can and is being used by God to achieve His redemptive purposes. When we think of us as Christians, this pandemic is a trial that can shift our look from the attractions of this world, to the eternal glories of the resurrected Christ. It can re-orientate our desires so that, instead of wanting worldly things, we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33).

This pandemic has reinforced our ‘death awareness’ and we have become more conscious of our mortality. Yes, it is a distressing thought, but when we combine this death-awareness with the gospel of the risen Christ who has overcome death, we can become more attracted to the resurrected life to come (see Phil 1:23; 2 Cor 5:6-8). We then realize in a fresh way that true life is only found at the foot of the Cross. It is that hope that will sustain us, whatever the future brings us.

Let us daily seek for strength and direction in prayer to be able to help people to find true life as we continue to do SU ministry across the world.

Davi Kruklis
   Field Development Director – Latin America

Community News

Tribute
SU Guatemala
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Eduardo Marroquín. Eduardo was a pastor, teacher and the founder of SU in Guatemala. He dedicated 22 years of his life to serving SU, as board member, Chair and in recent years as Director. He was a calm, quiet man, but at the same time he demonstrated kindness and a passion for the Lord’s work. He participated in almost all the regional and global activities of SU – we will greatly miss his desire to learn and share. He was a man of faith and, like the apostle Paul, could say “If the hope we have in Christ was only for this life, we would be the most unfortunate of all mortals.” (1 Cor 15:19). Now that he enjoys the presence of the Lord, we celebrate his life and ministry. 

Welcome
SU France (Publishing)
Steven Dixon started as the new Director in February this year. He was born in France to American missionaries and grew up in a very bi-cultural context. After college he participated for 18 months in development work in the Republic of Chad, then worked for four years with a group of churches near Paris developing youth and adult education programs. He spent 12 years leading the French publishing house Éditions Farel, then 5 years at the head of A Rocha France, a Christian nature conservation organization, followed by 6 years as CFO for SEL France, the French office for both Tearfund and Compassion International. Steven was familiar with the work of SU France since his childhood and collaborated on several projects with the publishing department in the past, as well as on a nature-themed camp. He is married and has two adult children. He loves to observe God’s hand in Creation and in the lives and stories of people around him. 

Congratulations
SU Nigeria FCS
We celebrate the wedding of National Director, Gideon Chimmin, who married Joy in July this year. We pray for God’s blessing on their family and ministry. 

Webinars
 6 August – Creative Bible Engagement 
A repeat of the 23 July session which not everyone
was able to access due to unprecedented demand.
This webinar will also be live streamed
on our Facebook Global Family page.

13 August – Anxiety: Part 2
Including information on free SU resources.

27 August – Praying Creatively

Families Together

This series of five devotions has been specifically written for families confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions are designed for all ages and are simple to use. The series is structured around the choices we can make during this time. It’s a good time to talk together as families about how we respond to this global crisis.

These notes available as a reading plan on the free Bible app You Version

They can be downloaded as a pdf here and are also available on the website and extranet.

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