Prayer News – June 2020

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”     Luke 11:9

Dear Praying Friend, 

If we were asked what gives the most fuel to our prayers, I guess most of us would say: when we can see that our prayers are answered. This gives a real boost to our prayer-lives, and encourages us to bring people and causes to the Lord in prayer with even greater enthusiasm. And probably the opposite is also true: what discourages us the most, even to the point that we may stop praying, is when we cannot see that anything will change as a result of our prayers, even after a long time. Yet when Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray, he emphasized repeatedly the importance of perseverance in prayer. He even told them a parable, “to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). And we know what comes next – the story of the persistent widow. She just kept going back to the judge with her request day after day, after day…

In the Sermon on the Mount he teaches the same principle to the disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9) The original Greek word for “knock” does not mean you only “touch the door once”, it means repeated knocking, so that it can be clearly heard: knock, knock, knock… And prior to that Jesus tells them another parable about visiting a friend at midnight to ask for bread. Jesus said, “because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up, and give you as much as you need.” (Luke 11:8)

These are parables – so God is not like an unjust judge, a reluctant friend or somebody with a hearing problem, who needs lots of loud knocking from us, so that he can hear it! No, these parables are about you and me. Do we continue to bring our prayers to him again and again, even when there are no immediate answers? When, in times like these, there is so much confusion around us? Dear Friend, thank you so much for not giving up prayer for the ministry of SU all over the world! We need persistent pray-ers, who do not get tired of bringing their prayers to God’s throne for us – in these difficult times more than ever. We are grateful for you!

With love and blessings,

Erzsébet Komlósi
Field Development Director for Europe

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Community News

Welcome
Sri Lanka
We give a warm welcome to Jeevakumaran Chandrasekera the new director for SU Sri Lanka. Jeevakumaran has a background in banking and global trade, and has been involved with Sri Lanka’s sports movement and with mentoring for parents. He also brings many years of experience in youth work with the Church of Cylon to his new role. He is married with three children.
 

Liberia

Jonathan Gbassagee has been welcomed into his new role as SU Liberia National Director. An ordained Baptist Minister, he serves as an Associate Pastor at Living Water Baptist Church. He graduated from African Bible College University and the University of Liberia. While he was a student in Montserrado in the 1980s, he helped establish Scripture Union school clubs in a number of areas alongside the first National Director of Scripture Union Liberia. He is married to Victoria and they have five children.

Apology

We would like to apologise for an item published in the May prayers for SU Bolivia which did not fairly represent the tragic death of Fortunata Martinez.  Forti, who looked after SU Bolivia’s campsite and lived alone following the death of her mother, was murdered at her home last month. She had worked for SU Bolivia for many years, at times without being paid and helped care and provide for those around her, as she shared the gospel. Members of SU Bolivia and the local Bethel Free Brethren church where she was a member said she will be sadly missed, but will give thanks for her life and Christian witness.

Praise God!

Here are some wonderful answers to your prayers for
SU’s ministry around the world.

Praise – Angola

We praise God that our government registration has now been completed; for the past-volunteer meeting we held and our children & youth ministry activities including holiday camps and junior music training.

Praise – England & Wales

Praise God for SU England & Wales’ Bible story app, Guardians of Ancora, which is now partnering with SU movements in 15 countries and has been translated into four languages so far, with more on the way. Through the games, videos, quizzes and prayer opportunities, children are learning about Jesus and the stories he told.

Praise  – Australia (Victoria)
‘KidsGames’ was amazing!  We welcomed 30 kids over five days.  As well as lots of games, we had some great conversations with the kids. The environment is a big issue for them right now, with the impact of the drought, plus the presence of smoke reminding us of the bushfires. We talked about God and creation, our responsibility to look after the environment, and God’s plan to redeem His world. The response of the kids at the closing ceremony was amazing.

Praise – Laos

Thank God that we were able to preach the Gospel during the Christmas celebration last year. More than 1000 people decided to follow Jesus Christ.  Thank God for multiplying disciples and for the church training.

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