Prayer News – May 2020

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“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”  Romans 8: 38  

As I reflect on the state of our world today, my heart breaks when I look at the number of people who have been affected by the coronavirus. The numbers are staggering as of today, over 3 million people infected and over 200,000 dead. Death is no longer faraway, as it can knock on our doors at any moment as health professionals scrabble to come up with a cure. The good news is that there are over 900,000 people who have recovered from this virus!

As believers, we should be encouraged by the apostle Paul’s words in Romans, “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries for tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

Around the world, a sense of hopelessness has paralysed some people and there is an urgent need for us as believers to direct them to God’s living word. His word awakens hope in us and empowers us to face our future with boldness. The reality is that he alone holds our future in the palm of his hands. The current lockdowns have forced SU teams around the world to adapt our outreach methods so that new channels, including social media platforms can be used to bring the good news to children and young people.

As you read this Prayer Diary, please be mindful of the hundreds of volunteers across the world who link hearts and arms with our small team of staff members so that more young people can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tony Nzanza
Field Development Director – Anglophone Africa

Covid-19:   

New resources for ‘times like these’

Our ministry team has been working hard for the past few weeks helping to make some new resources available for our global movements as they have to adapt ministry amidst lockdowns and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All the new prayer, Bible Engagement and Family resources are available on our website here. If you have new resources to share with the SU global family, please let us know and we can help make them available to others. The Bible notes are also available as a reading plan on the free Bible app You Version  Please feel free to share these resources.

Community News

Farewell & welcome

Madagascar

We are grateful to God for the many years of diligent service by Mamy Rakotolehibe who retires this month as National Director for Madagascar. Mamy has contributed a huge amount during his 17 years leading the movement.

We also give a warm welcome to his successor, Rafilmanana Camille. Camille was the former youth ministry coordinator for SU in Madagascar and is a national trainer for “Hope for the future” in the country. He graduated from the theological Indian Ocean Evangelical Centre (CEFOI) and has also completed leadership Training with the Haggai Institute and project management with TearFund. We look forward to all he will bring to the development of SU in the future.

Tribute

Sadly, we have received news that a member of the SU global family has died of the coronavirus in Belgium. Dr Mutombo Mukendi was originally from Zaire. After his doctoral studies in Belgium, he served as a priest in Switzerland for a few years before joining Scripture Union in Africa as the Associate Regional Secretary for Francophone Africa. Later, he took over as Regional Secretary when Emmanuel Oladipo moved to work with SU International.

“For I am convinced that neither a virus nor any other disease, neither boredom nor loneliness, neither social – distancing nor reduced working hours, neither threatening insolvency not draining home-schooling, neither the lack of toilet paper nor fake news on facebook neither great crises, anxiety, doubts nor even death will be able to separate us from the love of God.”
Paraphrase of Romans 8

Praise God!

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

Praise – Northern Ireland

We are really grateful for the historical legacy of Christianity in schools here in Northern Ireland. We praise God for the opportunity we had to run our second Schools Ministry Conference, as we brought together teachers, parents, church leaders and school governors and sought to inspire and support the place of Christianity in Schools. Give thanks for the day and pray for the relationships and connections and what may come from them.

Praise – Singapore

We give thanks for the friendship forged by campers over SU Youth ‘Camp Known’ in December 2019 followed by a wonderful time of reunion at ‘Camp Known – The Afterglow’ event. We pray that the young people will continue meet often and encourage one another.

Praise  – South Sudan
We thank God for the five successful children and youth camps held in November and December 2019 in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. Over 2000 children and youth attended. 

Praise – Vietnam
We held two training sessions for our new Sunday School curriculum ‘Names of God’. About 200 teachers were trained and around 400 children, from 20 different churches, are now studying this curriculum. These numbers are so encouraging as well as challenging to us. Please pray for God’s favour and wisdom to be with us!

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