Prayer News – September 2020

 

 

September 2020 Global Prayer News

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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

 

 

 

Dear global family, friends & supporters 

In a recent SUI Webinar that dealt with anxiety amongst young people, the participants were asked to identify “what is the most asked question among young people today?”. From Uganda to Australia, Malaysia to the UK, Ghana to Hong Kong, apart from the question “who turned off the wi-fi?”, their responses seemed to point in one general direction: “what is life was going to be like in the future?’, “when can we go back to school?”, “when will life be normal again?”, “what will happen after Covid-19?”. You could sense the worry and anxiety.

And young people are not the only ones asking these questions. Living in a city on the South East coast of India that is still under lockdown, it feels like the atmosphere is heavy with these questions. A 5-year old in front of her father’s laptop, is at school. An aged parent being taken to hospital whose children live abroad, is alone. A migrant worker not having the means to go home and stranded in the city, is forsaken. A lady selling flowers for puja (worship), is desperate. Young parents, the husband who’s lost his job and the wife who’s taken a 15% pay cut thinking of their little children, are forlorn. You probably have your own little vignettes as you watch the world around you.

This is a world that is struggling to cope, struggling with more questions than answers, struggling with uncertainty and fear. Paul in Ephesians urges us “… to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…”.  Eugene Peterson’s version reads “…steadily pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love…”. We are brought hope as we hear some of the stories from SU Movements around the world, who are indeed pouring themselves out as they walk alongside those that are struggling.

As you continue to pray with us and for us as we seek to be servants to a world in need, we are deeply grateful for your friendship and commitment at such a time as this.

Warmly,

 

 

 

Becky Swamickan
Ministry Specialist

 

 

 

Community News

 

 

 

Welcome
SU Spain
Oscar Torroba is 32 years old and married to Raquel. They have a one-year old son, Joel. He is an aerospace engineer and works for Airbus in Spain. Oscar has been familiar with SU since his childhood when his parents read the Bible notes at home. He first became involved with SU Spain on a voluntary basis in 2012, first as part of the Council and Board and then in 2016 as the Chairman. The director position was vacant for many years until the Council decided to appoint him as the National Director this year. Oscar is really happy to be part of SU family and thanks God for all that He will do by His grace.

 

 

 

Prayer Week 2020

 Global Prayer Week will be held 2-6 November 

We will be providing more details and resources in the days ahead.
Please mark the dates in your diaries!

 

 

 

Latest Prayer News
SU Young Leaders

On 12 September, SU Young Leaders from around the world will take part in a group call. The purpose is to listen to each other and to begin the process of discerning of what God has been speaking to SU about throughout this season, particularly from an SU young leader’s point of view. Pray that this will be enriching and encouraging and an experience of God visiting with us through these young people.

SU Guinea (Conakry)

Please pray for director Hénoc Sandouno who has recently suffered a heart attack. Pray for his recovery, his family and for SU Guinea at this time.  

SU International
On 15 & 16 Sep the SUI Ministry Team will meet by Zoom to review the past year and plan for the year ahead. Pray they will be sensitive to God’s leading and direction.

Asia Community Groups
Members from both the East West Asia and the South Asia Community groups will meet together online on 19 September. Pray this will be an encouraging event for all.

 

 

 

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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