Pat Blanchard has returned to Peru following a visit here to her sick mother.  Pray for Pat as she resumes work in El Nazareno parish in Lima, and for her mother as she continues her recuperation.


Ruth Hollingdale Vilella, currently on UK leave, also asks prayer for her mother, who begins a course of chemotherapy this week.  Ruth’s husband, Efraim, is back in Brazil and Ruth is due to rejoin him on 17 February.  Please uphold the family at this difficult time.


Tomorrow +Greg & Sylvia Venables arrive from Buenos Aires for a visit to the UK, together with Greg’s participation in next month’s Primates’ Meeting in Egypt.  Pray for rest from their busy schedules during this period.


Last week 99% of CMS members present at their meeting voted for a link-up with SAMS GB.  Therefore, on Saturday 1 February Canon Tim Dakin, General Secretary of CMS (Britain), takes over as General Secretary of SAMS GB.  Pray for Tim assuming the extra responsibility, and also for Mission Director for South America, +Henry Scriven, and his wife Catherine.  They especially ask prayer for their housing situation in the Oxford area as they are experiencing obstacles in mortgage application.


Also on the UK front, next Tuesday (3rd) the SAMS GB Board of Trustees meets; please uphold them in their deliberations.  Three CMS Trustees are now part of the board (with three SAMS Trustees on the CMS board).


And finally, also on Tuesday the teaching staff of St Andrew’s School in Asunción, Paraguay, go back to work after the summer vacation.  Pray for them as a new academic year is set in motion.