BRAZIL

Pray for God’s future for My Father’s House in Olinda. The government have placed a compulsory purchase order on this (rented) property, in order to build a new coast road. Pray for Ian Meldrum seeking to safeguard the boys’ welfare. Other house and land owners have begun legal action against the compulsory purchase. Pray for Andy and Rose Roberts and the staff team, for strength and hope to continue working through the uncertainty, trusting God to provide.

 

Praise God for the Easter evangelistic outreach from the Living Waters Church, alongside the ongoing ministry bringing hope to the poor. Pray for Ian and Siméa, and for God’s guidance in their vision for the future use of the farm.

 

Thank God for the visit of Marcos and Tamara Throup and baby Rebekah to the UK and their time with supporting churches. Pray for their return to João Pessoa as Marcos resumes his study, teaching, preaching and mentoring, and for their family life together.

Brazil

Siméa Meldrum writes from Recife, Brazil: “According to the latest figures from the National Centre for Disaster and Risk Management: in Alagoas were recorded at least 19 deaths, 32,335 people are homeless and 25,843 displaced in 22 cities. In Pernambuco, there are 17,719 homeless, 24,301 displaced, 13 dead and 53 cities have declared an emergency. Right now we’re trying to empower the youth of the Church to be more helpful at these times of disaster. We know that nobody is free of these events, so the church must be prepared to assist and even prevent, when possible. We ask our prayer partners to pray for this training, because today, they already are mobilizing to help some people who are homeless with their families. They are making collection of clothes and personal items to send to the cities where these people are homeless.”

Siméa Meldrum writes from Recife, Brazil

Dear friends

According to the latest figures from the National Centre for Disaster and Risk Management (Cenadi) in Alagoas were recorded at least 19 deaths, 32,335 people are homeless and 25 843 homeless in 22 cities. In Pernambuco, there are 17,719 homeless, 24,301 displaced, 13 dead and 53 cities have declared an emergency. Right now we’re trying to empower the youth of the Church to be more helpful at these times of disaster. We know that nobody is free of these events, so the church must be prepared to assist and even prevent, when possible. We ask our prayer partners to pray for this training, because today, they already are mobilizing to help some people who are homeless with their families. They are making collection of clothes and personal items to send to the cities where these people are homeless.

Today Ian was doing an ultrasound examination of the abdomen total. The doctors said he has nothing on the images to be disturbing. She says it is necessary to keep following this period after BCG.

Tomorrow afternoon we will go to an oncologist with the results. Thank you for your prayers. May God bless you. Siméa”

Brazil

Reports state that more than 600 people are missing after days of heavy rain in north-eastern Brazil due to extreme flooding. A state of emergency has been declared in numerous districts, many of which have been cut short of electricity and water. The worst affected state was Alagoas with thousands of people having to abandon their homes.

Argentina, Brazil & Chile

Argentina – Pray for Zewe Chamunda, short termer working in an orphanage in Buenos Aires as she spends her last month on her placement. Pray that she will finish well and make the most of the time she has left on her placement.

 

Brazil – Pray for Ian and Simea Meldrum as Ian receives chemotherapy treatment. Please pray as the Health Plan that he is with have made this process very difficult. Pray for health for Ian and peace of mind for Simea. 

 

Chile – Pray for Cristóbal Cerón and his family as they plant a church in Santiago with students. Pray that the church grows in maturity as well as numbers. Thank God for the leaders he is raising up in Chile and pray that he will raise up many more.


Brazil

We have news and prayer requests from the Steering Committee of My Father’s House, in Recife: Your prayers for the following would be greatly appreciated: There has been a meeting of 19 people to discuss and plan a mission school for approximately 50 young people to train them to deal with difficult times, preparation for disasters which might happen, and how to deal with emergencies. The consultant and his wife who works for World Vision who has been twice before makes another visit in May and is hoping to train and encourage the directors of My Father’s House. He hopes to encourage fundraising activities. The two new directors are very keen to move things forward. The school at Living Waters is progressing well for those children able to attend. There are 150 children waiting for the opportunity to attend but lack of funds prevents this. There are a lot of teenagers attending church and it is going well.

Brazil

Pray for God’s blessing on the life and witness of the church in the Recife Diocese, and for encouragement and guidance for Bishop Robinson and Miriam Cavalcanti and for all clergy and leaders.

 

Marcus Throup combines teaching in the Anglican College in João Pessoa with studying for a PhD in New Testament studies. He also mentors young ordinands. Pray for God’s grace for him and his wife Tamara and baby daughter as they come to the UK at the end of this month for 5 weeks, visiting supporting churches.

 

Ask the Lord to use Josías & Danielle de Souza and Daniel in youth leadership and preaching, to encourage faith and commitment to Christ. As he works alongside other churches in Recife, pray for growing trust and unity among Christians.

 

Uphold Ian & Siméa Meldrum in Olinda in their demanding ministry among the poor in the Living Waters church and Community Centre and ‘My Father’s House’. Pray for the families who they have contact with. Pray also for more helpers and for daily encouragement, joy and discernment.

 

Pray for the project ‘My Father’s House’ which provides a home environment for boys who have been on the streets. Pray for Andy & Rose Roberts and the staff, for strength, wisdom and vision in working with the boys whose behaviour and responses can be unpredictable.

Brazil & Paraguay

Brazil

After the serious floods, leaving 150 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, David Weller asks for prayers for those grieving and those whose homes have been destroyed. There has been only minor damage to the church building. Praise God for the safe arrival of mission partners Marcus and Tamara Throup’s daughter Rebekah, born on 28 March weighing 6lbs 8oz.

 

 

 

RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazilian authorities began destroying homes in some of Rio’s slums after deeming them at risk from mudslides, following floods last week that killed 229 people in the city. Rio mayor Eduardo Paes confirmed that the city would demolish at-risk homes, and warned that 4,000 families in seven slums would be forced to leave their districts in coming days. The heavy rain and flooding last week killed 146 people in Niteroi, a satellite agglomeration of Rio, and 63 in the city itself, according to emergency services. Searches continue for another 200 people still missing. Pray for the church in this area as it works with local people in challenging circumstances.

Brazil

 

Pray for Bishop Robinson & Miriam Cavalcanti in oversight of the Diocese of Recife, for the work of the parishes and the contribution of the diocese to the Province of the Southern Cone. Pray at this busy time for Marcus & Tamara Throup in João Pessoa as they await the birth of their first child, Marcus continues his PhD studies and has increased teaching commitments at the seminary.

 

Ruth & Efraim Vilella moved three months ago to Porto Alegre. Pray for their roles at church and in social projects, and keep in prayer the House of Hope project in Recife, where they served for several years, as it ministers to poor folk in the neighbourhoods. Pastora Dorinha leads the mission church there.

 

Pray for mature disciples to emerge from the youth ministry in Espirito Santo parish, Recife, of Josias & Danielle de Souza and Daniel. Ask God to bless the family in this and the wider ministry of the church.

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