Elaine Hutchinson has sent though her latest prayer letter. It’s in PDF format ready to download.
So after a long and rather hot summer its back to school for a new term. Its been a rather busy few months …
The new academic year begins in Paraguay.
Today in Asunción, Paraguay, Patrick Butler will speak at the opening service of St. Andrew’s School; please pray for Patrick and the challenge and encouragement of his message for students and staff as they embark on this new journey.
FEISA, the Early Years Teacher Training College in Asunción, is also back in action and this weekend a team will make the first 2008 visit to the indigenous community of Yatnata to start a training programme with the mothers to enable them to set up their own nursery for the youngest children. Please pray for the FEISA team as they prepare the training and for the right mothers to attend and be committed to the programme.
Also in the Paraguayan Chaco this weekend a youth conference is being held under the leadership of Pastor Elvio. A group of 30 young people accompanied by 10 adults will share with other young people and leaders in El Estribo community. Called “Sowing well for good results”, the conference will challenge young people to develop daily Bible reading habits.
Ruth Pitman flies to Paraguay today to spend three weeks assisting Beryl Baker in her comprehensive but lonely medical ministry to needy people in the Chaco. Pray for Ruth’s adjustment and that she will bring great encouragement to Beryl.
Last month we asked prayer for the diocesan youth camp in Northern Argentina. We’ve now heard that God touched many hearts and ten youngsters accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. Thank you for your prayers! The impact has been beyond expectation; let’s praise God for his might and goodness and let’s also pray for the follow-up in the local churches.
Four hundred and forty people squeezed into the main hall in the Jethro Centre for Friday Night Live; it was standing room only by 7:30pm. Highlights of the evening included a reunion between Edmeia Williams from Brazil and Archbishop Robin Eames. In 1998 Lord Eames visited Edmeia in the Dona Marta favela of Rio de Janerio.
Retired Bishop of Paraguay, John Ellison and his wife Judy, shared about their 30 years of work in South America. Dr Dickie Barr reported on a successful Love for Life trip, and the Trews emotionally shared how the family moved from Paraguay back to Northern Ireland.
The dynamic evangelist and church leader from Chile, Alf Cooper, gave the keynote address on the need to share the gospel, and training all members of the church to be a witness for Christ. He also introduced Samuel Lago who is spending a year in All Saints Parish in Belfast.
Titch and Cecilia reported on the excellent work carried out by SAMS volunteers in Salta and welcomed Pamela who is spending a year in Annaghmore Parish.
Bishop Ken Clarke finished the evening by praying for all those who will be going on mission over the next year, including the nationals from South America working in Northern Ireland.
It was another exciting night, encouraging to see so much interest in the work of mission in South America, Spain and Portugal. Thank you to all who helped out, and for everyone who came on such a wintry night.
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Carnaval begins on Saturday and in Recife, Brazil, Josias de Souza and a team led by Saulo from Espirito Santo church will be doing evangelism alongside Youth with a Mission (YWAM). Pray for them and against the powers of darkness that Carnaval can unleash. And nearby in Olinda three churches are planning to take a group of vulnerable people to the Living Waters Institute (formerly Emanuel Farm) for a time away from Carnaval and its influence.
The February Prayer news for Northern Argentina has also just arrived.
Last week the diocesan youth-camp for urban parishes took place in the ‘La Caldera’ conference-centre. 73 youngsters enjoyed an action-packed programme that revolved around the theme of ‘Mission-service’…Despite an improvised programme, God touched many hearts and some ten youngsters accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The Northern part of the Salta-province is suffering from major flooding again. Already some 9 000 indigenous and criollos have been evacuated and 30 tons of aid is being flown in by plane and helicopter.