Transforming lives on four continents

We need your prayers

The life-transforming work of BMS World Mission would not happen without your prayers. This week, we’re sharing some of our most urgent and important prayer needs. Please pray with and for us!

From South Sudan to Sri Lanka to Syria, BMS is working in some of the world’s neediest, most fragile and least evangelised nations – and that work is hard. At times, it feels impossible.

That’s why we need your prayer. Why it’s such an encouragement and blessing to know you’re praying with us. And why our story this week takes the form of a list of our current top prayer requests – to urge you to keep praying.
We can’t wait to see how God answers these prayers!


Please pray:

 
  • BMS is responding to the needs of vulnerable children following severe flooding in Sri Lanka. Pray for wisdom and energy for our partner on the ground, and pray for affected communities to be able to bounce back quickly from this disaster.

  • Pray for the development of fresh BMS work amongst people who are suffering from chronic food insecurity in South Sudan. BMS worker Benon Kayanja is among those spearheading this initiative, providing essential supplies to some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
 
  • We have local workers serving in countries where they are at real risk. Please pray for them – for boldness to live out their calling and for safety and protection as they serve in fragile countries.

 

  • Thank God for the two new Regional Leaders recently appointed to the BMS team, who will be overseeing our work in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Pray for them to have energy to hit the ground running, so that we can work even more effectively with our partners around the world in the coming months.

 

  • Pray for wisdom as we seek to work through a very complex partnership situation in Bangladesh.

 

  • We have submitted a funding application to the Government that would enable excellent, life-transforming work in a tough country in central Asia to continue. Please pray with us for success!
 
  • We are passionate about our new harvest appeal resource Wonderfully Made and would love to see it impact lots of people. God loves every single one of the million people whose lives we want to see transformed – and that’s what Wonderfully Made is all about. Some of us at BMS have children who have disabilities, and it’s really encouraging to be reminded that they are not products of mutated DNA, but are in fact wonderfully made by God. Pray that the video and resources really encourage other parents who may sometimes feel a little bit of despair. And pray that Wonderfully Made will be successful in raising money to help vulnerable people around the world know their God-given value.

 

  • Pray for a clear and coherent Baptist vision for ending extreme vulnerability. We have been working hard with the Baptist Relief and Development Network to come up with a shared vision and approach, alongside the Baptist World Alliance. But there is more to do. Pray for important meetings about this taking place in July and October.
 
  • Please continue to remember Syria’s forgotten families in your prayers. There’s still no peace, there’s still trauma and struggle, and basic needs are still being met by our partners on the ground, who are acting with compassion, love and amazing reserves of energy. Pray for an end to the conflict. Pray for the millions of displaced Syrians who are mourning for lost loved ones and struggling to live day to day. And pray that, while BMS is still needed, we and our partners would have the resources and strength to continue to respond.

 

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to work through all our personnel, partners and projects, so that every one of them will be fruitful. We work hard to be good stewards with wise plans, but ultimately we need the Holy Spirit to work in an extraordinary way. Pray for open doors to make Jesus known.

  • Thank God for his faithfulness to BMS in providing resources, and pray for us as we seek to do even more. We have just submitted our first round of budgets for next year, and we want to do some ambitious things to advance God’s kingdom in fragile places where people live in extreme poverty and in places where Christ is not known. Pray that we would continue to expect great things and attempt great things. And, as we do so, pray for us to experience God’s promise in Malachi 3: 10, “see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

 

Thank you so much for praying with us! Our mission workers tell us time and time again that they can sense that they are being upheld by the prayers of the UK church. Lives are being transformed by God’s love, and your prayers are helping that happen. Thank you.

 
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Second photo by Carwyn Hill

 

15/06/2017

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