Dear CAM prayer partners,

Here are the prayer items for Newslink, 21 January 2014.

CONGO
Carol Seymour andGinny Perkins arrived back in Lubumbashi last Friday (17 Jan). Ginny managed to stop a thief running off with Carol’s suitcase at L’shi airport. Colleagues Mukokele and Kazadi helped with airport formalities and transport. Brethren missionary friend Rachel brought them food and gave some initial meals. Thank God for their safe arrival, with all their luggage,and for the help given by friends. In their house Carol and Ginny found a curtain in shreds, presumably eaten by mice, a partially-eaten wooden stool (by which pest?), but their dogs and parrots are fine. Pray for them to adjust quickly to the hot steamy climate, frustrations with power cuts, etc. and sort out the house and organise their work routines.

Other news: (From Delports) Judge Arthur, from Kinshasa, helped the Lwamba people last year with Christian literature and clothing. In early Feb, he will fly to Lwamba, with Kazadi, to install a community radio, to help the local people with educational news and information. Thank God for this kindness. Pray for them as they prepare the necessary equipment.

(From Debbie Howard) Pray for Hilaire, head of youth and children’s workers in Lubumbashi, and his team, as they embark on the year’s training programmes, in and outside L’shi.

Please prayfor Willy (schools’ coordinator at Kipushya), travelling away this week, leaving his wife recovering from surgery at Kabinda. Pray for her too.

ZAMBIA
Gordon & Sybil McKillop report that supplies of fertiliser have just been found to help the Nyangombe people with their maize harvests. Praise God for the promise of good yields this year. Pray for Nyangombe staff, visiting remote churches, to have safe travel and fruitful ministry. Pray for teaching at the Centre this week, to around 60, on how the churches can help widows and orphans.

Dave & Ruth Garrard had a good time in Kitwe last week, with Dave teaching his Missions course at Trans-Africa Theological College. They enjoyed last Sunday in Ndola, with an invite after church to a member’s home, where, after a meal, teaching was given by a visiting preacher on relationships between church leaders and their wives. Thank God for these blessings. Pray for the Garrards as they prepare for their Congo trip later this month, organising the best way to travel, etc.

MOZAMBIQUE
Keep praying for peace in Mozambique, where things are still quite tense. Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva are extending their medical leave in Brazil until March, as Rosaria has some further issues that need investigation. Pray for her examination tomorrow (Weds) and biopsy to follow. Pray for a good and quick resolution of the problem. Pray too for Wanderley’s mother, Zelia, who has a back problem and memory issues.

ETHIOPIA
Praise God for a recent generous donation to buy more Oromifa Bibles for Ethiopia. Pray for the buying and distribution of these, that they may reach those most in need of Bibles.

Compiled by Lyn Ramsey. The next Newslink will be sent on Tuesday 28 January.

 

Dear CAM prayer partners,

Here are the prayer items for Newslink, 14 January 2014.

CONGO
Carol Seymour andGinny Perkins thank God for all the encouraging reports of their varied ministries in Congo during their long absence (11 months). They are due to fly out from UK this Thursday, 16 January, arriving back in Lubumbashi on Friday. There have been some recent security issues in the area, but things seem quiet enough now for their return to go ahead. Pray for stability and peace. Pray for Carol and Ginny’s journey and for their settling back into life at the Living Waters Centre, adjusting to the heat (!) and resuming their work schedules.

Lwamba news.  Dr Joshua’s wife and son flew to Lubumbashi last week. His wife is expecting a baby in March. Dr Joshua will be taking a few months’ leave from February and needs to find an interim doctor to replace him. (Dr Nshimba has not felt able to return since he left during a time of troubles last April.) Pray for a replacement to be found and also another permanent doctor at Lwamba Hospital.

ZAMBIA
Gordon & Sybil McKillop mention the dangers at Nyangombe during this mid-rainy-season period, with slippery conditions everywhere and freak lightning strikes - one blew a hole in the wall of a house last week (thankfully just after the guests left!) Pray for general safety for workers doing maintenance jobs. Pray for some children of staff leaving this week for boarding schools, that they will remember the youth teaching received and remain faithful to the Lord. This week, teaching programmesare being organised at Nyangombe for the year ahead, late Feb - Nov 2014. As 55% of Zambia’s population are under 21, the emphasis will be on youth teaching and training. Pray for wisdom in the planning and for another fruitful year of teaching.

Dave & Ruth Garrard are in Kitwe all week. Dave completed one long day at Trans-Africa Theological College yesterday - he is teaching a complete Missions course this week. Pray for Dave to have the stamina needed for this heavy programme. Pray for Ruth as she sees to the domestic side of things and makes herself useful. Praise God, they now have their official invitation letter and Congo visas for their visit to Lubumbashi at the end of the month.

MOZAMBIQUE
Pray for security and peace in Mozambique. Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva,currently in Brazil, are due to return to Mozambique later this month. Unfortunately, at this late stage, Rosaria has some new health issues that need investigation. Changing their tickets is complicated and very expensive. Pray for wisdom and guidance for the da Silvas as they plan the next step. Pray for encouragement and peace about their situation, and for all the medical problems to be resolved.

ETHIOPIA
Pray for an increased interest in helping support church planters - more donors to help with CAM’s monthly support of 65 planters; also general donations, for more Bibles, etc.

CAM International
We expected to change from Central African Missions to CAM International by Nov/Dec 2013. However, there have been some frustrating delays, with the bank taking an unbelievably long time to finalise everything for the new bank accounts. Also, we apologize for the long delay in relaunching the website since it was hacked into last year. The new website is almost ready now. Pray for these problems to be fully resolved soon.

Compiled by Lyn Ramsey. The next Newslink will be sent on Tuesday 21 January.

Dear CAM prayer partners,

Here are the prayer items for Newslink, 7 January 2014.

CONGO
Ministry news: Bridget Lane (who left Congo in November) sent news. She has heard from Timothy, secretary at ISTELU Bible College in Lubumbashi. The college opened again yesterday, with three courses running - the 3-year one and two Master’s courses in the evenings. Unfortunately, only eight have registered for the 3-year programme - not really enough when some normally drop out along the way. Pray for more students to enrol soon.

As for Bridget herself, pray that she may find more suitable housing in Skipton. Pray for her, too, as she hopes to organize a trip to Congo to fit in a term of teaching at ISTELU this academic year, probably starting in April.

Debbie Howard  (who was last in Congo in May-June 2013) also passed on news received of the street boys work in Lubumbashi, which is now run by the Kimbilio(Anglican) project. It is going very well and Paulin, a former street boy, is now at secondary school and considered a team member for the project.Praise God for this ongoing work and pray for plans to help more street girls this year as well as continuing all the regular programmes. Pray for Debbie, currently serving on the pastoral team at her home church in Bournemouth and seeking God about a future posting.

ZAMBIA
Gordon & Sybil McKillop mention that most of Nyangombe’s 40 trained evangelists and church plantershave been away for the last two months on ministry and are due back soon. Pray for their work to bear fruit, for safety as they return and for these dedicated men to be encouraged and have a renewed vision for the year ahead.

Dave & Ruth Garrard are keeping busy in Zambia and sorting out a programme for the coming weeks. Dave spoke at the New Year’s Eve watch-night service at Itawa, Ndola (which continued until 6am - but it’s not clear whether he and Ruth stayed all night!) and also preached last Sunday to a good crowd at the same church. They are in Kitwe all next week for Dave to teach at the AOG Bible College there. They would like to go to Congo in early Feb. Pray for the official invitation letter to come through in time for this. Pray for the heavy week of teaching in Kitwe as Dave strives to complete a whole course. Pray for Ruth as she keeps house, looks after Dave and no doubt finds plenty to do.

MOZAMBIQUE
Pray for a real peace settlement in Mozambique. Pray forWanderley & Rosariada Silva, currently on leave and due to return to Chimoio later in January.

ETHIOPIA
Many more Oromifa Bibles are now circulating in Ethiopia. Pray for those who have received a copy, that God will bless both private devotions and public reading in church. May the Holy Spirit give understanding, leading to transformed lives.

Missionaries on leave
Carol Seymour and Ginny Perkins enjoyed their last Sunday at Wickford Christian Centre(Carol’s home church) but then had to say lots of goodbyes. Returning from taking goods for shipping yesterday (Monday), they had a puncture just 4 miles from home and had to await rescue! Pray for them as they prepare to return to Lubumbashi, Congo, leaving on Thurs 16 Jan.

Compiled by Lyn Ramsey. The next Newslink will be sent on Tuesday 14 January

Here are the prayer items for Newslink, 17 December 2013.

CONGO
Prison work: A few weeks ago, 42 prisoners were released from the top security prison in Likasi. Pray for the Christians among them to go on in their faith and be witnesses for Jesus.

TV & Radio: Testimonies have been received, via Congolese colleagues in Lubumbashi, of people whose lives have been transformed (backsliders restored; sick folk healed, etc) after watching or listening to one of the ‘Victory in Jesus’ broadcasts. Praise God that these programmes are still going out. Pray for the Christmas broadcasts to impact many.

ZAMBIA
Gordon & Sybil McKillop are keeping well occupied at Nyangombe. For Gordon, there is a lot of building and maintenance work at this time of year. Pray for safety for all the workers. Sybil is more involved with the youth and children’s programmes which are continuing every afternoon and evening. Pray for wisdom for the teachers and helpers and for the youngsters to be blessed and built up in their faith through these sessions.

Dave & Ruth Garrard attended a new church opening in Kitwe last Sunday. Dave was the preacher and the meeting lasted from 9am – 2pm! (These two facts are not necessarily connected - there were probably lots of choir items, etc!) The leader of this church group is someone Dave taught at Mattersey. They have branches in a number of other towns in Zambia and want help with training evangelists. Praise God for this contact and possible opening for Dave to get involved. Thank God, too, that the Garrards’ work permits have now been picked up in Lusaka by Pastor Danny and will be taken on to Ndola by Pastor Ziso.

Dave & Ruth will be spending Christmas at Nyangombe with the McKillops. Pray for their time together to be greatly blessed.

MOZAMBIQUE
Keep praying for the country of Mozambique to be stable and peaceful, so that missionaries may continue their work there. Pray forWanderley & Rosariada Silva, finishing their medical leave in Brazil and preparing to return to Mozambique in January.

ETHIOPIA 

News has come of an expedition by helicopter in the south of Ethiopia by Brian Rutten’s son-in-law Jeremy, to places inaccessible by road, where the people are animists and suspicious of strangers. Pray for church planters who will start to make regular visits to some of these parts.

Missionaries on leave
Carol Seymour and Ginny Perkins have had an exciting time, it seems, during their week in the Canary Islands - with camel rides, a mini-landslide disrupting a bus journey, seasickness on a dolphin and whale search boat, and a submarine trip to view exotic fish! Pray for them as they celebrate Christmas with family and friends and prepare for their return to Congo in 4 weeks.

Compiled by Lyn Ramsey. Newslink is now taking a Christmas break!
The next Newslink will be sent on Tuesday 31 December. Best wishes for a joyful and peaceful Christmas! 

Here are the prayer items for Newslink, 31 December 2013.

CONGO
Ministry news: Pastor Mukaya sent news of taking extra food to the Lubumbashi prison over Christmas and holding some very good meetings there. The prisoners were most appreciative.Thank God that this ministry is being carried on. Praise God for at least two more churches started recently through bike evangelism into remote villages.

ZAMBIA
Gordon & Sybil McKillop enjoyed having the Garrards with them over Christmas. Dave did all the speaking at the Christmas services and last weekend. Praise God! May the blessings from his ministry continue to bear fruit in people’s lives. Later this week, many children from Nyangombe will be going back to school or to new schools, some quite distant. Pray that the teaching given during the December programme of youth meetings will stay with them and help them to resist temptations and stand for Christ in their boarding schools.

Dave & Ruth Garrard returned yesterday (30th) to Ndola from Nyangombe - a 10-hour journey by road. They said their time there was ‘excellent’. Pray for Dave as he is one of the speakers at the watch-night service tonight. Thank God for meetings lined up for the coming weeks and pray for Dave’s ministry to be fruitful. Pray for the Garrards’ plans to visit Congo in January and for the necessary papers to be forthcoming.

MOZAMBIQUE
Keep praying for peace in Mozambique, and for Wanderley & Rosariada Silva, currently on leave and due to return to Chimoio later in January.

ETHIOPIA
Areas of Ethiopia which are nominally Orthodox tend to have many witchdoctors practising, as people yearn to see some power at work and go to these men for help with family problems, sickness, poverty, etc. Pray for the church planters in these regions, as they preach the powerful Gospel and pray for sick folk to be healed in Christ’s name – a higher power than the demonic powers involved in witchcraft. Pray for more witchdoctors to be converted. (Praise God, some have even become pastors!)

Missionaries on leave
Carol Seymour and Ginny Perkins are now busy organising things for their return to Congo on 16 Jan. This coming weekend they will be with family and friends in Wickford, Essex, at the church on Sunday and organising the shipping of goods out to Africa. Pray for them as they prepare to return to Lubumbashi.

Compiled by Lyn Ramsey. The next Newslink will be sent on Tuesday 7 January, 2014.

From the Preston office, we send our best wishes for a Happy New Year!