April 28, 2020
Bethany Kapezya (DR Congo, DPG Day 1)
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lubumbashi was reported this week. They are trialling a one-day lockdown. It continues to be very slow: not the massive rise of cases as in other countries. The Kapezya family remain at home, but things seem pretty normal ‘outside’ with shops and markets open. The school remains closed.
Allison Howell (Ghana, DPG Day 2)
Pray for Allison who has been experiencing phantom limb pain as she waits for a prosthesis. Pray that her pain will be well controlled during this difficult transition.
Kara McLaughlin (South Africa, DPG Day 2)
Thank God for 3-year-old Farios in Mozambique who has just started walking. This is a miracle since he has fought for life several times since birth. Give thanks that one of the Hands@Work care-workers took Farios into her own home to help him to this point of development.
John and Karen Short (China/Hong Kong, DPG Day 7)
Praise God that believers still meet regularly, albeit in more and smaller groups. Praise God for ongoing Christian witness, worship and CBR work. Pray for God to work in the hearts of seekers and to provide for unemployed believers.
David and Robin Ware (Cambodia, DPG Day 7)
Pray for David as he’s stayed on to finish at the school in June. Pray for HOPE teachers teaching online, and for HOPE families scattered around the world with some staff staying in Cambodia. Pray for the timing of the exit of current staff and those who are either returning or new. Praise God for the safe arrival of David and Robin’s second grandchild Finn.
Paul and Gerrah Kulikovsky (Philippines, DPG Day 9)
Praise God that church leaders have been able to meet on Mondays and there’s a prayer meeting on Wednesdays. Praise God that Karl and Elmar continue to broadcast on Sunday nights; pray that many will benefit from this. Pray for better internet for the online services. Pray that the needs of the 50 families from the three churches will be met. Pray for the school which has still not received Dept Ed approval to resume — they only have 40% of required enrolees. Pray for the Lord’s timing in the lifting of the lockdown, which may be in mid-May. Praise God that Paul has found a good mechanic to work on his generators. The province is short on building materials, spare parts, tyres, food and dental and other services. Praise God that Gerrah, whose thesis is on hold, has been sewing a lot (including masks) and growing vegetables.
Noel and Mary Bachelor (Australia, DPG Day 12)
Pray for GRN as they remaster programs to suit current needs. Praise God that more people are accessing recordings online. Pray for brother-in-law Michael who is starting (experimental) immunotherapy for his cancer.
Daniel and Candide Weekes (France, DPG Day 13)
Praise God for good health during lockdown. Praise God that Dan is getting camp jobs done and Candide has steady work. Pray for the government as they decide on the next steps.
Bill and Nicoletta Quinert (Italy, DPG Day 14)
Thank the Lord that Italy is seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases and deaths. The church’s service online runs very well as a substitute for the normal worship meeting. Bill is active again in outdoor evangelism.
Jon and Janet Mitchell (PNG, DPG Day 17)
NTM field and area leadership in PNG have put measures in place in locations affected by COVID-19 to ensure the safety and security of NTM members. Pray for members facing temporary but sudden restrictions.
David and Stacie Coates (Restricted Access, DPG Day 22)
Pray for David as he’s still symptomatic with fever, cough and nausea, and is awaiting further test results in hospital. Stacie is improving and should be out of the hotel soon.
Colin and Marg (Restricted Access, DPG Day 23)
Pray that their school will reopen soon. Pray for them as they teach when and where they can (Marg kindy, Colin grade 7 boys). Pray for them as they connect with married and disconnected singles either in person or online — pray for meaningful and productive conversations.
Peter and Esther (Restricted Access, DPG Day 25)
Pray for them to get emergency visas as their visas are due to expire on Thursday. Pray for their safety as they treat COVID-19 cases at their hospital and clinic. Pray for Peter to be free of pericarditis pain.
Our deepest condolences to Neil Sim, Bethany, Joshua and Hannah and their families, on the passing away of his wife and their mother Lisa from cancer. Neil and Lisa were commended by Wattle Park, went to language school in France and served in Benin (2001-2011) where Neil trained apprentice mechanics and Lisa supervised SIM’s Parakou Guest House.