Prayer for OA
From the prayer section of our current magazine:
- Oasis Borivali. Give thanks for progress on this OA supported Slum Community Development project in the Ganpat Patil Nagar area of Mumbai. Pray for the 25 children who have enrolled in the pre-school programme, and the teachers managing the classes and events. Other programmes include classes for vulnerable members of the community on child rights, HIV/AIDs and anti-human trafficking.
- WUAC. Please pray for the ongoing activities of West Utkal Agriculture Centre in Orissa, and in particular the OA supported Water Projects at 2 villages and Livelihood Projects at 4 others. These provide physical improvements to village water supply infrastructiure, and training to increase agricultural productivity in this rural area.
- Give thanks to God for the faithful development work of Farms Lanka under the leadership of Clarence Mendis. Pray that workers at all levels will be fruitful in this ministry to feed the hungry, and that as they faithfully seek God's guidance in managing their work load and trust him to lead, they will experience his provision and blessing.
- Farms Lanka activities at many different levels continue to uplift lives. One of these is Home Gardening Programmes which, with government backing, has seen many people growing a variety of vegetables around their homes. Pray that this will be successful within the Farms programme and that it will benefit diet and improve health levels generally.
- Praise God that LEADS and its leadership has been strengthened by the activities of Dave Navindra from Canada, who arrived two years ago to deputise for Roshan Mendis. Give thanks that in the past year LEADS' network of programmes and services has continued to expand and evolve to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Pray that plans to improve the retention of specialist staff will be fruitful.
- Give thanks to God for the difference that our partner organisation AMOS is making in the 27 villages they serve in Nicaragua, particularly the dramatic reduction in child mortality.
- Pray that the model they follow of training health promoters to work in their own villages will continue to be effective in bringing major improvements in the health of the village people.
- Remember David and Laura Parajon as they return to the work in Nicaragua after a time raising personal support in the USA. Pray that their vision and wisdom for the work will continue to bring much encouragement to the rural communities.
- Pray for Edilson and Raniela, and their young family, who are living in the Wilson's former home, and leading both the church work and the beekeeper's association at Trapia. Pray for perseverance, and that they will be respected by the community. Pray too for Edilson as he studies to become a Baptist pastor.
- FPI (Farming Partnerships Initiatives) in Karagwe. OA has agreed funding for the second phase of training in sustainable organic farming in this region. Pray for Rev Heavenlight Luoga as he oversees the project, for Rev Paul Kyalimpa of the Baptist Union of Uganda as he delivers the training and for Rev Apollo Anthony, the field worker, as he travels extensively by motorcycle encouraging and monitoring progress.
- Oasis Beersheba. OA has agreed to fund the new phase of the work at Beersheba. Pray for the self help groups being established and trained in areas such as finance and risk assessment. Pray too for the agricultural training being given to members of the Beersheba Boys Football Club.
- SDKF. Continue to pray for those being trained in the Tailoring and Design course - that the skills they are acquiring will be well used for the benefit of themselves and their dependent family members. Pray too for the planning of a second phase of the Agricultural Project which aims to improve food security and sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable peasant farmers of Nakaseke district using sustainable agricultural technologies.
- Gulu. Pray for Rev Paul Kyalimpa as he continues to travel to Gulu in the north of the country to train farmers in sustainable agriculture. Remember before God those who have benefitted from the training that they will be able to share their knowledge with others so that more may benefit from better crops and greater food security.
- Pray for the completion of the training centre at Gulati so that the courses planned to commence in January 2013 will all go ahead as planned and bring encouragement and benefit to the youth of that area.
- Praise God for continued guidance in the affairs of Operation Agri and for all involved in its day to day management.
- The trustees of Operation Agri are aware of the need to expand our team of volunteers, both to take on existing aspects of the work and to ensure leadership succession as current post-holders move towards retirement. Pray for God's provision and that we may be given wisdom in meeting this need.
- Give thanks that Elgan Evans and his family had a fruitful visit to Sri Lanka in the summer. Pray that Gill Ashley-Smith and her team will be guided by the Lord as they put together the resources for the 2013 appeal featuring Sri Lanka.