Prayer for OA
From the prayer section of our current magazine:
1. Oasis Borivili. Give thanks for the progress made during the first year that Operation Agri has supported this project in a slum community in Mumbai. In one of the groups a number of auto rickshaw drivers received advice on the health and addiction risks of tobacco and gutkha (chewing betel nut).
2. Pray that the training carried out during the past year on child rights, human trafficking and sexual abuse will reduce vulnerability, while efforts to improve relationships with local police and government will benefit the community.
3. WUAC. Pray for Mihir Sagar and the staff at West Utkal Agriculture Centre in Diptipur, Orissa. Give thanks for village families who have followed WUAC's guidance in developing their own kitchen-garden plots, praying that this season's crops will be successful and give them an income.
4. Give thanks that the water retaining dam being built in the village of Matiamahul will provide a source of water to the village during the dry season, and also for renewed vision for the future of WUAC in addressing the greatest needs in the surrounding villages.
Tanzania: Farming Partner Initiatives around Karagwe
5. Oxen are being purchased and trained for use in ploughing. This is the first time that oxen have been used for ploughing in this area. Please pray for the farmers who receive the oxen that they will be able to train them well to respond to voice commands spoken in Swahili, and that the oxen will be well cared for and remain in good health. There is considerable local interest in this new venture so please pray that this will be an opportunity for sharing faith as well as new agricultural techniques.
6. Beersheba: Dave Caswell has been appointed country director for Oasis Uganda. Pray for him in this new role with all the additional responsibility that he now carries and for the person taking his place to oversee the work of Beersheba, the project that OA supports at Mbale.
7. Pray for the ongoing work at Mbale as the Self Help Groups continue to bring encouragement and hope to their members through training and the provision of loans made possible by the regular savings scheme for members. Remember also the Beersheba Young Farmers as they are trained in agriculture.
8. SDKF: Pray: for the new phase of agricultural training underway with farmers in and around Nakaseke, north of Kampala; for plans to start a new programme of training in hairdressing for unemployed youth in a slum area of Kampala; for employment to be found for those who have completed the tailoring course.
9. Gulu: Pray for Paul Kyalimpa and Alex Vickers as they continue to deliver training, help and advice to farmers in the north of the country around Gulu.
10. Duaripara. Give thanks for the brilliant exam results achieved by the girls last year and pray that they may be able to build on that success this year. Pray for the girls elected to the children's committee as they work with their teachers to plan and develop new initiatives.
11. Remember in prayer all who work in the garment industry and those who suffered life changing injuries in the garment factory collapse in Dhaka earlier this year - that they may find the help they need to rebuild their lives.
12. Pray for political stability in Bangladesh and an end to the disruptive strikes that hamper economic development and that Bangladesh may continue to be a country where people of different faiths can live together in peace.
13. OA has agreed to support the provision of another microhydro project that will benefit about 700 people with electricity for lighting and TV reception and can provide power for income generation possibilities. Pray for ongoing stability in this area of Afghanistan so that these benefits and others like them may be brought to the people without hindrance.
14. Pray for the leadership of Farms Lanka as they continue their vital work in many different areas of this needy country. Many of the support activities that Farms provides are directed through community based organisations where help is given to sewing projects, small sales outlets, carpentry, home gardening and vocational training programmes. Give thanks to God for the benefit these activities bring to the poorest in these communities and pray that improved financial support will enable this work to continue and expand.
15. A recent report from our partner AMOS reminds us that every year over seven million of the world's poorest children die from completely preventable illnesses. Pray for the health promoters who are trained by Amos to recognize the signs of danger, know what to do in an emergency, and can mobilize their community to help save lives. Their work in the villages is vital to mothers and their children. Give thanks that through the community based primary health care programmes much is being achieved to bring health improvements to all.
16. Pray for the Lord to guide and encourage the officers and trustees of OA as they seek ways to encourage further support and enlist voluntary help.
17. Give thanks that the new Sri Lanka based appeal resources were well received at the Baptist Assembly and pray that many more churches will take up these materials for use at harvest and other occasions.