NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015, and the changes imposed by the new Regulations have major implications for access to NHS healthcare for mission partners.
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Programmes for Prisoners: About three years ago, Alberto began listening to Programmes for Prisoners aired on Radio Vida, a Spanish Christian FM station broadcasting to the area of southern Andalucía. These live phone-in programmes allow inmates from a nearby prison and their families to exchange greetings over the air. Alberto began listening because his grandson was in prison. He heard that the radio station was inviting the families of the prisoners to a special meal so Alberto attended and met the programme producer and the volunteers from the church. As a result of the relationship that formed, Alberto surrendered his life to Jesus, joined the local church and has now become one of the dedicated volunteers who are involved in the weekly radio programmes, where he shares his own testimony. Pray for the impact of such programmes and that lives will continue to be changed.
(Reach Beyond - September 2015)
Recovering from cyclones: The Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, are recovering from two cyclones that hit the area within six weeks of each other earlier this year. Cyclone Lam and Nathan uprooted trees and destroyed homes and buildings in the homelands of Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Elcho Island. Pray for the clean-up operation that is now under way, that life will soon get back to normal for those affected and for a special touch on those suffering stress and mental trauma from the two storms.
(Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - July 2015)
Within the family: Many Japanese Christians are the only believer in their family. Non-Christian husbands often have no time at all to be able to interact with Christians or go to church. Parents are often strongly opposed to their children ‘becoming non-Japanese’ (Christians) and fear for their own well-being after death if their offspring won’t take care of their deceased spirits. Ask God to break down these barriers to the gospel within the family environment. Pray for strengthening and patience for lone believers to stay close to God. Pray for God’s protection on Christian families to stay strong, united and able to resist temptations and attacks that would seek to undermine or divide the family. Pray for significant growth of God’s family, the Church, to occur through the salvation of earthly family members.
(Japan Christian Link - July 2015)
Desperate refugees: In April, a boat carrying over 700 refugees sank off the coast of Italy. This brought the total for lives lost this year in such incidents to over 1,600 and it can be assumed that many more will have been lost, whose vessels were never observed. These desperate people leave from Libya and Tunisia, often having first travelled overland from Algeria and nations further inland. They aim for Italy and Malta, desiring a life free of hunger, war, and persecution. Pray for patrol and rescue vessels to locate these inadequate and overcrowded boats before the worst happens. Pray too for the countries receiving the refugees, which are feeling the strain on resources. Pray for a witness there, but also for the refugees’ homelands, that their communities would prosper in peace, freedom, resources, and the Word of God.
(YWAM - July 2015)