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2,500 young people attend Malawi youth conference: About 50% Malawi’s population is less than 18 years old. The Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) recently held a national youth conference in Central Malawi. It had a theme of “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”, and was attended by over 2,500 young people from ZEC churches across Malawi. One commentator wrote that “the conference was timely for the fact that the life of the youth is being challenged by strong winds of anti-Christ and liberalism. The teaching was centred on the word of God, holiness, discipleship, counselling and countering peer influence”. Please give thanks for the way that God is using these young Christians. Please pray for their plans to launch a Bible-based discipleship programme that will be studied at every local ZEC Fellowship of Youth group.
(Zambesi Mission - November 2014)
Desperate times for families of Gaza: Destruction everywhere, thousands displaced, and homeless with no means to earn money - the plight of the people of Gaza, following the recent 50-day conflict with Israel, is desperate. Help is now starting to filter through to the neediest of families. A relief grant given by BMS World Mission to the European Baptist Federation (EBF) is enabling Pastor Hanna and Gaza Baptist Church (where he used to be pastor) to provide food vouchers for families to spend on groceries like rice, beans and cooking oil at a nearby supermarket. So far over 200 needy families, both Christian and Muslim, have received the vouchers, with plans to reach more families in the coming weeks.
(BMS World Mission - November 2014)
Developing medication: Nearly four decades after the discovery of River Blindness (onchocerciasis) in Ecuador, the South American country has now been recognised by the World Health Organization for eliminating this tropical eye and skin disease. First discovered in Ecuador in 1976 by a Reach Beyond missionary doctor, the disease is rated as the second-leading infectious cause of blindness globally. Now the greatest need in the global fight against river blindness is for a new medication that kills not only the larvae but also the adult worms which cause the disease. Pray for those people working to discover this medication.
(Reach Beyond - November 2014)
Refugees in need of rescue: More than three years on, the civil war in Syria shows no signs of ending. Sadly, nor does the suffering of more than 9 million ordinary Syrians who are in need, including 3 million refugees. Many are homeless, have no income and no certainty of what lies ahead. As people continue to seek a safe place to escape from the fighting, Tearfund’s partners are providing food, help with shelter, clothing, stoves and hygiene goods. Eventually, we hope to help refugees return to their homes.
(Tearfund - November 2014)