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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Anti-trafficking international awareness: In May 2015, WorldShare’s growing anti-trafficking partner Beginning of Life is hosting a major international conference on ‘Changed Realities of Human Trafficking, Exploitation and Migration.’ The 200 delegates meeting in Chisinau will include speakers from South Africa, India, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, politicians, lawyers, police and representatives of NGO’s from around the world. Please pray with us that increased international awareness and co-ordination on this issue will result in more people being successfully rescued and rehabilitated from trafficking and exploitation, and, crucially, many more prevented from becoming victims in the first place.
(WorldShare - May 2015)
Christians accused of blasphemy: Pakistan’s Christian community has felt increasingly vulnerable since the September 2013 bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar. In March 2015, at least 19 people were killed when bombs were detonated outside two churches in the Christian colony of Youhannabad, Lahore. Less than a fortnight later, armed motorcyclists opened fire on St Peter’s Church and High School in the Township area of Lahore. Christians are also vulnerable to being falsely accused under the country’s blasphemy laws. Punjab officials are fast-tracking cases where they believe defendants are accused of blasphemy without basis - but have excluded Christians from the process for fear of a violent reaction by hardliners. Pray that the government will increase security for the Christian minority and reform the blasphemy legislation so that the innocent are protected.
(Release International - May 2015)
Palliative care in Nepal: Palliative care is the relief and prevention of suffering for people with serious life threatening or terminal illness. It is relatively new to Nepal. Provision is almost entirely confined to the Kathmandu Valley. Four of the five geographical regions of Nepal have almost no palliative care arrangements at all. This includes most of the remote and disadvantaged communities in the country. At the moment, there are very limited numbers of trained Nepalis to extend the availability of palliative care but training is now taking place. Please pray that the need for palliative care will be more widely recognised. Pray that people facing the end of their lives will be able to do so in peace with their loved ones around them.
(International Nepal Fellowship - May 2015)
Students in Sri Lanka: Savithri Sumanthiran is General Secretary of Fellowship Of Christian University Students (FOCUS). She says, “I love student ministry because it is the one ministry in Sri Lanka that addresses every sphere of life and because these young men and women can so influence a bruised and broken society towards shalom”. Please pray for students to see that Jesus should impact every sphere of life: personal, economic, social and political.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - May 2015)