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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The Quechua: The Quechua people are a marginalised people group who live in the Andes. Because of their strong traditions, some Quechua beliefs and practices can unhelpfully pass into the lives of new believers. One such belief is that people can get ill because they had a ‘scare’ (and as a result, their spirit departs from their body), or because they were attacked by a malevolent ‘spirit-wind’. Pray for ATEK, an organisation promoting the use of Scriptures in the Quechua language, as it develops discipleship materials to help believers develop a Biblically-shaped worldview.
(Latin Link - July 2015)
Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal
The Mandinka: The Mandinka people, numbering around 1.3 million, are found particularly in Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. In The Gambia they make up over 40% of the total population. A couple of years ago the whole Bible was published in Mandinka. The Jesus film has also been dubbed into Mandinka. Many have prayed for the Mandinka people. But there are still very few believers. Persevering prayer for the Mandinka people to accept Jesus as Lord is the need of the hour.
(WEC International - July 2015)
Media for minority languages: During April, a four-day conference in the Netherlands brought together 380 workers, from 130 organisations, who produce resources to spread the gospel in minority languages throughout Eurasia. Praise God for a valuable time for learning from one another. Pray for those who are reaching out to minority groups in Eurasia, for wisdom in how to use what has been learnt to further maximise media for building God’s kingdom.
(Operation Mobilisation - 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)