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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Cyclone Pam disaster: The people of Vanuatu are reeling after Cyclone Pam brought mayhem and destruction to their South Pacific nation. Winds of up to 180mph slammed into the 65 islands making up the archipelago, flattening homes, crops, and knocking out bridges and roads. Vanuatu’s president described the damage as ‘unprecedented’ and up to half of Vanuatu’s 277,000 population are estimated to have been affected by the disaster. Vanuatu is one of the world's least developed countries with around 80% of the population making a living through subsistence farming. Pray for people as they start on the road to recovery and for the government to rebuild schools speedily so children don’t miss out on their education. Pray too that the church globally will take action on climate change to help protect the world's poorest people from more disasters like this.
(AsiaLink - May 2015)
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)
Hope for women in Afghanistan: A 21-year-old woman was awarded the 2015 International Women of Courage award in Afghanistan for her role as the first female air force pilot in her nation. Despite death threats from insurgents, and even her own extended family, she refuses to be intimidated or silenced. Pray for her safety. Ask that her case could be an example of perseverance and courage for many women struggling under heavy burdens, giving other young women hope and inspiration. Ask the Lord today to bring more women to Himself in Afghanistan. Pray for effective workers among them.
(AsiaLink - 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)