COVID-19 spread in Malawi: Your prayers are urgently needed for the Covid-19 situation in Malawi which is growing worse due to the South African variant. There is no vaccine roll out in place and many of the Malawian people are fearful of being vaccinated. Pray that the people will be given the truth about the vaccine and the importance of having it. The current figures are 20,830 cases, 7,005 recovered, 540 deaths.
Bible Explorer class in Malawi: Praise God for the good health of all the Bible Explorer class trainers, and that they have been able to return to visiting schools, teaching the Bible to hundreds of children. Pray for God's guidance in 2021, that He will enable us to reach more schools and districts in Malawi. Pray that the ‘clean hands’ project is well implemented in the schools and that participation of the children is good. Pray that all those in schools are protected from Covid-19.
Protection and guidance: Pray for the protection of God upon each and every staff member, our families and the office properties and premises. Pray for God’s guidance upon everyone as we carry on doing some work in this period of the pandemic. Pray for God’s encouragement to Pastors to keep on reading Christian books and teaching material during this period of Covid-19 so that they get encouraged. Ask God to help members to receive God’s direction after reading the books and apply it in their day to day life.
Hand washing stands in Malawi: Pray for the grace of God to help the health clinic construction to be completed and to get it registered with the Malawi Medical Council so that the doors can be opened by July. Pray for the welders to complete the contract for the hand washing stand carefully and in good time. Pray for the local chiefs to mobilise the communities to use and maintain the washstands. Pray for wisdom for our staff as they set up the washstands in strategic places around Salima town.
Wisdom for projects: Please pray for the Starfish teams in the UK and Malawi as they wrestle with the impact that the coronavirus is likely to have on the work of the charity. Fundraising events in the UK are already being cancelled or postponed, with the effect of decreased income for this year. Projects such as Bible Explorer in Malawi, have already been affected as the schools and nurseries have been closed. Please pray for wisdom in deploying staff onto other projects.
Glad Tidings Orphan Care: Thank God for all the donations which are given to the Glad Tidings Orphan Care centre to enable the work of caring for the children on a daily basis to continue. Pray for the staff and nursery school teachers as they educate the children. Thank God also that the health clinic construction is nearly completed. Pray that it will help many people to access medical help in the community when it opens in 2020. Thank God for the ambulance as it is already providing a valuable service to those in the community.
Orchard blesses Glad Tidings Orphan Care: Starfish has created an orchard of fruit trees that will benefit the community of Glad Tidings Orphan Care, as well as local primary schools. The fruit supplements diets and the community is educated about the nutritional importance of including fruit, fibre, and vegetables in their diet. Pray that the fruit trees grow without being damaged by disease. Pray for well-wishers to help build a brick wall around the Orchard.
Bible Explorer (BX) programme teaching: We ask for God's favour and protection in this coming academic year for our secondary school student sponsorship; and for good outcomes to staff changes. Pray for the Bible Explorer (BX) programme teaching the Bible to children in school, for spiritual growth in the lives of all BX presenters, and for their good health. Pray also for the expansion of this programme in schools in the Matenje zone, where ten schools are expected to be added this year, and that in the Glad Tidings Orphan Care the nursery school children would excel in their education.