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A 14-member team from Kennebecasis Baptist Church in New Brunswick will depart for a SENT trip to Bolivia on June 22. CBM’s SENT program provides Canadians with a global discipleship experience – it includes both an overseas trip and opportunities to put their faith in action back at home. The team from Kennebecasis Baptist will be reaching out to vulnerable children in the city of Cochabamba. They will also travel to Mizque to help protect families against Chagas disease through home renovations. Chagas, which is a silent killer among the poor in Bolivia, is transmitted by an insect that thrives in adobe walls and thatched roofs. Please pray for strength and endurance, as the team will be working long hours to rehabilitate affected homes. We pray that the children, families and individuals that the team interacts with would sense the love of God through their support.
CETI in Costa Rica
CBM Field Staff David and Suzannah Nacho are based in Costa Rica and work with CETI (Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies). David serves as the academic dean at CETI and Suzannah is an adjunct professor. Through CETI, students develop a missional understanding of the church and acquire tools to live out integral discipleship – through work, family and society.
In a recent update, the Nachos shared the following prayer requests:
- Pray that CETI master’s degree students would grow in their gifting and theological understanding, so they can develop spiritually and better live out their faith
- Pray that CETI facilitators would be encouraged and grow in their abilities through this role
- Pray that CETI staff would be encouraged and strengthened, as they are going through a challenging time of restructuring
CBM’s Empowerment of Soura Widows project equips widows in rural India to earn an income. Through microenterprise, savings support and training, nearly 80 widows are finding ways to break the cycle of poverty and better care for their children. Since the early 1900s, Canadian Baptists have been working among the Soura, a tribal people living in the remote regions of India’s Odisha State. Poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition are some of the challenges faced by the Soura community. Many of the widows who participate in the empowerment program are under the age of 40. Without the help of their husbands, they struggle to support their families through subsistence farming. Please pray for these widows as they seek alternative sources of income and care for their children. Pray that they would not be discouraged by their current circumstances, and that they would feel loved and accepted by their community. May the God of comfort encourage them during their time of need and give them grace for each day.