Lord, you know that Bolivia’s national leaders have had to make unpopular but necessary decisions, one of which is to put the country in quarantine. This could affect the economy drastically, especially the income of day laborers, farmers and even pastors who depend on free-will offerings. Father, give wisdom to our interim President, Jeanine Añez Chávez and her team, who, in a country with limited medical capacity, know that prevention is the best option.
We thank you that the severe restrictions on movement seem to be working. We pray for the police and military, whom we see enforcing the quarantine, day and night. We pray for patience and perseverance for those of us under self-isolation.
Help us all to stay vigilant and adhere to guidelines set forth by our government. We pray especially for those at higher risk during isolation – the homeless in the parks, the vulnerable in abusive situations. We pray for those who are emotionally and mentally struggling because of financial, relational, and psychological stresses.
We pray for the leadership of the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB) and for the President, Pastor Alberto Coarite. We pray for Adolfo Reyna and the OBADES team, the social and development arm of the UBB. OBADES, along with local churches, is working on providing food for hundreds of vulnerable families. We pray over the NGOs, whose movements are also restricted, making it very difficult to provide help.
We pray especially for the children enrolled in La Casa de la Amistad, a ministry assisting prison children. We pray for the children from the red-light district whom Janice was empowering through music. Their mothers now stop by the foundation one day a week to pick up food to take home to their families.
We pray for national Christian leaders like Munir Chique, the head of the Evangelical Alliance of Bolivia—leaders who seek to help other leaders – through communication, technology and information for crisis response.
We pray for the pastors we are seeking to help. We are able to contact many key leaders through technology but there are also more who only have limited access to a telephone.
Help the pastors that depend on weekly offerings so that they may also be a blessing to their church members.
We thank you for your Word, especially Philippians 4:4-7: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We thank you for our Saviour, for friends around the world, technology, provision, a strong marriage, adequate living space, and good health. We are thankful that we are able to go out one morning a week. We pray for Jeremiah, a fellow missionary, whose mother in the U.S. has contracted COVID-19.
Father God, we know that you are present in this situation. Help us to be able to see you at work and teach us how to be at your service. Help us to be the kind of people who could say, along with the Apostle Paul, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
About Bill and Janice Dyck
Bill and Janice Dyck serve in Bolivia with CBM’s oldest partner, Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB). The Dycks help to equip and mentor UBB’s leaders especially in understanding integral mission and putting it into practice. Please pray for Bill’s Pastoring of Pastors planning meeting with leaders and group co-leaders.