Heavenly Father,

We praise you that, with all of the uncertainty and unexpected events we experienced in 2020, we can be at peace knowing that this year of 2021 is in your loving hands.

We pray for the Rwandan Baptist churches which have been closed to all activities since mid-March because of COVID-19. With many strict protocols to follow, this has meant that only about 20 of the 200 churches have been able to open again. As a result, there has been little opportunity to give spiritual encouragement to the congregations during an incredibly difficult time. It has meant no income for pastors or the denomination. We pray that you would continue to provide for them.

Even beyond the issues surrounding COVID-19, we continue to pray for all of CBM’s partners in Africa – in Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda – as they deal with many challenges and heartaches which we seldom experience in Canada. Thank you for their example of deep faith and trust in you in the midst of those struggles.

We also pray for the those who manage the different projects that CBM supports around the world as they try their best to put together plans for this new year. We pray for wisdom and flexibility as they adjust to ever-changing realities.

We praise God for all the people who gave through CBM’s Hopeful Gifts for Change catalogue.  May they experience the blessing of God which comes through the generous of heart, as people they don’t even know are being impacted in wonderful ways because of their gifts.

Having served with CBM for 18.5 years, Lord we are aware that it never gets easier being separated from family, even as we move from one life stage to another. We continue to pray for strength and wisdom as we navigate our current stage.

Looking back on 2020, we are grateful for a good home assignment, which allowed us to connect with many churches and supporters as well as have extended time with family during a critical period.  At the same time, we are also thankful that we can be back here in Kigali, serving alongside our Rwandan brothers and sisters.  It is a wonderful thing to be a part of your worldwide family!

We pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin