Greeting from Rwanda!
As Canadians just celebrated Thanksgiving Day, we too joined them in saying “thanks to God” for the many blessings we receive each day. We are grateful for our families and friends, and our church families. We are thankful for our physical needs being met, for a home, food and medical care. We are also thankful that he is with us wherever we are, in whichever country we call home. We want to praise him as Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Let’s pray together.
We are grateful that in Rwanda more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been made available over the past two months, and there are now over 1.6 million people fully vaccinated. This has meant the easing of some restrictions and that some programs with our AEBR partner have been able to resume. We are grateful for the 15 graduates of the Emerging Leaders Initiative, young men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 who recently took part in their final module. We pray you will bless them, Father, as they continue to develop in this area, and we look forward to them leading the denomination in the years to come.
We think of CBM programs in each of the places where we have partnerships. October is a key time for the project proposal cycle, with the submission of plans and budgets for the work that is anticipated for 2022. We pray for the project managers who will be submitting documents, and the program officers who will be reviewing them, as we try to be good stewards of the resources you have given us, and reaching out to as many people as we can in word and deed.
We pray too for the CBM Board who provide leadership to this organization. Preparations are being made for the upcoming board meetings at the end of this month and we pray for those details, and for the conversations that will take place as they meet.
As we close our prayer time today, we want to express our gratitude for your presence among us even in troubling times. In our own family, Laura Lee has been experiencing a time of sickness since the middle of August. We are grateful for the specialists who have concluded that she unknowingly had COVID-19 at some point in the past which has caused her to experience some post-COVID symptoms. We continue to pray for her as she is on this journey of recovery.
We remember the words in Philippians 4:6 which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
So we do this, in Jesus’ name. Amen.