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Prayers for Venezuela
In response to the recent arrest of Baptist leader Gregory José Pérez, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is mobilizing efforts to connect with government authorities to encourage his release, as well as to provide financial resources for local ministries that are responding to needs of Venezuelans, both within the country and displaced refugees in neighboring nations. The BWA is asking prayer for the full release and exoneration of Gregory José Pérez, and for those arrested with him. Pray for peace and justice in Venezuela. Pray also for corrupt leadership to end and authorities to stop their abuse of power. Join with the BWA in direct advocacy by using the BWA letter in the link above as a foundation for writing your own letter to the appropriate government authorities in Venezuela. You can write directly or send your letter to BWA@bwanet.org. Share this call to prayer and action on social media using the hashtag, #LiberenaGregory
Emad and Almess Botros
CBM Field Staff, Emad and Almess Botros, serve at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon. Emad and Almess are both involved in mentoring students in ministry and leadership skills and Emad serves as a lecturer in the areas of Old Testament and Islamic studies. The Botroses would like to ask for prayers of thanksgiving for the students studying at ABTS. Many report that the courses offered are life-changing and they are so grateful for the opportunity to study there. Also pray for the students experiencing loss and hardship in this season. Give thanks for the commitment of the Botroses and all ABTS staff as they work to inspire students and create passion for God’s word in Lebanon.
STEP team from Lethbridge
This week a team of 11 members from First Baptist Church in Lethbridge, Alberta flew to Cuba as part of their STEP partnership. They are going to serve and learn alongside CBM’s partner church in Cuba for the next 10 days. This is the fourth team the church has sent to Cuba. Please pray for safety as the team travels and begins their work on the ground. Pray for relationships to be strengthened. Pray also for the team’s work as they attend and help at the National Baptist Assembly and serve alongside local churches to share God’s love.