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Ebola Outbreak in DRC
An outbreak of Ebola has occurred in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu Province – one of CBM’s main project areas in the country. Health officials suspect Ebola has claimed the lives of at least 33 people, as they each died from unidentified hemorrhagic fevers in the area. Our church partner, the Baptist Church in Central Africa (CBCA), has sent out an urgent prayer request concerning this situation. Due to the instability of the region and its proximity to borders, health officials are concerned that the virus may be difficult to contain.
The current outbreak comes days after health officials declared that a previous outbreak in another part of the country was contained. Please pray that health officials will be able to successfully access the affected areas and bring life-saving support. CBCA is equipping churches, schools and other public places with hygiene kits. They are also leading awareness campaigns within local communities to prevent the virus from spreading. Please pray that this process would go smoothly and that urgent medical assistance would be provided. Also, please pray for the 134 CBCA churches affected by this crisis, which includes more than 26,000 members. May God bring healing, comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Field Staff in Germany
Please join us in praying for CBM Field Staff Yuanchuan Ye and Ming Gao who are based in Germany. They serve among Chinese students attending German universities. Many of these students have never heard the gospel before. They also face various challenges living away from home and need practical support and encouragement. Please pray for Yuanchuan and Ming as they seek to share the love of God with these students – both in word and deed. They also have the following prayer requests:
- May the Lord give us a vibrant spiritual life and help us to maintain a close relationship with Him. We want to do ministries by the Lord and for the Lord, preaching the gospel of Jesus with love.
- May the Lord give us physical, emotional and spiritual health to love others and deal with the challenges in our ministries and daily life.
- May the Lord protect our parents in China and grant them health – both physically and spiritually – so they can stay focused to serve God on the mission field.
International Youth Day
August 12 is International Youth Day, which draws attention to the various challenges facing young people around the world today. This year, the United Nations is encouraging the international community to establish safe spaces for youth to participate in activities, learn and express their views. Please pray for CBM Field Staff Jeff and Deann Carter, who have helped to train youth in the Czech Republic for the past 16 years. Jeff has been reassigned to become the Director of Horizons and Congress Mobilization within the Baptist World Alliance. The Carters will now be based in Nova Scotia. Please pray that Jeff would transition well into this new role and that God would provide him with wisdom for reaching youth on a global level. We continue to pray for the well-being and inclusion of the young people of today, as they will be the leaders of tomorrow. May they find the support they need to thrive and grow, despite the challenging circumstances that surround them.