The latest SAMS GB Prayer Line for the week commencing Tuesday 2 December

On Saturday SAMS GB General Council voted overwhelmingly to approve in principle a merger of SAMS with CMS. [Note: this does not affect SAMS Ireland) CMS members will vote on the issue on 20 January. Give thanks for God’s clear leading and pray for the Trustees and staff, including from 1st January new Mission Director Bishop Henry Scriven, as this decision begins to be worked out.

Nick Drayson, former mission partner in Northern Argentina and Spain, has been appointed Assistant Bishop in Northern Argentina with special oversight of the Indian work. Pray for Nick and Catherine as they take up the new post sometime in 2009.

In that area Michael Browne, Silvia and their two boys plan to spend most of December in the town of Juárez in the Chaco, making a final push to complete the checking process of the Toba New Testament translation. Pray for them in this work as they prepare the text for handing over to the Argentine Bible Society for typesetting and publishing.

Linn Tedman in Paraguay is having physiotherapy for an injured back. On 13 December Linn is due to visit her sister and family in South Africa for the first time in nine years, and asks prayer that the treatment will relieve the pain enough for her to prepare, pack, travel and enjoy this holiday.

In Concepción, Paraguay, we are asked to pray for God’s light to penetrate the spiritual darkness and bring people into his Kingdom. On Friday (5th) a Nativity play is held for children in the Ramonita and Villa Alta neighbourhoods. As we pray for the impact of this, let’s thank God for Claire Holmes’ ministry there to children and young people, and remember her especially as she flies out on Monday (8th) for home leave and ministry in Ireland.

Also travelling from Paraguay, on Saturday, is Caroline Gilmour-White who will be on UK ministry until early March. Pray for Caroline in travel and readjustment.