Prayer Points – July 20
Prayer Points – July 20
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, UMN invites all people of prayer to set aside time daily to ask for God’s help in our work in Nepal. The time suggested for UMN staff is 3.00 pm. For our friends around the world, we ask that you join us either at the equivalent time in your country of 3 pm Nepal time, or whenever you are able. Many have found setting a daily alarm on their phone a useful reminder. 
Thank you for your fellowship in prayer.
Joel Hafvenstein 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6-7) 
We encourage everyone who is praying for UMN not only to raise our requests but to listen to God on UMN’s behalf. Please take time to read this Bible verse slowly to yourself. Pause and ask God to speak through His Word. Then read it slowly again. Settle and calm your mind before you pray.
Major Matters for Prayer
  • Please continue to pray for all hospital staff in Tansen & Okhaldhunga. Rachel Karrach and Yubraj Acharya, Hospital Directors, and hundreds of staff – medical, pastoral, administrative, domestic and many other ancillary roles. They are all ‘front line’ and under pressure. Pray also for the two communities which the hospitals serve. In spite of thorough safety measures, some have been worried that there may be the danger of infection coming from the hospital. Pray that the communities will have confidence in the effectiveness of the hospital staff.
  • The Monsoon continues with little break, and all over the country there has been tragedy. Even travel that is normally without great difficulty has been disrupted. Hundreds of lorries and other vehicles have been stranded on the main East/West highway in the Terai due to flooding. Pray that these rains that are so vital to maintain life will not be so extreme to as bring death.
  • With the easing of the lockdown’s restrictions and the rising number of cases, it has become more important than ever for people to adopt precautionary safety measures to curb the spread of the virus. We have seen ‘spikes’ all around the world. Pray that everyone will continue to think of the safety of others and act with wisdom and compassion. Remember also that the country is experiencing a major economic crash and most sectors are severely affected which impacts the poorest most severely.
  • Despite Cluster Offices being closed, each has been able to offer help to local health posts and District Qarantine Centres in the fight against Corona Virus. We are grateful to Tear Fund for enabling this work. For example in Bajhang there are 144 quarantine centres but they are substandard with poor food provision and hygiene issues. Without basic facilities, people are tempted to go home which risks the virus spreading. UMN teamed up with its partner Pragatishil Yuwa Samaj providing food items and hygiene materials for ten quarantine centres. A total 100 families are estimated to have benefitted from this distribution. Pray for work such as this in all our clusters.

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