Prayer Points – July 27
Prayer Points – July 27
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 

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
(1 John 5:14) 
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
  • The lockdown is over despite the fact that in the last seven days the daily average for new infections is over 130. The country really must get back to some working normality again, but at the very same time remain extra vigilant. With free movement of people the danger of increasing infection will rise and everything will depend upon everyone taking responsibility for the safety of themselves and those they are with. Please pray that there will not be a rise in new infections. 
  • With great caution our offices in Thapathali have reopened. Strict physical distancing is being observed and only small numbers of staff are permitted to come. It is hoped that this week half of each staff team will be able to work in the office while the others continue to work from home. In working toward opening cluster offices each cluster team is developing a precautionary “Evacuation/Hibernation Plan” in case there should be an outbreak in a cluster area. Once these are approved the cluster offices will begin to reopen. Please pray for each cluster team as they prepare for this. Pray that soon our teams can safely be on the ground and closer to partners and the people we long to help. 
  • Group work has always been UMN’s principal approach in community mobilization, to help local people to actively transform their own community.  This has never been more difficult than at a time where physical distancing and great caution is necessary. Please pray for UMN’s Program Teams as they adapt our group approaches to the pandemic, that they may find ways of creatively engaging people at the grassroots while keeping everyone safe. 
  • Recently a number of our staff have suffered bereavement and also the sudden illness of a family member. Please remember those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and also those who worry about illness and recovery. Pray that they will have a deep sense of peace and assurance.

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