Prayer Points – May 18
Prayer Points – May 18
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 

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
(Matthew 18:20) 
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
  • We have mentioned mental health before – but please continually pray for UMN Staff who are working with many major issues requiring decisions that are difficult. For most they are also working from home with all kinds of responsibilities, distractions and pressures. The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing, the lockdown has been extended for another two weeks, and concern and fear is growing. It has been noticeable that in areas of Kathmandu local people have been putting up barriers in their streets to prevent outsiders entering their area. Pray for everyone around the country struggling with worry at this time.
  • In Tansen Hospital there are still no suspect cases of COVID-19 though there has been a rise in positive cases in Butwal. If someone does present with symptoms of the virus, they would not be admitted in Tansen, but sent down to Butwal where the COVID hospital has been set up.  Patients coming with other medical problems would be admitted into our isolation rooms so the other health issues would be handled properly. Continue to pray for all staff, especially those on the ‘front line’.
  • Please continue to pray for the UMN Board which concludes its meetings today and tomorrow. Meeting remotely across the world from Australia, to USA has many challenges. Communication ‘on screen’ or just audibly is never easy. Give thanks for these Board members and their commitment to offer a positive lead and advice to UMN on the ground. Ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding.
  • Pray about the challenge of developing new relationships with officials in Rural Municipalities where we are seeking to begin new work. This is difficult normally, but given the pressures of a pandemic this is exacerbated. Many RM Officers have been strongly requesting (or demanding) help from UMN. This is help that we are not always able to give. Pray for CTLs who are usually in the front line of dealing with these expectation and pressures.
  • Some recent information from The Kathamandu Post. The “Foreign Employment Board” estimates 127,000 expected to return to Nepal after travel restrictions are lifted. In the longer term – 407,000 expected to return as economies of host countries contract. There are believed to be a total of 1.5 million Nepali migrant workers spread around world. (especially Middle East and Malaysia). These figures represent an immense forthcoming challenge for the Government of Nepal. Please pray as the Government considers how to provide help and employment.
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