Prayer Points – May 22
Prayer Points – May 22
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 

“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”
(Habakkuk 3v2) 
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
  • Pray about the disruption of normal education – UMN along with many NGOs has worked to improve educational opportunity especially for girls. During lockdown this has been greatly hindered and there is much concern around the country that it will be difficult to restore. Improving female literacy and school drop-out rates are important factors in addressing rural poverty.
  • Domestic violence, child marriage and trafficking are issues UMN has been addressing for many years. In the unsettled life of lockdown the incidence of these problems is growing. Pray for those who are having to endure fear and worse.
  • It is reported today that there are now over 450 cases of COVID19 infections in Nepal and now a third death. Half of the 77 districts in the country now have cases of infection. Pressure is mounting and the Kathmandu Valley has been sealed with travel only possible by special permission. Please continue to pray for all who have responsibility to play some part in dealing with this crisis.
  • Tansen and Okhaldhunga have introduced additional measures to prevent spread of infection within the hospitals. It is vital that they do not become hubs of further transmission. Please pray that staff, patients and visitors will be vigilant and careful in these practices.
  • UMN has been working toward a carefully planned strategy taking into account strengths and limitations. In past disasters UMN has not normally been a first responder, but has brought its skills to the situation after a process of thought and planning to ensure that whatever is done has maximum long term impact. It is easy to cause harm with a poorly thought out response. Therefore please pray for the Incident Management Team, and all others who are monitoring needs, receiving requests from around the country and having to make decisions.
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