Thought of the week
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As we celebrate yet another All saints day, let us remember and thank for all those who have gone before and guided us.
Prayer Focus for the week –
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan one of our friends described the situation in the country is nothing but depressing.
Aamir Shahzad writes: The security situation in Pakistan has worsened very significantly over the last few months with suicide bombings becoming very frequent in all the major cities of Pakistan. Armed militants are clashing with the government forces in various provinces. There is constant fear among people as Taliban and Alqeeda have recently started targeting the general public and a huge number of women and children were killed. The schools have been threatened by the militants that they will make hostage of the children to get their demands fulfilled due to which schools remained closed for some time. The schools have now reopened but the increased security measures has put a lot of other difficulties.
There had been various incidents in this year where Christians were attacked and their properties were burnt, around 7 people lost their lives in such incidents.
Please pray for the safty of CMS staff and mission partners working in the country.
Becky and Shemil Mathew writes:
Last week we had the privilege of the company of Revd M who has been ministering to a church congregation in the north of the Island for several years. Unfortunately he was in an area where heavy shelling was taking place and so had to leave his house and church. At the time a number of young people from the Anglican orphanage in Kilinochchi had also taken up residence in the church compound. Revd M and Revd D managed to lead a group of nearly 2000 people including 40 mentally handicapped people from the rebel area, under heavy shelling and firing to a safety zone set up by the government troops. As we sat and listened to his stories we were simply amazed by all that he had gone through. It was a real eye opener as most of us cannot imagine the conditions in which Revd M has had to live.