In the UK, with our focus on celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time with our loved ones, it may be hard to think of what this time of year is like for the people we have helped this year in Madagascar. For many, you have helped us give them hope for the future, through medical assistance, provision of long-term safe drinking water, and the short-term help up after the cyclones at the start of the year. For others, they will be worrying about the current cyclone season and the potential for destruction hanging over them. I pray that hope shines through.
Thank you for praying
Praise God for
- He is good!
- Andy being out of hospital and home with his family (but still on heavy medication).
- New contacts made at a recent Disaster Relief Expo in London.
- Peter visiting his Dad in December and thus able to pop across to the UK to meet up with the board and attend the Expo.
- The CEO of IMPACT (our new partner in Maevetanana) visiting the UK unexpectedly and a subsequent very positive meeting with Catherine
- 5671 people seen and treated in 12 MMSs over 2018.
- Bekki who has been graciously volunteering, helping us part time with accounts and book keeping, but who leaves us at the end of December for full time work starting in 2019.
- All our volunteers, prayer partners (that’s you!), donors and supporters who have been SO steadfast and loyal this year!
- Thank God for Hugh Pomeroy and all the photos and stories he produced. For his safe return to the UK and for his studies over Christmas before he goes to France in January.
- For some amazing unexpected donations which have really helped with our end of year financial target.
We ask God for
- New funders and success with applications already in.
- Healing for Andy as waits to hear if he needs surgery.
- More people to abseil in April.
- More volunteers, donors and prayer partners.
- New board members.
- Wisdom as the team finalise the strategy for 2019.
- A great time of rest for staff and board members over the Christmas period, to be refreshed and renewed in 2019.
- For Jonny Pickup, our new journalist going over in January 2019 to pick up where Hugh left off.
- Thank God for Maholi who has organised us a place to run MMS in Maevetanana next year. This is a new area for us and the Mayor is so excited that he has said he will organise the hospital and the radio announcement for us and possibly accommodation for the team!
- For cyclones to go around Madagascar rather than through. Cyclone season is usually Jan- April, but we have already had three!
- For safety for villages and people if cyclones do hit.
- Peace in December as the final presidential elections happen.
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:15-16 NLT
I like a challenge as much as the next person. How does a continual sacrifice of praise grab you? But in light of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it doesn’t seem right to do anything less than focus on Jesus continually.