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by Christine Platt
Edited by Wendy Bytheway
Note: At time of publication another earthquake has struck north-eastern Nepal, measuring 7.3. Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal and our workers who while safe are continuing to help the people wherever they can.
As I write we've been praying regularly for Nepal in the wake of the devastation left by a huge earthquake and two days of constant aftershocks. Many have died. Water, food and shelter are scarce. We are thankful that our workers and their families have survived. We are very aware that many are grieving the loss of loved ones.
I've been reflecting on this and the many other unsettling events of the past months: floods devastating an area from the Hunter down to Sydney, cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, warfare and terrorism in northern Africa and the Middle East, the widespread and often brutal persecution of Christians, the scourge of the drug ice in Australia and the hopelessness and lack of purpose that this indicates in many young lives, and the increase of lawlessness in so many places.
Jesus talked about the coming of events like these while He was here (Matthew 24:6-8, Luke 21:9- 19). He tells us that they are signs of His pending return and of the coming end of the age. He tells us that these events must happen and that we should not be alarmed. Please pray for GRN workers in many challenging locations that they will not be alarmed and will be able to trust God in the midst of many troubles.
A real danger Jesus points to is that the increase of lawlessness will cause the love of many to grow cold. He assures us that the one who endures to the end will be saved. Please pray for GRN workers living in increasingly lawless places that: they might endure, they will not fear and that their love may not grow cold.
Jesus said that the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come. Our workers throughout the world are seeking to tell the story of Jesus in every language - please pray for them as they make recordings and distribute them in some very hostile and difficult places. Our work is clearly part of God's plan. Pray that we might do it well.
Jesus was asked about some Galileans killed by Pilate while they were offering sacrifices to God (Luke 13:1-5). Jesus' response was that those who died were no worse than everyone else, but unless you repent you will perish just like them. Pray that people will not only hear the good news about Jesus but that they shall also respond to it with repentance and faith.
As you watch the news and participate in society be aware that these terrible things will happen. Pray for your brothers and sisters who are suffering. Pray that they might love, endure and proclaim the gospel. Pray that people might repent and not perish!
Pray for Surendra and our Nepali team as they love their traumatised neighbours while they are traumatised themselves and seek to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to them. Please pray that many Nepalis would hear and repent as they rebuild their lives.
GRN's Nepal disaster relief fund ...
Thank you to our many supporters who have already donated.
GRN's first priority is to look after our staff and their families. Some of their houses have been damaged and property destroyed. However, they are also helping others around them. The more we support them, the more they will be able to help others.
If you would like to help us help them, please send your gift marked for Nepal Disaster relief and we will ensure that it gets to them as soon as we can.
Unfortunately we cannot provide tax deductible receipts for these donations.
To find out more please contact our office on 02 9899 2211 or by email.
Please Pray for . . .
- Samuel and our team facing persecution in Pakistan
- Our Filipino team as they work with people affected by two different typhoons
- Dalene and Michael facing significant lawlessness in South Africa
- Kish and the team in Nigeria who face the threat of terrorism on a daily basis
- The Dillon and Rogne families as they work in Vanuatu in the wake of cyclone Pam.