Continue to pray against the division that has surfaced within the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand (EFT). New elections were held by the EFT members last March; an overwhelming majority elected a new board and president. The C&MA Siam Mission writes, “Our assumption was that the problem had been resolved. We were surprised to learn at the end of May that the Thai government has not recognized EFT’s new president. Consequently, the EFT does not have the authority to sign the paperwork required for securing missionary visas. One of our C&MA international workers already had to leave the country and return under a more temporary visa. This could become a costly burden to the Great Commission Fund. One more worker will be affected this month, and many visa holders will be affected in July. Pray that the government will recognize the EFT’s new president so the paperwork necessary for the issuing of missionary visas will be done. Pray that the ongoing dispute between some Christian leaders will be resolved. This dispute is the primary reason the government is not granting visas.”
“The situation in Mali seems to be in a holding pattern,” Alliance workers write. “On a positive note, things in Bamako and Koutiala are calm, supplies are available, and life is somewhat normal. The junta is less visible, and talks continue between political parties.” However, it is not clear who is really in control of the government. Also, the international community is still threatening sanctions if the military does not completely withdraw from the political scene. Meanwhile, extremist groups in the north are becoming more firmly established. The critical food shortage in the north continues to worsen, as it is difficult for aid organizations to get help to those regions. In Bamako, the church continues to struggle with meeting the needs of displaced Christians from the north. “We are thankful that [the church] has been able to raise a significant amount of funds to help with the situation.” Pray for God’s continued provision and protection. Also, pray for the Mali field team that is scattered in different countries until things become more stable.
Continue to pray for peace in Syria, where hundreds of families have fled to neighboring countries since the country’s unrest began in March 2011. Pray that God will protect His people and end the violence. Also, pray that believers will demonstrate Christ’s love and that God will be glorified in this situation.