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World Mission Update
14 May 2021
Nepal prayer request
Our mission partner Joel has written from Nepal to ask for our prayers. Nepal is now back in lockdown which is being strictly enforced in Kathmandu, the main centre of infection. New cases have risen to over 8,000 per day, and Joel asks that we pray for the hospitals as they deal with the steep rise in Covid-19 infections. There are only about 1,600 intensive care beds and fewer than 600 ventilators in the country. There are 0.7 doctors per 100,000 people - a lower rate than India.

We are also asked to pray for increased supply and a more rapid rollout of the vaccine, and for a rapid and full recovery for staff and their families who have been ill with Covid-19. It is hoped that it might be possible for all staff to receive vaccinations enabling them to work with a greater level of safety.

Pray for the United Mission to Nepal staff as they work with local governments in their districts to respond to the pandemic.
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Violence in Israel and Palestine
The Church has urged Israelis and Palestinians to step back from the brink and show restraint. It is calling on the UK Government to use its influence to help bring an end to the current situation as "violence only breeds violence”.

Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, said the Church of Scotland will continue to work with its Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian partners on the ground.

“We do so in the hope of achieving a just peace for all until the dignity and human rights of all those living in this deeply asymmetrical and intractable conflict can be equally respected,” she added.

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Church speaks out against Government asylum reform plans
Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, spoke out on behalf of the Church of Scotland ahead of the announcement of a new sovereign borders Bill in this week's Queen’s Speech. She said that the UK Government should scrap any policy that “exploits people’s fears of the outsider”.
 
"Protecting human life and dignity must be at the heart of future UK asylum and refugee policies. Welcoming the stranger and loving your neighbour as yourself is at the core of the Christian message and ought to be extended to all those fleeing danger and seeking sanctuary in this country."
Read the full response
Campaign for a People's Vaccine
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, is among more than 400 academics, politicians, charities, faith leaders, and others who have called on the prime minister to waive vaccine patents. 

The move comes just days after the US announced it is backing the proposed waiver - a move described by the World Health Organisation's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as "monumental".

In an open letter organised by Global Justice Now, StopAIDS, and Just Treatment, the group called on Boris Johnson to "stand on the right side of history".
Read the letter
Society, Religion and Technology Weekly Worship
Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) was set up by the Church of Scotland over 50 years ago to examine the ethical and social implications of new technology. We ask that you pray for SRT during the second week in June each year- a date chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland’s greatest scientists, the physicist James Clerk-Maxwell, who was also a prominent Christian and an elder of the Church of Scotland. Download the SRT Week of Prayer resource on our website.
 
In support of the forthcoming SRT Week of Prayer, we are very grateful to Rev Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University and former SRT committee member, for preparing the Weekly Worship materials for 6 June on behalf of SRT.
Calendar of Events and Opportunities
Coronavirus Diaries: The Life and Work feature Coronavirus Diaries, focusing on the situation of one of our overseas partners, is published each Wednesday. The Rev Dr Billy Gama is General Secretary of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Blantyre Synod in Malawi. Read his Coronavirus Diary.

Mission Partners: Our mission partners write quarterly updates about life and work in their particular situation and share with us all that they are involved in. Read more about our partners.

Asia Sunday 2021: The Christian Conference of Asia invites people around the world to join the observance of Asia Sunday, which will be held this year on Sunday 16 May from 10:30-11:45am (UK time). This year’s Asia Sunday will focus on the theme, “I am the God who Heals You and Restores Your Health” (Exodus 15:26). The service will be available from 16 May on YouTube. 

The Road to Racial Justice: One year on from the death of George Floyd, how far have we come, and what are our next steps? This live and interactive event will explore the role Christians can play in the pursuit of justice in our increasingly polarised society. We will also explore how Christians can champion global justice in an equitable way through the local church. This evening seminar takes place on Tuesday 25 May at 8pm. Book your ticket.  

God With Us is an anthology of Bible studies, prayers, reflections, poems, hymns and song suggestions, activities for youth groups, and other ways to include worship and prayer on the theme of refugees and migration. A three-part Bible studies series is set to explore this resource and you're invited to join. The three sessions will be led by Fiona Kendall, Anne Ross and David Bradwell who, with others, co-created God With Us. Find out more details on the Church of Scotland events calendar.

Read Sabeel's, a Christian liberation theology organisation based in Jerusalem, wave of prayer here.

COP26, the UN's climate change summit, which was to take place in the UK in November 2020, remains on target to take place on the rescheduled dates of 1-12 November 2021. Join this month's prayer chain to pray for climate justice.
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