Shepherd’s Care Missionaries Release Urgent Call for Prayer in Eswatini as Violence Mounts

(The Spencers with Shepherd’s Care residents, 2019. Photo Credit Grand Staff Ministries)

Missionaries to a kingdom bordered by South Africa and Mozambique are pleading for prayer on behalf of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, where death, violence, looting and martial law have forced nearly all missionaries to evacuate the country. Nonessential employees of the U.S. Embassy there have also fled.

“Of course the big thing is access to food and gas,” said Becky Spencer, who canceled a planned six-week summer mission trip to Eswatini due to upheaval in the nation. There, she and her husband, Tracy, established a Christian preschool (Little Lambs), care home (Shepherd’s Care) and church.

The Spencers’ nonprofit, Grand Staff Ministries, also offers a sponsorship program that provides 22 children with school fees, uniforms, backpacks and school supplies. Most of those children and their families also depend on the ministry for food and blankets, as do several families from the church.

The Shepherd’s Care staff risked their lives to pick up one of their residents—a deaf boy at a school in South Africa that closed before all the others in Eswatini—because it’s beside one of the king’s residences, where burning was expected. Their ministry partner who, with his wife, cares for the sponsored children who don’t live at the care home, helped a friend rescue his son from another institution during the violence on the streets.

“All of our Shepherd’s Care children and staff are still safe, and so far all our other sponsored children we’ve been able to reach are well,” Spencer said. “Even though the small shop beside the elementary school in our village was destroyed, violence has not reached the care home. We’re grateful for angelic hosts surrounding our GSM family and property.”

Beyond concerns about safety, food and fuel supplies from South Africa, where there is similar unrest, prayer for boldness among pastors to share the Gospel with people who are worried and concerned, thinking about eternity and experiencing loss is paramount, Spencer said.

“So prayers for the Gospel to go forward no matter what’s happening, and sometimes because of what’s happening,” she added.

Prayer for relief from anxiety among people who are afraid and concerned, wondering what they are going to do next, is also needed: “The peace that passes understanding, and that God will come through miraculously over and over and over,” Spencer said.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Steve Rees

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