What we do News and stories Transforming communities Reaching out to and discipling different communities across Argentina: Hans and Priscilla Breekveldt. Priscilla is team leader, and has opportunities to work in a local school, through food donations and life-skills and parenting workshops. Together Hans and Priscilla are part of the pastoral team of San Andrés Church in Salta. Hans regularly preaches and teaches, in both San Andrés and beyond. PRAY for the development of the opportunities in the local school and community. Daniel and Flavia Lescano, with Sofí, have a leading role in the EJE (Youth Encounter in the Spirit) outreach programme for young people. They are on the pastoral team of San Andrés. Flavia is reaching out to other young mothers, as well as coordinating the Passionate for Parenting groups. PRAY for Dany and Flavia as they disciple the young people of San Andrés and Salta. Paula and Matias Smyth de Rigau are at EMPI, a mission school in Cordóba. Their course includes weekend placements. On Saturdays they help a Bolivian community, which meets to hear God’s word and learn new skills. On Sundays they join a street church to minister to homeless people. PRAY for Paul and Matias as they seek to show God’s love to both communities. Martin and Hazel Frost, with Joni and Danny, live in San Francisco and work in two local congregations through preaching, teaching and children’s work. Martin also does prison ministry and supports ex-prisoners. PRAY for Martin and Hazel as they seek to make God’s Word practically applicable to the lives of those they work with. Mike and Esther Terry are helping four churches in La Plata, Mar del Plata and Las Flores. ‘In all cases our primary aim is to encourage and help church leadership.’ PRAY that Mike and Esther will be able to give wise advice and strong encouragement to all the leaders they meet with. New Stay member Joanne Williams returns to Salta soon to support La Casa de Dios (House of God) in its kids’ and teens’ work. PRAY for Argentina: Nine months after Mauricio Macri was elected President, there is still high inflation, unemployment and weak consumer demand. PRAY for the economic situation. PRAY for the influence of Protestant churches to continue to spread among students, professional people and society’s leaders. PRAY for leadership development in the churches, especially outside city areas. Most pastors work secularly, making study difficult. Other prayer points... December 1 The nursery attached to the Ramón Castilla church in Lima, Peru, is holding its graduation for the 5 year olds who go to school next year. Pray that it will be a real time of celebration. 3–4 and 10–11 Juliana Horne is facilitating outreach initiatives with rural highland Quechua churches facing the effects of climate change. This will involve accompanying these churches in reforestation and water catchment activities. 6–7 Peru team leadership meeting. Pray for clarity of thought and wisdom in decision-making. 9–10 The Timothy Institute is running a course in partnership with Movimiento Misionero Mundial (Worldwide Missionary Movement) in Bolivia. Pray for Louis and Maribel Woodley as they help with the course. 10 It’s the graduation ceremony for 20 Brazilian students at the Evangelical Missions Centre in Viçosa, Brazil. They are all moving into cross-cultural mission. 15–18 It’s the 13th Angel Tree Camp in Oruro, Bolivia. Pray for those preparing the programme, safety during the camp and a lasting impact in the children’s lives. 16 Hannah and Tim Flatman celebrate the end of the year with Christmas parties for the children and staff at CADI Gaibu, in north-east Brazil. Pray as CADI looks for new staff and volunteers with a passion for discipling young people at risk, to join the team. 25 Pray for all our Stride and Stay members as they spend the Christmas and New Year period away from their families, friends and 'home' countries. 26–30 In Chile, Benjamín Curín is giving some of the main talks and a workshop at the National Anglican Training Camp for young people. Pray that he faithfully communicates God’s Word and for a good time of fellowship for those who attend. 30–3 Jan Bolivia team conference in Santa Cruz. Pray for a great time of refreshment, encouragement and blessing.