Women in Pioneers are experiencing great joy as they reach out to newly arrived Muslim women in England. In one location, Pioneers are finding women, especially from Syria, “desperate for English-speaking friends,” as one worker put it. Newly settled refugee families are isolated, worried about their new lives in England, and hungry for help. Pioneers are able to befriend the women, spend time with them in their homes, and provide practical help, as well as the hope of Christ. Pray for Pioneers in Oxford who are ministering to a community of 60-70 Syrians and expect 7 or 8 more Syrian families to arrive there later this year. Pray also for more workers to come to the field, as well as for local English churches to catch the vision to serve refugees in their midst.
In another location, Pioneers women are rejoicing in growing friendships with women who have immigrated from Pakistan and Libya. The Pioneers provide “Crafts and Conversations” at a neighborhood community center for the Muslim-Background moms who take their children to school and then find themselves with days wide open. Friendships are built around the table as the ladies discuss life in their new homes. A local Imam has discouraged the immigrant moms from gathering with the Pioneers, so please pray for persevering friendships, in spite of the pressure.