Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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April Week 1
Sunday 29 – Chile
Frances Cook prays for CEP graduates who may be feeling the strain of ministry. Gary and Julie Haddon pray for new students and staff as the year at the CEP commences, and pray for their daughters as they start back at school. Stephen and Rebecca Shead give thanks for four librarians from Australia who are helping in the CEP library for a month. Please pray also for Andrew and Paulina Cox and Michael and Jo Charles.
Monday 30 – CMS Australia
Praise God for the encouragement of regular pastoral visits to missionaries, and pray for his protection of the Mission Personnel Secretaries and Federal Secretary as they travel frequently.
Tuesday 31 – World Mission
Pray that God would raise up new workers for the harvest, especially among gospel-poor peoples and in regions around the world where Christian activities are restricted.
Wednesday 1 – Middle East
A & H pray that an experienced teacher will be appointed to their middle school. With, J please pray for rich learning, opportunities to be distinctive, and for health while living with a local family. With S pray for the women’s English classes which began last month, that women will come and that the team will identify attendees who are open to reading God’s word. Please remember T & K in their continuing study of language. Give thanks also for progress in language for B & S (Mentac Workers, NSW & ACT), now that they have a foundation after a year in their country. Please ask the Lord to provide S with a regular conversation partner with whom she can be very relaxed with and develop conversation skills. Please pray also for S & C.
Thursday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates
Praise God with David and Georgina Newmarch for the wonderful work of little Christian schools in villages all over the country. Pray with With Steve and Jenny Sonneman for their family as they seek God’s leading in finding a ministry in Victoria. Malcolm and Charissa Forrest pray that many people will come to their Easter Services (10 and 12 April) and that the gospel will be clearly heard. Pray that there will be good connections made and opportunities to follow up afterwards. W & C give thanks for the conference they attended in Jordan in February and for all that they learned.
Friday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that God would equip the mothers at Basha with wisdom and knowledge to parent their children in a healthy way. S thanks God for small but steady steps in language learning, and prays for good communication and humility for all at her workplace as they undergo a major change in leadership. Pray with S that our Father’s emotional and spiritual healing would be manifest throughout Central Asia. Ask for prayer for S & I, with ‘I’ attending a women’s conference for about 20 national ladies this month. Pray that she would grow in her ability to communicate in the language and connect with the women. J praises God for wonderful deputation visits, and prays for God’s guidance as she and CMS consider possible future postings. Please pray also for M & J having returned to Australia.
Saturday 4 – Nepal
Gordon and Ruth Russell give thanks for the opportunity to reconnect with their supporting churches and share more fully what the Lord has been doing in Nepal. Praise God with Kirstin Hawkshaw for the freedom Christians now have in Nepal to be meeting together many times over this weekend to celebrate Easter; and pray that many will hear of Jesus at this time. Give thanks for Kate Dalitz’s engagement to Bijay and pray that God will be preparing them for a lifetime of serving him together. With Leigh and Tamara Filmer pray for healing, both physical and spiritual, during the Leprosy Reconstruction medical camp to be held at the INF Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre where Leigh works (21–27 April).
April Week 2
Sunday 5 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for wisdom for Christians in responding to an increased animosity against Christians in Nepal. Some politicians are campaigning to revert Nepal to a Hindu State and are blaming Christians for converting people. Instances of active persecution have been reported. Pray with Keith and Mary Lou Doe for the Young Life camp happening in Pokhara at Easter. Pray for kids’ hearts to be open to the gospel. David and Elizabeth Hamer (STWs, VIC) pray for good farewells from family and friends, and give thanks for the great learning opportunities at St Andrew’s Hall and preparation for time in Nepal.
Monday 6 – North Australia
Terry and Liz McCoy praise God for the number of people who gave their lives to Jesus at Easter baptisms, and pray for the Nungalinya staff as they face the additional stress of an increased number of students. Pray with Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones that the Easter services in Darwin and Aboriginal communities will bring joyous praise to our mighty Saviour. Give thanks for the small Aboriginal group that has begun at St James with the support of a Korean missionary. Having completed missionary service, give thanks for Ruth Brigden and pray for her as she settles into a new life and ministry. Please pray also for Tavis and Kate Beer.
Tuesday 7 – North Australia
Give thanks to God with Chris and Karen Webb for the Kimberley Christian Fellowship Easter Convention that happened over the Easter weekend. Ask God to encourage and strengthen the leaders of the various Peoples Churches throughout the Kimberley. With Steve and Narelle Etherington, pray for accommodation for two Kunwinjku ladies in Alice Springs who will act as language informants for the translation-checking workshop in May.
Wednesday 8 – Papua New Guinea / Timor Leste / Fiji
Chris and Grace Adams ask for prayer for Chris, Grace and Micah; that they may settle back into Timor Leste after Micah’s birth in Australia. Tony and Susie Wright pray for the recent cyclonic weather conditions in Fiji. Give thanks that they live in a sturdy home and can stock up on canned food and water, and pray that the people in village/slum housing will be safe. With Keith and Marion Birchley, pray for the PNG TSCF (Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship) Easter Conference and that their visas may come on time so that they can also be there.
Thursday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong
D & L praise God that they can serve him in East Asia and pray that they will be focused and intentional in the way they seek to make his name great with people that they share their lives with, teach and minister to. Pray with L & J that the whole family will learn language well and see progress. Pray also for their new baby, due in late July. Please pray also for D & T and John and Janelle Menear.
Friday 10 – Taiwan / Japan
Marshall and Julie Scott praise God for the opportunity they have to go into the local prison each week. Pray that God would speak through the Bible stories told by Marshall and that good conversations might arise. As April marks the beginning of the academic year in Japan, Dene and Rachel Hughes ask for prayer for their boys as they enter grades 2 and 5 in the local Japanese school. Pray also for Dene and Rachel’s new schedules with KGK and language. Brad and Michelle Jackson pray for good follow up from their Easter party, and that many people who attended would be interested in hearing more about the risen Lord Jesus. As the new academic year starts, please pray with Kellie Nicholas that new students will be contacted and followed up well.
Saturday 11 – Japan
Adam and Helane Ramsay pray for their preparations for Autumn School and YNET conference (speaking to children’s and youth ministry leaders), and that God would keep building up their relationships with new churches. Nathan and Maki Clapham give thanks for their church’s Easter café, and pray for good follow up for those who attended. Pray also for Samuel and Ian beginning a new school year. Steven and Sandra Parsons give thanks to the Lord for providing two new Japanese employees for the TEAM Japan office, and ask for God’s wisdom as Steven balances the intensive training with normal responsibilities. Please pray also for Karen Darda.
April Week 3
Sunday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Pray with Mentac for the new Mentac trainees. Pray for them as they integrate ministry with their work and study demands, and for perceptive ministry to the people they’re interacting with. Please pray with D & R that trainees will benefit from the MILL course on language learning, and for the teachers, C and R. Pray for David Williams speaking at the CMS-QNNSW Autumn School Conference in Tamworth. Dave and Bec McIntyre praise God for the break and time with family that they have just enjoyed and pray for them as they settle in to the second half of the training course. Chenny Thie praises God for friendships made through English conversation class at St James Cathedral and Cross Cultures Bible study at St Jude’s.
Monday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya
Pray with Simon and Margaret Gillham that God would raise up the right people to take over the leadership of NETS and would guide the Board with wisdom as they make decisions. Please pray with Nathan and Diane Lovell for Julius and Grace, two of their new students from rural Uganda who are suffering some culture shock. Pray that they’d be able to settle in, make friends, and use the time God has given them to study his word well. With Paul and Cathy Sampson pray for a smooth start to the semester at Carlile College and that God would provide for the students, staff and college with its many needs. Please pray also for David and Alisan Greeff.
Tuesday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Shane and Naomi Rubie pray for safety in travelling during deputation, and thank God for time with family, friends and supporters. David and Prue Boyd are on leave without pay for a few months in order to support their daughter and family in Tasmania following their grandson’s diagnosis of leukaemia. Please pray for grace for them during this time and wisdom to know the right time to return to D R Congo. Give praise and thanks with Graham and Wendy Toulmin for their five weeks at St Andrew’s Hall. Pray also for good contacts with their support churches and friends as they begin Home Assignment. Please also commit to prayer Roger and Lynn Kay, Maggie Crewes and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Wednesday 15 – Tanzania
Malcolm and Elmari Buchananask for prayer with the imminent appointment of several new deans to faculties and schools at St John’s University of Tanzania. Please pray for reliable Christ centred leaders. Graham and Alison McKay (STWs, WA) praise God for his sustaining faithfulness in the last semester. Robert and Mary Reside (STWs, VIC) thank God for the two new CMS lecturers at Msalato Bible College. Please pray for them to settle in well and establish good relationships with other staff and students. Please pray also for Arthur and Tamie Davis.
Thursday 16 – Tanzania
Jono and Amy Vink pray that the pastors’ groups will continue to meet together, encouraging and building each other up through the word. Praise God with Matthew and Samantha Archer for the six Boys Brigade special days that were held in various villages last week. Please pray that all the boys who attended will be challenged to declare Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. Glen and Dominique Turner give thanks for the enthusiasm of Glen’s students to study the Bible in class each week. Helen Hoskins gives thanks and praise to God for the visit of a team from St John’s Mona Vale church in Sydney and their great contribution to ministries in Bunda.
Friday 17 – Tanzania
Mike and Katie Taylor pray that God would be glorified through the College mission, and for safety in travel and good partnership between hosting churches and MBC students. Praise God with Andy and Jenny Bennett for good catch-ups with family and friends, and pray for good health for their daughter Kristy and her baby as she gives birth this month. With Geoff and Martha Boye please pray that students and staff will be protected from illness as they live, study and serve God at Munguishi.
Saturday 18 – Tanzania
Brad and Neroli Galvin ask for prayer for the Diocese of Ruaha as they make plans to celebrate its 25th year anniversary. Thank God with John and Jill Morshead for the opportunity to worship at St Alban’s Anglican Cathedral each week, to welcome others and help those in need. Please also pray for Liz Burns as she settles into life and ministry at Msalato Theological College, Dodoma.
April Week 4
Sunday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Andrew and Sarah Lubbock pray that the Father would pour his Spirit into the hearts of those seeking Jesus at church, on campus and amongst their friends. Pray that as they share Jesus Christ with them and train others to do the same, these seekers might repent of their sins and trust Jesus for their salvation. Pray with Kingsley and Veronica Box that God will raise up Slovene men in their church to be leading and preaching in their meetings and that he will give them wisdom to know how to encourage and train them. Gillian Law prays that God would provide a new suitable location for her church to meet, which will allow the ministry to continue to grow. Please pray with Leon and Lee for evangelistic events among students in Ljubljana and Maribor this week.
Monday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
R thanks God for the opportunity she and her church family had to share the amazing news of Jesus’ death and resurrection over Easter. Praise God with Kelly Landrigan for her time visiting Auburn Anglican Church in March, and please pray for a good break over the holidays. Geoff and Robyn pray for good follow up from the University Mission. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray for wisdom as they seek to begin an English-speaking, mission-minded GBU group on campus. With Catherine Read please pray for the new CU committee at Trinity College and Maynooth; that they will work well together, desire to make Jesus known on campus, and that she will be able to build good relationships with them.
Tuesday 21 – Germany / Austria
Klaus and Jude Hickel pray for a good adjustment to life in Australia, especially as they homeschool their boys, and praise God for the opportunity to share with link churches and reconnect with supporters. Praise the Lord with Mike and Caroline Clark for the great privilege of training up gospel workers for the harvest in Southern Germany/Austria. Please pray that pastors and elders of churches will be increasingly convinced of the need to raise up and train many more. Pray for Rob and Arabelle Horne with on-going building of relationships with people in Grace International Fellowship and ÖSM student ministry, and wisdom in how to best encourage the Christians here to reach out with the gospel.
Wednesday 22 – France
Libby Leach thanks God for the GBU production of the Mark Drama, and prays for good follow-up. Pray with Caroline Evenden for God’s saving mercy in the lives of the five non-believers who come regularly to the GBU this year, or meet regularly one-to-one with Caroline or her colleague Julie. Paul and Sandra praise God for the faithfulness of students in the GBU groups during their absence. Pray also for the opportunities that arose from the evangelistic theatre opportunity, Mark Drama, earlier this month. Daniel and Kate Morris ask for prayer for the GBU congress, a conference in April for Christian university students from across France. Pray that the students would be challenged, encouraged, and strengthened. Josh and Susannah Apieczonek give thanks for excellent language teachers and caring classmates. Pray for growing relationships with their neighbours.
Thursday 23 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell give thanks for an encouraging first few months back in Valencia after Home Assignment. Praise God with Ellie Firth for providing a good, permanent apartment in Barcelona. Pray with her as she continues to get to know the local area and ways to connect with the community. Mike and Tania Snowdon thank God for the ‘Mission Possible’ youth conference (2–5 April). Pray that all who attended would be fuelled to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray for Daniel and Arturo as they begin to lead and preach at church. Please continue to pray for Ian and Ruth Batey to have wise stewardship of time and energy during Home Assignment.
Friday 24 – CMS Branches
QNNSW: Pray that people will respond prayerfully and generously to the Mid-Year Appeal, and that preparations for the "Engaging Islam" night on 14 May will go smoothly. NSW & ACT: Praise God for the volunteers who give so generously of their time to enable the branch to operate efficiently. VIC: Praise God for an energetic, committed and caring staff team. Pray that as they work together, they will continue to glorify God in using the talents he has given them for the sake of his kingdom. SANT: Please pray for the branch office as they adjust to staffing changes. WA: Pray that CMS-WA’s branch administration might run smoothly in the Arthurs’ absence (22 March – 5 May). FMF: Praise God for the recent engagement of long-term friends of the FMF, Rob Weedon and Alison Plantinga (née Coventry), and pray for their upcoming wedding (8 August). Please pray also for TAS.
Saturday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Dave and Leoni Painter give thanks for the 16 students studying the new PTC subject, Biblical Theology 1. Please pray with Mark and Rosemary Dickens for continuing follow-up after the evangelistic services in March and the large numbers who attended the Easter services. Praise God with Ken and Alison Thompson for a great C&MA Prayer Retreat that they attended in early March. Please pray with Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar for the Forgiveness & Reconciliation Art Performance on 28 March, for the actors and musicians, and especially that the Bible’s message will speak afresh to the Cambodian Church. Wim and Maaike Prins praise God for a fruitful seminar on preaching and sermon preparation for Khmer preachers. Please also pray with us for Maaike’s health & adjustment to the sudden rise in temperature, and that they’d thrive as a family. With Inpa and Vana Eliezer pray for the new youth (aged 11–13) who joined the ‘Family of Hope’ Program run by NaCE. Pray for the NaCE staff as they endeavour to build good relationships with the parents of these youth. Brian and Ros Thomas (STWs, NSW & ACT) pray for the NaCE board meeting today, and for the staff training days from 14–16 May.
April Week 5
Sunday 26 – Indonesia
Please continue to pray for wisdom for D & A as to visa options in Indonesia and give thanks for people in Indonesia who have offered to help. Thank God that M & L have received the approvals for a new visa enabling them to keep on ministering in Indonesia until the end of the year. With J & D please pray for Jon’s theological students as they sit their exams in early May. Please pray also for Ian and Narelle Hadfield and Alan and Helen Wood.
Monday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Andrew Buchanan gives thanks for the blessing of marriage to Abi (24 April), and pray for a good start to married life. M & L pray for the fledgling but strategic student ministry in their city, that it would have good leadership and resources. T & E ask for prayer as they continue to walk more deeply with people; that they would be ‘wise as serpents and innocent as doves’. PB gives thanks for the opportunity to be part of the Langham Scholars Team in Edinburgh, just completed, and pray for a holiday beginning today leading a group to Biblical Greece. T & J pray for new friendships with local Buddhists. Please also pray for ongoing growth in language and enjoyment in the process. Please pray also for Graham and Heather Simpson.
Tuesday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico
Peter and Terry Blowes ask God to help them build fruitful relationships with key people in the student ministries of Latin America, especially at the ABUA Buenos Aires weekend away on 16–17 May. Peter and Sarah Sholl give thanks for the new MOCLAM group starting in Oaxaca state (in the south of Mexico) that is being tutored by a MOCLAM graduate. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray for safety as they drive to Peru to teach an intensive. Pray that those attending would grasp God’s plan of salvation in all the Bible. Martin and Julie Field give thanks for the chance to share with their link churches about God’s work amongst students in Córdoba and pray for a restful family break before returning to Argentina. Please pray also for Amy Stephens.
Wednesday 29 – Chile
Gary and Julie Haddon pray for continued growth in language learning, especially for the girls at school. Andrew and Paulina Cox praise God for the commencement of Grupo Bíblico Universitario Chile activities at the local universities. Pray with Michael and Jo Charles that the local church will be encouraged and strengthened, and praise God for evangelistic opportunities on CEP mission over Easter. Frances Cook asks for prayer for the CEP, where it has suddenly become much more denominationally mixed. Please pray for good, growing relationships with other churches. Please pray that Stephen and Rebecca Shead and family will be able to form good relationships with people at their new church (Peñalolén Anglican) and will find where best they can serve and help people.
Thursday 30 – CMS Australia
Please pray for the Mission Personnel Secretaries’ current pastoral visits: Judith Calf to Eurasia, Middle East and Central Asia (27 April – 19 May), Elizabeth Richards to Europe (27 April – 20 May) and Philip (& Judy) Sinden to Japan (19 April – 9 May). Ask God to bring missionaries renewed faithfulness and encouragement from these visits.
Friday May 1 – Middle East
A & H pray that God brings Arabs from a nominal Christian background to genuine faith in Jesus during AWM’s media campaign in May. A will be using a new campaign software tool, so pray that it publishes all the campaign elements successfully. Give thanks with J for a wonderful time so far with her host family, and pray for guidance as she considers what living situation will be best for the coming months. S prays for internet ministries in the Middle East, that those who come into contact with believers and scripture through online media would be stirred to find out more. S & C give thanks for their church and their continual welcome of newly arrived refugees. B & S (Mentac Workers NSW/ACT) praise God for positive progress in Arabic for the whole family in recent months. Please pray also for T & K.
Saturday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates
David and Georgina Newmarch pray that Christians in Pakistan would endure suffering faithfully, as in recent attacks on churches in Lahore some were killed, many injured, some imprisoned unjustly, and many are still living in fear. Malcolm and Charissa Forrest pray for wisdom and energy as they prepare for Home Assignment and organise for things to continue while they are away. W & C pray for developing relationships with key local believers and the opportunity to train them to reach others with the news of Jesus. Please pray also for Steve and Jenny Sonneman as they completed their final Home Assignment as CMS missionaries on 30 April. Pray for God’s guidance and care over their future ministry.
May Week 1
Sunday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that believers in her nation would not become weary in doing good, and know that at the proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up. S & I pray that even when S’s English classes have been cancelled due to political turmoil, he has still been able to have spiritual conversations with some students. S thanks God for many opportunities to live a 'salty' life among people who don't know their Saviour. Pray that God would give her words and opportunities to explain why she lives the way she does. S thanks God for the care of CMS as Judith arrives for a pastoral visit this week. Pray for a helpful time together. J praises God for the new location she will begin serving in soon in South East Asia, and prays for smooth transitions. Please pray also for M & J as they conclude their final Home Assignment with CMS this month. Pray for God’s faithfulnesss to provide for their future ministry.
Monday 4 – Nepal
Gordon and Ruth Russell pray that they can build strong partnerships as they visit link churches this month. Kirstin Hawkshaw prays for more opportunities to be an encouragement to young women in her church. Please pray also for Kate Dalitz and Leigh and Tamara Filmer.
Tuesday 5 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for ITEEN (Institute of Theological Education by Extension in Nepal) staff, board members, tutors and students, and particularly for courses being written for teenagers. David & Elizabeth Hamer (STWs, VIC) pray for a smooth transition into Kathmandu and the KISC community. Please pray also for Keith & Mary Lou Doe.
Wednesday 6 – North Australia
Tavis and Kate Beer pray that peace and unity will pervade the churches they work in. Terry and Liz McCoy praise God for the Katherine Christian Convention, for the good teaching and good relationships formed between communities. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones also give thanks for KCC, and pray that Rob Haynes’ talks on “God’s Living Water” will have a lasting impact on attendees.
Thursday 7 – North Australia
Chris and Karen Webb thank God for a good holiday in New South Wales during April and ask God to help them be bold and wise in sharing the gospel with the non-believing members of an Aboriginal family that we are getting to know. Steve and Narelle Etherington ask for prayer as they spend most of May with two Kunwinjku church leaders and a Bible Society consultant as part of the final preparations for publishing a whole Kunwinjku New Testament. Geoff & Hannah Harper (STWs, Vic) pray for the translations of Mark's Gospel in Yolngu clan languages and that these stories about Jesus would impact lives in Yirrkala and surrounding communities.
Friday 8 – Papua New Guina / Timor Leste
Chris and Grace Adams pray for their adjustment to life in Timor Leste as parents, that they will manage home and ministry commitments in wise and godly ways and reconnect well with their Timorese brothers and sisters after time away. Please pray also for Tony and Susie Wright and Keith & Marion Birchley.
Saturday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong
D & L pray that M settles into his school, makes friends, feels comfortable and increasingly grows in confidence in who he is. L & J pray for smooth transitions as they prepare to come back to Australia at the end of May to have their fourth baby in July. Please pray also for D & T and John and Janelle Menear.
May Week 2
Sunday 10 – Taiwan / Japan
Pray with Kellie Nicholas that a time of vision-setting next week for the Kansai KGK staff will be encouraging and bear fruit in the ministry amongst students. Please pray also for Marshall and Julie Scott, Dene and Rachel Hughes and Brad and Michelle Jackson .
Monday 11 – Japan
Pray with Steven and Sandra Parsons that the TEAM Japan Men’s Retreat which begins today will be a time of great encouragement and refreshment for those who attend. Adam & Helane Ramsay pray for a good finish to deputation, and for a suitable house and language helper in Chiba. Nathan and Maki Clapham praise God for their pastoral visit from Philip Sinden, and thank God for the CMS community. Please pray also for Karen Darda.
Tuesday 12 – CMS Development and Training
At St Andrew’s Hall, pray for David Williams as he speaks at an INF conference in Nepal in May. Pray for David & Beck McIntyre as CMS works towards finding a placement for them in Japan, that God would lead them to partner with the right group. Thank God with Margaret Poynton (NZCMS) for the time of learning at SAH. Chenny Thie thanks God for the FOCUS (international students) church at UNSW willing to be her primary sending church, and prays for five more churches around NSW to be in gospel partnership with Chenny in Japan. Please pray also for Mentac and the Centre for Biblical Preaching.
Wednesday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya
David and Alisan Greeff pray for Willem and Christo (respectively director and deputy director) of the NETS distance department, as they interview prospective applicants as distance coordinators. Nathan and Diane Lovell give thanks for Yuki Yamada, a Japanese translation consultant who has been appointed to the SASL translation project while Diane is on maternity leave. Pray that the project would continue to make good progress towards the first Bible for the South African Deaf community. Please pray also for Simon and Margaret Gillham and Paul and Cathy Sampson.
Thursday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Roger and Lynn Kay pray for the Ethiopian elections on 24 May, that they will be peaceful and there will be no disruption to church and Retrak activities. Shane and Naomi Rubie praise God for safe travels in Queensland and great times catching up with people. Tim and Catherine Walker praise God for the trust and welcome offered by the teachers Catherine is training, and pray for her balance with family life and devotion times so that she is able to follow God's priorities. Please pray also for David and Prue Boyd, Graham & Wendy Toulmin and Maggie Crewes .
Friday 15 – Tanzania
Arthur and Tamie Davis pray that as assessment hits peak period at university, student leaders will make time to continue catching up with Arthur and Tamie to be mentored. Graham & Alison McKay (STWs, WA) give thanks that for the first time in about four or five years, St John’s University of Tanzania has people holding its three top executive leadership positions — Vice Chancellor (Prof Emmanuel Mbennah), Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (Prof Casmir Rubagumya) and Deputy Vice Chancellor Planning Finance and Administration (Prof Yohana Msanjila). Robert & Mary Reside (STWs, VIC) pray that Tanzanian Christians will come to know that Jesus has freed them from the power of the spirit world and its hold on them. Please pray also for Malcolm & Elmari Buchanan.
Saturday 16 – Tanzania
Give thanks with Matthew and Samantha Archer that their family has been able to attend the Rift Valley Academy Education Support Week in Kenya this week. Please pray for a safe return to Bunda tomorrow. Please pray with Glen and Dominique Turner for unity in their diocese as the election of a new bishop takes place. Pray that the man elected will be a godly and humble leader, following the example of Christ. Helen Hoskins prays for students and staff at Bunda Girls' Secondary School and GB Sewing Centre as they sit for their exams for the end of first semester. Please pray also for Jono and Amy Vink.
May Week 3
Sunday 17 – Tanzania
Geoff and Martha Boye pray for graduating students, that God will use them powerfully as servants of his word. Mike and Katie Taylor pray for final year students as they spend their last weeks at college, preparing for exams and a life ahead of ministry. Andy and Jenny Bennett praise God for their daughter Kristy’s safe delivery of Levi, and pray for wise preparations for Andy and Jenny’s return to Tanzania in June.
Monday 18 – Tanzania
John and Jill Morshead pray for safety and peace as the group responsible for the Kenya university attack threaten an attack in Dar es Salaam. Please pray also for Brad and Neroli Galvin and Liz Burns.
Tuesday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Leon and Lee praise God for new initiatives in leadership training conferences available in Slovenia and in the region this month. Pray especially for Howard Spencer’s visit (AFES) and for his encouragement as he meets ZVESh board and staff. This week marks one year since Gillian Law left Australia. Thank God for his care and consistency amidst so many changes over the last 12 months. Please pray also for Andrew and Sarah Lubbock and Kingsley and Veronica Box
Wednesday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
Pray that R will finish her classes and the academic year well. Kelly Landrigan praises God for her time this month visiting with link churches Rosemeadow-Appin Anglican and Hunter Bible Church. Please pray for energy and great times of mutual encouragement and building relationships. Geoff and Robyn pray for their church outreach this month, that church people and the community will get involved. Please pray also for Catherine Read and Andrew and Claire Livingstone.
Thursday 21 – Germany / Austria
Klaus and Jude Hickel give thanks for the opportunity to share with churches in the Canberra region during deputation and ask for prayer as they homeschool their children while in Australia. Mike and Caroline Clark praise God for a fruitful and encouraging first tour. Pray for an effective time in Sydney visiting supporters and for Tom who will be staying back in Munich for the first two months. Jemima Gardner (STW, NSW/ACT) praises God for those willing to serve as elders at Leipzig English Church. Please also pray for Rob and Arabelle Horne.
Friday 22 – France
Caroline Evenden prays that many students will come to the regional GBU end of year weekend (29-31 May) and that as they study the Psalms together, God will deepen relationships with him and among the group. Paul and Sandra thank God for the new Café Church that has been planted in their suburb. As the Kings commit to this project, pray for them as they host a new Bible group on >Friday evening. Daniel and Kate Morris pray for students finishing up the academic year, that they will honour God during the exam period, and that they will make good use of their time over the summer. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek give thanks for a CMS pastoral visit (8-9 May) and the opportunity for reflection and refreshment. Please pray also for Libby Leach .
Saturday 23 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell pray for wisdom and godliness for the Spanish Church leaders throughout Spain as they meet in Madrid for synod at the end of May. Give thanks with Ellie Firth for increasing time serving with the Andamio team. Pray for continued growth in understanding of language and culture as she takes on the oversight of the publication process for all their books. Mike and Tania Snowdon thank God for the ministry of GBE (high school age ministry) throughout Spain and pray God would use this ministry to encourage Christian teenagers to grow in their faith and share Jesus with their friends. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that the Billy Graham Association evangelistic two-day event in Barcelona this month will create gospel conversations with people that the Giffords know. Jess & Denise Larrea (STWs, NSW/ACT) thank God that Easter services were well attended. Pray for wisdom about ministry possibilities in the south of Spain. Please pray also for Ian and Ruth Batey.
May Week 4
Sunday 24 – CMS Branches
TAS: Please pray for the Tasmanian Branch Council as they meet for their Branch Council Meeting. VIC: Pray for a good response from churches and individuals to the Pentecost appeal, and that those contacted will use today to pray for the work of CMS throughout the world. Please pray also for the NSW & ACT, QNNSW, SA/NT and WA branches.
Monday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar praise God for a very successful Christian arts performance on the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation, that touched many hearts and led some to return to church. Inpa and Vana Eliezer pray for two ministry trainees with Celebrating Church and for the leaders who mentor them. Pray that they will be faithful and work well together as a team so it will be a rich learning experience for everyone. Brian & Ros Thomas (STWs, NSW/ACT) pray for the new Child Care Centre, that it will be a witness in the community. Please pray for the NaCE staff as they contact more children to join programs. Wim and Maaike Prins thank the Lord for Maaike’s opportunity to take some time out to rest and re-think ministry. Please pray for creative ways for Wim to tell stories at the temple that convey the gospel message. Please pray also for Dave and Leoni Painter , Ken and Alison Thompson and Mark and Rosemary Dickens.
Tuesday 26 – Indonesia
Alan and Helen Wood praise God for growth in the outreach projects of their church. M & L pray for Mark's students as they approach exams. Pray their theological study will transform their lives and be used by God to grow the Indonesian church. Please pray also for D & A, Ian and Narelle Hadfield and J & D.
Wednesday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Andrew Buchanan gives thanks for the latest intake of candidate ministers, and prays for them as they begin a year in established congregations learning the ropes of ministry. M & L pray for the Bible college in their city as it prepares for its second intake of students. PB prays for the first Langham preaching in Mongolia this week as he trains people with the help of a New Zealander, a former worker in Mongolia. Please pray also for Graham & Heather Simpson, T & E and T & J.
Thursday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico
With Peter & Terry Blowes, pray for Peter sharing the Bible with the IFES regional team in Chile in June, and for Terry training local student leaders in Buenos Aires. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray that their students would be diligent in studying for their exams and finishing their essays in the coming two weeks. Peter and Sarah Sholl give thanks for the new MOCLAM group starting in the south of Mexico, tutored by one of their Mexican graduates. Please pray also for Martin and Julie Field and Amy Stephens.
Friday 29 – Chile
Pray with Gary and Julie Haddon for the small groups at their church, for Gary as he leads a leadership team studying the book of John, and Julie as she leads a group through “Creation to New Creation”. Andrew and Paulina Cox pray for the upcoming academic seminar “Tolerance and Other Options" in the University of Magallanes. Pray for <b> Stephen and Rebecca Shead as they settle into their serving roles at their new church – Rebecca and Ben teaching Sunday school, and Stephen leading a home group with the church leadership team. Please pray also for <b> Frances Cook and <b> Michael and Jo Charles .
Saturday 30 – CMS Australia
Thank God for federal meetings held in Melbourne this week. Pray for ongoing wisdom in implementation of CMS policies. As the Finance Team submits the 2015-16 budget for Board approval on 4 June, pray that CMS will be faithful stewards of God’s resources and bold in trust for his provision of financial needs.
Sunday 31 – World Mission
Praise God for the funds he provides to CMS to give ministry grants and scholarships to students and Bible colleges. Pray that the money stewarded by the Mission Support Fund would be used with wisdom and care.