Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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NOVEMBER WEEK 4
Sunday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
D & L pray that deputation in Austinmer and Wollongong would be fruitful in encouraging and challenging people to be part of God's global mission. D & T give thanks for the amazing things that God has done at the orphanage. Please pray for T in a coordinating role and for all the resources necessary for the task. John & Janelle Menear pray for Hong Kong in the aftermath of pro-democracy demonstrations. Pray for Christians and churches to step up and speak about the hope that is within us. Marshall & Julie Scott pray that God would lead them to people, especially men, in the Dashe markets and wider community who are open to hearing Bible stories. With L & J, pray for an efficient visa application process.
Monday 24 – Cambodia
Inpa & Vana Eliezer praise God for Brian and Ros Thomas preparing to relieve them during Home Assignment. Rolf & Bonnie Lepelaar praise God that Cambodian church leaders are excited to learn about God's plan of salvation in the Bible through different courses that Rolf has been teaching. Dave & Leoni Painter pray for Leoni as she commences teaching English in the new academic year. Wim & Maaike Prins praise the Lord for ten years in Cambodia. Ken & Alison Thompson pray that Calvin's operation will be successful, and that the bone in his patella will become strong again and the cyst will not return.
Tuesday 25 – Indonesia
D & A pray for good routines for the whole family at school and university this semester. J & D pray for J's students as they sit exams at the start of December and for J as he works on his MTh assignments. Give thanks with M & L for M's fruitful preaching ministry in September and October. Ian & Narelle Hadfield pray for Beth at university in Sydney, as she finds it hard to be away from her parents. Andrew Buchanan gives thanks for progress in his writing and encouraging times with link churches.
Wednesday 26 – Singapore / South East Asia / Malaysia
Please pray with Mark & Rosemary Dickens for two new staff members - a ministry trainee and a part-time clergyman. Pray that they will settle in well and make a constructive contribution to the ministry team. Graham & Heather Simpson give thanks for ministry opportunities in India and Nepal over the last three months. Give thanks with T & E for growing partnerships and pray for the smooth processing of their visas. T & J pray that their hearts would constantly be reminded of God's steadfast love, and for perseverance with relationships in spite of language difficulties. PB gives thanks for a new apartment in Kuala Lumpur from early December, and prays for effective teaching in late November and early December. M & L praise God for an encouraging end to their church deputation. Pray for them as they start to say good-bye to family and friends over the next months.
Thursday 27 – Japan
Pray with Steve & Sandra Parsons for Steve as he prepares for a trip to Hong Kong to meet other TEAM leaders in the Asian region to discuss how resources can be combined to help missionaries and nationals more effectively. Karen Darda prays for the preparation of many evangelistic outreach activities for Christmas. Pray that those who speak and work will not be overtaken by busyness but will be able to deepen and forge relationships throughout this period. Nathan & Maki Clapham give thanks for the friendships they have begun to make over the past nine months. Pray for their love and patience with each other and for Samuel and Ian to gradually build deeper friendships as they adjust to life in Japan.
Friday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste / PNG
Dene & Rachel Hughes pray that students who are not Christians but who regularly attend campus Bible studies will have their questions answered as the Bible is studied and as they see Christians love one another. Kellie Nicholas gives thanks for the encouragement she has received as she has visited her link churches and supporters. Brad & Michelle Jackson praise God that more young people have been involved in youth group and for the two teenagers who are heading towards baptism. Tony & Susie Wright pray for the ten Fijian university students preparing for this year’s National Training Event in Canberra in early December. Pray that students would be encouraged to think about how God might use them in the future. Chris & Grace Adams ask for pastoral wisdom and Christ-like love as Chris prepares and delivers sermons in Tetun. Keith & Marion Birchley pray that God would bring about the sale of their house so that they can focus on saying goodbye to loved ones in Australia and connecting with new colleagues in Papua New Guinea.
Saturday 29 – CMS Australia
Pray that Missionaries Conference on 12-15 December will be a time of great encouragement and refreshment for all who attend. Please also pray for Judith Calf who is currently on a pastoral visit to the Middle East.
Sunday 30 – World Mission
Pray for Christians experiencing persecution in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria. Thank God for sustaining and loving his people even amidst great suffering. Pray that the persecuted Christians would be led to pray for their persecutors, and that they would be lights of love and grace in areas of difficulty. Pray also for safety, protection and the end of violent persecution.
DECEMBER WEEK 1
Monday 1 – South Africa / Namibia
Please pray for Nathan & Diane Lovell as they complete Home Assignment. Praise God with Simon & Margie Gillham for the recent national elections in Namibia and for the peace and stability God has provided for his people there. David & Alisan Greeff pray for Alisan and Caris as they present the gospel to female prison inmates in a Christmas service tomorrow.
Tuesday 2 – Nigeria / Kenya / Ethiopia
Roger & Lynn Kay pray for the Retrak team to rely on God's strength as they support vulnerable children to move off the street and out of institutions into their families and communities. Please also pray for Shane & Naomi Rubie, Alan & Helen Wood and Paul & Cathy Sampson.
Wednesday 3 – Tanzania
Graham & Alison McKay (Affiliates, WA) pray for the new Vice Chancellor of St John's University of Tanzania, Prof. Emmanuel Mbennah, who took up his position in November. Malcolm & Elmari Buchanan pray that they would become more like Jesus day by day and that God would use them to impact the lives of those he brings across their path. Robert & Mary Reside (Affiliates, VIC) pray that God would give them strength and sustain them amidst constant tiredness. Arthur & Tamie Davis pray for safe travel as they head to Nairobi after Christmas for two conferences. Please also pray for Jane Window.
Thursday 4 – Tanzania
Brad & Neroli Galvin praise God for new opportunities to serve in their community, including at youth group and being asked to pray with several people over the last month (both Christians and non-Christians). Mike & Katie Taylor pray that students and teachers at Munguishi will be refreshed over the Christmas break and return enthusiastic to teach and learn from God's word. Geoff & Martha Boye thank God for sustaining them through this semester at Munguishi. Pray for students as they return to their homes and families during the short beak over Christmas. Please also pray for John & Jill Morshead.
Friday 5 – Tanzania
Matthew & Samantha Archer praise God for the BBMTC graduation on 5 December and ask God to build up the church in Kamkenga during this month of Christmas. Helen Hoskins prays for the 22 graduates of the GB Sewing Centre as they begin their own projects, and that they will also continue in ministry in their local churches.Jono & Amy Vinkpray that the good news of the gospel would be preached and proclaimed throughout Mara, reviving those who hear it. Glen & Dominique Turner pray for the safe arrival of their new baby early next month.
Saturday 6 – Tanzania / East Africa / Rwanda / DR Congo
Liz Burns prays for Christmas celebrations and plans for 2015 in Kagera. Pray that this Christmas many nominal Christians in Rwanda would come to know Christ personally and see him transform their lives and community. David & Prue Boyd give thanks for developing relationships and ministry opportunities. Please also pray for Andy & Jenny Bennett and Maggie Crewes.
DECEMBER WEEK 2
Sunday 7 – Slovenia
Leon & Lee praise God that Brane Zelenjak has been appointed as ZVESh General Secretary. Mark & Rochelle Groombridge pray that a job for next year will be finalised as they finish up with CMS after Summer School. Pray with Kingsley & Veronica Box that God will give Christians in Slovenia opportunities to talk with family and friends about Christ's birth this month.
Monday 8 – Italy / Malta / Ireland
Gillian Law thanks God for increasing confidence with communicating in Italian, especially speaking, and all the benefits that flow from this. G & R pray that the church retreat will be great for fellowship with God and others. Please also pray for Catherine Read and Andrew & Sarah Lubbock.
Tuesday 9 – Germany / Eurasia
Klaus & Jude Hickel pray that God would work in the hearts of those who will be invited to the many evangelistic events in the lead-up to Christmas. Rob & Arabelle Horne pray for Summer School preparation and an enjoyable and refreshing summer holiday for the kids. Mike & Caroline Clark praise God that Vaughan Roberts will be in Munich teaching at their church and at MBS on 12–13 December. Pray that many might hear the call to invest their lives in preaching and teaching God’s word. R prays that two new small groups would be places where God is glorified, his word is taught faithfully, his people love one another and others are welcomed. Please also pray for Tim & Andrea Field.
Wednesday 10 – France / Switzerland
Pray for Daniel & Kate Morris as they prepare for the arrival of their new baby in the coming weeks, for health, adjustment to the new lifestyle and prayerfulness through it all. With Caroline Evenden, give thanks for the evangelistic Christmas event held on 30 November and pray for the non-Christians who attended. Andrew & Claire Livingstone pray for wisdom, discernment and a clear direction, as they review the current vision for developing international student ministry with the GBEU. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek pray for good farewells and family goodbyes. Please also pray for Libby Leach and Paul & Sandra.
Thursday 11 – Spain
John & Jodi Lovell give thanks for the faithful support of link churches and personal supporters in 2014, and pray that many visitors would attend the Christmas services at their church in Valencia. Mike & Tania Snowdon give thanks for the opportunity their church had to participate in Operation Christmas Child, and pray they’d keep learning as a church how to care for those around them and the world. Ian & Ruth Batey pray that the Lord would open doors for gospel conversations as Christmas draws near. Andrew & Dominique Gifford pray for boldness to make use of the natural opportunities that Christmas allows to talk about Jesus. Ellie Firth praises God for the national combined GBU, GBE and GBG (university, school and graduates) conference on the weekend (5–8 December). Pray for God’s ongoing work through these ministries, and for the growth and strengthening of his people in Spain.
Friday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Pray for the process of interviewing potential Mentac trainees for 2015. At SAH, pray with L & I for the preparation of sessions for Summer Under The Son. Adam & Helane Ramsay pray for God's blessing as they prepare for deputation. Join Charlie Fletcher in thanking God for the bicentenary of the arrival of Christianity to New Zealand through the efforts of Samuel Marsden and CMS in December 1814. Pray with J for the incoming group of trainees and for SAH staff to be refreshed in the Lord. Pray with Christine for God's enabling as she teaches units of the Ridley online course over summer. Praise God with Kelly Landrigan for her time at SAH and pray for her as she visits supporters. With the Centre for Biblical Preaching, praise God for his sustenance during a busy month and pray for discernment as Mike considers preaching invitations for 2015.
Saturday 13 – Argentina / Chile
Martin & Julie Field pray that they will adjust well to being in Australia for the next six months, and for productive preparation of materials for church visits. Andrew & Paulina Cox pray for the close of the school year and plans for a Sunday school Christmas presentation. Please also pray for Amy Stephens and Peter & Terry Blowes.
DECEMBER WEEK 3
Sunday 14 – Chile
Michael & Jo Charles pray for energy, strength and deep understanding for the CEP students as they sit exams and then plan the Diocesan camp for youth leaders.
Stephen & Rebecca Shead pray that the CEP students who are organising and running the annual youth leadership training camp (26–30 December) would teach faithfully and effectively. Gary & Julie Haddon praise God for his wonderful faithfulness during their first year in Chile and pray that Christ is proclaimed faithfully over the Christmas season. Please also pray for Frances Cook.
Monday 15 – Mexico / Bolivia / CMS Scholarships
Peter & Sarah Sholl pray for energy as they prepare materials for Home Assignment and Summer School. Adrian & Anita Lovell pray that God would work through their church’s kids club this month to grow his kingdom. Please also pray for those studying on CMS Scholarships.
Tuesday 16 – Middle East
A & H thank God for his guidance and for helpful discussions with CMS and local partners that will enable them to serve a further two years in the Middle East. Pray with S for opportunities to share the meaning and joy of Christmas with local friends, especially at the Christmas party her team will host for local women. B & S (Mentac Workers, NSW & ACT) give thanks for family and friends visiting over Christmas and the New Year. S & C pray for fruitful conversations with friends about the meaning of Christmas. J prays for family time, farewells and a growing network of partners in this final month before moving to her location. Please also pray for T & K.
Wednesday 17 – Pakistan / Jordan / UAE
David & Georgina Newmarch pray for justice and for powerful testimonies from the families of two Christian brick kiln workers tortured and killed recently, and for our Christian friend recently gaoled. Please also pray for Malcolm & Charissa Forrest, W & C and Steve & Jenny Sonneman.
Thursday 18 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that believers will have conversations seasoned with salt with their family and friends as they celebrate Jesus’s birth this month. S & I give thanks for God answering prayers this year. Pray with S that as she settles into her new team in Central Asia, that the Prince of Peace would reign in all interactions. Please also pray for M & J, S and J.
Friday 19 – Nepal
Bruce & Libby Hayes thank God for the marriage of their daughter and for a wedding day that glorified God. Leigh & Tamara Filmer pray for safe travel and effectiveness for the team visiting them from Roxby Downs Christian Community Church. Pray with Kate Dalitz for INF to develop a clear strategy about how to build up churches in the places where the organisation works. With Kirstin Hawkshaw pray that Christians in Nepal would share about the uniqueness of Christmas in a culture of many festivals. Gordon & Ruth Russell give thanks for the opportunity for a restful holiday with their daughter Bethany, who has now finished second year at Moore College. Keith & Mary Lou Doe pray that as they experience their first Christmas in Nepal, they would remember to be joyful despite family being so far away.
Saturday 20 – CMS Branches
NSW & ACT: Pray for staff and volunteers as the branch prepares for CMS Summer School. Pray especially for the leaders, directors and speakers for the Youth and Children's program. Please also pray for QNNSW, SA/NT, WA, VIC, TAS.
DECEMBER WEEK 4
Sunday 21 – North Australia
Chris & Karen Webb thank God that they could enjoy a visit from Chris's parents at the end of November. Wayne Oldfield & Mandy Jones pray that their church, St James, and all the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal churches in the NT would reach out to hurting communities as they celebrate Christmas. Terry & Liz McCoy praise God for a wonderful year at Nungalinya with 34 students graduating with a Certificate III in Theology, and for many answers to prayer this year.
Monday 22 – North Australia
Pray for Tavis & Kate Beer as they celebrate the joy of Christmas. Ruth Brigden prays for wisdom throughout ongoing discussions about future ministry. Pray with Steve & Narelle Etherington for refreshment over January.
Tuesday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
D & L praise God for Jesus and the opportunities to make him known in East Asia and in Australia. L & J pray for a successful visa application. Please also pray for D & T, John & Janelle Menear and Marshall & Julie Scott.
Wednesday 24 – Cambodia
Inpa & Vana Eliezer pray that their church community will find meaningful ways of reaching out to their family and friends during the Christmas period. Pray for Brian & Ros Thomas (STW, NSW & ACT), who are relieving Inpa and Vana while they are on Home Assignment. Rolf & Bonnie Lepelaar pray that Christmas outreaches will draw Cambodians to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Please also pray for Dave & Leoni Painter, Wim & Maaike Prins and Ken & Alison Thompson.
Thursday 25 – Indonesia
Friday 26 – Singapore / South East Asia / Malaysia
Please pray with Mark & Rosemary Dickens for the many Christmas events at St Georges. Pray that the large number of fringe people will understand the gospel and put their faith in Jesus. Pray for T & E and their kids as they travel to a neighbouring country to hopefully receive their long-term visa. T & J praise God for the ongoing growth he is working in them through language learning. PB gives thanks for opportunities to preach over Christmas. M & L pray that Summer School would be a time of encouragement for all, and that their final preparations and farewells will go smoothly. Please also pray for Graham & Heather Simpson and Sylvia Jeanes.
Saturday 27 – Japan
Steve & Sandra Parsons pray that as Japanese people flock to the shrines to pray for good luck in 2015 over the coming week, they will realise the futility of this ritual and that Christians will be ready to share Jesus. Naomi Smith (STW, NSW & ACT) praises God for the opportunity to read the Bible weekly with a non-Christian friend she first met in Sydney. Pray for open hearts during the Bible study and also at Christmas outreach gatherings on 11 and 16 December. Nathan & Maki Clapham pray for safe travel and a good time as they visit Maki's family. Please also pray for Karen Darda.
DECEMBER WEEK 5
Sunday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste / PNG
Kellie Nicholas gives thanks for the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Brad & Michelle Jackson pray that the good news of Jesus will be proclaimed at their kids’ Christmas party, that lots of local children will come along and that seeds will be planted. Chris & Grace Adams pray for safety as they return to Australia for Grace to deliver their first child. Please also pray for Dene & Rachel Hughes, Keith & Marion Birchley and Tony & Susie Wright.
Monday 29 – CMS Australia
Pray for refreshment and joyful hearts for all staff members at CMS-A as they celebrate Christmas and the beginning of a new year.
Tuesday 30 – World Mission
Please commit to prayer the CMS summer conferences that will take place next month. Pray that through these conferences, more people in Australia would be encouraged and challenged to consider going to serve cross-culturally. Please pray also for all those speaking at these conferences, and particularly for the international speakers.
Wednesday 31 – Branch Support Missionaries
With FMF, thank God for Colin and Rosemary Kruse and for their many contributions to mission, including the publication the second edition of Colin's commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, due next year. Please also pray for MAG, MMA and the CMS Bookstore.