Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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Wednesday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Roger and Lynn Kay give thanks for the new St Matthew’s Counselling Centre and pray that it will be an effective ministry to believers and to the wider international community. Shane and Naomi Rubie thank God for time at home in Australia, and pray that their words would encourage supporters in the work God is doing in Ethiopia. Please pray also for David and Prue Boyd, Maggie Crewes and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Thursday 15 – Tanzania
Malcolm and Elmari Buchanan pray for the new Vice Chancellor at St John's University of Tanzania, Prof Mbennah, and the new principal at Canon Andrea Mwaka School, Mr Carroll. Arthur and Tamie Davis pray for a new chaplain for St John’s University. Pray for someone who is evangelical and interested in and capable of working with students.
Friday 16 – Tanzania
Jono and Amy Vink pray that at the preaching conference being held next week with Mike Raiter, pastors will be equipped, challenged and encouraged. Pray for wisdom and insight for Matthew and Samantha Archer and the other staff of BBMTC as students are interviewed and selected this week to begin the carpentry and Bible course for 2015. Pray with Glen and Dominique Turner that the whole family will adjust well as Judah begins school at home this month. Please pray also for Helen Hoskins.
Saturday 17 – Tanzania
Geoff and Martha Boye praise God for the great opportunity they have to teach the Bible at Munguishi and to see the students’ minds transformed by the gospel. Mike and Katie Taylor pray for programming for a new semester, that God may use the plans that are made to grow his church in Tanzania. Andy and Jenny Bennett give thanks that Andy was able to be at his mother’s bedside when she passed away in November, and pray for discernment as they plan their return to Tanzania.
January Week 3
Sunday 18 – Tanzania
Monday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Leon and Lee pray for wisdom as Slovene church leaders meet to discuss thoughts about a Slovene Evangelical Alliance, and plans for developing theological education in Slovenia. Andrew and Sarah Lubbock ask that they might keep trusting Jesus and praying for the Spirit’s leading in all pastoral challenges and evangelistic opportunities. Please pray with Kingsley and Veronica Box that God will provide them with opportunities to meet their neighbours and families from school, especially during the winter when people don't venture out much. Gillian Law thanks God for all he taught her last year and prays that 2015 would be another year of learning more about his faithfulness to her in Christ.
Tuesday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
R gives thanks for opportunities to share over Christmas, and prays that people in Eurasia would come to know Jesus. Geoff and Robyn pray that the university retreat would bring Christians and non-Christians closer to each other and Jesus. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray for planning for second semester, that God gives wisdom in direction and provides leaders for the ministry. Please pray also for Catherine Read and Kelly Landrigan.
Wednesday 21 – Germany / Austria
Klaus and Jude Hickel pray that God would continue working in the hearts of those who visited church at Christmas events. Rob and Arabelle Horne pray for their final period of Home Assignment, farewells to family and friends in Australia and preparations for returning to Europe. Mike and Caroline Clark give thanks for the opportunity Mike had to run a training day for Munich’s Christian student group on 10 January.
Thursday 22 – France
Caroline Evenden prays that God would use the upcoming GBU staffworkers’ retreat on 25-27 January to deepen relationships amongst the staff and to further his kingdom in France through the GBU. Pray with Daniel and Kate Morris for Daniel as he begins work in Paris with the GBU and for the rest of the family as their lifestyle changes around this. Josh and Susannah Apieczonek pray for extra energy, concentration and retention while they are away on a linguistics intensive course. Please pray also for Elisabeth Leach and Paul and Sandra.
Friday 23 – Spain
Ian and Ruth Batey pray that their preparations for Home Assignment would go smoothly, and that their farewells to people in Seville would bring opportunities for the gospel. Ellie Firth prays that the CMS Tasmania SummerView conference would have been an encouraging and challenging reminder of God’s work in his world for all who attended. Mike and Tania Snowdon pray that they would take the opportunities that come with Will at school to build new relationships in which to share the gospel and their lives. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that as Andrew meets individually with Miquel, Herminio and Carlos to practise their English, that conversation might easily flow to Jesus. Please pray also for John and Jodi Lovell.
Saturday 24 – CMS Branches
TAS: Pray that many people who came to SummerView would be inspired and challenged to consider God’s call to go and serve him overseas.
FMF: Praise God with the Former Missionaries’ Fellowship for the life of Ken Perry, who as General Secretary of CMS-VIC in the 1970s had the original vision to start the Former Missionaries’ Fellowship. Please pray also for NSW and ACT, QNNSW, SA/NT, WA and VIC, thanking God particularly for CMS Summer Conferences.
January Week 4
Sunday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar pray for lasting fruit from a Perth student team’s week-long visit with their local church. Wim and Maaike Prins pray that the Lord would open the hearts of the monks that Wim has contact with for the gospel. Ken and Alison Thompson praise God that Kia and Calvin were home for Christmas, and pray for Kia as she prepares to graduate in June. Mark and Rosemary Dickens pray for effective follow-up of lots of interested non-believers who attended Advent and Christmas outreach events. Please pray also for Inpa and Vana Eliezer and Dave and Leoni Painter.
Monday 26 – Indonesia
M and L pray that their visa difficulties would be resolved, and that the new teaching semester would continue to go well. Pray with J and D for J as he finishes his final MTh subject and decides on a topic to write for his thesis. Please pray also for D and A, Ian and Narelle Hadfield and Alan and Helen Wood
Tuesday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Give thanks with Andrew Buchanan for many encouraging times on deputation, and pray for him as he returns to Toraja. Pray for M and L as they look for accommodation, start language studies and form new relationships. Pray with T and E that their students won’t just be keen to grow in academic knowledge, but also in spiritual maturity. PB gives thanks for teaching and preaching training in January in Myanmar, Singapore and a first visit to a South Asian country. T and J pray for joy and vision for the coming year. Please pray also for Graham and Heather Simpson.
Wednesday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico
Peter and Terry Blowes thank God for many answers to prayer, and pray for healing to Peter’s eye. Peter and Sarah Sholl pray for some good family rest before they start their visits to link churches. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray that they would make the most of the coming month as they work on various administrative aspects of MOCLAM before the year’s teaching begins. Please pray also for Martin and Julie Field and Amy Stephens.
Thursday 29 – Chile
Frances Cook prays for time to rest over the summer break. Gary and Julie Haddon give thanks for their first year in Chile, and pray for a time of recovery as they prepare for an important year ahead, in which Gary and Julie will begin some teaching and Katrina begins studying for the International Baccalaureate. As the university year ends, Andrew and Paulina Cox thank God for growth in numbers and maturity among staff and students. Stephen and Rebecca Shead pray for Ben as he begins Australian Distance Education, that he will find the work stimulating and that he will have enough social interaction with friends. Please pray also for Michael and Jo Charles.
Friday 30 – CMS Australia
Praise God for a new year serving missionaries. Pray that God would work through CMS Australia pastoral visitors in 2015 to offer wisdom, guidance and encouragement to missionaries on location.
Saturday 31 – World Mission
Thank God for the international partners of CMS. Pray for the leaders of the many churches, schools, universities, dioceses and other Christian organisations with whom CMS works. Pray that they would lead with integrity, godliness, humility and wisdom.
February Week 1
Sunday 1 – Middle East
A & H praise God for new believers, and pray that they would form good connections with other Christians and speak boldly of their faith to their families. B & S (Mentac Workers NSW/ACT) ask the Lord to give people in the Middle East a hunger for the Good News. Please pray also for J, S, T & K and S & C.
Monday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates
Tuesday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia
M & J praise God for the ways that Matthew and Emily are engaging with language learning, and pray for local friends that they can practise with. S prays for peace and safety in her country. S prays that the fullness of God's peace - political, spiritual and emotional - would be seen a little more each day in Central Asia. J thanks God for improved health, and prays for guidance as future opportunities are considered. S & I pray for seven national workers and their families who reach out in regional area. They were challenged at a conference in January to include their wives in the ministry more and more, as well as to create or build on partnerships with local gatherings. Please pray also for L.
Wednesday 4 – Nepal
Gordon and Ruth Russell pray for Ruth as she attends two palliative care conferences in India this month. Kirstin Hawkshaw prays for a small group looking to start a Christian disability network to support disability inclusion in churches. Please pray also for Kate Dalitz and Leigh and Tamara Filmer.
Thursday 5 – Nepal
Friday 6 – North Australia
Tavis and Kate Beer pray for God’s provision in the search for a new rector for St Paul’s Katherine, and for Beka starting high school. Terry and Liz McCoy pray for unity and fellowship as the staff team work together to support and educate students in 2015. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones pray for helpful reviews from the internal and external audits of WHS (Work Health & Safety) systems and procedures at Nungalinya College this month. Please pray also for Ruth Brigden.
Saturday 7 – North Australia
February Week 2
Sunday 8 – Papua New Guina / Timor Leste / Fiji
Chris and Grace Adams pray for a swift and safe delivery of their first baby and for them as they adjust to being parents. Keith and Marion Birchley have been in PNG for just under a week. Pray for them as they settle in. Please pray also for Tony and Susie Wright.
Monday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong
L & J pray that they will do everything in love and actively trust in Jesus, as they experience excitement, confusion, frustration and the new joys and challenges of settling into a cold new city. John and Janelle Menear give thanks for the Life Centre building project at St Andrew’s Kowloon. Please pray also for D & L and D & T.
Tuesday 10 – Taiwan / Japan
Brad and Michelle Jackson pray for a seminar they are running in February about Christian marriage and families. Please pray that the Jacksons will know God’s leading and wisdom as they prepare and present the material. Please pray also for Marshall and Julie Scott, Kellie Nicholas and Dene and Rachel Hughes.
Wednesday 11 – Japan
Thursday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Please pray for new MITs Dave and Bec McIntyre, Chenny Thie, and Graham and Wendy Toulmin as they settle into St Andrew’s Hall. Ask God to bless their community life and learning together as they further prepare for their future ministries. Pray for interest in and smooth preparations for the Centre for Biblical Preaching’s preaching study tour in the United Kingdom in June. Please pray also for Mentac.
Friday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya
Nathan and Diane Lovell pray for GWC students, faculty and staff as the new academic year begins. David and Alisan Greeff pray for perseverance as they seek to get the 30 NETS distance books successfully edited and printed in Rukwangali. Pray with Simon and Margaret Gillham that God would raise up a Namibian to be the principal of NETS and allow a good time of transition of leadership this year. Paul and Cathy Sampson pray that Paul and others would have wisdom and grace as they seek to manage challenges at Carlile College.
Saturday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Roger and Lynn Kay pray that in 2015 they will see the Lord at work through St Matt’s and Retrak, bringing people into his kingdom and growing their faith and trust in Him. Shane and Naomi Rubie pray for safety on the roads as they travel to partner churches to speak. Tim and Catherine Walker praise God for a great time with family in Australia for the wedding of Tim’s brother. Please pray also for David and Prue Boyd and Maggie Crewes.
February Week 3
Sunday 15 – Tanzania
Malcolm and Elmari Buchanan pray for Professor Emmanuel Mbennah, vice chancellor of SJUT, and Dr Dickson Chilongani, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika. These two men have the capacity to strongly influence the progress of the university and CAMS. Arthur and Tamie Davis pray for the selection process for a new chaplain for St John's University: for someone who is evangelical and interested in and capable of working with students.
Monday 16 – Tanzania
Jono and Amy Vink pray for BBC as all the students return from time with family, that they will have ears to hear and hearts to learn and that the teachers will faithfully proclaim God’s word. Matthew and Samantha Archer praise God for the commencement of a new year at BBMTC. Please pray with Matthew and Samantha that students and teachers alike will build a strong community that glorifies the Lord. Please pray also for Glen and Dominique Turner and Helen Hoskins.
Tuesday 17 – Tanzania
Give thanks with Andy and Jenny Bennett that the solar project Andy helped establish has continued since they left Tanzania nine months ago, and pray that the project will grow to help more Tanzanians and to generate more income for the Diocese of Kagera. Please pray also for Geoff and Martha Boye and Mike and Katie Taylor.
Wednesday 18 – Tanzania
Thursday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Leon and Lee pray for Leon as he visits Australia for a family celebration and for opportunities to share the living Lord Jesus with his relatives. Kingsley and Veronica Box pray for continued growth in Jesus this year. Gillian Law prays for GBU activities resuming this month, particularly that non-believers who regularly attend activities would know the grace of Jesus. Please pray also for Andrew and Sarah Lubbock.
Friday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
Catherine Read prays for the processing of her visa, and for a good outcome that will allow her to serve in Ireland without restriction. R gives thanks for people she meets at work in Eurasia, and asks that God would use her in their lives. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray for good contact with students as they begin second semester. Please pray also for Kelly Landrigan and Geoff and Robyn.
Saturday 21 – Germany / Austria
Praise God with Klaus and Jude Hickel for providing young men whom Klaus is mentoring to lead services and preach. Pray that these young men will develop their skills to be able to serve. Rob and Arabelle Horne pray for readjustment to German-speaking Europe and settling in a new location and ministry. Please pray also for Mike and Caroline Clark.
February Week 4
Sunday 22 – France
Caroline Evenden prays that God would use upcoming GBU Toulouse evangelistic events to bring students into a relationship with him. Paul and Sandra pray for the Lord's wisdom to serve in gospel opportunities in the GBU and elsewhere in the middle of the year. Daniel and Kate Morris thank God for a long visit from Kate’s mum as they adjust to having a new baby in the family. Josh and Susannah Apieczonek pray for Zali and Reuben at preschool in a new language, that they would be brave, learn French quickly and make friends. Please pray also for Libby Leach.
Monday 23 – Spain
Ian and Ruth Batey pray for good preparation and good byes as they get ready for Home Assignment. Praise God with Ellie Firth for continued growth in her understanding of Spanish language and culture. Pray with her for the development of friendships especially at church. Mike and Tania Snowdon thank God for bringing the Lovells back safely, and for the way they can maximise each other’s ministry by working together. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that families from school who came to the Christmas party would remain open to spiritual conversations. Please pray also for John and Jodi Lovell.
Tuesday 24 – CMS Branches
Thank God for all of the wonderful CMS Summer Conferences. Praise him for the challenges, encouragements and times of fellowship. Thank him for a time of recovery for branch staff. FMF: Pray with the Former Missionaries Fellowship for Bron and Bruce Hallyburton following the death of Bron’s mother.
Wednesday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Pray for Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar as they move house, that the move will go smoothly and they can settle well into the new community. Dave and Leoni Painter pray for the new PTC class starting this month, for a good number of students as they begin Biblical Theology 1. Brian and Ros Thomas (STW) give thanks for the special Christmas service at the Celebrating church and for the outreach functions at other NaCE programs. Please pray also for Inpa and Vana Eliezer, Wim and Maaike Prins , Ken and Alison Thompson and Mark and Rosemary Dickens.
Thursday 26 – Indonesia
D & A pray for good communication with churches they are visitng on Home Assignment. Ian and Narelle Hadfield thank God for time in Australia for Summer School, and for the opportunity to bring Beth back to Jakarta for a holiday. Alan and Helen Wood praise God for a new two-year contract and new members at church. Please also pray for the visa process and for the Woods as they settle into Indonesia. M & L pray for fruitful ministry for M with Langham Preaching in March, and that God will have overcome the obstacles they were facing with visas. Please pray also for J & D.
Friday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Andrew Buchanan prays for the next intake of candidates for the ordination training program, starting at the end of February. M & L pray for patience in language learning, opportunities to build relationships and wisdom as they set up in their new location. Pray for PB as he settles in to living in Kuala Lumpur. Please pray also for Graham and Heather Simpson, T & E and T & J.
Saturday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico / Chile (Day 29)
Amy Stephens thanks God for the ABUA national training conference in January. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray that current MOCLAM students would invite others to start studying, especially as they begin teaching the first subject next week. Gary and Julie Haddon pray that their visa applications for permanent residency will go through unimpeded. Andrew and Paulina Cox pray for safe holiday travel as much of the St James congregation journey away from Punta Arenas. Michael and Jo Charles pray for Sam as he works out his living and study arrangements now he has completed his HSC. Please pray also for Martin and Julie Field, Peter and Terry Blowes, Peter and Sarah Sholl, Frances Cook and Stephen and Rebecca Shead.