Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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MARCH WEEK 1
Sunday 2 – Nigeria / Kenya / Ethiopia
Paul and Cathy Sampson thank God for their smooth transition back to Kenya and pray for continued safety amidst the threat of terrorism. Pray with Roger and Lynn Kay that churches in Ethiopia will be gracious in helping refugees from the conflict in South Sudan. Please also pray for Alan and Helen Wood and Shane and Naomi Rubie.
Monday 3 – Tanzania
Robert and Mary Reside (Affiliates, VIC) pray for diligence and enthusiasm for the students who are returning to St John’s University and Msalato Bible College. Pray for Arthur and Tamie Davis as they make decisions about their future mission work. Please also pray for Malcolm and Elmari Buchananand Jane Window.
Tuesday 4 – Tanzania
Mike and Katie Taylor pray for the inaugural Munguishi College mission (8–16 March), for logistics and that the students would delight in declaring Christ crucified. Geoff and Martha Boye praise God for the privilege it is to teach the Bible at Munguishi. Pray that as Geoff begins to teach again that the family’s routine will adjust well and they will rely on the strength of the Spirit. Please also commit to prayer John and Jill Morshead and Brad and Neroli Galvin.
Wednesday 5 – Tanzania
Please pray with Matthew and Samantha Archer as the Boys Brigade Training Centre students and staff live and work together to build a community which brings glory to God in 2014. Pray with Helen Hoskins for the students of the new Bunda Girls’ Secondary School, and for Helen as she balances responsibilities as chaplain of this school with her other roles at the GB Centre and Kunzugu parish. Jono and Amy Vink praise God for how he has grown the Rehema project, and ask that he would provide the right person to take over leadership of the project to give Amy more time to homeschool their four children. Please also pray for Glen and Dominique Turner.
Thursday 6 – Tanzania / East Africa / Rwanda / DR Congo
Pray with Andy and Jenny Bennett for Canon Darlington, Diocesan Secretary since January 2013, as he faces huge work challenges while attempting to pace himself and to balance family responsibilities. David and Prue Boyd pray that as they continue deputation, they will be able to engage effectively with each audience and their particular issues and questions about mission. Please also pray for Liz Burns, Maggie Crewes and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Friday 7 – Slovenia
With Leon and Lee, please pray for the ZVESh staff conference next week, and particularly for Boštjan as he joins the ZVESh staff, based in Maribor. Please also pray for Mark and Rochelle Groombridge and Kingsley and Veronica Box.
Saturday 8 – Italy / Malta / Ireland
Gillian Law prays that God’s Spirit will shine the knowledge of Jesus into the hearts of Italian students. Geoff and Robyn pray that while they are in Australia, ministries in Malta will continue to operate well. Please also pray for Andrew and Sarah Lubbock and Catherine Read.
MARCH WEEK 2
Sunday 9 – Germany
Mike and Caroline Clark praise God for Mike’s visit to Giessen to speak on Biblical Theology, and for the enthusiasm of students who attended the lectures. Please also pray for Klaus and Jude Hickel, Rob and Arabelle Horne and Tim and Andrea Field.
Monday 10 – France / Switzerland
Join Daniel and Kate Morris in thanking God for the friendships they’ve made at their language school and pray that they would continue to adjust to life in France. With Caroline Evenden, pray for the GBU’s major evangelistic event on 22–24 March; a presentation of the Gospel of Mark as theatre. Pray that great numbers of non-believers will be invited, will come, and will be saved; and that Christians will be challenged to know and follow Jesus more passionately. Andrew and Claire Livingstone give thanks for the IFES Global Impact conference that has taken place over the past few days. Pray that those who attended would be encouraged to build ministries to international students across Europe. Please also commit Libby Leach and Paul and Sandra to prayer.
Tuesday 11 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell praise God for continued growth in their midweek Bible study group and pray that this regular time studying the Scriptures and praying will be effective in growing disciples of Jesus. Mike and Tania Snowdon thank God for more teaching opportunities (with sermons and Sunday school) and pray for more growth in teaching skills. Pray with Ian and Ruth Batey that people would accept invitations to church, and that church members would attend an intensive short MOCLAM course in May to study the Bible in depth. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that the opportunity to take some extra Spanish language classes until Easter would be a blessing. Pray for Ellie Firth as she awaits approval for her visa, for peace in trusting God to provide and wisdom in how to use the time in Melbourne well.
Wednesday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Josh and Susannah Apieczonek (NSW & ACT) give thanks that their kids (have settled into pre-school and are loving life at SAH. Warwick and Caroline de Jersey (NSW & ACT) pray for good discussions between CMS and their proposed partner organisation. Keith and Marion Birchley (QNNSW) pray that the Lord would help them in their daily walk as they deal with the stress of moving from Brisbane and some health scares. Keith and Mary Lou Doe (QNNSW) pray for clear minds and continued focus. David Williams prays for good preparation to lead a workshop on mission to Muslims for St Jude’s Convention on 29 March.
Thursday 13 – Argentina / Chile
Friday 14 – Chile
Pray with Stephen and Rebecca Shead for the Shead children as they readjust to school after the long summer holidays, and especially for Lily as she gets used to long days of Spanish schooling. Gary and Julie Haddon praise God that they have been settling in well so far, and pray for their daughters who start school this month. Please also pray for Michael and Jo Charles and Frances Cook.
Saturday 15 – Mexico / Bolivia / CMS Scholarships
Adrian and Anita Lovell pray that their church would grow in knowledge of God’s love and love for one another. Please also pray for Peter and Sarah Sholl and the students whom CMS supports with scholarships.
MARCH WEEK 3
Sunday 16 – Middle East
Please pray for the CMS staff in the Middle East who cannot be named due to security or privacy concerns.
Monday 17 – Pakistan / Jordan
Pray for With Steve and Jenny Sonneman as they seek to be a light in Pakistan, and pray that God will help them to be more intentional in friendships and more prayerful in their ministries. Please also pray for David and Georgina Newmarch and Malcolm and Charissa Forrest.
Tuesday 18 – South Asia / Central Asia
Please pray for the CMS staff in South and Central Asia who cannot be named due to security or privacy concerns.
Wednesday 19 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes thank God for their 21 years in Nepal. Pray with them for the Nepali Church as it seeks to be salt and light, and particularly for their church family at Navodaya as the elders take rotating turns to be the pastor/head elder. Pray for Kirstin Hawkshaw as she spends time with churches this month on deputation, that this may bring encouragement and spur people on to be more involved with and aware of mission. Pray with Gordon and Ruth Russell for the refresher palliative care workshops Ruth will be running on 20–21 March in Nepalgunj (an 11-hour bus trip west) and 7–8 April in Pokhara. Sophia Cameron (Short Term Worker, NSW & ACT) prays for a smooth readjustment back into life in Tansen, after two months in Australia, and that she would have good insight as she works with local teachers. Please also commit to prayer Leigh and Tamara Filmer and Kate Dalitz.
Thursday 20 – CMS Branches
NSW & ACT: Pray that CMS NSW & ACT staff can encourage, support and care for missionaries while they are on Home Assignment. QNNSW: Pray that Gillian Law’s visa will come through so she can commence missionary work in Italy, and for the health of Keith, currently in training at SAH. SA/NT: Thank God for supporters and churches who joined the branch in their recent week of prayer. WA: Please pray for wisdom as the branch helps potential missionaries consider their futures with CMS. VIC: Pray for branch staff as they pack up and move to new premises, and that staff would adjust well to the new location. TAS: Please continue to pray for those leading the branch in this time of transition, particularly new State Worker Sam Chidamber.
Friday 21 – North Australia
Chris and Karen Webb thank God for their home in Broome, and for encouraging interactions with many Christians they met on their journey from Perth to Broome. Terry and Liz McCoy praise God for all the new students, especially the new young couples enrolled at Nungalinya this year, and for the strong interest in the new music course. Please also pray for Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones.
Saturday 22 – North Australia
Please pray that Tavis and Kate Beer would be effective in helping those in Katherine and south east Arnhem Land who are seeking to grow in their discipleship of the Lord Jesus. Please also pray for Ruth Brigden and Steve and Narelle Etherington.
MARCH WEEK 4
Sunday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
John and Janelle Menear thank God for the honesty and openness of people to talking about spiritual matters, and pray for guidance as they attempt to do this. Please also pray for Marshall and Julie Scott.
Monday 24 – Cambodia
Pray with Inpa and Vana Eliezer for wisdom for the NaCE Management Team as they search for a new Operations Manager, and for the restructuring needed to support new programs. Dave and Leoni Painter pray for the good reception of the second edition of the book God’s Big Picture that Dave checked last year. Pray that it will be helpful for Cambodian preachers’ understanding of the Bible. Ken and Alison Thompson pray that their staff member, Hoon, will persevere while they are away, and not be discouraged. Please also pray for Wim and Maaike Prins and Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar.
Tuesday 25 – Indonesia
Wednesday 26 – Singapore
Thank God with Mark and Rosemary Dickens for the recent retreat in Thailand for gospel workers from a nearby country. Please pray for these workers as they share the good news of Jesus in word and deed in a sensitive location.
Thursday 27 – Japan
Please pray for Steve and Sandra Parsons and family as they fly to Adelaide today for two weeks’ ministry, and that God will use them to encourage link churches and other Christian groups. Please also pray for Karen Darda and Nathan and Maki Clapham.
Friday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste
Please pray for Dene and Rachel Hughes as they return to Japan after Home Assignment and settle back into life and ministry there. Chris and Grace Adams praise God that he has answered their prayers and provided them with a work visa. Please also pray for Kellie Nicholas, Brad and Michelle Jackson and Tony and Susie Wright.
Saturday 29 – CMS Australia
Please pray for Judith Calf, currently on a pastoral visit to Nepal and South Asia. Pray for safety and good conversations with missionaries and partners. Please pray also for the upcoming CMS board meeting (11 April), that the board would prayerfully and faithfully make decisions about CMS and its ministries.
APRIL WEEK 1
Sunday 30 – World Mission
Thank God for our international partners, who work with CMS to cross cultures and share the gospel. Pray that through these partners, many people will come to faith in Jesus Christ, and that the leadership of these various organisations will lead with servant hearts and eyes fixed on Jesus.
Monday 31 – Branch Support Ministries
Please pray for the Medical Mission Aid (VIC) Autumnfest on 15 April. Pray for David and Prue Boyd, speaking at this event, that they will raise awareness of medical mission needs in DR Congo. Please also pray for Mission Aid Group (NSW), the CMS Bookstore (QNNSW) and Former Missionaries Fellowship (QNNSW, SA/NT, VIC/TAS).