Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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September Week 4
Sunday 21 – North Australia
Chris and Karen Webb thank God for productive and encouraging pastoral visits with Judith Calf and Bishop Gary Nelson in August. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones thank God for the opportunity for Wayne to do a Clinical Pastoral Education course through Darwin Hospital. Pray for him as he balances the demands of the course with his work at Nungalinya. Pray with Terry and Liz McCoy as Liz prepares her Certificate IV Theology subject for the new course starting in 2015.
Monday 22 – North Australia
Pray with Tavis and Kate Beer for the Indigenous Training Week being held in Katherine (26 September – 3 October), that all transport arrangements work out and that all that comes from this gathering glorifies God and his church. Please also pray for Ruth Brigden and Steve and Narelle Etherington.
Tuesday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
Please pray that L & J will humbly and actively trust God in this deputation season, juggling events now and preparation for their departure early next year. Please also pray for D & L, D & T, John and Janelle Menear and Marshall and Julie Scott.
Wednesday 24 – Cambodia
Inpa and Vana Eliezer praise God that more than 30 children and youth are attending the vacation program. Pray that connections made will be sustained so that church members can follow them up. Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar ask for prayer as they develop new ministry routines for a new term of service. Dave and Leoni Painter pray for the PTC class as they commence the final subject, Promise to Fulfilment. Wim and Maaike Prins thank the Lord for a restful holiday and pray that HOPE would find a suitable director soon. Ken and Alison Thompson pray that they can raise funds and gather a good team of workers to pour a concrete slab with Mission Mobile Maintenance in October/November.
Thursday 25 – Indonesia
Join J & D in praying for J as he has recently begun teaching Old Testament Theology at another Bible College every Thursday morning. M & L give thanks for new connections and new opportunities to share the gospel since the start of the new academic year in August. Please pray for Ian and Narelle Hadfield as they commence a new ministry at All Saints Jakarta Menteng. Please also pray for D & A and Andrew Buchanan.
Friday 26 – Singapore / South East Asia / Malaysia
T & E give thanks for a smooth transition and settling phase into their location and pray that despite language inadequacies God’s grace, truth and power might be demonstrated in their lives. T & J praise God for his comforting presence in all circumstances, and pray for deeper and more effective partnerships with local churches. Pray with PB as he does ministry in Pakistan from next Monday, teaching at ZBS Rawalpindi and leading Langham Preaching in Lahore. M & L pray that their visits to churches and friends will be an encouragement, and that people would partner with them as they go to South East Asia. Please also pray for Graham & Heather Simpson, Mark and Rosemary Dickens and Sylvia Jeanes.
Saturday 27 – Japan
Steve & Sandra Parsons pray for wisdom as the TEAM Japan leadership team puts ministry ideas into action after a helpful leadership retreat. Pray with Karen Darda for Naoko who has decided to be baptised. Pray for her preparation, for her witness to her family and that she will walk with Jesus everyday. Nathan and Maki Clapham ask for perseverance in language learning and for opportunities to build relationships. Pray for preparations for their church's outreach café.
September Week 5
Sunday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste / PNG
Kellie Nicholas gives thanks for a safe arrival in Australia and prays that she will be able to communicate clearly about the work of KGK while on deputation. Pray with Chris and Grace Adams for Chris as he slowly begins teaching in mid-week home groups and youth church. Pray that his Tetun language skills would continue to improve. Keith & Marion Birchley praise God for sustaining them throughout a busy month. Please also pray for Dene and Rachel Hughes, Brad and Michelle Jackson and Tony and Susie Wright.
Monday 29 – CMS Australia
As the CMS-A staff adjusts to the new office layout after some refurbishments, pray that all would benefit from the change and work productively to serve God and his people around the world.
Tuesday 30 – World Mission
Pray for Christians who are persecuted for their faith, particularly in countries such as Iraq where persecution has intensified over the past few months. Pray that God would strengthen and comfort his people, and that they would stand firm even when their lives are threatened.
Wednesday 1 – South Africa / Namibia
Nathan and Diane Lovell give thanks for the birth of their new son Isaac on 7 September. Pray for the Lovells as they adjust to being a family of four. Pray with Simon and Margaret Gillham that the national elections in Namibia would go ahead later this year free from scandal, intimidation and unnecessary division in the country. Pray with David and Alisan Greeff for productivity and wisdom as they get assessments written, translated and ready for use at NETS in 2015.
Thursday 2 – Nigeria / Kenya / Ethiopia
Give thanks with Roger and Lynn Kay that the RETRAK team at the Hosanna Drop-in Centre has reintegrated over 20 children with their families. Please pray also for Alan and Helen Wood, Paul and Cathy Sampson and Shane and Naomi Rubie.
Friday 3 – Tanzania
Robert and Mary Reside (STWs, VIC) give thanks to God for students settling into the new term at Msalto Theological College well. As Arthur and Tamie Davis prepare for the next seminar at the beginning of this academic year, pray for good connections with a brand new cohort of student fellowship leaders. Please pray also for Malcolm and Elmari Buchananand Jane Window.
Saturday 4 – Tanzania
Brad and Neroli Galvin praise God for a smooth start to the term at Amani Theological College and the enthusiasm of Brad’s students. Mike and Katie Taylor pray that the iServe preaching conference will be useful in equipping and encouraging pastors in the Diocese to faithfully preach God’s word. Geoff and Martha Boye thank God for the visit of people from their partner church All Saints North Epping. Please pray also for John and Jill Morshead.
October Week 1
Sunday 5 – Tanzania
Praise God with Matthew and Samantha Archer for the two-week break for BBMTC students. Pray for them in their villages, that they will live lives that reflect Jesus. Helen Hoskins prays for the Girls Brigade officers who have finished their five-day officers training course and are returning home today. Jono and Amy Vink pray that their kids would learn well with homeschooling and that as Amy teaches them, they would grow in character as well as knowledge. Pray with Glen and Dominique Turner as Dom meets with women from church to discuss Bible stories. Pray for good Swahili for Dom, and that she and other women will be transformed by God’s word.
Monday 6 – Tanzania / East Africa / Rwanda / DR Congo
Liz Burns prays that God would make his plans clear as she considers how to spend next year. Andy and Jenny Bennett pray that their deputations will result in people being really enthusiastic about both local and overseas mission. David and Prue Boyd pray that after a recent pastors’ seminar in Kindu, pastors and their wives will be encouraged and motivated to use the new skills and teaching they learnt. Please pray also for Maggie Crewes and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Tuesday 7 – Slovenia
Mark and Rochelle Groombridge pray that they will have an encouraging time as they continue to meet with many of their link churches this month. Kingsley and Veronica Box pray that on Reformation Day on 31 October, Slovene Christians will take opportunities to talk with their families and friends about what the Reformers believed. With Leon and Lee, pray for ZVESh's Reformation Day cultural festival on 27-28 October, for contact to be made with students who want to know more about the reason for the event.
Wednesday 8 – Italy / Malta / Ireland
Andrew and Sarah Lubbock pray that Jesus’ voice would be heard on campus at Florence University through student leaders Guido, Martina, Chiara and Samuele. Pray that Gillian Law would adjust well to a new style of learning as she makes the transition from studying at language school to university. Geoff and Robyn pray that during Mission Week in October, many will hear about Jesus and start coming to Bible studies. Catherine Read prays for wisdom as she investigates options for remaining in Ireland and as she settles back after Home Assignment.
Thursday 9 – Germany / Eurasia
Rob and Arabelle Horne pray that God would be at work in Leipzig English Church and all its people and ministries while the Hornes are on Home Assignment. Please pray also for Klaus and Jude Hickel, Mike and Caroline Clark, Tim and Andrea Field and R.
Friday 10 – France / Switzerland
Pray with Daniel and Kate Morris for strength and hope as a close family member in Australia begins chemotherapy. Caroline Evenden gives thanks for new students contacted in September and prays that many will join weekly Bible study groups and come to the GBU weekend away on 24-26 October. Paul and Sandra praise God for encouraging visits to their link churches. <a href=" http://www.cms.org.au/missionary/oceania/joshua-and-susannah-apieczonek">Josh and Susannah Apieczonek</a> pray for lots of good conversations about partnership with congregations at Oatley, Huskisson and St Andrew’s Cathedral. Please pray also for Libby Leach and Andrew and Claire Livingstone.
Saturday 11 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell praise God for encouraging visits to their link churches at Rouse Hill, Kieraville and Miranda. Please pray that their time with St Paul's Carlingford will also be mutually encouraging. Mike and Tania Snowdon pray that at the CIC camp for GBU students on 17-19 October, the Spirit would work through God’s word to change hearts. Ian and Ruth Batey pray that in response to September’s street advertising, many new people would come to church this month to hear the ‘Jesus brings’ series. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that as the Spanish work and school year begins, locals would take the step to investigate Christianity. Praise God with Ellie Firth for her first month in Barcelona and pray that she would be growing in love and trust in God as he provides for all her needs.
October Week 2
Sunday 12 – CMS Development and Training
For Mentac, pray that good contacts will be made through the Greenacre Festival on 19 October and especially for opportunities to promote ESL classes. With I and L, pray for people interested in starting Mentac. With Charlie Fletcher, pray for wisdom for the team as they help trainees prepare to serve the Lord in diverse contexts. Thank God with J for sustaining SAH during a period of difficulty and busyness. Pray for rest for Adam and Helane Ramsay as they take a holiday. Pray with Kelly Landrigan that she would be able to keep meeting with her cross-cultural friend D, and that she would have opportunities to share Jesus with her. Pray for David and Rachel Williams as they go on a pastoral visit to South East Asia. Please pray also for the Centre for Biblical Preaching.
Monday 13 – Argentina / Chile
Martin and Julie Field pray for the small groups on campus, particularly that those reading the Bible for the first time might have a personal encounter with Jesus. Pray that Peter and Terry Blowes will use their time to build supportive relationships, personally and with link churches. Please pray also for Amy Stephens and Andrew and Paulina Cox.
Tuesday 14 – Chile
Stephen and Rebecca Shead pray that as CEP staff and students undertake a week-long mission in October in a local church in Santiago, they would present Christ clearly, boldly and lovingly. Gary and Julie Haddon praise God for the opportunity to spend time in his word with people from church through men’s and women’s Bible study groups. Please pray also for Michael and Jo Charles and Frances Cook.
Wednesday 15 – Mexico / Bolivia / CMS Scholarships
Peter and Sarah Sholl give thanks for the many people Sarah is training in growth groups. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray for a peaceful and just presidential election this month. Please pray also for those studying on CMS Scholarships.
Thursday 16 – Middle East
A & H pray that chat room conversations at Arab World Media would continue to bear fruit for the kingdom. B & S (Mentac, NSW & ACT) thank God that their kids are settling at school and pray that their Arabic skills would develop quickly. S & C pray for their region and government in light of the recent IS attacks. J prays for a good team to work with and a local family to live with on location. Please pray also for S and T & K.
Friday 17 – Pakistan / Jordan / UAE
Malcolm and Charissa Forrest give thanks for the new families that have joined their church over the past few weeks. W & C give thanks for the warm welcome they’ve received from the congregation and staff in Dubai, and for the strategic talks they’ve had about their training role. Please pray also for Steve and Jenny Sonneman and David and Georgina Newmarch.
Saturday 18 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that F, the leader of her home church, would be built up and further equipped to pastor God’s people through the Masters course he began in July. S & I pray that after the two major Hindu and Islamic festivals in the last two weeks, they’ll be able to have conversations that point people to the Lord Jesus instead of animal sacrifices and traditions. M & J pray that they would be able to settle back into life and language in South Asia after a year away. Please pray also for S (South Asia), J and S (Central Asia).
October Week 3
Sunday 19 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray that as the Nepali constitution is written, wise decisions will be made to take the country forward, and that religious freedom will be maintained. Leigh and Tamara Filmer pray for youth conferences being held in Nepali churches from 23-25 October. Kate Dalitz prays for two girls she has begun to meet to pray with. Pray that she will be an encouragement to them. Kirstin Hawkshaw thanks God for the enthusiasm of some new physiotherapists and village-based workers in a new program. Gordon and Ruth Russell thank God for a recent two-day marriage seminar at their church, concluding with marriage rededications (many originally had Hindu marriage ceremonies). Pray for Keith and Mary Lou Doe as they finish their first week at KISC.
Monday 20 – CMS Branches
NSW & ACT: Praise God for the CMS Coastal Mission Day earlier this month. Pray that God would inspire those who attended to a deeper commitment to his mission. QNNSW: Pray for Autumn School in Toowoomba on 25 October. Pray for Mike Raiter, Sam McGeown and Keith & Marion Birchley as they speak. SA/NT: Pray for the SA/NT branch as they prepare for Summer Encounter. VIC: Pray for staff and branch council as they prepare for the AGM on 8 November. Please pray also for the WA and TAS branches.
Tuesday 21 – North Australia
Pray with Chris and Karen Webb that God would transform the lives of the Aboriginal people at Broome People’s Church as they hear his word preached. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones praise God for a number of graduation ceremonies this month and next, and pray that their students will complete their assessments well. Terry and Liz McCoy praise God for supplying the new staff needed at the College and for the faithful service of those who are now leaving.
Wednesday 22 – North Australia
Tavis and Kate Beer pray for the group of Anglican students finishing subjects at Nungalinya and hoping to graduate. Pray that they will grow in their love and service of God. Please pray also for Ruth Brigden and Steve and Narelle Etherington.
Thursday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
Marshall and Julie Scott thank God for the short-term team from Lismore who are finishing up their time in Taiwan in the next few days and pray that God would have used them to impact many. Please pray also for D & L, D & T, John and Janelle Menear and L & J.
Friday 24 – Cambodia
Inpa and Vana Eliezer pray for Lee, the new Programs Coordinator of NaCE as he works to provide holistic care to the community. Dave and Leoni Painter pray that ‘Preaching Job’ would be a useful tool to strengthen preaching in the Khmer Church. Wim and Maaike Prins praise God for new opportunities, including Wim’s preaching workshops and Maaike’s new work for the HOPE Board. Ken and Alison Thompson pray for wisdom and grace as they say yes to some opportunities for ministry and no to others. Please pray also for Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar.
Saturday 25 – Indonesia
M & L thank God that one of L’s students has found new life in Christ. Pray for energy and strength in Christ for Ian and Narelle Hadfield at All Saints Church, as the arrival of a new Associate Minister has been delayed for possibly twelve months. Please pray also for D & A, J & D and Andrew Buchanan.
October Week 4
Sunday 26 – Singapore / South East Asia / Malaysia
Pray for Graham and Heather Simpson, now in Bangalore, as Graham teaches Hebrews to Masters of Theology students over the next four weeks. Give thanks with T & E for increasing relationship opportunities in their new community. T & J thank God that they are able to witness to his faithfulness and ongoing provision in their lives. PB prays for the start of Langham Preaching in Bangkok in November, which he will lead with Rory Shiner from Perth. M & L pray that they would be able to make helpful contacts in their location, so they have a better idea of what to expect when they arrive. Please pray also for Mark and Rosemary Dickens.
Monday 27 – Japan
Steve and Sandra Parsons pray for Sandra as she helps lead the TEAM Japan Ladies’ Retreat from today. Pray with Karen Darda for the parenting seminar planned for 30 October. Nathan and Maki Clapham pray that their monthly church café might open doors for the gospel.
Tuesday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste / PNG
Give thanks with Kellie Nicholas for the care and support that her link churches have shown her since she arrived back in Australia. Brad and Michelle Jackson pray for M, who has come back to church after forty years. Chris and Grace Adams praise God for Grace’s pregnancy and pray for continued good health of mother and baby. Keith and Marion Birchley praise God for an encouraging deputation time with their home church, and pray for strength and grace as they prepare to sell their house. Please pray also for Dene and Rachel Hughes and Tony and Susie Wright.
Wednesday 29 – CMS Australia
Give thanks for the meeting of the Federal Council last weekend and pray for God’s wisdom for the newly elected CMS Board members. Pray for Judith Calf, who is currently on a pastoral visit to Pakistan and Dubai, and for Elizabeth Richards, visiting CMS missionaries throughout Africa. Ask for God’s guidance for Philip Sinden and Peter Rodgers who are attending a mission conference for the Diocese of Singapore in November, as well as exploring further opportunities for mission in South East Asia.
Thursday 30 – World Mission
Praise God for CMS’s international partners. Pray for strong relationships between CMS workers and their international partners that lead to productive and effective ministries. Give thanks especially for the bicentenary celebrations of NZ-CMS that took place last week, which where attended by representatives of CMS-A.
Friday 31 – Branch Support Missionaries
With Former Missionaries Fellowship (FMF), thank God for the CMS missionaries who have trained Christian pastors, especially those who served in St Philip’s Theological College, Kongwa, Tanzania. Pray for Hugh and Dorothy Prentice and all at the centenary celebrations of the College on 9 November. Please pray also for MAG, MMA and the CMS Bookstore.