Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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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 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 Frances Cook and 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.
June Week 1
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.
Monday 1 – Middle East
A & H pray that as they prepare for Home Assignment in July/August that they would help others understand and experience their life and ministry. S prays that as Ramadan begins later this month, she would have good opportunities to break the fast with friends and that God would open up conversations about the confidence we can have through faith in Jesus. S & C ask for prayer for their safety during the month of Ramadan. Please pray that their friends of the majority faith would be open to hearing the good news during this time. B & S (Mentac Workers NSW & ACT) give thanks for a great visit from S’s parents in May, and pray for the ability to tell Bible stories well in Arabic. Please pray for J’s Arabic to grow and relationships to grow with it. Please also pray for T & K.
Tuesday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates
David and Georgina Newmarch pray for the ongoing relationships they have with a wide variety of people and for open doors for a word in season. W & C give thanks to God for a four-day trip to Jordan at the end of May with a team of believers, to partner with local believers reaching out to Syrian refugees near Mafraq. Please also pray for Malcolm and Charissa Forrest and With Steve and Jenny Sonneman.
Wednesday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays for Muslims in her nation and around the world as they begin Ramadan this month. Pray that God would reveal himself to Muslims at this time. With S, give thanks for the wonderful children of Central Asia, and pray that they may grow up knowing the Prince of Peace. J prays for God’s presence in her arrival in her new country and for his guidance as she learns the basics of a new language. Please also pray for S & I and S.
Thursday 4 – Nepal
Gordon and Ruth Russell give thanks for the coordinated efforts of the churches and the INF in Pokhara. They responded quickly to prepare and distribute basic provisions to several badly affected remote villages after the earthquake. Pray that Jesus’ name may be honoured as Nepali Christians continue to care for neighbours and friends. Kirstin Hawkshaw asks for prayer for the INF’s ongoing response to the earthquake and those affected. Pray for the capacity for rehabilitation at INF’s Green Pastures Hospital in Pokhara and that the emotional trauma people have experienced can be addressed as well as their physical needs. Leigh and Tamara Filmer thank God for a time of fellowship and refreshment at their partner organisation’s (INF) annual expat conference last week. It was particularly good to pray and debrief together after the earthquake took its toll on Nepal missionaries emotionally. Please also pray for Kate Dalitz.
Friday 5 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for the UMN and INF as they contribute to the long term rehabilitation of Nepal in the wake of the earthquake with wise use of resources and skills. Keith and Mary Lou Doe pray for the Nepalese people after the earthquake. Please pray that those who have been injured, lost loved ones and property may turn to God. May the Christian community be a light at this time.
Saturday 6 – North Australia
Tavis and Kate Beer pray for Tavis's pastoral visit of remote church leaders starting today: for safety on the roads and that this time would be an encouragement for both the leaders in their personal walk with God and ministry to others in their community. Terry and Liz McCoy give thanks for the new indigenous assistant teachers who have been able to share their wisdom and experience with teachers and students in classes this year. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones pray for the process of decision making at Nungalinya for next year as management decides on resourcing and scheduling, given the financial constraints currently being experienced.
June Week 2
Sunday 7 – North Australia
Pray with Chris and Karen Webb for the leaders of state and federal governments, that they would be wise and fair in making decisions that impact the lives of Aboriginal people in North Western Australia. Please also pray for Steve and Narelle Etherington.
Monday 8 – Papua New Guinea / Timor Leste / Fiji
Keith and Marion Birchley pray for good settling in and for confidence in the Lord as they organise their lives in their first month in Port Moresby. Pray for Chris and Grace Adams as they work with Pastor Kris, a young Timorese Pastor, at revitalising the young adults ministry in the Dili church. Pray that the fruit of this ministry may be a new generation of Timorese passionate about living for Christ. Please also pray for Tony and Susie Wright.
Tuesday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong
D & L pray that they would helpfully and humbly serve alongside their brothers and sisters at their local church. Pray that they are patient and godly as they seek ways to train individuals to teach and help others grow.
Please also pray for L & J, D & T and John and Janelle Menear.
Wednesday 10 – Taiwan / Japan
Marshall and Julie Scott ask for prayer as they look after their three boys, who are on holidays until mid-August, alongside their normal ministry and language routines. Please pray for Kellie Nicholas that she will be disciplined in making time to delve deep into the Scriptures. Brad and Michelle Jackson pray for the Kansai Missionary Fellowship that is meeting next week, that it will be a time of spiritual refreshment, particularly for those missionaries who are quite isolated and stretched too thin in their work. Please also pray for Dene and Rachel Hughes.
Thursday 11 – Japan
Please pray with Steven and Sandra Parsons that the leaders of TEAM Japan will be wise in their decision making as they meet today and be open to the Lord’s leading as they seek to empower missionaries to spread the gospel of Christ throughout Japan. Adam and Helane Ramsay pray for their commissioning services, pre-departure time and their week away. May God help them to say goodbye well. Nathan and Maki Clapham give thanks for their church’s mums and kids group and pray for good follow-up of the mums who attend. Please also pray for Karen Darda.
Friday 12 – CMS Development and Training
With Mentac, pray for the growth and development of Mentac and for good ministry partnerships. Pray for those involved in outreach through the Estate's congregation and among refugees in Geelong. L & I thank God for a good conclusion to the SAH term and pray for graduation tomorrow. Pray for preparations for the ‘When Women Speak’ colloquium in September. At St Andrew’s Hall, pray for David and Rachel Williams as they visit family and link churches in the UK for two weeks at the end of June. Charlie Fletcher prays for this semester’s trainees as they head to home assignment and to their locations of service. Dave and Beck McIntyre pray for a good finish to their time at SAH, a holiday after that to rest and recuperate and for a smooth transition to life back in Sydney. Chenny Thie thanks God for 19 weeks training at SAH and prays for good preparation as she prepares to leave SAH and mov back to Sydney in mid June. Please also pray for Margaret Poynton (NZCMS) and for the Centre for Biblical Preaching.
Saturday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya
Nathan and Diane Lovell pray for GWC students as they sit exams this month, then as they embark on mission week. Pray that God would use both occasions to help them grow in their knowledge and love of him, and that people would come to Christ in the various missions that will run across South Africa. David and Alisan Greeff pray for the NETS leadership who are exploring new leadership structures as the Gillhams prepare to leave at the end of the year. Please also pray for Simon and Margaret Gillham and Paul and Cathy Sampson.
June Week 3
Sunday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Roger and Lynn Kay give thanks for time to reconnect with supporters and friends in Berry and Kangaroo Valley and pray that they will encourage these churches in their mission overseas and in their communities. Graham and Wendy Toulmin give thanks for the two weeks Graham was able to have last month in Congo to finalise the preparations for the Aru Dental School. Stafford and Rae Cowling (STW, SA/NT) pray for a smooth return to Ethiopia in July, and especially for a smooth visa process. Please also pray for David and Prue Boyd, Maggie Crewes, Shane and Naomi Rubie and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Monday 15 – Tanzania
Arthur and Tamie Davis give thanks for 25 years of Tanzania Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES) reaching university students for Christ in Tanzania and the opportunity to celebrate together yesterday. Graham and Alison McKay (STWs, WA) pray for the new community worship service in the Multipurpose Hall at St John's University of Tanzania each Tuesday morning, which started in second semester. Pray that it will engage students and staff and be significant in developing the Christian character of the University. Robert and Mary Reside (STWs, VIC) pray for the St John's nursing students on their clinical placements, that they will learn the importance of caring for their patients. Please also pray for Malcolm and Elmari Buchanan.
Tuesday 16 – Tanzania
Jono and Amy Vink, Matthew and Samantha Archer and Glen and Dominique Turner all give thanks for the twenty years of faithful service of the Bishop of Mara, Bishop Hilkiah Omindo, and pray for the election of a faithful new bishop for the Diocese of Mara. Helen Hoskins prays for Bunda Girls’ Secondary School’s Form 2 students as they stay for two weeks after the end of semester for extra lessons to prepare for Government exams at the end of the year.
Wednesday 17 – Tanzania
Pray with Geoff and Martha Boye for the selection of a new servant-hearted principal at Munguishi and that God will raise up keen new students for the upcoming academic year. Mike and Katie Taylor pray for the evangelist intensive weeks at Munguishi and praise God for the faithfulness of many evangelists who lead churches with little or no training thus far. Give thanks with Andy and Jenny Bennett for a wonderful extended Home Assignment, and pray for warm reunions in Tanzania and a smooth transition to their ministry work.
Thursday 18 – Tanzania
Give thanks to God with Brad and Neroli Galvin for the opportunity to return to Iringa to pack up their home, say final farewells and hand over ministry responsibilities. Please pray with Liz Burns for the second year students who are being sent out for their first experience of parish ministry. Pray with John and Jill Morshead for health and safety issues, part of the reality of life in Dar es Salaam.
Friday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Leon and Lee pray for the Youth Training Conference for Slovene pastors and youth leaders this weekend. Pray for the presentations about ZVESh, and for the workshop Leon is leading on group Bible study methods. Kingsley and Veronica Box pray that God will provide opportunities for them to talk with other families at end of school year events this month. Andrew and Sarah Lubbock pray that Florence Uni students currently reading the Bible on campus with Andrew would repent of their sins and trust the Lord Jesus Christ. Gillian Law prays for continued motivation in learning Italian.
Saturday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
Please pray that R will have nice goodbyes with colleagues leaving, especially her good friend and flatmate of the past few years. Geoff and Robyn thank God they had a great planning meeting for the Malta University Bible Group. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray that God will raise up people for the iCafé team and student leaders for an English-speaking GBU group so that ministry can continue while they are on Home Assignment. Kelly Landrigan prays for quick approval of my visa application, following her appointment with the consulate last week. Please also pray for Catherine Read.
June Week 4
Sunday 21 – Germany / Austria
Klaus and Jude Hickel thank God for the opportunity to partner with churches in the Canberra-Goulburn region, and pray for the strengthening of relationships with link churches through their deputation visits. Rob and Arabelle Horne pray for the Lord to bring more families with kids and youth into their international church and for wisdom for Arabelle as she coordinates the fledgling children’s ministry. Mimy Gardner (STW, NSW & ACT) prays for culturally appropriate and kingdom-minded organisational changes to be created and made to better cope with the growing Church. Please also pray for Mike and Caroline Clark on Home Assignment.
Monday 22 – France
Caroline Evenden prays for the staff and students who are on a GBU training camp this week, and for Caroline’s preparation in July for seminars and workshops during an August camp. Paul and Sandra pray for Paul as he preaches at the GBU training camp from 20 to 26 June. As they seek to move to Lille, Daniel and Kate Morris pray that God will provide them with an apartment amidst the difficulties of such things in France. Thank God with Josh and Susannah Apieczonek for language exams and the chance to revise and bed down everything they have learnt so far. Please also pray for Libby Leach as she prepares to leave France for her final Home Assignment.
Tuesday 23 – Spain
Mike and Tania Snowdon pray for their third annual kids’ club being held at church at the moment (22–26 June): that many would come, the gospel taught clearly and relationships grown in the community. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray for this time of transition as they return to Australia for Home Assignment in early July. Jess and Denise Larrea (STWs, NSW & ACT) thank God for the farewell lunch the church had for them, and for the love they have shown them. Please also pray for John and Jodi Lovell, Ian and Ruth Batey and Ellie Firth.
Wednesday 24 – CMS Branches
NSW & ACT: Pray for Mick Hyam, the branch Youth and Children’s Coordinator, as he oversees two camps for school years 7–9 and 10–12. Pray for energy, wisdom and patience for him and the team of volunteers who are leading, directing and speaking at the camps. TAS: Please pray for CMS-TAS for its ongoing discussions and decision-making surrounding the possibility of a looking for a State Director. VIC: Pray for all our supporters and partners, that they will eagerly commit to the mission of CMS in prayer, time, and finances. FMF: Praise God with the FMF for the life of Tasma Viney (who served in the Northern Territory from 1958–80) who died on 13 April, and ask God to comfort her husband, David, in care in Darwin.
Thursday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Pray for Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar as they decide on a local Khmer church to join in their new neighbourhood. Inpa and Vana Eliezer pray for Sopheak, the new leader for the NaCE womens’ dormitory for university students from the provinces. Pray for love and boldness as she supports the students with God-given wisdom. Wim and Maaike Prins thank God for the Khmer book that Wim will start checking in a few days time and ask for prayer for future directions for them as a family. Dave and Leoni Painter give thanks for their new house, and pray for a smooth move to this new location. Ken and Alison Thompson praise God that Kia was baptised in May and is graduating from school in June. Pray with Mark and Rosemary Dickens for the Lord's protection for two young women whom Rosemary is following up. They are close to becoming Christians. Brian and Ros Thomas (STWs, NSW & ACT) pray for their last month (July) working for the Celebrating Church and NaCE. Pray for their leadership and encouragement of the staff so that the children, young people and their parents will respond positively to the gospel.
Friday 26 – Indonesia
Ian and Narelle Hadfield praise God that Beth is emotionally better and that Ian and Narelle have been able to holiday in Sydney with her for two months. Alan and Helen Wood praise God for recent successful strategy meetings and their church’s 20th anniversary celebrations. M & L pray for Mark's students as they undertake full-time ministry placements in churches across Java in June and July. As Ramadan begins, J & D pray that those who truly seek God will find him. Please also pray for D & A.
Saturday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Give thanks for Graham and Heather Simpson’s missionary service in India and Nepal (beginning in 1977 and covering 25 years), which finishes at the end of this month. M & L pray that as their language progresses, they would have perseverance, opportunities and courage to use what they have learnt. In a few days, T & E and family will have been in location for one year. Give thanks for all that has happened and all that will come. PB gives thanks for encouraging Langham Preaching team meetings earlier in June, and prays for upcoming teaching in Manila. Please also pray for T & J and Andrew Buchanan.
July Week 1
Sunday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico
Martin and Julie Field pray that they will settle back into life and ministry in Argentina after Home Assignment. Pray for wisdom as they work out where to invest time and energy. Peter and Terry Blowes pray for preparation for talks and studies, especially for Peter preparing six devotional Bible studies for meetings of the IFES regional team in Chile. Adrian and Anita Lovell give thanks for the opportunity to see family en route to Australia and pray for safety as they travel. Peter and Sarah Sholl praise God for their new pastor, Jorge. Pray that he would lead their congregation well and that they’d be able to serve under his leadership. Please also pray for Amy Stephens.
Monday 29 – Chile
Frances Cook prays that she would be able to minister usefully to the women associated with CEP. Gary and Julie Haddon pray that the girls would have strength and energy at school, will be continually improving their Spanish and able to form relationships with classmates. Michael and Jo Charles pray for energy as they finish the first semester at CEP. Pray also for wisdom for Caleb Charles as he thinks about his options for further study next year. Stephen and Rebecca Shead pray for the students at the CEP as they sit their Semester 1 exams over the next two weeks – that what they have studied will not only sink into their minds, but transform their lives and their future ministry. Please also pray for Andrew and Paulina Cox.
Tuesday 30 – CMS Australia
Give thanks for the Mid Year Conference held last weekend. Give thanks for the ministry of Judith Calf and pray that she may finish her role as Mission Personnel Secretary well and trust God as she looks to the future. Pray for Chris Cooper as he prepares to join the CMS-A staff as a Mission Personnel Secretary this week.