Prayer Points for CMS missionaries

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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

Please thank God for the work he is doing in Japan, and pray for Steven and Sandra Parsons, Adam & Helane Ramsay, Karen Darda and Nathan and Maki Clapham.

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

Elizabeth Burns prays for God’s strength as she returns to Tanzania for a new role at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma. Please pray also for Brad and Neroli Galvin and John and Jill Morshead.

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.

March Week 1

Sunday 1 – Middle East

A and H pray for the new curate of their Arabic congregation, that he will have wisdom to lead and grow the congregation. Pray with J for a growing relationship with the local family she lives with, for rich learning and opportunities to shine the light of Jesus. S praises God for a wonderful month of interfaith discussions at the English Centre, and prays for students who have had an opportunity to hear the gospel for the first time, that they might be challenged to keep learning about Jesus. B and S (Mentac Workers NSW/ACT) give thanks for new connections with Syrians and Iraqis in the neighbourhood. Please pray also for T and K and S and C.

Monday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates

David and Georgina Newmarch give thanks to God for his blessing on the five groups who have recently stayed at Aram for spiritual retreat. Malcolm and Charissa Forrest pray that their new church council would work well together and give godly leadership for the church. Please pray also for With Steve and Jenny Sonneman as they settle back into life in Australia and for W and C.

Tuesday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia

S and I pray that as they hope to move apartments at the end of March, they will have good farewells from their current location and doors would be opened to the gospel in their next place. S gives thanks for continued opportunities to grow in language skills, and prays that she will be a person of light and peace in the midst of big changes at work. Today, S is planning to meet with the Ministry of Public Health about a national counselling program. Pray for a good outcome, for the benefit of the Central Asian people. Please pray also for L, M and J and J.

Wednesday 4 – Nepal

Gordon and Ruth Russell pray that they will share honestly and enthusiastically with supporters and link churches while on Home Assignment until July. Please pray also for Kate Dalitz, Kirstin Hawkshaw and Leigh and Tamara Filmer.

Thursday 5 – Nepal

Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for more teachers to provide quality education to the students at KISC. Keith and Mary Lou Doe pray for the provision of suitable accommodation near KISC, and energy to finish the term well.

Friday 6 – North Australia

Tavis and Kate Beer pray for renewed discipleship as people engage in studies and disciplines during Lent. Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones pray for the new and returning Aboriginal assistant teachers at Nungalinya, that they would have wisdom and perseverance as they work between two cultures. Please pray also for Terry and Liz McCoy and Ruth Brigden.

Saturday 7 – North Australia

Chris and Karen Webb pray for young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, as the suicide rate is extremely high. Please pray also for Steve and Narelle Etherington.

March Week 2

Sunday 8 – Papua New Guina / Timor Leste / Papua New Guinea

Pray for Chris and Grace Adams as they adjust to life with a new baby and prepare to return to Timor Leste. Please pray also for Tony and Susie Wright and Keith and Marion Birchley.

Monday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong

D and L pray that the family would settle back well in to life in East Asia, with wisdom in making good decisions and a confident trust in the Lord. L and J pray that they would have time to invest in their marriage, and keep showing grace to their kids as they all adjust to a new context. Please pray also for D and T and John and Janelle Menear.

Tuesday 10 – Taiwan / Japan

Marshall and Julie Scott thank God for interest in Bible stories at the local markets, and pray that they would meet some Christians who have a heart to reach out to their own neighbourhood. Please pray with Kellie Nicholas that students attending Spring Camp this week will be strengthened in their faith and desire to serve God on their campuses this year. Please pray also for Dene and Rachel Hughes and Brad and Michelle Jackson.

Wednesday 11 – Japan

Please pray with Steven and Sandra Parsons that TEAM Japan missionaries will get good rest, fellowship and spiritual feeding at a prayer conference next Sunday and Monday, and that Sandra will be able to pull together last minute details as the coordinator. Adam and Helane Ramsay pray that they’d keep growing in grace during deputation. Please pray also for Karen Darda and Nathan and Maki Clapham.

Thursday 12 – CMS Development and Training

With Mentac, give thanks for a good start to the year, including four new trainees and a number of contacts becoming Christians. At SAH, David Williams prays for his teaching in Singapore in partnership with AsiaCMS. Kornelius Yap prays for his ministry among international students in Melbourne. Pray for Charlie Fletcher as he begins a doctorate on the translatability of God’s words. Graham and Wendy Toulmin give thanks that their month at SAH was a useful time to rest, reflect and plan. David and Elizabeth Hamer thank God for providing for them, with a letter approving their visa and accommodation for their arrival in Kathmandu. Chenny Thie thanks God for a smooth transition to SAH and prays for a good time of fellowship in the coming months. Dave and Beck McIntyre pray for wisdom as they balance full-time study with family life. Please pray also for the Centre for Biblical Preaching.

Friday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya

Nathan and Diane Lovell pray for the financial needs of GWC as they meet in conference with some of the major financial backers from all over the world. Pray that God would provide for the material needs of the college and that the staff would use the money wisely to the glory of God in Africa. Give thanks with Simon and Margaret Gillham for the NETS graduation ceremony tomorrow and pray that God would use the graduates for his glory and the extension of his kingdom. Please pray also for David and Alisan Greeff and Paul and Cathy Sampson.

Saturday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa

Roger and Lynn Kay pray for the St Matthew’s weekend away (20 – 22 March), for good teaching and encouraging fellowship. David and Prue Boyd pray that as the Bible School students study God’s word, they will be challenged in their thinking and behaviour. Stafford and Rae Cowling (STW) pray that students would be faithful in preparations for their final examinations. Please pray also for Maggie Crewes , Shane and Naomi Rubie and Tim and Catherine Walker.

March Week 3

Sunday 15 – Tanzania

Malcolm and Elmari Buchananpray for SJUT as it is looking for new Deans for the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and School of Theology and Religious Studies. Please pray for the senior leaders of the university as they consider possible candidates. Arthur and Tamie Davis pray for TAFES Discipleship Training Schools happening all over Tanzania over Easter, and for the TAFES staff as they prepare teaching material. Robert and Mary Reside (STW) thank God that Msalato students have returned with enthusiasm for the new term, and for two new lecturers.

Monday 16 – Tanzania

Jono and Amy Vink pray that the Rehema Project will continue to grow outward to those in need, but keep its focus upward on God and his purposes and plans for it. Praise God with Glen and Dominique Turner for the birth of their third son, Hosea Sloane Turner. Helen Hoskins prays for a team from St John’s Mona Vale, arriving in Bunda on 28 March to share in three weeks of ministry. Please pray also for Matthew and Samantha Archer.

Tuesday 17 – Tanzania

Mike and Katie Taylor pray for the new intensive course for lay leaders and evangelists at Munguishi. Please pray also for Geoff and Martha Boye and Andy and Jenny Bennett.

Wednesday 18 – Tanzania

Brad and Neroli Galvin pray for the family on a short visit to Australia. Pray that Elizabeth Burns will receive a visa for her departure soon. Please pray also for John and Jill Morshead.

Thursday 19 – Slovenia / Italy

Andrew and Sarah Lubbock ask for strength and wisdom to deal well with the training and Jesus-sharing opportunities which the Lord God is currently presenting to them. Pray with Kingsley and Veronica Box for the rulers of Slovenia, that they would govern wisely and allow Christians to live peaceful lives. Gillian Law thanks God that the GBU Italian-English language exchange evening has resumed in Siena and prays that it will bring opportunities to connect with Italian and international students, not just to practice language but to introduce them to Jesus. Please pray also for Leon and Lee.

Friday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland

Catherine Read gives thanks that after a number of cancellations, a speaker has been confirmed for the CU Annual Conference this month. Please pray that many students from across Ireland will attend and grow in their understanding of God as Trinity, and what this means for his followers. Please pray also for R, Kelly Landrigan, Geoff and Robyn and Andrew and Claire Livingstone.

Saturday 21 – Germany / Austria

Rob and Arabelle Horne pray that their friendships would grow quickly with the people around them in their new location in Linz – neighbours, church members, school families and on campus. Please pray also for Klaus and Jude Hickel and Mike and Caroline Clark.

March Week 4

Sunday 22 – France

Caroline Evenden prays that her meeting with current and potential GBU leaders is encouraging, and that God would provide suitable leaders for small groups, evangelism and Interfac. Paul and Sandra thank God for Po, Paul's co-worker in the GBU team, who has been overseeing the "Relay" ministry program in France over the last six months while the Kings have been in Australia. Praise God with Daniel and Kate Morris for the birth of their second daughter Emilie Rachel and pray that their relationships with brothers and sisters at church can continue to develop and deepen. Please pray also for Libby Leach and Josh and Susannah Apieczonek.

Monday 23 – Spain

John and Jodi Lovell give thanks for how God has enabled them to settle back into life and ministry in Valencia and pray the new small groups that have started in their church this year will thrive and be a blessing to all those involved. Ian and Ruth Batey pray that their church visits in Australia would encourage partners, and that God would raise up new supporters. Praise God with Ellie Firth for his faithfulness and love evident in the way he answers prayers. Pray with her for the increasing time in the Andamio office, for growing understanding of her role and Spanish culture. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray for those who govern Spain as this year there are local, state and federal elections in all of Spain. Jess and Denise Larrea (STW) pray for ongoing sermon preparation, and that they get to know the church community in Seville quickly and well. Please pray also for Mike and Tania Snowdon.

Tuesday 24 – CMS Branches

QNNSW: Pray that the Journey in Mission night focusing on church planting movements will enlarge attendees’ minds and hearts to see what God is doing in gospel-poor areas and encourage them to prayer, Go Explore trips, short-term trips or longer involvement in God’s plan for the nations. VIC: Pray for staff working to support the CMS weekend in Bendigo next month, asking God that many people would attend and be blessed through the event. FMF: Thank God with the Former Missionaries’ Fellowship for the Teachers’ Christian Fellowship in Victoria. 24 of their members served as CMS missionaries and 13 are current members of the FMF in Victoria. Please pray also for NSW and ACT, SA/NT, WA and TAS.

Wednesday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore

Dave and Leoni Painter pray for their preparations for the Easter outreach event for Mekong Fellowship. Please pray also for Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar, Inpa and Vana Eliezer, Wim and Maaike Prins , Ken and Alison Thompson and Mark and Rosemary Dickens.

Thursday 26 – Indonesia

Ian and Narelle Hadfield pray for Beth as she recommences university and works at new relationships where she lives at Robert Menzies College in Sydney. Alan and Helen Wood praise God for new people coming to South Jakarta church, and pray that their work visas will be processed quickly. M and L pray that a new government regulation banning foreign theology lecturers will not adversely affect the many Christian lecturers, like M, who teach in Indonesia. Please pray also for D and A and J and D.

Friday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia

Andrew Buchanan prays that Easter will be a time of putting Jesus at the centre of people’s faith. Pray that M and L will develop good relationships with fellow workers on location. T and E give thanks for a growing connection between the university and a group serving in holistic community development, and pray that the students grow in their desire to serve their communities to make Christ known. PB prays for effective Langham preaching training in Kathmandu in April with several new trainers from Nepal and India helping. Please pray also for Graham and Heather Simpson and T and J.

Saturday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico

Please pray that Peter and Terry Blowes will find the right flat in Buenos Aires and that their identity documents will be efficiently updated. Peter and Sarah Sholl give thanks for the opportunity to meet so many faithful partners on their church visits. Adrian and Anita Lovell give thanks for the children who attend Sunday school at their church and pray that they would grow in their understanding of who Jesus is. Please pray also for Martin and Julie Field and Amy Stephens.

April Week 1

Sunday 29 – Chile

Frances Cook prays for CEP graduates who may be feeling the strain of ministry. Gary and Julie Haddon pray for new students and staff as the year at the CEP commences, and pray for their daughters as they start back at school. Stephen and Rebecca Shead give thanks for four librarians from Australia who are helping in the CEP library for a month. Please pray also for Andrew and Paulina Cox and Michael and Jo Charles.

Monday 30 – CMS Australia

Praise God for the encouragement of regular pastoral visits to missionaries, and pray for his protection of the Mission Personnel Secretaries and Federal Secretary as they travel frequently.

Tuesday 31 – World Mission

Pray that God would raise up new workers for the harvest, especially among gospel-poor peoples and in regions around the world where Christian activities are restricted.
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