Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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August Week 3
Sunday 17 – Pakistan / Jordan / UAE
David & Georgina Newmarch pray for some substitute hosts for the rest house while they are back in Australia. Pray for W & C as they prepare to leave on 26 August and pray that God would help them to farewell family and friends well. Please pray also for Steve & Jenny Sonneman and Malcolm & Charissa Forrest.
Monday 18 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays for P, a lady who is seeking to follow Jesus and who has moved back to her husband’s village to live. Pray that God’s kingdom would grow in the village and P will continue to grow in her faith. S & I pray for their daughter who has just started high school and for their sons settling into Years 4 and 5. Pray for S as she has returned to Central Asia and is adapting to a new city and a new team. Please pray also for M & J, S and J.
Tuesday 19 – Nepal
Kate Dalitz prays for wisdom in knowing how to contribute to the work of INF during a time when there are lots of changes happening in the organisation. Please also pray for the leadership team of INF, that they would be prayerful and wise as they lead the organisation through this time. Gordon & Ruth Russell thank God for the enthusiasm and commitment of Nepali believers like their home group, who meet weekly for fellowship and also pray every Friday morning at 5am. Please pray also for Bruce & Libby Hayes, Leigh & Tamara Filmer, Kirstin Hawkshaw and Keith & Mary Lou Doe.
Wednesday 20 – CMS Branches
QNNSW: Pray for the QNNSW focus on Nepal on 12 August, including a special dinner and the opportunity to invite new people to become involved with CMS. Pray that people will connect with the Vision and that they will want to partner with CMS. SA/NT: Pray as preparations are underway for Summer Encounter 2015. VIC: Pray for next month’s Spring Dinner on 13 September, especially for staff preparing the event and missionaries from East Asia and East Africa who will be speaking. TAS: Pray with the Tasmania branch for the smooth processing of T & E’s visa. Please also pray for WA and NSW & ACT.
Thursday 21 – North Australia
Wayne Oldfield & Mandy Jones pray for Mandy as she teaches Discipleship and Faith Sharing this week, that she will be well-prepared and the students understand more of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Terry & Liz McCoy pray for energy for Liz as she begins teaching again after a busy Home Assignment and time caring for her parents. Pray that Terry would grow in his relationship with students. Please pray also for Chris & Karen Webb.
Friday 22 – North Australia
Pray with Tavis & Kate Beer for gospel fruit from the Kids Games day being run on 23 August in Minyerri. Steve & Narelle Etherington give thanks that Steve Swartz, who anchored the Warlpiri Bible translation project, has agreed to provide consultant support as we finish off preparing the Kunwinjku New Testament for publication. Please also pray for Ruth Brigden.
Saturday 23 – East Asia / Hong Kong / Taiwan
Pray for Marshall & Julie Scott as they follow up kids and parents from last week’s primary school English camp. Pray for good relationship building. L & J thank God for churches and individuals who love them through prayer and giving, and pray that they will be able to encourage their supporters as they visit different groups. Please pray also for D & L, D & T and John & Janelle Menear.
August Week 4
Sunday 24 – Cambodia
Inpa & Vana Eliezer praise God for the seven young people who got baptised this month. Pray for their continued growth and follow up by Celebrating Church. Please pray also for Rolf & Bonnie Lepelaar, Dave & Leoni Painter, Wim & Maaike Prins and Ken & Alison Thompson.
Monday 25 – Indonesia
M & L pray for a good start to the new academic year as L begins teaching eight classes of first year students in the University English department and M teaches new and continuing students at ATS. B & S (Affiliates, NSW & ACT) pray for the incoming president and government and for a peaceful transition. Pray with Andrew Buchanan for a great time of fellowship with his link churches as he begins visiting them in September. Please pray also for D & A, J & D and Ian & Narelle Hadfield.
Tuesday 26 – Singapore / South East Asia / Malaysia
Please pray with T & E that their long-term visas would be issued smoothly. T & J pray for deepening relationships with those in their community. Pray for PB as he teaches the Hebrew text of Deuteronomy this week and give thanks for good times with former students and colleagues in India earlier this month. M & L pray that during deputation, they will continue to walk close to Jesus and proclaim clearly his mission to South East Asia. Please pray also for Mark & Rosemary Dickens and Graham & Heather Simpson.
Wednesday 27 – Japan
Pray with Nathan & Maki Clapham for Nathan as he prepares for his first talk at their church. Pray also that their kids, Samuel and Ian, will relax over the summer holidays but also keep up with some Japanese study. Please pray also for Steve & Sandra Parsons and Karen Darda.
Thursday 28 – Japan / Fiji / Timor-Leste / PNG
Pray with Kellie Nicholas for the KGK summer camp happening this week (26-29 August). Please pray particularly that the non-Christian students who attend will come to faith. Join Chris & Grace Adams in praying for the Dili church as they prepare an inauguration service for the new church building. Many visitors will be present, so pray that the gospel is proclaimed and God glorified through the event. Keith & Marion Birchley pray for rich fellowship during deputation at their home church and good celebrations for their youngest son’s 21st birthday. Please pray also for Dene & Rachel Hughes, Brad & Michelle Jackson and Tony & Susie Wright.
Friday 29 – CMS Australia
Please pray for MPSs’ recent and current pastoral visits: Philip in East Asia (31 July – 15 August), Judith in Northern Australia (6 – 20 August) and Elizabeth in Europe (12 August – 6 September). Ask God to bring missionaries renewed faithfulness and encouragement from these visits. Please also pray that the auditors beginning work with the CMS-A finance team next week will work efficiently and effectively.
Saturday 30 – World Mission
Pray for Christians around the world whose worship is limited by the governments of the countries where they live. Pray that compassionate people would make decisions that allow freedom of religion and that where restrictions remain, Christians would still be able to share the gospel.
Sunday 31 – Branch Support Missionaries
With the Former Missionaries Fellowship (FMF) pray for Bruce & Bron Hallyburton, former missionaries, as Bruce has just been commissioned as the vicar of Holy Trinity, Upwey. Please pray also for MAG, MMA and the CMS Bookstore.
September Week 1
Monday 1 – South Africa / Namibia
Give thanks with Simon and Margaret Gillham that God has provided godly and faithful people for the NETS Council. David and Alisan Greeff pray that the NETS distance department will be able to successfully implement strategic goals, so that it can remain financially viable. Please also pray for Nathan and Diane Lovell.
Tuesday 2 – Nigeria / Kenya / Ethiopia
Pray with Roger and Lynn Kay that the children RETRAK has reintegrated with their families will settle back into school and quickly catch up on their education. Shane and Naomi Rubie pray for a good start to the school year and for the new students and staff at Bingham. Praise God with Stafford and Rae Cowling (Affiliates, SA/NT) for the marvellous ways in which he has used Bingham to minister his grace to so many families over the past 60 years. Please also pray for Alan and Helen Wood and Paul and Cathy Sampson.
Wednesday 3 – Tanzania
Malcolm and Elmari Buchanangive thanks for the announcement of a new Vice Chancellor for SJUT. Arthur and Tamie Davis give thanks for the opportunity this month to do some research and writing. Pray that this time might benefit them as they think about university ministry in Tanzania in the future. Graham & Alison McKay (Affiliates, WA) pray for the election of a new bishop for the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in October, with consecration scheduled for November. Robert & Mary Reside (Affiliates, VIC) pray for student pastors returning to Msalato Bible College and new students commencing. Please also pray for Jane Window.
Thursday 4 – Tanzania
Brad and Neroli Galvin praise god for the opportunity Brad and eight other men had to be ordained into the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Pray for godliness and wisdom as they lead God’s people to the Bible. Mike and Katie Taylor pray for Sammy as he starts school this month. Pray also that God would give Mike and Katie opportunities outside the classroom to encourage students personally in their faith and ministry. Geoff and Martha Boye thank God that they have been at Munguishi for a year. Pray as they continue to settle into Swahili, Tanzanian culture and grow in their effectiveness for Jesus. Please also pray for John and Jill Morshead.
Friday 5 – Tanzania
Pray with Helen Hoskins for Noadia and other pastors in the Mara diocese, as they study the Moore College PTC course in Swahili this week. Jono and Amy Vink pray that under God and his leading the ministry of Rehema would continue to grow and be a blessing to many women and children in need. Glen and Dominique Turner pray for Glen’s Standard 7 students who are doing their exams this month. Please also pray for Matthew and Samantha Archer.
Saturday 6 – Tanzania / East Africa / Rwanda / DR Congo
Join Liz Burns in praying for Christian outreach in secondary schools and especially that groups will be supported by local Christians. Give thanks with Andy and Jenny Bennett for a great start to Home Assignment and pray that they will discern the Spirit's leading as they visit churches during their time of deputation. Maggie Crewes prays for the confirmation of a new director for Retrak in Malawi. Tim and Catherine Walker pray for a teacher for the new Anglican Grace School in Butare. Ask that God will provide the right person, as well as enough students to fund his or her salary. David and Prue Boyd pray that they will trust God in their concern for their grandson, Edward, and his family, with his recent diagnosis of leukaemia.
September Week 2
Sunday 7 – Slovenia
Leon and Lee pray that they will be able to make contact with key Christian students in Ljubljana and Maribor, so they can invite them to be involved in ZVESh before the start of the academic year in October. Mark and Rochelle Groombridge ask for prayer as the family settles into Australia and that they will be able to encourage their link churches to continue praying for mission. Pray for Kingsley and Veronica Box and their children as they settle in to Ljubljana and their new church, schools and neighbourhood.
Monday 8 – Italy / Malta / Ireland
Join Andrew and Sarah Lubbock in praying that students N, M and G would read the Gospel of Luke over the summer break and meet Jesus Christ. Pray that Geoff and Robyn would settle back into Malta and ministry well. Catherine Read asks for a smooth arrival into Ireland and for a visa to remain there long-term. Please also pray for Gillian Law.
Tuesday 9 – Germany / Eurasia
Klaus and Jude Hickel praise God that amidst changes in their community, he is acting in his sovereign grace to save sinners. Rob and Arabelle Horne pray for great conversations and reunions as they visit link churches and catch up with friends and family in Australia. Please pray for R as she works out her new timetable and how to spend her spare time. Please pray that she will continue to grow in her understanding of how to be a good friend in the cultural context of Eurasia. Please also pray for Mike and Caroline Clark and Tim and Andrea Field.
Wednesday 10 – France / Switzerland
Daniel and Kate Morris pray for their new baby due in January, and for language skills as they navigate the French health system. Pray with Caroline Evenden for the start of the GBU Toulouse year, including a training weekend for student leaders, campus evangelism and the start of small group Bible studies in early October. Paul and Sandra pray that first year Christian students will quickly make contact with the GBU when they begin their studies. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray that as the academic year begins, they would be able to make good contact with international students and that local students would get involved with the ministry. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek pray for good connections and relationships with link churches. Please also pray for Libby Leach .
Thursday 11 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell give thanks for their encouraging time sharing how God is working in Spain with their link churches. Please pray for them as they visit St John’s Kirraville and St Luke’s Miranda this month. Mike and Tania Snowdon pray for the national weekend away for volunteers with GBU and GBE, that all would be trained and equipped well as the year begins. Ian and Ruth Batey pray for a smooth return to school and ministries, and pray for wise preparations for and positive responses to an evangelistic activity on 20 September.
Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray that today, as the region of Catalonia remembers 300 years since they lost independence, Catalans might find real freedom in Jesus. Praise God with Ellie Firth for the way he carried her through her move to Barcelona. Pray for the provision of the right apartment and housemate.
Friday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Pray for new mentors and trainees in Mentac. Give thanks for good conversations over Eid between Mentac trainees and friends. At St Andrews Hall, thank God with Charlie Fletcher for relief from a sustained period of migraines. Pray for D and R as they prepare for a CMS pastoral visit to South East Asia in September. Peter & Terry give thanks for their helpful month at SAH and pray that God would help them to renew contact with supporters during deputation. Adam & Helane give thanks that the family is getting used to Melbourne, and pray for wisdom in balancing commitments. Nathan & Rosey thank God for their children settling into school and day-care, and pray that they would continue to transition well into new routines. Claudette prays that she would settle in to community life and Australia. Kelly prays for wisdom for all involved as mission locations are considered. Please also pray for the Centre for Biblical Preaching.
Saturday 13 – Argentina / Chile
Pray with Martin and Julie Field that many students will bring their friends to the evangelistic event for the Day of the Students on September 21. Amy Stephens thanks God for the ABUA regional camp. Pray that the students who attended will return to their universities encouraged in their faith and more motivated to share Jesus with others. Andrew and Paulina Cox praise God for growing stability in the university ministry, especially for new members.
September Week 3
Sunday 14 – Chile
Stephen and Rebecca Shead pray that the CEP students would learn to manage their demanding study program and that this would equip them for future ministry life. Gary and Julie Haddon pray that as Gary gives his first sermon in Spanish at the CEP and leads Bible studies at church, his language would be sufficient and his words an encouragement. Frances Cook prays for a large group of people attending her church due to problems in their own. Pray for wisdom, healing and reconciliation as many now consider returning. Please also pray for Michael and Jo Charles .
Monday 15 – Mexico / Bolivia / CMS Scholarships
Adrian and Anita Lovell pray that their church weekend away would help the church to grow in knowledge of God and love for one another. Please also pray for Peter and Sarah Sholl and CMS Scholarships.
Tuesday 16 – Middle East
Pray with S that as a new semester of teaching begins, God provides opportunities to share truths about Jesus with her English students. S & C pray that good relationships will grow between S and the church elders, and that S and C can continue to support the work of the church in reaching those of the majority faith. J thanks God for raising up supporters in churches visited so far. B & S (Mentac Workers, NSW & ACT) give thanks for their kids being back at school and steady progress in learning Arabic. Pray also that God would open doorways for the gospel to go out among the many refugees in their country. Please also pray for A & H and T & K.
Wednesday 17 – Pakistan / Jordan / UAE
David and Georgina Newmarch pray that they would keep in step with the Spirit as they continue a four and a half month Home Assignment which began at the end of August. Malcolm and Charissa Forrest give thanks for the new people who have joined church recently and pray that they will be welcomed and mature as disciples of Jesus. Please also pray for W & C and Steve and Jenny Sonneman.
Thursday 18 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that the Engage Disability conference in New Delhi (25-27 September) will equip participants to strengthen the Christian responses to disability in this region. S & I pray for Christian spouses among the Muslim community and for Christians’ innovation to create Bible-based wedding ceremonies that still reflect their cultural identity. Give thanks that M & J are returning to location after M’s ill health. Please pray for their family as they return and settle in again to their home in South Asia. Deteriorating security in Central Asia prevented S from returning there last month. Pray for rest and patience as she waits to hear whether it will be possible to return. Please also pray for S (South Asia) and J.
Friday 19 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for the MDGP doctors serving in remote government hospitals and the NSI staff supporting them. Leigh and Tamara Filmer pray for Leigh as he works with the leaders of the INF Surkhet Program to find ways to manage patient care with reduced staff numbers after significant cutbacks last month. Please pray with Kate Dalitz for the changes happening in INF and for godliness for the leadership team. Kirstin Hawkshaw gives thanks for the opportunity to attend the Engage Disability conference next week. Gordon and Ruth Russell thank God for the appointment of new elders and deacons at their Nepali church, and pray for energy and motivation during the hot and humid weeks of the monsoon season. Please also pray for Keith & Mary Lou Doe.
Saturday 20 – CMS Branches
NSW & ACT: Please pray for children and leaders on CMS Camp Milimani this month. Pray that God will be at work in the hearts of the campers building up their faith and their understanding of mission. QNNSW: Please pray for preparations for the next Journey In Mission night on 9 October. VIC: Pray for strong relationships with supporting churches, so that the link missionary partnership bears fruit for both missionaries and churches. TAS: Please pray with CMS Tasmania for the AGM celebration on 4 October. Please also pray for SA/NT and WA.
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.