Prayer Points for CMS missionaries
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March Week 2
Sunday 8 – Papua New Guina / Timor Leste / Papua New Guinea
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
Wednesday 18 – Tanzania
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.
Wednesday 1 – Middle East
A & H pray that an experienced teacher will be appointed to their middle school. With, J please pray for rich learning, opportunities to be distinctive, and for health while living with a local family. With S pray for the women’s English classes which began last month, that women will come and that the team will identify attendees who are open to reading God’s word. Please remember T & K in their continuing study of language. Give thanks also for progress in language for B & S (Mentac Workers, NSW & ACT), now that they have a foundation after a year in their country. Please ask the Lord to provide S with a regular conversation partner with whom she can be very relaxed with and develop conversation skills. Please pray also for S & C.
Thursday 2 – Pakistan / Jordan / United Arab Emirates
Praise God with David and Georgina Newmarch for the wonderful work of little Christian schools in villages all over the country. Pray with With Steve and Jenny Sonneman for their family as they seek God’s leading in finding a ministry in Victoria. Malcolm and Charissa Forrest pray that many people will come to their Easter Services (10 and 12 April) and that the gospel will be clearly heard. Pray that there will be good connections made and opportunities to follow up afterwards. W & C give thanks for the conference they attended in Jordan in February and for all that they learned.
Friday 3 – South Asia / Central Asia
L prays that God would equip the mothers at Basha with wisdom and knowledge to parent their children in a healthy way. S thanks God for small but steady steps in language learning, and prays for good communication and humility for all at her workplace as they undergo a major change in leadership. Pray with S that our Father’s emotional and spiritual healing would be manifest throughout Central Asia. Ask for prayer for S & I, with ‘I’ attending a women’s conference for about 20 national ladies this month. Pray that she would grow in her ability to communicate in the language and connect with the women. J praises God for wonderful deputation visits, and prays for God’s guidance as she and CMS consider possible future postings. Please pray also for M & J having returned to Australia.
Saturday 4 – Nepal
Gordon and Ruth Russell give thanks for the opportunity to reconnect with their supporting churches and share more fully what the Lord has been doing in Nepal. Praise God with Kirstin Hawkshaw for the freedom Christians now have in Nepal to be meeting together many times over this weekend to celebrate Easter; and pray that many will hear of Jesus at this time. Give thanks for Kate Dalitz’s engagement to Bijay and pray that God will be preparing them for a lifetime of serving him together. With Leigh and Tamara Filmer pray for healing, both physical and spiritual, during the Leprosy Reconstruction medical camp to be held at the INF Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre where Leigh works (21–27 April).
April Week 2
Sunday 5 – Nepal
Bruce and Libby Hayes pray for wisdom for Christians in responding to an increased animosity against Christians in Nepal. Some politicians are campaigning to revert Nepal to a Hindu State and are blaming Christians for converting people. Instances of active persecution have been reported. Pray with Keith and Mary Lou Doe for the Young Life camp happening in Pokhara at Easter. Pray for kids’ hearts to be open to the gospel. David and Elizabeth Hamer (STWs, VIC) pray for good farewells from family and friends, and give thanks for the great learning opportunities at St Andrew’s Hall and preparation for time in Nepal.
Monday 6 – North Australia
Terry and Liz McCoy praise God for the number of people who gave their lives to Jesus at Easter baptisms, and pray for the Nungalinya staff as they face the additional stress of an increased number of students. Pray with Wayne Oldfield and Mandy Jones that the Easter services in Darwin and Aboriginal communities will bring joyous praise to our mighty Saviour. Give thanks for the small Aboriginal group that has begun at St James with the support of a Korean missionary. Having completed missionary service, give thanks for Ruth Brigden and pray for her as she settles into a new life and ministry. Please pray also for Tavis and Kate Beer.
Tuesday 7 – North Australia
Give thanks to God with Chris and Karen Webb for the Kimberley Christian Fellowship Easter Convention that happened over the Easter weekend. Ask God to encourage and strengthen the leaders of the various Peoples Churches throughout the Kimberley. With Steve and Narelle Etherington, pray for accommodation for two Kunwinjku ladies in Alice Springs who will act as language informants for the translation-checking workshop in May.
Wednesday 8 – Papua New Guinea / Timor Leste / Fiji
Chris and Grace Adams ask for prayer for Chris, Grace and Micah; that they may settle back into Timor Leste after Micah’s birth in Australia. Tony and Susie Wright pray for the recent cyclonic weather conditions in Fiji. Give thanks that they live in a sturdy home and can stock up on canned food and water, and pray that the people in village/slum housing will be safe. With Keith and Marion Birchley, pray for the PNG TSCF (Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship) Easter Conference and that their visas may come on time so that they can also be there.
Thursday 9 – East Asia / Hong Kong
D & L praise God that they can serve him in East Asia and pray that they will be focused and intentional in the way they seek to make his name great with people that they share their lives with, teach and minister to. Pray with L & J that the whole family will learn language well and see progress. Pray also for their new baby, due in late July. Please pray also for D & T and John and Janelle Menear.
Friday 10 – Taiwan / Japan
Marshall and Julie Scott praise God for the opportunity they have to go into the local prison each week. Pray that God would speak through the Bible stories told by Marshall and that good conversations might arise. As April marks the beginning of the academic year in Japan, Dene and Rachel Hughes ask for prayer for their boys as they enter grades 2 and 5 in the local Japanese school. Pray also for Dene and Rachel’s new schedules with KGK and language. Brad and Michelle Jackson pray for good follow up from their Easter party, and that many people who attended would be interested in hearing more about the risen Lord Jesus. As the new academic year starts, please pray with Kellie Nicholas that new students will be contacted and followed up well.
Saturday 11 – Japan
Adam and Helane Ramsay pray for their preparations for Autumn School and YNET conference (speaking to children’s and youth ministry leaders), and that God would keep building up their relationships with new churches. Nathan and Maki Clapham give thanks for their church’s Easter café, and pray for good follow up for those who attended. Pray also for Samuel and Ian beginning a new school year. Steven and Sandra Parsons give thanks to the Lord for providing two new Japanese employees for the TEAM Japan office, and ask for God’s wisdom as Steven balances the intensive training with normal responsibilities. Please pray also for Karen Darda.
April Week 3
Sunday 12 – CMS Development and Training
Pray with Mentac for the new Mentac trainees. Pray for them as they integrate ministry with their work and study demands, and for perceptive ministry to the people they’re interacting with. Please pray with D & R that trainees will benefit from the MILL course on language learning, and for the teachers, C and R. Pray for David Williams speaking at the CMS-QNNSW Autumn School Conference in Tamworth. Dave and Bec McIntyre praise God for the break and time with family that they have just enjoyed and pray for them as they settle in to the second half of the training course. Chenny Thie praises God for friendships made through English conversation class at St James Cathedral and Cross Cultures Bible study at St Jude’s.
Monday 13 – South Africa / Namibia / Kenya
Pray with Simon and Margaret Gillham that God would raise up the right people to take over the leadership of NETS and would guide the Board with wisdom as they make decisions. Please pray with Nathan and Diane Lovell for Julius and Grace, two of their new students from rural Uganda who are suffering some culture shock. Pray that they’d be able to settle in, make friends, and use the time God has given them to study his word well. With Paul and Cathy Sampson pray for a smooth start to the semester at Carlile College and that God would provide for the students, staff and college with its many needs. Please pray also for David and Alisan Greeff.
Tuesday 14 – Ethiopia / Rwanda / D R Congo / East Africa
Shane and Naomi Rubie pray for safety in travelling during deputation, and thank God for time with family, friends and supporters. David and Prue Boyd are on leave without pay for a few months in order to support their daughter and family in Tasmania following their grandson’s diagnosis of leukaemia. Please pray for grace for them during this time and wisdom to know the right time to return to D R Congo. Give praise and thanks with Graham and Wendy Toulmin for their five weeks at St Andrew’s Hall. Pray also for good contacts with their support churches and friends as they begin Home Assignment. Please also commit to prayer Roger and Lynn Kay, Maggie Crewes and Tim and Catherine Walker.
Wednesday 15 – Tanzania
Malcolm and Elmari Buchananask for prayer with the imminent appointment of several new deans to faculties and schools at St John’s University of Tanzania. Please pray for reliable Christ centred leaders. Graham and Alison McKay (STWs, WA) praise God for his sustaining faithfulness in the last semester. Robert and Mary Reside (STWs, VIC) thank God for the two new CMS lecturers at Msalato Bible College. Please pray for them to settle in well and establish good relationships with other staff and students. Please pray also for Arthur and Tamie Davis.
Thursday 16 – Tanzania
Jono and Amy Vink pray that the pastors’ groups will continue to meet together, encouraging and building each other up through the word. Praise God with Matthew and Samantha Archer for the six Boys Brigade special days that were held in various villages last week. Please pray that all the boys who attended will be challenged to declare Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. Glen and Dominique Turner give thanks for the enthusiasm of Glen’s students to study the Bible in class each week. Helen Hoskins gives thanks and praise to God for the visit of a team from St John’s Mona Vale church in Sydney and their great contribution to ministries in Bunda.
Friday 17 – Tanzania
Mike and Katie Taylor pray that God would be glorified through the College mission, and for safety in travel and good partnership between hosting churches and MBC students. Praise God with Andy and Jenny Bennett for good catch-ups with family and friends, and pray for good health for their daughter Kristy and her baby as she gives birth this month. With Geoff and Martha Boye please pray that students and staff will be protected from illness as they live, study and serve God at Munguishi.
Saturday 18 – Tanzania
Brad and Neroli Galvin ask for prayer for the Diocese of Ruaha as they make plans to celebrate its 25th year anniversary. Thank God with John and Jill Morshead for the opportunity to worship at St Alban’s Anglican Cathedral each week, to welcome others and help those in need. Please also pray for Liz Burns as she settles into life and ministry at Msalato Theological College, Dodoma.
April Week 4
Sunday 19 – Slovenia / Italy
Andrew and Sarah Lubbock pray that the Father would pour his Spirit into the hearts of those seeking Jesus at church, on campus and amongst their friends. Pray that as they share Jesus Christ with them and train others to do the same, these seekers might repent of their sins and trust Jesus for their salvation. Pray with Kingsley and Veronica Box that God will raise up Slovene men in their church to be leading and preaching in their meetings and that he will give them wisdom to know how to encourage and train them. Gillian Law prays that God would provide a new suitable location for her church to meet, which will allow the ministry to continue to grow. Please pray with Leon and Lee for evangelistic events among students in Ljubljana and Maribor this week.
Monday 20 – Ireland / Eurasia / Malta / Switzerland
R thanks God for the opportunity she and her church family had to share the amazing news of Jesus’ death and resurrection over Easter. Praise God with Kelly Landrigan for her time visiting Auburn Anglican Church in March, and please pray for a good break over the holidays. Geoff and Robyn pray for good follow up from the University Mission. Andrew and Claire Livingstone pray for wisdom as they seek to begin an English-speaking, mission-minded GBU group on campus. With Catherine Read please pray for the new CU committee at Trinity College and Maynooth; that they will work well together, desire to make Jesus known on campus, and that she will be able to build good relationships with them.
Tuesday 21 – Germany / Austria
Klaus and Jude Hickel pray for a good adjustment to life in Australia, especially as they homeschool their boys, and praise God for the opportunity to share with link churches and reconnect with supporters. Praise the Lord with Mike and Caroline Clark for the great privilege of training up gospel workers for the harvest in Southern Germany/Austria. Please pray that pastors and elders of churches will be increasingly convinced of the need to raise up and train many more. Pray for Rob and Arabelle Horne with on-going building of relationships with people in Grace International Fellowship and ÖSM student ministry, and wisdom in how to best encourage the Christians here to reach out with the gospel.
Wednesday 22 – France
Libby Leach thanks God for the GBU production of the Mark Drama, and prays for good follow-up. Pray with Caroline Evenden for God’s saving mercy in the lives of the five non-believers who come regularly to the GBU this year, or meet regularly one-to-one with Caroline or her colleague Julie. Paul and Sandra praise God for the faithfulness of students in the GBU groups during their absence. Pray also for the opportunities that arose from the evangelistic theatre opportunity, Mark Drama, earlier this month. Daniel and Kate Morris ask for prayer for the GBU congress, a conference in April for Christian university students from across France. Pray that the students would be challenged, encouraged, and strengthened. Josh and Susannah Apieczonek give thanks for excellent language teachers and caring classmates. Pray for growing relationships with their neighbours.
Thursday 23 – Spain
John and Jodi Lovell give thanks for an encouraging first few months back in Valencia after Home Assignment. Praise God with Ellie Firth for providing a good, permanent apartment in Barcelona. Pray with her as she continues to get to know the local area and ways to connect with the community. Mike and Tania Snowdon thank God for the ‘Mission Possible’ youth conference (2–5 April). Pray that all who attended would be fuelled to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Andrew and Dominique Gifford pray for Daniel and Arturo as they begin to lead and preach at church. Please continue to pray for Ian and Ruth Batey to have wise stewardship of time and energy during Home Assignment.
Friday 24 – CMS Branches
QNNSW: Pray that people will respond prayerfully and generously to the Mid-Year Appeal, and that preparations for the "Engaging Islam" night on 14 May will go smoothly. NSW & ACT: Praise God for the volunteers who give so generously of their time to enable the branch to operate efficiently. VIC: Praise God for an energetic, committed and caring staff team. Pray that as they work together, they will continue to glorify God in using the talents he has given them for the sake of his kingdom. SANT: Please pray for the branch office as they adjust to staffing changes. WA: Pray that CMS-WA’s branch administration might run smoothly in the Arthurs’ absence (22 March – 5 May). FMF: Praise God for the recent engagement of long-term friends of the FMF, Rob Weedon and Alison Plantinga (née Coventry), and pray for their upcoming wedding (8 August). Please pray also for TAS.
Saturday 25 – Cambodia / Singapore
Dave and Leoni Painter give thanks for the 16 students studying the new PTC subject, Biblical Theology 1. Please pray with Mark and Rosemary Dickens for continuing follow-up after the evangelistic services in March and the large numbers who attended the Easter services. Praise God with Ken and Alison Thompson for a great C&MA Prayer Retreat that they attended in early March. Please pray with Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar for the Forgiveness & Reconciliation Art Performance on 28 March, for the actors and musicians, and especially that the Bible’s message will speak afresh to the Cambodian Church. Wim and Maaike Prins praise God for a fruitful seminar on preaching and sermon preparation for Khmer preachers. Please also pray with us for Maaike’s health & adjustment to the sudden rise in temperature, and that they’d thrive as a family. With Inpa and Vana Eliezer pray for the new youth (aged 11–13) who joined the ‘Family of Hope’ Program run by NaCE. Pray for the NaCE staff as they endeavour to build good relationships with the parents of these youth. Brian and Ros Thomas (STWs, NSW & ACT) pray for the NaCE board meeting today, and for the staff training days from 14–16 May.
April Week 5
Sunday 26 – Indonesia
Please continue to pray for wisdom for D & A as to visa options in Indonesia and give thanks for people in Indonesia who have offered to help. Thank God that M & L have received the approvals for a new visa enabling them to keep on ministering in Indonesia until the end of the year. With J & D please pray for Jon’s theological students as they sit their exams in early May. Please pray also for Ian and Narelle Hadfield and Alan and Helen Wood.
Monday 27 – Indonesia / South East Asia
Andrew Buchanan gives thanks for the blessing of marriage to Abi (24 April), and pray for a good start to married life. M & L pray for the fledgling but strategic student ministry in their city, that it would have good leadership and resources. T & E ask for prayer as they continue to walk more deeply with people; that they would be ‘wise as serpents and innocent as doves’. PB gives thanks for the opportunity to be part of the Langham Scholars Team in Edinburgh, just completed, and pray for a holiday beginning today leading a group to Biblical Greece. T & J pray for new friendships with local Buddhists. Please also pray for ongoing growth in language and enjoyment in the process. Please pray also for Graham and Heather Simpson.
Tuesday 28 – Argentina / Bolivia / Mexico
Peter and Terry Blowes ask God to help them build fruitful relationships with key people in the student ministries of Latin America, especially at the ABUA Buenos Aires weekend away on 16–17 May. Peter and Sarah Sholl give thanks for the new MOCLAM group starting in Oaxaca state (in the south of Mexico) that is being tutored by a MOCLAM graduate. Adrian and Anita Lovell pray for safety as they drive to Peru to teach an intensive. Pray that those attending would grasp God’s plan of salvation in all the Bible. Martin and Julie Field give thanks for the chance to share with their link churches about God’s work amongst students in Córdoba and pray for a restful family break before returning to Argentina. Please pray also for Amy Stephens.
Wednesday 29 – Chile
Gary and Julie Haddon pray for continued growth in language learning, especially for the girls at school. Andrew and Paulina Cox praise God for the commencement of Grupo Bíblico Universitario Chile activities at the local universities. Pray with Michael and Jo Charles that the local church will be encouraged and strengthened, and praise God for evangelistic opportunities on CEP mission over Easter. Frances Cook asks for prayer for the CEP, where it has suddenly become much more denominationally mixed. Please pray for good, growing relationships with other churches. Please pray that Stephen and Rebecca Shead and family will be able to form good relationships with people at their new church (Peñalolén Anglican) and will find where best they can serve and help people.
Thursday 30 – CMS Australia
Please pray for the Mission Personnel Secretaries’ current pastoral visits: Judith Calf to Eurasia, Middle East and Central Asia (27 April – 19 May), Elizabeth Richards to Europe (27 April – 20 May) and Philip (& Judy) Sinden to Japan (19 April – 9 May). Ask God to bring missionaries renewed faithfulness and encouragement from these visits.