QLD & NNSW Branch

Monthly prayer points

The following prayer points are in a secure format to protect missionaries in sensitive locations. This means that some names have been removed, so they are best read in conjunction with the CMS Prayer Diary which is available from your local branch.

September 2019 Prayer Points

Sunday 1 – Argentina

Martin & Julie Field pray that the ABUA students would be bold in inviting others to read the Bible with them. Pray with Peter & Terry Blowes for effective outreach at the University this month when ‘Student day’ is celebrated. Pray for a meeting of the IFES Latin America regional team later in the month. Amy Stephens prays that her knowledge of God’s grace will be ever growing.

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Monday 2 – Mexico, Bolivia & Peru

Peter & Sarah Sholl pray for wisdom and clarity for Peter as he speaks with Anglican leaders in the United States about MOCLAM and theological education in Mexico. Adrian & Anita Lovell give thanks for extra time with family in Australia and pray that they’d settle well into life in Bolivia after nine months away. Nick & Kysha Davies thank God for friends and co-workers in Lima, and pray for upcoming preaching courses that Nick is involved with. Grahame & Patty Scarratt give thanks for the blessing of the written word, and the way God uses it to equip his people. Pedro & Joy Oliveira Woolmer give thanks for an energetic start to deputation, and pray for many long-term partnerships to be formed as they spend three weeks with new link churches this month.

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Tuesday 3 – Chile

Chris & Stef Overhall pray that their permanent residency visa would be granted soon, and for an encouraging pastoral visit at the end of the month. Michael & Jo Charles pray for the third year CEP students as they approach the end of their studies—that plans for next year will come to fruition, and that those who are still uncertain about the future will rest in God’s timing and sovereignty. Gary & Julie Haddon pray for Chile as she celebrates her Independence Day this month—that people will be prompted by the Spirit to see their need for dependence on Jesus Christ and his saving work on the cross. Frances Cook prays for the health and protection of students and staff, as CEP has suffered from much illness.

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Wednesday 4 – Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania

Shane & Naomi Rubie pray that they achieve a good work-life balance and meet their kids’ emotional needs. Roger & Lynn Kay pray that their time with Lane Cove Mowbray Churches and other supporters will bring praise to God for his faithful work. Maggie Crewes gives thanks for a safe arrival in Ethiopia. Pray she will be a good support to the team for the next two months. Norm & Janelle Gorrie give thanks for the ‘Leadership Resources’ training in the book of Genesis. Pray that trainees may take what they were taught and faithfully teach others. Matthew & Samantha Archer praise God for the opportunity that Samantha has to direct the Creche Pandas team at NSW & ACT Summer School 2020. Pray for more volunteers.

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Thursday 5 – Tanzania

Arthur & Tamie Davis pray for TAFES National Director Mussa Kimaro, that he would remain encouraged in his labours. Glen & Dominique Turner pray for students to be calm and peaceful as they do their end of primary school exams next week. Kevin & Karen Flanagan ask for the Lord’s blessing on the many confirmation safaris and services this month. Judith Calf prays that God would encourage and grow the knowledge of 12 pastors attending their Bible School Pastors’ Refresher Course 2-13 September. Mike & Katie Taylor pray for wisdom and discernment for those making decisions about the running of college. Liz Burns prays that she would know Christ’s love more and more each day.

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Friday 6 – Namibia, South Africa & DR Congo

Mike & Karen Roe give thanks for the opportunity to connect with link churches in both Adelaide and Melbourne. Pray that the time would be mutually encouraging and beneficial for the gospel. Daniel & Olivia Webster pray for patience with each other at home in a busy time, and for leadership at NETS. Kylie Zietsch gives thanks for a good beginning of term 3 at JBC. Please pray for wisdom and knowledge as they continue to write material for the second year course. Nathan & Diane Lovell pray for Nathan as he speaks at St Stephen’s Bible Church weekend away in Cape Town next week, for faithful and challenging talks. David & Prue Boyd pray for Dr Samuel as he prepares to begin his audiology study in Nairobi. Pray for ongoing efforts to contain Ebola. Graham & Wendy Toulmin give thanks for the opportunity to share with link churches and support groups and continue to pray for the work in the clinics back in Congo. Andrew & Margie Newman thank God for the interest, care, and wonderful hospitality of people as they have visited parishes. Pray for Jesus to be front and centre in all their presentations.

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Saturday 7 – Development & Training

SAH: David & Jennifer Juniper ask that God would enable them to make the most of the privilege of being at St Andrew’s Hall. Andrew Buchanan & Abi Tandiseru give thanks for many reconnections during their brief visit to Toraja for Abi’s mother’s funeral. Christopher & Julie Dean pray that they will learn deeply, grow spiritually and be well equipped for possible cross-cultural missions in the future. R & S give thanks for the family settling into cross-cultural training, language learning and local schools in Melbourne. David & Cathie Sandifer pray for their time at St Andrew’s Hall to be replenishing and invigorating, and for their children to adjust well to their new school. E gives thanks for all the things God is teaching her. Pray that she would continue to learn a lot and grow. M & K give thanks for their 6 weeks at St Andrews Hall and pray that they will be able to apply their learning well in their future ministry.

Mentac: Give thanks for the opportunity Eid ul-Adha was for building relationships and sharing the gospel. Thanks for contacts with Muslims during the festivals and pray for ongoing fruit.

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Sunday 8 – South East Asia

H & M give thanks that the Lord in his kindness has made a sudden and unexpected improvement in K’s health. I gives thanks for a busy but useful time in Melbourne and prays for wisdom to know how many seekers after spiritual truth to interact with. J & I pray for wisdom, strength, and joy as they enter a very busy time of the year. T & E give thanks for safe travels to Australia and pray that time with churches is mutually encouraging. J gives thanks for travelling mercies and a safe arrival back in the country, and prays for God’s ongoing enabling. K gives thanks that God is good and that his love endures forever.

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Monday 9 – South East Asia

M & L pray for the church plant in a city office building they are part of. Pray that they might connect with local workers and students. N & R pray for smooth registration process and for the teachers at their church nursery school to grow in faith and be good witnesses. S prays for a longer visa to be granted when she applies. Give thanks for a short break during the out-of-country visa run. Na thanks God that she finds language learning interesting. Ask that she’ll be able to manage her time well this term. Ne gives thanks for the Father’s provision for the first couple of months on location and asks for continued development of relationships with locals.

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Tuesday 10 – Cambodia

Bethany Vaughan prays for lots of creative programme ideas for helping children with sensory processing issues in the classroom. Wim & Maaike Prins give thanks for their time in the Netherlands after Wim’s mother passed away, and for all the work that has been done to get her house ready for sale. Pray that Craig & Samantha McCorkindale will finish this first three-year term well as they prepare to return to Australia for their first home assignment. Dave & Leoni Painter pray as they search for a suitable house to live in. Andrew & Liz Glover pray that God would show them the paths he has prepared for them.

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Wednesday 11 – Indonesia, Singapore & Timor-Leste

Alan & Helen Wood praise God for holidays in September, a welcome rest. Pray for preparations for a short Home Assignment in November, especially finding locums for three weeks. Pray with R that God will use his language struggles and mistakes to build relationships and open doors for the good news. J & D pray for the fifth-year students from J’s tutor group on a ministry placement. Pray that they would be given opportunities to serve and be humble and keep their eyes fixed on Jesus. Marty & Jenny Foord thank God for a good start to their time in Singapore. Please pray that they will develop strong relationships at the college, and that the students will be trained well for ministry. Chris & Grace Adams pray for stamina and great gospel partnerships while on Home Assignment. Pray that Grace’s pregnancy will go well. N & R pray for continuing open and fruitful conversation with family about going overseas.

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Thursday 12 – North Australia

Chris & Karen Webb ask God to grow genuine faith and love for God in all the children that Karen teaches at Sunday school each week. Matt & Lisa Pearson pray for God to continue maturing and raising up a generation of Bible teachers. Pray for Tavis & Kate Beer and the Ministry Development Team, that they may help equip and disciple those they work with. Pray for the culturally sensitive application of safe ministry requirements. Derek & Rosemary Snibson pray for their plans to convene a meeting of pastoral workers in Indigenous ministry from various churches. Pray for good networking and encouragement. Wayne Oldfield & Mandy Jones pray for their diploma of translating students as they complete their second block of intensive training at Nungalinya. Ian & Jenny Wood thank God for the warm welcome of Wentworthville Anglican Church. Pray that visits to Greystanes and Ginninderra would also be a positive time as they share together in the work of God’s gospel.

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Friday 13 – North Australia, PNG & Vanuatu

Matt & Kate Vinicombe pray for growth and diligence in language learning. Keith & Marion Birchley pray the students in their bible study remember well the gospel of Mark, which they have been learning. Joel & Tiffanie Atwood pray for USP students seeking to read Luke’s gospel with their friends. Pray for their regional Law graduates to have the gospel of Jesus in their hearts.

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Saturday 14 – UAE & Jordan

K gives thanks for a non-believing family coming to church. Pray for them to have good connections with believers there. J & D pray for lots of people to join 2:42 groups, and that leaders will be well cared for. W & C pray for the relaunch of ESL and a new women’s bible study after the summer break. Malcolm & Charissa pray for good connections with others as they return to Amman. M & O pray for God to always be showing them more of his love and care for them and their children.

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Sunday 15 – Middle East

J gives great praise for the new sisters who made a commitment to follow Jesus at the end of their intro course. Ask for their ongoing growth. L asks God for wisdom and courage as she investigates future opportunities in places less reached than her current city. S & P praise God for providing for their needs and for the great conversations they’ve had already with people about Jesus. L & I thank God for the new cohort at SAH, and pray for them as they grapple with challenging ideas and assignments. Pray also for the medical team working out the way forward for I’s treatment, and thank God that the brain surgery was successful.

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Monday 16 – Middle East

S & C pray for staff and students at the college as they begin a new academic year. Ask that God’s word would continue to transform them into the likeness of Jesus. M praises God for his help in transition and language. Give thanks for one year on location. C asks for continued joy in Christ and for spiritual growth. B prays for God to make his kingdom known to those who are searching.

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Tuesday 17 – Nepal

K & M L pray that Christ will make himself known to his people, who are searching for him. I & R pray that they will know the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding. D & E praise God for the opportunity to disciple J these past few months. Pray that the Word would continue to radically shape J’s life and ministry. J gives thanks that Jesus makes himself known through the Bible.

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Wednesday 18 – Nepal & Pakistan

Pray for K (& B) as they prayerfully consider future ministry and work options. B & L pray for the hospital with several staff changes, especially for B having good working relationships with the new hospital administrator and new doctors. G & R pray for grace and perseverance for local believers facing a time of increasing pressure. L & T give thanks for spiritual growth in the youth that attend the weekly study at their house. Pray that God would use this (often first) time that they study the Bible for themselves. S prays for the hearts of J, R, and S, who continue to be on a search for truth. D & S pray the Spirit would work in the hearts of believers in Australia, that they may see the great opportunity to partner with the church on location.

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Thursday 19 – South Asia

E prays for good relationships with teachers and classmates as she starts back at university after the summer break. S (& T) ask for God’s protection and peace during a stressful period. Please ask that T will get his visa to come to Australia this year. K praises God that she has passed her first local language assessment, and prays for opportunities to tell Bible stories to some neighbours. L prays for God’s favour upon the visa application process to return to South Asia mid-October. M & K pray for their language assessments next Tuesday and for their move out of the capital city to the town where they will be living and working. S & I pray for the MK school, and ask for a good transition to whoever will take up the ongoing leadership responsibilities. A prays for strong gospel partnerships with churches and other partners she is meeting during deputation.

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Friday 20 – CMS Australia

Pray for pastoral visits to South America, Europe, and Africa this month, that they would be encouraging and helpful to the missionaries and those who visit them. Give thanks for God’s hand over the audit process with the finance team.

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Saturday 21 – France

Caroline Evenden gives thanks for this year’s new and continuing GBU South-West student leaders, and prays that the training weekend starting today will kick off the year well. Daniel & Kate Morris pray as they begin the new academic year: for Hannah and Emilie as they begin new classes, as uni ministry kicks off, and as a new Sunday school program begins. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek pray that many students contacted during orientation weeks will become part of the GBU. Colin & Catherine Puffet pray for God to be at work in the new afternoon service at their church, and for the integration of new members to be cemented through the weekend away. Kelly Landrigan prays for good beginnings for the school year as ministries start again. M asks for wisdom as she makes decisions about where to spend her time.

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Sunday 22 – Italy, Ireland & Malta

Simon & Jessica Cowell pray for good planning at the national training for GBU, that the students would feel well prepared, particularly in the Cowell’s absence on Home Assignment. Gillian Law prays for the GBU student leaders’ training conference next weekend, especially that the leaders will return to their university ministry with confidence in the power of the gospel. Naomi Brunacci prays for the student training conference at the end of September, for A, K and X, student leaders from the Veneto region, that they would be equipped to train others. Erin Moorcroft prays for the students and herself as their course kicks off—a certificate in Children’s ministry. May God use this for his glory. G & R pray for wise and godly leaders in Maltese churches.

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Monday 23 – Austria, Germany & Slovenia

Rob & Arabelle Horne pray for a smooth transition into life in Canberra. Rachel Gibbs prays for the students attending the student conferences. Pray that they would humble themselves before God so that he would shape them to be more like Jesus. Mimy Gardner gives praise for fun times with good friends and prays for increased participation in the home groups at Leipzig English Church. Klaus & Jude Hickel pray that the kids’ book and CD of congregational songs Jude is working on will be finished for a conference next week. Pray with Kingsley & Veronica Box for the new school year in Slovenia. Pray that as people settle into the school routine, they will make church and Bible study a priority.

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Tuesday 24 – Spain & Eurasia

Jim & Tanja French please pray for a good start to the new school year for Eve and Silas, for good friends and helpful teachers. Pray for language learning options for Jim that will suit and encourage him to press on. Mike & Tania Snowdon pray for their deputation visits to lift people’s eyes to Jesus and pray for the academic year starting up in Spain—especially for those planning GBE/GBU events. John & Jodi Lovell pray that new opportunities to present MOCLAM ministry at churches this month will lead to new groups of students enrolling. R asks for wisdom as she investigates future visa options. Miriam Bradshaw prays for good relationships to be built with her supporters and supporting churches during Home Assignment.

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Wednesday 25 – Hong Kong, Taiwan & East Asia

Ian & Narelle Hadfield praise God for the encouraging prayer and support that they have had from their link churches whilst on deputation as they prepare to transition between Hong Kong and Singapore. Sam & Shan-Shan Chrisp pray for energy and a good routine as the begin language and culture learning this month. S & K pray, if visas are granted, for smooth and quick transitions back to location for their family. Ask for peace and comfort as a family, with many friends and co-workers having to leave. L asks for good planning time for the new semester with the campus key volunteers’ team and asks for good transition as the team goes through staff changes.

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Thursday 26 – East Asia

D & T pray for wisdom and God’s protection in their work. E gives thanks that almost 200 people publicly declared their faith on baptism Sunday. Ask that they would be able to stand strong in the daily cost of that faith. D & L pray for stability in their situation and a continuing trust in God. Pray for L & J to catalyse international students on uni campuses to be boldly equipped to share the good news with friends.

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Friday 27 – Japan

Adam & Helane Ramsay pray for the kids starting back at school and the team preparing for end of year events, that they would all be spurred on by the love of God. Steven & Sandra Parsons pray as Sandra leads preparations for the TEAM Japan ladies retreat next month, and for the missionaries to be refreshed in their personal walk with the Lord. Roger & Noriko Dethlefs give thanks for the Summer School Camp in August with clear teaching and an enthusiastic reception by the students. Nathan & Maki Clapham pray for home assignment to be encouraging and refreshing, preparing them for the work ahead. Chenny Thie prays for a good start of campus ministry again after the long summer break. Matt & Jen Lim praise God for his kindness and faithfulness over the year. Pray for ongoing deepening relationships with H-B.A. staff.

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Saturday 28 – Japan

Dene & Rachel Hughes pray for their very busy semester for the whole family, and ask that they’ll do everything for God’s renown. Give thanks for the past week Kellie Nicholas has spent at KGK National Conference. Pray that all the staff will continue to serve God faithfully. Brad & Michelle Jackson pray for Young Life this month as they launch into a new school year. Pray that students invite their friends and be transformed by the gospel. Dave & Beck McIntyre give thanks for the opportunity to encourage churches and individuals to support global mission.

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Sunday 29 – CMS Partners

Give thanks for the work of CMS Partners, for their generous service alongside and in partnership with CMS missionaries for the work of the gospel. Pray that they would be encouraged in their work and be ready to respond to the opportunities God provides.

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Monday 30 – CMS Branches

NSW & ACT pray for the primary school students who will be attending CMS Camp Milimani on 1-4 October. Ask that God will give the students a heart for world mission as they hear from God’s word and meet CMS missionaries. QNNSW Please pray for Toowoomba Conference coming up on October 19, that preparation goes smoothly for the event. Ask that God will work through the speaker Dave Pitt and prepare the hearts of attendees to hear his message. SANT Please pray for Arthur & Tamie Davis, Mike & Karen Roe, and D & T, as they continue their partnership support work in Adelaide. Please continue to pray for mutual encouragement in Christ and for a renewed desire to keep praying, caring, and giving in support for each worker and their families. TAS pray for the Branch Council as it seeks to review and refresh the branch’s 5-year vision. Please pray that many would register for SummerView when registrations go live on 1 October. VIC Pray for the staff team as they implement their 2024 vision. May the Lord direct their steps as they implement plans to help people pray, care, give and go. WA Please pray that God would raise up new partner churches for applicants and current Missionaries in Training. Continue to pray for adequate funding for their new annual budget.

 

With the Former Missionaries Fellowship, we thank God for the 9 years Graeme and Jane Peters (Chile 1991-2010) served him in the parish of Wonthaggi Inverloch, and we ask God to bless them as Graeme becomes the Vicar of St James’, Dandenong, on 10 October. Also praise God for the life of David Hassall, who died on 5 August, aged 86. David and Merrill served the Lord with CMS in the Northern Territory for 10 years, David from 1963. We ask God to comfort Merrill and all their family and friends.