SA & NT 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.

July 2019 Prayer Points

Monday 1 – Argentina

Martin & Julie Field give thanks for a new term of service, and pray that they might be settling into it well with hope and fresh zeal. Peter & Terry Blowes ask for prayer for God-honouring solutions to the institutional crisis in the ABUA movement. Amy Stephens prays for the students, graduates and staff of ABUA, that God would encourage them in his love and guide them in his wisdom.

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Tuesday 2 – Mexico, Bolivia & Peru

Peter & Sarah Sholl pray for safety and refreshment in travel during the summer holidays. Pray that many would use the change of routine in summer to grow deeper in their relationship with God. Pray for Adrian & Anita Lovell along with Matias as they settle back into life in Cochabamba. Give thanks for God’s provision of all their needs. Nick & Kysha Davies pray for those studying the Bible with MOCLAM around Lima. Grahame & Patty Scarratt give thanks for a book distributer in Peru. Pray for reasonable freight arrangements for books going into Mexico.

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Wednesday 3 – Chile

Chris & Stef Overhall pray for permanent residency to be granted quickly, as their visa has expired. Pray for patience as they wait. Michael & Jo Charles thank God for the provision of Claudia to teach one of Jo’s counselling subjects at the CEP. Please pray that Jo will faithfully train and support her despite the distance, and that she will teach wisely and faithfully. Gary & Julie Haddon praise God for his kindness and mercy, and pray for a restful break after a long semester. Frances Cook prays for Deigo Pacheco, recently graduated from CEP, as he leads the replant of a church in Santiago.

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Thursday 4 – Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania

Shane & Naomi Rubie pray for Thomas to finish well as he finishes exams and prepares to leave Ethiopia to return to Australia. Pray for provision of friends, accommodation, and a job as he transitions back into life in Australia. Roger & Lynn Kay give thanks for the blessing of reconnecting with supporters and friends to share with them how the Lord is at work in Ethiopia. Maggie Crewes gives thanks for the many Zimbabwean and Ugandan staff she has been able to interact with during partner projects. Pray that they will be encouraged to press on with their work with vulnerable children in these countries. Norm & Janelle Gorrie thank God and pray for Godana, Galgalo and Golo who are teaching Borana Bible Literacy using Janelle’s materials. Pray that the gospel is preached through the training. Matthew & Samantha Archer praise God for the fellowship and care of CMS supporters. Please pray for them as they seek God’s leading this year.

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Friday 5 – Tanzania

Arthur & Tamie Davis pray for safe travel to Australia for home assignment. Glen & Dominique Turner pray that all the paperwork for their visas would come through before July 24, when their permits run out. Kevin & Karen Flanagan pray for the Lord’s blessing on the Mobile Bible School courses to be held in outlying areas. Judith Calf prays for God’s Spirit to bring alive the Bible in the people of Lweru. Mike & Katie Taylor pray for a refreshing break and renewed energy while students are away. Pray for wisdom and increased love in discerning how to move forward in their ministry. Liz Burns prays that God would glorify his Church by drawing his people ever closer to him.

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Saturday 6 – Namibia, South Africa & DR Congo

Mike & Karen Roe pray for their family as they settle back into life in Australia after three years in Namibia. Ask for good friends for the kids at school. Daniel & Olivia Webster pray for their family as precious teammates move away. Kylie Zietsch prays for some of her students who are in abusive relationships, for wisdom and healing. Nathan & Diane Lovell pray for the women students and student wives’ retreat at the end of this month. Pray for encouraging talks and for the women to grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus. David & Prue Boyd pray for safe travel and good health for those attending the deacon’s course this month. Pray these men will be encouraged in their walk with God and in their service to others. Graham & Wendy Toulmin pray for God’s protection and provision during a very demanding month with end of year exams for students, and senior clinic staff on annual leave.

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Sunday 7 – Development & Training

SAH: K prays for wisdom and joy throughout the process of preparing and commencing partnership support. M thanks God for all the new brothers and sisters she gets to meet during deputation. M & O pray that they would build deep gospel partnerships with new people and churches that they meet in the coming months. N & R give thanks for the wonderful and enriching time that SAH has been for all their family. I & J ask for prayer as they get training and assessment qualifications up to date and prepare to visit their partner churches. A prays as she shares the hope Jesus offers to South Asians at the MMM Junior Camp, that the youth will have desire to share the hope of Jesus in their own context. A & M thank God for the encouragement of FCC interviews and for their final acceptance as CMS Missionaries. P & J thank God for the chance to reconnect with supporters back in Sydney and pray for strong partnerships to be nurtured with churches and individual supporters over the next 6 months. Mentac: Pray in thanks for connections through the Peace Tent during Ramadan. Pray for fruitful and persistent follow-up by the trainees and trainers.

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Monday 8 – South East Asia

H & M pray for K with a recent diagnosis. Pray for healing and wise decisions from the doctor as they consider surgery.  I prays that God will open the hearts of those he is seeking to reach. J & I thank God for the completion of another Christianity Explored course. Pray for the follow up of participants who are ready to progress further. T & E pray for wisdom and perseverance in these next two months before home assignment. J gives thanks for God’s ongoing work during deputation, and prays for continued safe travels as her time in Australia draws to a close.

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Tuesday 9 – South East Asia

M & L pray for the region as they face more security issues in the future due to growth of a large neighbouring country. N & R give thanks for M and his grandson S rejoining their church after their release from prison, and ask for their faith to grow. Pray with S for doors to remain open, and for new doors to open within all levels of society, so that believers can shine brightly for Jesus in dark places throughout Buddhist Asia. Ask that Na will be intentional in seeking opportunities to speak of Jesus. Ne thanks God that he’s brought her to location, and asks that she would trust in his provision during this time.

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Wednesday 10 – Cambodia

Bethany Vaughan prays for healing for the broken bone in her left hand and gives thanks for some much needed rain. Wim & Maaike Prins give thanks for the successful treatment of Maaike’s ankle and Esther’s tummy while in Australia. Pray for good respite as Craig & Samantha McCorkindale take their yearly break away from Cambodia. Pray that it will refresh and renew them ready for further service. Dave & Leoni Painter give thanks for the encouragement they have received as they continue to experience their link churches. Andrew & Liz Glover pray that God’s presence will be known to those who are seeking him.

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Thursday 11 – Indonesia, Singapore & Timor-Leste

Alan & Helen Wood praise God for recent holidays and Alan’s rapid recovery from dengue fever. Pray for R to have more opportunities to meet and talk to local people, and for increasing clarity around his future ministry and role. J & D pray they will communicate well as they speak at meetings in Australia and that those listening will be stirred to become partners with them. Mark & Rosemary Dickens pray that the youth at St Georges will have a firm faith in Jesus and will be reaching out to their friends. Marty & Jenny Foord give thanks for God’s sustaining care through home assignment and through the packing up and moving process. Chris & Grace Adams pray as they visit and reconnect in person with supporters and supporting churches. Pray also as they prepare for the birth of a new addition to the family.

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Friday 12 – North Australia

Chris & Karen Webb pray that the Kimberley Christian Fellowship Convention in Broome, starting today, will be beneficial in the lives of people who attend. Matt & Lisa Pearson pray for the bible recording team (GRN) and Kunwinjku readers helping to create an audio version of the new Kunwinjku bible. Tavis & Kate Beer pray that believers would be united in Christ through their love for each other, and for an outpouring of repentance, forgiveness and grace. Derek & Rosemary Snibson pray for discernment about whom they should spend time with, and for new open doors in their neighbourhood. Wayne Oldfield & Mandy Jones pray for a recharge for all Nungalinya staff over the July holidays, and pray for Wayne as he tries to contact students for the next Foundations block starting at the end of the month.

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Saturday 13 – North Australia, PNG & Vanuatu

Matt & Kate Vinicombe pray for Christians on Groote to be able to tell family and friends the gospel. Keith & Marion Birchley pray that the older students will take more leadership and see the value in running bible study groups in second semester. Joel & Tiffanie Atwood pray for good reconnection with Ni-Vanuatu students at USP and the restarting of small groups.

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Sunday 14 – UAE & Jordan

K gives thanks for the new contacts and classes in the last month. Pray for open and responsive hearts for the Japanese people who are hearing the good news regularly. J & D thank God for many newly trained 2:42 leaders, and the encouragement of their church having an invitational culture. W & C pray for their preparations for reconnecting with our partner churches on home assignments. Malcolm & Charissa pray for a refreshing week of leave and for continued encouragement on Home Assignment.

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Monday 15 – Middle East

J praises God for his work in the lives of six women who will soon complete a video series introduction to the Bible. L gives thanks for an excellent experience helping at a TB hospital. Pray for God’s guidance towards a place to serve in the future. S & P praise God for their arrival on location and all he has done to bring them here. Pray that God will direct them to the right accommodation and school for their sons. L & I pray for women believers of Muslim background to be better supported in their lives and outreach.

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Tuesday 16 – Middle East

S & C pray for clear minds and open hearts for the students at the theological college, that they would grow in their knowledge and in their love for Jesus. M gives thanks for the joy God is giving her in language learning. C asks for a deeper understanding into the significant life events of the culture around her. Pray that she would ask good questions, and for God to give her salty words to say. B prays for perseverance and good time management, especially during the hot summer months as she studies a ten-week formal Arabic course.

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Wednesday 17 – Nepal

K & M L give thanks that God is a God of generosity and grace. I & R pray that as a homeroom teacher Ruth will be able to encourage her students to know God better. D & E pray and give thanks for the growth of the local church and the vitality it is showing. J gives thanks for God’s love and ongoing work in the hearts of his people.

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Thursday 18 – Nepal & Pakistan

K (& B) pray for God to be spurring his people on towards love and good deeds for the sake of his kingdom. B & L pray for the needed funds for continuing the leprosy work. Pray for visas for Libby’s two colleagues so they can return to start the new academic year next month. G & R give thanks for a refreshing holiday with their daughter last month and pray for stamina and good health to endure the hot and humid monsoon months. L & T pray for Leigh as he finalises and submits his Masters, and for wisdom for Tamara as she teaches, comforts and advises women in her fellowship group. S prays for her time teaching in Vietnam. Ask that she would be pointing participants and staff to God in her words and actions. D & S pray for meaningful contacts with students.

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Friday 19 – South Asia

E asks that her student visa extension application is approved smoothly. S (& T) give thanks for an opportunity for a family holiday, and ask that God will refresh all who come and stay at the rest house. K thanks God for her language helpers H and S and prays that they and their families will continue to be faithful followers of Jesus. L prays for members of her house church—that they would continually be growing in grace and our understanding of how the gospel affects every part of our lives and every decision that we make. M & K thank God as they celebrate their son’s second birthday this month, for his great health and adjustment to life in South Asia, his sociability and development. Pray that he will grow to trust in and love Jesus. S & I ask God for a good transition for the school’s new CEO and wife arriving in July, especially for developing good relationships and planning wisely for the needs of the school.

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Saturday 20 – CMS Australia

Please pray for the Regional Mission Directors on leave, that they can study well and be well rested. Give thanks for their continued faithful service.

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Sunday 21 – France

Caroline Evenden prays for GBU students and staff to grow deeper still in their knowledge of the love of Christ. Daniel & Kate Morris pray that God would soften the hearts of those they reach out to through walk-up evangelism across the campuses. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek give thanks for holidays together as a family, and times of refreshment and relaxation. Kelly Landrigan prays for good rest over the summer holidays, for refreshment, and to be ready for next year. M asks that in the heat of summer she would persevere in language study and be patient and kind to others.

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Monday 22 – Italy, Ireland & Malta

Simon & Jessica Cowell thank God for the opportunity summer provides to reflect on the year and pray in preparation for the year ahead. Gillian Law prays that her appointment tomorrow with the immigration police will go smoothly. Naomi Brunacci prays for a refreshing time as she goes on holidays with her family. Erin Moorcroft prays for this next generation in Ireland, that they would hear the gospel clearly and understand it. G & R pray University students will want more training to handle the Bible better.

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Tuesday 23 – Austria, Germany & Slovenia

Rob & Arabelle Horne pray for the men in church to grow in Jesus as mature and humble servant leaders. Rachel Gibbs prays that she would be able to rest well in July after a rather intense uni semester. Mimy Gardner praises God for the numerical growth in her home group. Pray it will turn into spiritual growth too. Klaus & Jude Hickel thank God for a good Home Assignment and pray for good goodbyes as they head back to Leipzig. Pray with Kingsley & Veronica Box for the summer youth camp that will be happening from 22 to 25 July. Pray lots of youth will come and be challenged by God’s word.

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Wednesday 24 – Spain & Eurasia

Jim & Tanja French give thanks for Eve & Silas’ residency, and pray for Jim’s residency to be processed and accepted. Mike & Tania Snowdon give thanks for local opportunities to share Jesus with families, teenagers and university students. John & Jodi Lovell pray their older children will grow in their trust in Jesus as they attend the annual high school ministry camp, and that John will be faithful in leading and preaching at church during the Milson family’s time away on Home Assignment in the UK. R gives thanks for the connections on Home Assignment, especially at Kenmore this week.

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Thursday 25 – Hong Kong, Taiwan & East Asia

Ian & Narelle Hadfield pray that they will be an encouragement for further prayer for Hong Kong, and be encouraged by talking about God’s work over the past 3 years while they are on Home Assignment. Sam & Shan-Shan Chrisp pray they can learn about OMF culture, whom they will be working under, and be prepared for their arrival in Taiwan. S & K give thanks for the safe arrival of their son and ask he would grow and love God and have a heart for the nations. Ask for swiftly granted visas and smooth preparations for return to location. L prays for God’s power to soften the hearts in authority, and turn them to repentance and faith in Jesus.

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Friday 26 – East Asia

D & T pray for wisdom as they increasingly seek to hand over, equip and empower local leaders. E prays for work permits and for ten little boys who desperately need forever families. D & L pray for their local pastor to continue to serve in humility and godliness. L & J pray as they reconnect with students, friends and colleagues back on location, and as they re-adjust to the issues in that context.

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Saturday 27 – Japan

Adam & Helane Ramsay pray that they would finish the school term well, and keep on making progress as a team. Pray for Steven & Sandra Parsons this week as they serve at the TEAM Japan Annual Conference, especially for Steven as he presents and explains information for the increase in ministry effectiveness within Japan. Roger & Noriko Dethlefs pray that capable students can be identified quickly and encouraged to use their leadership gift. Nathan & Maki Clapham pray for their Home Assignment, that they might be an encouragement for the advance of the gospel. Chenny Thie prays for her Japanese Language Proficiency Test on 7 July. Matt & Jen Lim praise God for a great start to a new mothers’ prayer group at our church, Eifuku Minami. Please pray for Jen to be an encouragement to her sisters in Christ.

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Sunday 28 – Japan

Dene & Rachel Hughes pray that they will effectively share with their supporters and be encouraged and strengthened as they return from Home Assignment for the camp season in August. Pray for Kellie Nicholas as she heads into Summer Camp season, for good opportunities to share the gospel and plenty of energy in the hot weather. Brad & Michelle Jackson pray for the preparations that are happening this month for the Karuizawa Conference taking place next month. Dave & Beck McIntyre have been in Australia for three weeks, so please pray as they start visiting churches and other partners, that they would communicate well and be an encouragement to all they meet.

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Monday 29 – CMS Partners

Give thanks for the many CMS Partners that faithfully serve in the work of the gospel alongside our missionaries. Pray that these partnerships may be encouraging, convicting, and fruitful as we work together for God’s glory.

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Tuesday 30 – CMS Branches

NSW & ACT: Give thanks for God’s faithful word preached at CMS Camp MMM earlier this month. Pray that the high school students who attended will be bold in sharing the hope of Jesus with their friends and classmates. QNNSW: Thank God for Andrew and Margie Newman, who have been accepted as missionaries, soon to be serving in Uganda. Please pray for them and other who are on home assignment at the moment. SANT: Pray for Kristy, Mike & Karen Roe, Tamie & Arthur Davis, and D & T as they prepare for their partnership support work with local churches in Adelaide. Praise God for new partnerships with churches. TAS: Praise God for the faithfulness in prayer and giving of Tasmanian supporters, asking that this will continue to grow as we take on more workers in coming years. Pray for K. as she approaches the end of her first six months in South Asia. VIC: Pray for the new young adults’ conference, A1:8. Pray for preparations as well as for the Lord to raise up the right people to attend. WA: Give thanks for the deployment of two missionary families. Ask for God to provide everything they need, including accommodation and the right entry permits.

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Wednesday 31 – Former Missionaries Fellowship

With the Former Missionaries Fellowship, we praise God for the life of Betty Durham (NSW Home Staff 1956-59; Tanzania 1960-77; Fiji 1978-79; PNG 1980-84; Federal Editorial Secretary 1984-87; Tanzania 1987-91), who died in Sydney on 28 May, aged 89. Betty’s ministry was mainly in Christian literature, working with God’s people in Tanzania and the Pacific Region and in the CMS Federal office. We also praise God for the life and ministry of Vicki Demmer (Pakistan 1979-82), who died in Melbourne on 31 May. Vicki served the Lord in reaching out to women in Pakistan through her teaching.