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.

February 2020 Prayer Points

 

Saturday 1 — Japan

Nathan & Maki Clapham pray for KGK campus groups slowing down with the onset of exams, that the students will love one another and make good plans for the next academic year beginning in April. Pray with Steven & Sandra Parsons as they join all TEAM Japan missionaries to meet in the middle of this month with other Asia Pacific missionaries for fellowship, teaching, and business. Pray that all will find refreshment and encouragement to empower them in their respective ministries. Matt & Jen Lim pray for encouragement and perseverance in learning Japanese. Chenny Thie prays for good preparation and joyful deputation time at Canberra Mission Focus and Lanyon Valley Anglican church. Roger & Noriko Dethlefs pray for the KGK National Evangelical Training event later this month. Pray that staff and students attending will be challenged to share their faith in ways that present the gospel accurately and attractively. Adam & Helane Ramsay pray for endurance through the darkest part of winter in Chiba, Japan, and opportunities to read the Bible with people who don’t know Jesus yet.

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Sunday 2 — Japan & Taiwan

Dene & Rachel Hughes give thanks for the ongoing ministries at Mukonoso Megumi Church. Pray that the church continues Bible Adventure while the Hughes are on Home Assignment. Dave & Beck McIntyre give thanks that they have settled back into life in Japan as a family. Give thanks that God never changes. Pray for Tash and Mitch as they finish school for the year. Brad & Michelle Jackson pray for Michelle as she prepares three talks to give at a women’s conference in Japan in early March. Pray that God will give her his words, and that everyone who comes will be encouraged in their walk with him. Pray with Kellie Nicholas for Christian students who are graduating this month, that they will be a light in the workplaces that they go to. Sam & Shan-Shan Chrisp pray for good rest as they take holiday at a guest house in a scenic part of Taiwan. Pray for good rest.

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Monday 3 — East Asia

E prays for perseverance with language studies, and for renewed strength for the task ahead. L & J pray for a Bible conference for international students coordinated by L. Pray also as the family adjusts to a new home-schooling routine. D & L pray that foreigners in East Asia would work together with purpose and humility. L prays that the university students she meets with will be discipled well in the love and knowledge of God. D & T pray for their local church, which has been told that children can no longer attend church or Sunday school. Pray for wisdom for the church leaders and pray that this difficult news is only temporary. S & K pray for wisdom for time management and opportunities to befriend the people they love.

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Tuesday 4 — Eurasia, Netherlands, Ireland & Austria

Pray that R will continue to develop relationships that will create opportunities to shine God’s light. David & Cathie Sandifer pray that home assignment will continue to be an encouraging time partnering with supporters. Erin Moorcroft prays for the 11 students studying the certificate of Children’s ministry in Ireland—with two more teaching intensives to go and lots of assignment work to be completed. May they be encouraged and equipped to faithfully proclaim Christ. Pray with Rachel Gibbs that the ÖSM staff team in Austria would always be centred on Christ in the decisions that they make. Pray they would not fall prey to pragmatism.

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Wednesday 5 — Spain & Malta

Miriam Bradshaw gives thanks that God is her heavenly father and provides all her needs as she settles into Valencia and begins language learning. Give thanks for the opportunities Mike & Tania Snowdon have to engage with young people as they settle into life and ministry. Pray that their work will show fruit in the lives of those they minister to. Jim & Tanja French pray for Evie and Silas at the Spanish local school in Valencia where they have to do their studies mainly in the Valencian language (a dialect of Catalan) plus classical Spanish. Pray that their classmates would become good friends. John & Jodi Lovell pray for a mutually encouraging time as they visit link churches for their final home assignment, and pray that their children will have a positive start to school in Sydney. Geoff & Robyn pray youth group kids will be looking out for newcomers and also keep talking to their friends about Jesus.

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Thursday 6 — Germany & Italy

Mimy Gardner prays that Leipzig English Church will joyfully serve God and take part in his work faithfully. Klaus & Jude Hickel pray that the light of the gospel would shine through their church into the darkness in Leipzig. Gillian Law prays for more Italian staff to join GBU and especially for Italian people to support them financially. Simon & Jessica Cowell pray that they can communicate clearly about life and ministry in Bari, Italy, as they begin spending time with their supporting churches. Pray for the students in Italy as they sit exams and restart GBU activities over the coming weeks. Naomi Brunacci prays for students on their regional Winter Camp as they study Daniel together. Pray that they would be encouraged and challenged to live lives worthy of the cross of Christ at uni.

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Friday 7 — France

Praise God with Colin & Catherine Puffett for opportunities to disciple believers in their church, and thank him for the encouragement this is. Kelly Landrigan gives thanks for the great core church planting team that God has gathered, who share a vision to reach their friends and neighbours with the gospel. Daniel & Kate Morris pray that their students will boldly and creatively reach out to those around them at university and that many would come to know the salvation we have in Christ. Caroline Evenden prays for encouraging visits with partner churches over the weeks ahead, and for GBU groups around France as they begin semester two and gear up for a particular evangelistic focus in March. Josh & Susannah Apieczonek pray that students will be bold in inviting their friends to a series of special evangelistic nights in March.

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Saturday 8 — Development & Training

Mentac: Praise the Lord for the women who attend Music Play Time and ESL with women in Mentac. Ask God to lead them to more openness to hearing of Christ, and for what they have heard to take deep root. Pray for the Mentac trainees, Jess, Eva and Tash, and trainers, Margaret and Corinne. Ask that the Lord will sustain them personally in a demanding ministry, enabling them to give all glory to Christ in all seasons.

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Sunday 9 — Nepal & Pakistan

D & E pray for their church in Nepal over the break, for good outreach programs and safety in the villages. Pray for needed teachers to be provided. Praise God with Judy Gerber for a motivated academic leadership team committed to providing an excellent education. D & S pray that God would give them opportunities to talk about Jesus with their friends of the majority faith.

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Monday 10 — Nepal

G & R pray for R and the palliative care team who go away next week to the regional palliative care conference. Give thanks for a visit from their daughter to Nepal this month. S prays that she would be encouraging and patient as she seeks the best way to support local teachers. B & L pray for hospital planning budgeting for the coming year to enable services to be sustained and developed. Continue to pray for long-term teachers for study centre. L & T pray for L’s work visa to be processed quickly and smoothly, and pray for new teachers to consider coming to Nepal. Pray for K (& B) as they finish up in Tansen soon and for God to direct and guide their future.

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Tuesday 11 — South Asia

A prays for a smooth transition as she settles into the new routine of learning language and doing life in South Asia. K thanks God for the joyful gospel unity in her international team and prays that this blessing will continue. Pray for E as she starts a new semester at university. Pray for good teachers and opportunities to build friendships with local students. L prays that the body of Christ will abide in Jesus, keep his commands, love one another deeply and daily die to self. Pray for M & K during a homestay with a local family. Pray for learning, flexibility, discernment, and joy when things are confusing and challenging. Pray they will be a blessing to their hosts and shine his light. S (& T) pray for their family to settle in Australia and give thanks for the opportunity to share with supporters on deputation.

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Wednesday 12 — UAE & Jordan

M & C pray that their AGM goes smoothly and for a godly and enthusiastic Church Council. M & O pray that they would start building deep relationships in Dubai amidst the details of setting up life there. J & D thank God that churches have the freedom to meet in the UAE. Thank God for many gospel conversations, and for the people who came to faith through the Christmas services. Please pray for good follow-up with these people. W & C give thanks for the refreshment of two weeks holiday from Dubai. E thanks God for the past three weeks on location. Pray for a suitable, safe and hospitable apartment to be found quickly, with friendly neighbours to connect with. Pray that she would also settle into her role quickly at church. K gives thanks for a holiday over New Years. Pray for preparation for a visit to Japan in March, for good connections, follow ups and conversations.

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Thursday 13 — Middle East

J prays for wisdom and discernment in meeting students’ English language needs. S & P thank God for the blessing of a family retreat last week with team members. Pray that P and the boys will be really able to sink their teeth into learning language this year, for a good nursery for son Z as he begins his schooling. Pray for local believer A to connect well with S. Pray that L will be diligent in keeping in contact with Arab friends while visiting her precious link churches and partners in Australia.

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Friday 14 — Middle East

B prays for perseverance amidst a difficult time in the ‘transition curve’. M prays that she can grow in learning how to pray in Arabic. C prays for a homestay opportunity with a suitable local family, and for it to be a rich learning experience about local culture and family life. S & C pray that the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord, who is our Rock and our Redeemer.

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Saturday 15 — North Australia

Tavis & Kate Beer pray for the Ray family, who have been inducted to minister at St James, that they would be settling in well to live in Darwin. Ian & Jenny Wood thank God that goals they’ve been working toward for a long time are coming together and pray that they will be patient and gracious and able to learn as they become part of life at Numbulwar in Arnhem Land. Wayne Oldfield & Mandy Jones pray for all the teachers, including Mandy, as they diligently prepare their lessons for the subjects they will be teaching this term. May God speak through their teaching. Derek & Rosemary Snibson pray for effective discipling and support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians keen to grow and serve, both in their own communities and families. Chris & Karen Webb thank God for the chance to have a family holiday in January and ask him for stamina and patience in the ongoing hot and humid weather.

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Sunday 16 — North Australia, PNG, & Vanuatu

Matt & Lisa Pearson give thanks for a new baby due in May, and pray for family arrangements leading up to the birth. Matt & Kate Vinicombe pray that they are able to finish learning their Bible story of Jesus calming the storm with Gwen, their language helper. Joel & Tiffanie Atwood pray that the members of Gud Nius Yuniversiti Felosip will be stirred to evangelism, and that they would reach students across the campus. Keith & Marion Birchley pray for wisdom, energy and receptive hearts as they welcome first years and mobilise older students for the year at UPNG.

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Monday 17 — CMS Australia

Pray for CMS Australia, that the staff members will be encouraged by the new missionaries at St Andrew’s Hall and serve them faithfully and joyfully. Pray that they will continue to be encouraged by what God is doing in the world, and that they will be ever seeking to serve him better both at work and in the rest of their lives.

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Tuesday 18 — South East Asia

J prays God would build good relationships between the language centre’s students in town. Pray that N will be diligent in finding time each day to develop her local language skills. K prays for mutual encouragement as she meets with partner churches across Adelaide. N & R pray for daughter L as she transitions back into Australia and commences university studies. Pray for their country as nationalism increases due to government elections this year. M & L pray that their 3rd year college students doing their internship will be given lots of ministry opportunities, putting what they have learned already into practice. Join S with praying for God to strengthen, equip, and grow every believer, and for him to raise up more workers for his harvest field in South East Asia.

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Wednesday 19 — Cambodia & South East Asia

Maggie Crewes prays for good relationships, flexibility and a real sense of unity as the Hope for Justice team learn to work together in the midst of many changes. Wim & Maaike Prins thank God for continued warmth of fellowship with some Cambodian friends. Craig & Samantha McCorkindale pray for their family this month as they visit four churches in four weeks. Give thanks for the encouragement that this time will be and pray for energy to sustain them. Bethany Vaughan prays for L and his family that they might see that their animistic worship practices come to nothing and that they might forsake them and turn to worship Jesus. Dave & Leoni Painter pray for their students as they prepare for the final examination at the end of the month. Andrew & Liz Glover pray that the International Christian Fellowship will always be growing in their walk with Jesus. N praises God for the many opportunities his people have had to share the hope they have over the holidays, and prays that God will grow these seeds into faith in him.

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Thursday 20 — Indonesia

Andrew Buchanan & Abi Tandiseru pray for good times of fellowship and encouragement with supporting churches. N & R pray for energy and ability as they begin life and language school in Indonesia. J & D pray for their church as they develop a partnership with a church in Singapore. Pray that this partnership will be a blessing to both churches. R gives thanks for his new visa. Pray for wisdom and grace as he meets and shares with local pastors. T & E give thanks that they have arrived back to their location safely. Pray for them as they reconnect and invest in new relationships, that they would be prayerful and obedient. Alan & Helen Wood praise the Lord for their new Associate Minister at All Saints, Jakarta and the news of a new Vicar coming at the end of 2020. Pray that the Wood’s final year will be fruitful, and for preparations for ‘retirement’. Robin & Sarah Kinstead pray they will be well prepared in language and love for a fruitful gospel partnership with All Saints, Jakarta. Pray for their children to keep trusting the Lord through transition to Indonesia.

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Friday 21 — South East Asia

J & I pray for good spiritual and physical health for their family and for more opportunities to reach international students in their country. I gives praise for opportunities to pray with local friends. Pray God will continue to speak to these friends and reveal Jesus to them. Martin & Jenny Foord praise God for the many godly, gifted students who are studying at ETC Asia, and for God’s provision for the college. Ian & Narelle Hadfield thank God for the joy and privilege it is to serve Christ and the gospel in Singapore and in Laos and thank God for a special Induction Service for Ian as Vicar of St George’s on 16 Feb. Thank God with Chris & Grace Adams for an encouraging Home Assignment and pray for a smooth transition back to Timor Leste this month. Christopher & Julie Dean give thanks for the opportunity to spend time with friends and supporters while on home assignment. Pray for relationships to be built and strengthened as they prepare to head to Timor Leste. Howard & Michelle Newby pray that their children will grow in their identity in Jesus and their citizenship in the Kingdom of God and transition well during home assignment.

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Saturday 22 — Ethiopia, Kenya & North Africa

M prays for believers in North Africa as they unite for an eight-week discipleship push, encouraging local brothers and sisters to read the Bible together. Shane & Naomi Rubie thank God Naomi could be in Australia when her father passed away. Praise God he was a believer and is now in heaven. Pray for peace in Ethiopia as election news is delivered. Norm & Janelle Gorrie pray for Goloo, Gufu, Molu and John as they teach Borana Bible Literacy in the remotest areas.

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Sunday 23 — DR Congo & Uganda

David & Prue Boyd pray that they will be faithful, enthusiastic and skillful in carrying out all aspects of their work. Graham & Wendy Toulmin pray for wise use of their time with the many requests and tasks presented to them each day. Give thanks for their long-term good friends in Butembo and Aru—Isesomo, Oscar, and William—for their support and encouragement. David & Jennifer Juniper give thanks for the churches that have expressed interest in partnering with them in mission. Pray that they would have many opportunities to point them to God’s love for all people. Andrew & Margaret Newman thank the Lord for his goodness in providing a firm base of loyal supporters and for their warm farewell. Please ask God to order their days as they try to establish lifestyle patterns conducive to language and culture learning in Rukungiri, Uganda.

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Monday 24 — Tanzania

Judith Calf thanks God for the evangelist students continuing to learn foundations in Bible and ministry. Pray each teacher will be guided by the Spirit in all they say and do. Mike & Katie Taylor pray for opportunities to be with people in God’s word and pray that they would be able to trust in God’s wisdom and goodness at this time. Arthur & Tamie Davis pray for Arthur as he reconnects with staff after home assignment. Pray with Glen & Dominique Turner that Dom will be energised and enabled to teach all three boys well this year. Join Kevin & Karen Flanagan in praying for the upcoming Moore College PTC training course, and for this year’s plans for Mother’s Union in the Diocese of Lake Rukwa.

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Tuesday 25 — Namibia & South Africa

Daniel & Olivia Webster give thanks for the new year, with a return to home schooling and teaching at NETS. Pray for Liv figuring out how to use her physio skills most helpfully. Kylie Zietsch gives thanks for the students who have gone back to their churches, ministries, and families with new knowledge and wisdom. Pray that they would be a witness to the world. Pray for Mike & Karen Roe to be quickly integrated into the community at George Whitefield College and particularly for Amelia and Mitchell as they start school in Namibia for the first time. Nathan & Diane Lovell pray for new and returning students as they settle into the new college year. Pray for the many foreign students experiencing culture shock.

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Wednesday 26 — Chile

Pray for Michael & Jo Charles as they leave their kids in Sydney and arrive in Santiago. Pray that they might find an apartment quickly and be able to settle in as the teaching year begins this week. Praise God for six new students in 2020. Gary & Julie Haddon pray that God would be raising up young men and women to lead his people in Chile. Frances Cook prays for new students coming into CEP, the Anglican seminary. Pray also for Victor, Marivel and their family as they return to various roles in Arequipa, Peru. Chris & Stef Overhall pray that God will bear the fruit of the spirit in the lives of all five of them, and give thanks for a good first two years of service.

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Thursday 27 — Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, & Uruguay

Nick & Kysha Davies pray for strengthening partnerships with local denominations and ministries in Peru. Adrian & Anita Lovell give thanks for an opening for MOCLAM to be used in Ecuador. Pray for Adrian as he travels there this month to present a workshop on biblical theology. Pedro & Joy Oliveira Woolmer give thanks for the kindness and hospitality of Christians in Uruguay, who helped them to settle in upon arrival. Pray for God to provide a place to live and a suitable school for Mark, and a favourable outcome as they apply for residential status. Peter & Sarah Sholl pray for MOCLAM students in Monterrey who are studying Mark’s gospel. Pray they would be drawn into the drama of Mark and deepen in their knowledge and love of Jesus.

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Friday 28 — Argentina

Martin & Julie Field pray that they would be able to make significant contact with many students, both Christians and non-Christians. Peter & Terry Blowes pray that their student group will reach out to new students and make campus ministry and important priority. Pray for the new government of Argentina and for peace in the country. Amy Stephens praises God for MOCLAM, which is a great resource for training and equipping students to read and understand the Bible.

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Saturday 29 — CMS Partners

Pray for the Co-Mission Partners that CMS supports through the Mission Support Fund. Give thanks for their faith and desire to share the gospel with people. Pray for those who serve in universities and colleges, that, as classes begin, God will open up many opportunities for them to use their gifts in service of others.