VIC 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.

Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, some prayer points may become outdated. Nevertheless, use them to inspire your prayers, and feel free to contact the missionaries you support (by newsletter or directly) to hear their current needs.

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Father God, as many missionaries enter a quieter period over the northern hemisphere’s summer, we pray that you would refresh and renew them. Please help CMS workers to use this time to prepare well for the next season of ministry, and bond with those around them, including their own families. Lord, please grant all your missionary servants true rest, that they may continue their service with the assurance of your goodness and grace. Amen. 

Tuesday 27 – Japan 

Pray with Nathan and Maki Clapham for godliness and persistence in evangelism and opening the Bible with Japanese students in Tokyo. Pray that Matt and Jen Lim would arrive safely in Australia for Home Assignment and especially for patience and grace during two weeks of hotel quarantine. Pray for Steven and Sandra Parsons as they mentally and emotionally prepare for their son, Joshua, to move from Tokyo to Sydney next month to start university in September. Pray with Chenny Thie for KGK summer camps preparation committees that they can work well and rest well too; and for students to consider joining KGK summer camps (in August). Pray with Roger and Noriko Dethlefs for flexibility and ingenuity for the KGK organisers of several camps and meetings to be held in July. COVID has made it impossible to know if these meetings will be online, hybrid, or can be in person. Pray with Adam and Helane Ramsay for Adam’s next Japanese sermon and assessments, and for their preparations for summer conference. Pray that the family would be refreshed by their time away. 

Wednesday 28 – Japan and Taiwan 

Pray for energy and patience for Dene and Rachel Hughes as many ministries continues online. Give thanks with Kellie Nicholas for the many opportunities to read the Bible with students in first semester and pray for stamina and focus in the hot and busy month of August. Pray with Dave and Beck McIntyre for the rollout of the COVID vaccines, particularly in a country with a high proportion of elderly people. Pray also if the Olympics are going ahead, for wisdom and safety to host the massive event. Pray with Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp for rain to end the drought in Taiwan. 

Thursday 29 – CMS Partners 

Pray for new CMS Co-Mission Partner, Jotham Booker, as he begins ministry in Munich. Pray that he would resettle well in Germany after several years in Australia and that he would be a blessing to those among whom he is serving. Pray with Sam and Sharmila for the Nepali government as they manage the COVID crisis. 

Friday 30 – CMS Branches 

NSW and ACT: Pray that the lessons learnt by campers and leaders at MMM will continue to resound in their lives. QNNSWGive thanks for R’s safe return to Australia. Pray for recently approved missionaries J and S as they start Home Assignment. Pray for the preparations for Mission Encounter being held in Tamworth on 6-7 August and a fruitful response to the program. SANT: Praise God for SANT’s brand-new missionaries, the recently approved Purdey family. Ask God for a Spirit-filled and productive initial Home Assignment for them. TAS: Thank God for the increased number of CMS TAS missionaries, and pray for Branch Council as they set the 2021/22 financial year budget. Give thanks for all the faithful prayer and financial supporters and ask that God would continue to meet all needs. VIC: Give thanks for the generous gifts from supporters and churches during the 2021 Lasting Hope Appeal. WAGive thanks for the approval of Jason and Hannah Fairclough as the newest CMS-WA missionaries, and ask for God’s richest blessing on them as they build their partnership support program. 

Saturday 31 – CMS Fellowship 

Give thanks with the CMS Fellowship for the life and ministry of Irene Mhogolo (Irene Geary, Thailand 1978-81) who died last month. Irene was married to Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo (died 2014) and led the ministry to women in the diocese of Central Tanzania for many years. Pray for comfort and peace for her children (Nyemo, Lisa and Wendo) and grandchildren as they grieve.