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Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, some prayer points may become outdated.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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Our Lord and God, as many CMS missionaries consider and pray about what their ministries will look like in 2022, we ask that you grant them wisdom and trust in your plans and timing. Please make clear what you would have them do for the furthering of your kingdom, and help them to keep their eyes fixed on you as they make decisions. Help them to hold their plans lightly, trusting in you above all else. In the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Wednesday 27 – Japan 

Give thanks with Nathan and Maki Clapham for summer camps and pray for continued opportunities to open God’s word. Pray for Matt and Jen Lim and their boys as they finish annual leave and continue to share at supporting churches. Pray for good relationship building, whether in person, or online. Pray with Steven and Sandra Parsons for wisdom as Steven plans for the yearly leadership team retreat next month, with the desire to see his team well prepared for all the challenges and ministry opportunities for the new year. Pray for Chenny Thie as she ministers to international students at Waseda university and pray for God to bless the Waseda KGK. Give thanks with Roger and Noriko Dethlefs for the significant number of seekers who attended the online summer KGK camps and pray that God will continue to work in their hearts.  Pray with Adam and Helane Ramsay for Adam completing an assessment, and for Helane as she develops her children’s ministry team. 

Thursday 28 – Japan and Taiwan 

Pray for Dene and Rachel Hughes as they juggle the timing of their boys’ school year with university terms. Give thanks to God that he is unchanging. Pray with Kellie Nicholas for deepening connections and mutual encouragement with link churches and other supporters, whether in person or online. Pray with Dave and Beck McIntyre for new leaders to be raised up for the kids’ English ministry. Pray also for wisdom in dealing with COVID, particularly as winter approaches. Pray with Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp that Taiwanese people will find security in knowing Jesus as the image of God, who holds all things together and is above all spiritual forces. 

Friday 29 – CMS Partners 

Pray for the many churches around the world with whom CMS partners in ministry and mission. Pray for those churches that are only able to meet online, that God would bless their endeavours. Ask God that those in leadership will serve God and his people faithfully and that they would be sustained through this difficult period. 

Saturday 30 – CMS Branches 

NSW and ACT: Pray for the staff, speakers, missionaries and volunteers as they prepare for Summer School. QNNSWGive thanks for the growing number of link and supporting churches, for missionary applicants approaching the final stages of the application process, and for recent enquiries regarding mission. SANT: Ask God to bless preparations for Summer Conference and give thanks for their events co-ordinator and those who have already volunteered for youth and children’s ministry. Pray that an in-person conference will be possible. Pray with CMS TAS for the final organisation of and good registrations to attend SummerView in January. Pray that missionaries can return to Australia to speak at the conference and that the Bible Teacher, Malcolm Richards, and CMS-A Rep, Elizabeth Richards, can fly down from NSW. Pray also for the upcoming November AGM and the Chair, Treasurer, and State Director as they prepare for this important meeting. Pray for CMS VIC as they plan their annual conference, ask God that their members will feel compelled (and be permitted) to fellowship together in-person for the first time since 2019. Pray for the CMS WA AGM this month, giving thanks for those who served on the Board and committees over the last 12 months, and pray for good governance of CMS-WA in the coming year. 

Sunday 31 – CMS Fellowship 

Give thanks to God for the continued prayerful and financial support of many CMS supporters and partner churches during this time of COVID. Pray that God will work through Summer Conferences to encourage attendees (whether in person or online), to grow hearts for global mission through Bible teaching and hearing from missionaries. Pray for opportunities to minister to our neighbours from mission locations around the world, now living here in Australia and sometimes struggling with pandemic restrictions.