Mission Overseas 'PRAYERLINE'
Wednesday, 12th March 2014
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James and Heather Cochrane write, “We had a great week in N Ireland, reconnecting with friends and congregations and going into some new churches. It was a very encouraging time for which we are very thankful. The girls were off on half term and enjoyed being with family!”
- Give thanks for the opportunities James and Heather had to share with others in PCI about the church-planting work they are involved in.
- The Cochrane family have about two weeks to find new accommodation. Pray that a suitable apartment would become available in the right area, at the right price.
- Pray for the first meeting of the Porto church planting network today (12th). This is an opportunity for church planters in the Porto area to join together not only to pray but also to reflect on church planting, the nature of churches being planted etc. Pray for James who will lead this first meeting.
- Pray that God would give the Cochranes and their colleagues a breakthrough in getting to know local people. Pray that some deep significant relationships would form and that they would be able to share the Good News of Jesus with the people of Senhora da Hora.
Over the past month, Colin and Marjorie Dickson have settled well into life and work in Torre del Mar.
- Give thanks for this and pray for continuing good health and safety.
- Pray for Torre del Mar Evangelical Church’s (TDMEC) Sunday services and that those attending might continue to encounter God as they worship together. (Quite a number in the congregation travel a long distance to attend every Sunday).
- Pray for the congregation’s Bible Study (average 12 people) which meets every Tuesday morning. They are studying John's Gospel at present. Ask God to help participants apply it to their lives. Pray for the time they also spend on alternate Tuesdays, prayerfully considering the purpose of TDMEC and thinking about mission and change and vision for the congregation.
This week, Derek and Jane French, along with the Grupos Bíblicos Unídos team in the north of Spain, are overseeing a special week of mission taking place in universities, as well as making final preparations for anEvangelistic Camp this weekend, Friday 14th to Sunday 16th March.
- Pray for the Mission being held this week in the universities. Pray that the students involved in running the Mission would be bold in their witness and in inviting their friends to events. Pray that more students will come to faith in Jesus.
- Pray that as a result of the mission more non-Christian or new Christian students will come along to this camp. Pray for wisdom and opportunities to clearly present Christ.
Csaba and Ilona Veres send the following prayer requests:-
- Pray for the staff at the Hungarian Reformed Church’s Mission Centre in the village of Mera, as they have a study week on the theme of 'Education models for Roma children'. Pray this study time together would be useful and inspiring for all the staff.
- Pray for Csaba and the team organising the 2014 'Leadership Training Course' for young people who are youth leaders in the Reformed church. This year, the first part of the course will take place at the end of March. Pray for all those who have applied, for openness, teach-ability and hearts to serve the Lord. Pray too for the organising team and visiting speakers leading the seminars and lectures.
The crisis in Ukraine, in particular in the Crimea region continues.
- Pray for diplomatic efforts to succeed in bringing a swift, peaceful and just end to the crisis in Ukraine.
- Remember our partner church in the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia in the west of Ukraine.
The conflict in Syria remains ongoing. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that the number of children in need has doubled in the past year to 5.5 million.
- Pray for all those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria and those living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
- Pray that sufficient humanitarian assistance and medical help will reach all in need.
- Pray for all efforts to bring a ceasefire and a peaceful end to the conflict.
Fighting in South Sudan is continuing. At the end of February, the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) in Malakal was attacked. The new congregation building was partially burned down, the Sunday School building destroyed, and the Mission 21 building was damaged by fire. Thousands have fled the city and are living in UN refugee camps.
It is estimated that almost one million people have fled their homes as a result of the conflict which broke out in December. Peace talks in Ethiopia which were suspended last month, are due to recommence on 20th March.
- Pray for an immediate ceasefire to be called and for more peace talks to be set up which will succeed in bringing a lasting, just and peaceful solution to the conflict.
- Pray for the all people of South Sudan affected by the ongoing violence; especially for those grieving the loss of loved ones; those who have been injured; as well as the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes. Pray that all those in need will get the humanitarian assistance they need.
- Remember the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, especially the Moderator, Rev Peter Gai Laul and General Secretary Rev John Yor Nyiker, as they seek to provide godly leadership at this time.
Stephen Cowan sends the following prayer points from Tuum:-
- Give thanks that PCEA Tuum Girls’ Secondary School has seen a significant increase in the number of students who came back after half term.
- Give thanks for improvements in attitudes to work by some of the garage team. Pray for them to come to personal faith, and live in a transformed way.
- The monthly teaching time is planned for the week of 23rd March. Pray for all the preparations. Pray too that a number plate issue with one of the vehicles which they hope to use to transport people to the teaching time, will be resolved this week.
EAST AFRICANS in the UK
Edwin and Anne Kibathi report that last Saturday’s training day for leaders in the PCEA congregation in Londonn went very well. The leaders were commissioned the following day at the Sunday service. Rev Eric Muchina Njuru, a PCEA minister studying in Belfast, assisted in leading the service. The TEE programme was also officially launched and five groups were registered.
- Thank God for safe travel for Eric, and the success of the training day and commissioning service.
- Pray that the leaders will be enabled to play their respective roles in the congregation.
- Pray too that the TEE programme will go well and that those who enrolled will benefit and will experience spiritual growth.
Lyn Dowds reports, that the David Gordon Memorial Hospital (DGMH) in Livingstonia is busy at present, with an unusual number of small premature babies, including a number of twins.
- Praise God that the hospital has two new members of clinical staff - one senior eye clinician and a general clinician, as well as having a very part time dental technician working to cover the deficit of no dentist. Pray for the eye department as further development and improvements are planned to include cataract surgery.
- Pray for the Dowd family as they begin to look at possible boarding schools for their children in the years ahead (probably starting in 2016). Pray that they will find a good school where both girls can be located together, safe, happy, and most of all under a sound Christian influence.
- Give thanks that Lyn recently received her Temporary Employment Permit.
- Praise God for the ongoing rains coming almost every night. The fields are green with tall maize and even the mulberry trees planted just after Christmas have produced some fruit!
- Pray for the Dowds’ tree project. The aim of the project is that every house in their area will have a firewood plot, fruit trees and nitrogen fixing trees. They have planted a further orchard in one of the poorest villages with the assistance of lead farmers and a peace corp worker. Pray that this project may continue growing and that those involved are well motivated. Johnny and Lyn met with the nursery chair people and chiefs earlier this week. As they follow up on this meeting, pray for encouragement and that they can move forward in a way which can benefit the community further.
The Church of North India (CNI) Diocesan Counselling Centre in Gujarat, recently completed ten years of ministry.
Julias and Anita Khristy who set up and continue to lead this ministry, write, “We rejoice in the Lord for this life saving ministry in CNI Gujarat Diocese…. We are indebted to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Board of Mission Overseas and Union Theological College for the help we received to be trained in Belfast without which we can’t think of the existence of the Counselling centre.... We have been able to provide personal counselling to 8,432 persons till now and we have trained 252volunteers.” Read more
- Continue to pray for counselling ministry in Gujarat.
- Remember Julias and Anita Khristy as they lead this ministry and go to different places to teach and train people for counselling ministry.
John Doherty, Bible Society in Northern Ireland (BSNI) reports, “On Friday Leah McKibben, Projects Manager for BSNI, joins the Moderator, Dr Rob Craig, and his wife Karen on a Study visit to Gujarat, India. They will be going to visit the Bible Societyin India to find out about the work they are doing to share God’s Word with children in orphanages. This is a project that the Youth and Children’s Ministry team of PCI are adopting for 2014/15.”
- Pray for God’s protection as they travel, and ask that they would return home with a sense of what it’s like to be actively sharing God’s Word in the communities of India, and challenged as to how we in Northern Ireland can play a part in this vital ministry.
- Pray for the continuing work to translate Scripture into the myriad languages of India, a country of more than 1.2 billion people where BSNI is currently supporting 34 translation teams. Ask that awareness of the prayers and support of people in Ireland would encourage them in their task, so that these projects may soon be completed and many more people would hear God speaking to them in their heart language.
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