Monthly Prayer Journal: February 2014

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1 SWEDEN Stewart and Beth Webster write, “On February 1, we will lead a seminar at an Alpha workshop in Örebro about running the Alpha Marriage Course. Pray that we will communicate clearly from our experience about the practical areas and inspire many others to hold the course in their churches.”

2 AUSTRALIA Ray and Marti Williams write, “Classes at the Adelaide College of Ministry begin in February, and each year it is a challenge to find those students who should be studying with us. Pray that we will have a good intake this year – to insure the continued financial viability of the school but mainly so we can see more workers trained to go into the harvest fields.”

3 CZECH REPUBLIC Ondre and Melissa Zikanovi write, “As a follow-up to our fall Alpha course, we began Christianity Explored in January continuing through this month. Pray that all participants would truly engage the truth of the Gospel and open their hearts to Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit would enliven the Holy Word of God and that this concise study of the Gospel of Mark would be a turning point for everyone.”

 4 SOUTH ASIA Workers write, “Our biggest prayer request this month is for our MK school. Our teacher continues with 14 children in grades K-5 with little help and is feeling the weight of it all. Please pray for God to strengthen her and provide some help. Our urgent need is for a first grade teacher or helper for May and June. Our current assistant who teaches the six first graders for two days a week will leave at the end of April. We would love to have someone come out for six weeks to teach either the first grade class or take the six children in grades three and five so our current teacher can do first grade. Please pray for God’s provision!”

 5 ITALY Mark and Ruth Brucato write, “We need specific prayer for wisdom and insight to be reinserted in ministry at Nuova Vita Church after our home assignment. We want to bring the encouragement and support that we ourselves have received, so that the Italian local church may soar for Jesus and the advance of His kingdom.”

6 MEXICO Anthony and Karlene Thiessen write, “Pray for us as we settle into La Paz and start getting our feet wet with ministry and service. Pray that we will follow God’s leading and take on the tasks that He wants us to take on.”

 7 MIDDLE EAST Workers write, “Please pray for Syrian refugees (especially children!) in refugee camps all over the region who don’t have the appropriate shelter to face the winter months. Pray also for local believers as they continue to boldly reach out to their own communities in hopes of seeing more and more people respond to the good news.”

 8 CHAD Scott and Suz Downing write, “Our friend has been seriously sick and pleaded with us, ‘I am sick and may not live much longer. Please tell me again the way to heaven.’ After sharing about the Way, the Truth, and the Life, sacrifices for sin, and needing a savior, she exclaimed, ‘That’s what I believe. I hold this in my heart. Jesus is the way!’ May God prove Himself to the others we know who are seeking Him.”

9 AUSTRIA Rhonda Formanek writes, “Our church leadership continues to evaluate how best to deal with having too little space for those coming to Sunday morning services. Pray for clarity and a broad base of support among ministry leaders and all those in the church, since this will likely bring some significant changes in the life of the church.”

10 PHILIPPINES David and Kathy North write, “Pray for us as we return to start a new city church plant in the Philippines. Pray that God will call young people to join us. Pray that souls will be prepared by the Holy Spirit. Pray that we will have wisdom and God’s anointing for leading this new ministry.”

11 EAST ASIA Workers write, “We shared with one 13 year old friend the Tale of the Three Trees, and she had teary eyes at the end of the story. It was her first time hearing the name of Jesus. Please pray that she will start initiating questions about Him.”

12 JAPAN Owen and Sarah Ames write, “On January first, everyone makes it a priority to visit the local shrine. This first event of the New Year is called ‘hatsumode’, which means one’s first visit to a shrine or temple in order to greet the New Year. In our area, the smell of incense was quite overpowering on that day! The most famous hatsumode spot in Tokyo is Meiji Jingu Shrine, which has over three million visitors over the first three days of the year. It has drawn attention in recent years as a ‘power spot,’ and is considered to be a place where visitors can receive ‘power’ for the year to come. Our hearts ache for this nation that does not know the Real Source of all Power – Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for revival in Japan!”

13 SOUTH ASIA Workers write, “We recently had the blessing and privilege of seeing one of our home group members – a young man from a Hindu background – come to know Jesus. His newfound faith is miraculous, and it has been such a joy for us to disciple him and see him come alive in Christ. Please continue to pray for his young faith, especially as he begins to deal with the implications in his family.”

14 SOUTHERN AFRICA Brian and Joyce Flickner write, “Please remember to pray for Durban Bible College, specifically for wisdom for our accreditation application and municipal approval to make improvements for our move.”

 15 FRANCE Bob and Veronique Clifford write, “Please pray for the Faith Discovery and Discipleship cell groups, that people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus and others grow to serve Him.”

16 EAST ASIA A worker writes, “We asked prayer over the months for the registration of our company. This has not worked out, but God is showing us creative ways to get visas. Pray for us as we continue a ministry in the northeast part of the country. We are very encouraged with opportunities in the local churches. Pray for our coworker who is writing a second book related to sacred music for the churches here. Pray for strength and wisdom to put this together.”

17 UKRAINE Kurt and Rochelle zurBurg write, “Praise the Lord that our church in Odessa has joined together with another church plant and their pastor is leading the whole group. We are so thankful, and we hope that both groups will remain together when we return. Please pray for them to continue to grow together well.”

 18 GUATEMALA Justin and Jenny Burkholder write, “Pray for continued wisdom and creativity as we begin planning a ministry for men, couples, and adolescents. Also, pray for open hearts and opportunities to share the gospel.”

19 CENTRAL ASIA Workers write, “The country faces numerous political and economic challenges over the next year; there have not been encouraging signs in the last months. All of the Christian development organizations are dealing with a lack of leadership; ours in particular has been searching for a new director for two years now. For the people, winter is a difficult time. It’s been mild so far, but the cold weather is extremely difficult for people who can’t afford to heat their homes well. Please pray over these things.”

20 TAIWAN Nancy Leet writes, “God has been burdening me to be more proactive to build relationships with unbelieving people for the sake of sharing God’s love with them and introducing them to Him. Please pray for me as I work to build intentional activities into my schedule that will facilitate this.”

21 MIDDLE EAST A worker writes, “In December, God gave me an opportunity to talk with our Arabic teacher about Christmas. I gave her a booklet called The Gift of Christmas (in Arabic). She read some of it and then asked me about Adam’s ‘mistake’ (sin). So I was able to share the gospel with her. Continue to pray for opportunities to share with her and her family.”

22 THAILAND Kennedy and Wendy Paizs write, “We had the chance to tell the gospel and Christmas story to the young men at the Youth Authority. As young men from Australia told their life stories, many of the young Thai men could relate to them. This was a great time of personal encouragement and fellowship in Christ. Many of these young Thai men are not believers, but very open and interested. Pray for many more to come to Christ and be baptized.”

 23 ZIMBABWE Dan and Julie Stephens write, “Many of you have read about the water crisis at Karanda. This is ongoing. Rainwater holding tanks will make the next few months a little better, but we hope to have a new system in place by April this year to relieve the crisis. Pray for good rains, that the ground water will replenish, that our bore holes will become functional again, that the ongoing work on the river source will be completed and work well, and that additional funding for this will come in.”

24 GERMANY Diet and Jan Schindler write, “The evangelistic course ‘MyLife-Workshop’ that Diet developed is being field-tested in Germany and Switzerland. Already, he has trained 135 people in Germany, Switzerland, England and the Czech Republic to conduct the course. Pray with us for a huge impact with much fruit and also many new churches planted.”

25 EAST ASIA A worker writes, “The name Benjamin means ‘son of my right hand.’ So it was fitting that my right hand man at our camp was named Ben. When Ben moved on to other work this last October, he left a gaping hole in the camp team that we have not yet been able to fill. Please pray that God provides someone to take Ben’s place as camp Facilities Manager as soon as possible.”

26 SPAIN John and Sandy Niemeyer write, “Ministry here in Osuna has taken on a different flavor with the renting of a space to call our own and to use for a variety of activities. We are thankful for this space and what God has in store. We have hosted two dinners, held a regional pastor’s meeting and use it for English classes as well as office space. We get a lot of foot traffic past the front door and many stop and read the scripture and other ‘thoughts of the day’ that we post. It is an ‘easy way’ to share the good news of God’s love. Please continue to pray that God would touch hearts and lives for His glory.”

27 PAPUA Craig and Shirley Preston write, “Please pray for us and the work on the South Coast and at the Roesler Memorial Bible School in Merauke. Pray for our upcoming meetings to be held in April concerning strategy to reach the South Coast tribal peoples.”

28 MIDDLE EAST Workers write, “Most of the dental work that we’re involved in really is based not on fixing teeth but on building relationships. That means a lot of my dental work time actually goes into meeting sheiks and officials before we go into a village and then following up afterward by meeting with those people of peace we met there. My director likens it to a BG campaign with the week of dental work being the big show which gets us into people’s lives but the hard work comes in preparation and follow-through. As our dental team is growing, we have been focused on learning many stories together (Creation through Second Adam) in Arabic ,which we share with patients chair-side. One day, I pretty much needed to recall parts of all seven I had learned with a guy who couldn’t get enough. They love stories and are so interested in hearing about them since their book only gives little snippets of the OT main characters. When they have the background stories in mind of creation, Adam, the fall and Abraham’s sacrifice, then the story of Messiah can really make sense for them. We’re so excited to see what’s happening in this part of the world among the unreached peoples, and we are looking for more villages to work with the poor and hungry there.”

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