Prayer Focus is a weekly prayer resource that incorporates up-to-date news with prayer that focuses on the people and the places involved in mission in Ireland. All of our deaconesses, chaplains in hospitals, prisons and universities, Home Mission Congregations, our Community Outreach and Irish Mission Workers will benefit from your prayerful support.
Published Wednesday, 19th July 2017
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
Moderator – Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely
The Moderator and his wife Florence are going on a visit to Zambia departing this Monday, 24th July. They are going to visit PCI’s partner there, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia and Diane Cusick, PCI Global Mission Worker, who is currently serving with them. They are due to return to Ireland on Friday, 4th August.
Pray that Noble and Florence will be an encouragement to all those they meet in Zambia.
Pray too for good health and safety throughout their visit.
Tracey Nicholl – Deaconess serving in St. James' Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney
Tracey writes, “We have seen a small number of people saved in the past year”. Give thanks for this, and pray that they will go forward in their relationship with the Lord. Pray too for wisdom for Tracey in how best to disciple them.
Praise the Lord for all He has done this past winter: may the work continue and may the Lord lead it!
Pray that Tracey will be sensitive to the Lord's leading in all aspects of her work and witness.
Keith Preston – Irish mission worker serving in the international Meeting Point, Belfast
Keith Preston is Project Leader at the International Meeting Point, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers at 133a Lisburn Road, Belfast. It provides lunches, advice, Bible studies, English lessons and much more.
Pray for the work of the International Meeting Point as it seeks to reach out with the Good News of salvation to an increasingly multi-cultural Belfast.
Pray for Keith and his colleagues Henry Coulter and Sharon Heron as they staff the project and for the volunteers who make it possible.
John Coulter – Chaplain serving in Ulster University, Coleraine Campus
Pray for the new Christian Union (CU) President at the Coleraine campus and members of the leadership team as they plan the CU autumn / winter programme. Pray that the Lord would empower them as they prepare.
Pray for the young Christians who will be coming to the Coleraine Campus in September for the first time. Pray that they will get involved with the CU from the beginning of term and enjoy the fellowship there. Pray too that John as Chaplain will be able to support and direct them as needed.
Pray that all the Christian students will be encouraged and strengthened in their walk with the Lord through their participation and attendance at the CU, so that they can be ‘bold’ as they share their faith with those around them.
Pray for staff at a time of fast paced radical change in university life. Pray that Christian staff would find their peace and stability in Christ, and that those who don’t know Christ would be driven by uncertainty to think about the deeper questions of life.
Rev. Graham Stockdale – Chaplain serving in Newry Hospice, Maghaberry Prison and Hydebank Wood Prison
Pray for Graham as he serves as chaplain in the three locations.
Pray for wisdom and guidance as he speaks to patients, their families and staff at Newry Hospice; and prisoners and staff at the prisons.
Pray that he will bring encouragement to them, and help them to trust in the Lord in whatever circumstances they are facing.
Donabate Presbyterian Church – Rev. Andy Carroll
Give thanks to God for Donabate’s church family as they seek to grow in faith in Jesus Christ together. Thank God for a number of people who have begun to put their trust in God over the past few months, and for six new communicant members who were received in June.
Pray for Donabate’s annual children’s club, ‘Discovery’, due to take place from 31st July to 4th August. Andy writes, “We have made significant connections with families through it over the years. We continue to pray that God would use it to see many children and their families become Christians.”
The congregation is also launching a new summer children’s club in the town of Balbriggan, to take place from 14th to 18th August. Josh McCance, Donabate’s community outreach worker, is heading this up as they try to build relationships for the sake of the gospel in that large town.
Pray for faith-developing rest for the church family in the quieter summer months.
Kilkenny Presbyterian Church – Rev. Daniel Reyes Martin
Thank the Lord for the two new and short ‘Pop-Up Christian Clubs’ that Kilkenny congregation organised in two new areas in Kilkenny. Daniel writes, “In a very informal way, through games and a Bible talk we had the opportunity to share Christ with many and invite them to the soccer and Bible clubs that took place over the following weeks. We thank the Lord for the response of some of the families and how they brought the kids to the Bible clubs.” Pray for ways of continuing the work in those areas in the near future.
Pray for the many children who attended the two soccer clubs, and two Bible clubs (Castlecomer and Millennium Court). Many children came for the first time. May the Lord bring salvation!
Thank the Lord for the many volunteers (leaders and helpers) at all the clubs. Pray that this was a time for growth, encouragement and training for them too, as the Lord continues to direct their lives and use their gifts humbly among God's people and those who need to hear about Christ.
Pray for Tom Dowling who leads outreach and evangelism in Kilkenny. Daniel writes, “He works faithfully and hard, sharing Christ with many.” Pray that people will continue to respond to Christ. Pray as he takes some holidays, he will be refreshed for the coming year.
Pray for Andras Gilicze, Kilkenny’s youth worker, as he seeks God's will for the coming months and future ministry. Pray that the young people will know and grow in Christ.
Pray for the Arts Week Bible club due to take place from 14th to 18th August. Daniel comments, “It is our fifth summer camp and people need extra strength to keep going. May the Lord accomplish His purpose in those attending and helping!”
Douglas Presbyterian Church – Rev. David Reid
Pray for the life and witness of the Home Mission congregation of Douglas.
Pray for David and the elders and members of the congregation as they pray and plan for the new church year ahead.