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, 14th February 2018
Prayer requests from Presbyterian Mission in Ireland personnel and Home / Urban Mission congregations.
Moderator – Rt. Rev. Dr. Noble McNeely
This Sunday (18 February) the Moderator will be speaking at the morning service in Donemana Presbyterian Church.
Pray for the Moderator as he speaks at the above and participates in various other meetings, and for wisdom and guidance in all he does.
Eleanor Drysdale – deaconess serving in Wellington Presbyterian Church, Ballymena
Wellington is currently running a Care for the Family course for parents of children with additional and special needs. Pray for wisdom as they develop a work with both children and parents.
In the lead up to Easter, Wellington congregation is holding a special ‘21 days of prayer’ made up of praise nights and finishing with a week of 24-hour prayer. They will be using the series of books, “5 things to pray for…” by Rachel Jones. Pray that this will have an impact on both individual lives and the life of the congregation.
Andrew Dawson – community outreach worker serving in Second Dromara Presbyterian Church
A number of men from Second Dromara are attending the Irish Men's Convention on 24 February. Pray that they would clearly hear the Lord speak and be bound together in their love for Jesus Christ. Pray too that this would lead to more focused work with men in the church and community.
Praise the Lord for the growing team of enthusiastic leaders involved with Second Dromara's youth group. Pray as Andrew and others continue to equip them for this ministry.
Pray for those whom Andrew meets with for one-one Bible study and prayer. Ask specifically that the gospel would bear fruit and grow in the lives and families of those involved. Andrew writes, “We long to see people coming to know Christ and grow in Him as disciples.”
Eddie Spence – evangelist serving in Ballygomartin Presbyterian Church
Thank God for his continued blessings in the congregation.
Pray for people who have come to faith and for some who have gone on and taken communicant classes and become new communicant members of the congregation.
Pray for the election of new elders, that wisdom will be evident in the choosing and in those chosen.
Continue to pray for unity, peace and harmony as Eddie and others in the congregation live out the Christian life and witness to each other and the community.
Michael Anderson – part-time chaplain serving in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
Give thanks to God for all of the staff in Musgrave and for the amazing job they do.
Pray for wisdom for all staff, particularly for consultants so that they may know how best to help people in complicated circumstances.
Pray for patients who are suffering from various autoimmune conditions and for courage to live with these chronic conditions. Pray for further advancements in treatments through medical research.
Pray for patients in the Brain Injury and Spinal Rehabilitation units – pray for healing, courage and for an ability to come to terms with serious life-changing circumstances. Pray especially for families who continue to care every day for their loved ones.
Pray for all the chaplains as they seek to help people come to terms with the emotional sides of their illness.
Give thanks for all the chaplaincy volunteers who play a vital support role in helping chaplains to fulfil their pastoral duties more effectively.
Pray that as chaplains minister to people, that many will see Christ and be encouraged to investigate the Christian faith for themselves.
The Living Room, Carlisle Circus, Belfast
Give thanks for Rev. Dario Leal’s faithful service to the Living Room in North Belfast over the past number of years. Dario was installed as minister in First Ballynahinch Presbyterian Church in January.
Pray for all those who attend the Living Room on Sundays during this time of transition.
Greystones Presbyterian Church – Rev. Gary McDowell
Give thanks for the team of elders in Greystones. Gary writes, “We had an elders retreat day recently which was enriching for all of us.”
Pray for the church weekend coming up in April and that many will come and enjoy fellowship together.
The congregation is in the middle of an Alpha course. Around 25-30 people are coming along each week and the atmosphere is very good. Pray that God will use this course to speak into the lives of all who attend.
Greystones’ youth and children’s worker is stepping down from her position. Pray for the congregation’s youth ministry at this time of change.
Taughmonagh Presbyterian Church – Rev. Robert Love
Pray for the life and witness of the Urban Mission congregation of Taughmonagh in South Belfast.
Pray for Robert and for the elders and members of the congregations as they continue to reach out to others in their local community.