Prayerline is the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s weekly prayer information bulletin for global mission, where subscribers can keep up to date with what’s happening overseas, ensuring that prayer support is focused on the needs of our mission personnel and overseas mission partners. Please note that this service is only available to Church members.
Published Wednesday, 17th May 2017
More information on the nature and scope of Presbyterian Global Mission’s work and partnerships is available online at: http://www.presbyterianireland.org/mission/
Reaching the unreached
Only a very small percentage of the global church’s resources are being directed to outreach amongst the least reached peoples of the world, yet there are thousands of people groups with no church, no known believers, nor any missionary involvement! The Cape Town ‘Call To Action’ 2010 describes this as ‘a silent Macedonian Call’ and ‘a form of spiritual injustice’ given that 2,000 years after Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, these people groups still know nothing about the gospel:
Give thanks for PCI’s engagement with our partners, in the following areas of outreach: mission through education; medical mission; Scripture translation, distribution and literacy work; evangelism and church planting; sustainable development and peace-building.
Pray for discernment of God’s way forward in each of these six strategic areas of involvement, so that many people would come to know fullness of life as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pray also for the publicising and promotion of specific outreach initiatives and projects in a manner that encourages the wider PCI to engage supportively.
Give thanks for PCI’s engagement in church planting initiatives in Portugal, Italy and Spain as we share in the re-evangelisation of post-Christendom Europe.
PCI partners with the Presbyterian Church in Brazil (IPB) and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPIB). Naomi Keefe serves with IPB in northeast Brazil, living in a deprived community in Olinda.
Pray that God would encourage and protect Naomi as she works in community development and evangelism based in Peixinhos IPB congregation.
Pray for the work and witness of the IPB and IPIB.
Alan and Tracey Johnston send the following prayer requests from Mantova:
Pray for Porto United - the sports ministry of Coram Deo Ministries. Pray that the special end of year event for parents and children will go well.
Pray for the new Men’s Study Fellowship which meets every third Sunday.
Pray for those who have been coming along to an English class which Alan and Tracey run for the community and members of the church. Classes are held in the church building so that Alan and Tracey have an opportunity to chat to those who attend about who they are and what they are doing in Italy.
Pray for those in the church preparing for baptism in June.
Pray for opportunities for Alan and Tracey to share the gospel with their neighbours.
Csaba and Ilona Veres are involved in organising the annual Szeretethid (Love Bridge) days of social outreach over the weekend of 19th to 20th May. This annual event encourages children and families to serve their communities in a practical ways.
Pray that many will be inspired to serve showing grace and mercy in their communities not only this weekend, but also throughout the year.
Rev Uel Marrs (PCI Global Mission Secretary) is going on a short visit to Romania this Friday (19th). He will be meeting with church leaders and representing PCI at a special event in Oradea to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The ‘Reformation 500 Jublilee’ event is being organised by the Kings Pass District of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transylvania, Romania, on Saturday (20th) and will bring together representatives from the seven countries in which the Hungarian Reformed Church is present, as well as overseas partners. Uel is due home on Monday, 22nd May.
Pray for the celebrations to go well and be an inspiration to those who attend.
Pray too for Uel’s meeting with church leaders.
Pray for safety and good health for Uel throughout the short trip.
Gary and Mary Reid report that the Worship Leaders' Course, Level 2, exams will be held next week at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA)’s Acacia Grove Mission.
Pray for all the participants who are studying this week and will be taking their exams. Most have never been to school and so require assistance in studying. Evelyn will be available throughout this week to help all who need assistance.
Pray for the children who are continuing to come to the Mission due to different problems at home. Pray also for wisdom in dealing with each of their cases.
Remember Gary and Mary who are unwell at present.
Stephen Cowan writes, “The price of basic food commodities like sugar and maize flour has almost doubled in the past month. This is really having a negative effect on the more vulnerable groups in society.”
Give thanks for recent rainfall in the area and pray for more.
Pray for wise planning in institutions where students are boarding and budgeted amounts are way below costs.
Pray for the situation in Seren dorm where the number of girls is also increasing.
Pray for the monthly teaching time for adults in Tuum starting next Sunday. Adults from Longerin would like to attend too. Pray that funds will be released so this teaching time can continue to break down cultural barriers and exalt Jesus Christ.
Pray for the contacts Pontive is making in the garage as he talks with the workers.
Pray for the PCEA leaders as they plan to visit the ministry situations in Samburu County in June.
Sadly, Very Rev Dr John Gachango Gatu, a former Secretary General and Moderator of PCEA, passed away on 11th May, aged 93.
Give thanks for Dr Gatu and his broad-ranging and far-reaching ministry that has blessed the lives of so many people.
Pray too for Dr Gatu’s family at this sad time, together with our brothers and sisters in Christ in PCEA, and all who mourn his passing.
East Africans in the UK
Rev Edwin and Anne Kibathi are PCEA missionaries working amongst the East African expatriate community in the UK, and presently minister in a church plant in East London.
Edwin and Anne will be travelling to Scotland to attend the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly next week. Whilst in Scotland, they will visit Glasgow and will have a meeting with the PCEA members residing there.
Pray for the Kibathis and the PCEA UK Outreach congregation in London, that they would know God’s direction in reaching out and seeking to support the East African expatriate community.
Pray for those taking part in the catechism course - that they may grow in their faith and knowledge of the Lord.
Pray that Edwin and Anne will have a good visit to Scotland and be an encouragement to the PCEA members in Glasgow.
Asians in the UK
Christopher and Nivedita Benjamin send the following prayer requests from the Wembley area of London where they seek to reach out to the large number of Gujarati expatriates there.
Pray for the two monthly prayer meetings the Benjamins organise.
Pray for them as they seek to witness their Christian faith daily to others and offer support and pastoral care to people in the community.
Pray that Nivedita’s weekly meditation ‘Manna’ will encourage many of their Hindu contacts to follow Christ.
The Christian Church of Sumba has experienced enormous numerical growth since the 1980s.
Give thanks for this growth in the church and pray for the church members to grow deeper in their faith.
Pray for Rev Alfred Samani (General Chairman), Rev Marlin Lomi (General Secretary) and Rev Charles Detha (Secretary Department of Education and Training).
Pray for ministers typically looking after very large congregations. Pray for the training of more pastors.
Sadly, Rev David Lapsley who served as a missionary in Jamaica from 1963 to 1971, has passed away. A service of thanksgiving for his life will take place in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church at 12.30pm, on Thursday, 18th May.
Give thanks for David’s life and witness in Jamaica and in Ireland.
Pray for his wife and the wider family circle at this difficult time.
Wycliffe Bible Translations
Marlene Ferguson of Wycliffe Bible Translators writes, “Thank you for praying for the Next Step Weekend in April. The weekend ran smoothly and now we seek continued prayer as we follow on from the relationships built up with enquirers there.”
Praise God for the Mayogo New Testament which was launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.
Pray that hearts would be transformed by the reading and hearing of God’s Word in Mayogo throughout the language community.
Pray for the churches in the Mayogo-speaking area as church leaders adjust to reading and teaching from familiar passages, now in their own languages.
Pray for increased Bible use among the wider Mayogo community.
Faith in South Sudan
CMS Ireland are running an event this Friday evening, 19th May entitled ‘Faith in South Sudan’ in Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street, Belfast, at 7.30pm.
The event will seek to provide an overview of the wider context of the crisis in South Sudan; insights into how the Church in South Sudan is responding; a chance for individuals and churches in Ireland to consider their response; and an opportunity to pray for South Sudan and for the Church there.
For more information or to register your attendance, go to: