The Prayer Focus is a weekly call to prayer. Read and pray through requests affecting our congregations, leaders, missions efforts, and the global Church.

November 15, 2017

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2:9-11

Denominational Development

Pray for the meeting of the International Brethren in Christ Association just outside London on Friday and Saturday. The national leader from each country where there is an official BIC presence is invited. Ask that the 20 to 30 able to attend will be united and encouraged by their BIC identity. Pray that the Executive Committee members, Thuma Hamukang’andu, (Chair), Danisa Ndlovu (Secretary), Alan Robinson (Treasurer), José Otamendi, Doug Sider, and Bijoy Roul will have wisdom to guide the association into effective ministry to the Brethren in Christ around the world.

Church Planting

Praise God with Luke and Christina Embree that three small groups are worshiping weekly or bi-weekly focused on the Plowshares church plant in Lexington, Ky. None of these are yet in the city where the greater need is. Pray for the launch team that is coming together to launch the first group in Lexington. Pray that they will meet the “Person(s) of Peace” that will be the gateway. God is already at work in this; pray that the team will come alongside the Spirit as he moves.

Congregational Development

Pray for the ministry of a BIC Church in Miami, Fla. to their Muslim neighbors. Ask that their visits to the mosque and connection with the imam will continue to demonstrate love and concern. Praise God for the 50 who accepted the invitation to come to the church for a prayer meeting where Pastor David explained the Gospel of Jesus. Pray for wisdom as the church prepares a special Christmas dinner for them in the church, including songs and a small play.

Global Church

Pray for Canadian missionary Amanda Schwartaentruber at Macha Hospital as she wrestles with dynamics that do not seem to change. Ask that she will see the effects of her love for the children who are her patients. Pray for her influence for prompt treatment, hygienic conditions and honesty in relationships. Pray for flexibility with the fluctuating patient load during different seasons. Pray that she will continue to see each day as a new opportunity for hope in God.

World Missions

Pray for the three men who will graduate from the BIC Overcomers Program in New Mexico on Friday. Praise God for their commitment and steps with the Lord. Pray that they will stay connected with those who will support them. Pray for efforts by Brian Myers to obtain liability insurance for the transition House of Hope. Pray for those who come for healing prayer with Rochelle Myers. Ask that they see the lies of the enemy and the wholeness God has for them.

Doug and Barb Miller with Madalitso in Malawi praise God for 30 individuals in two Evangelistic Bible Studies who completed the Creation to Christ series and expressed faith in Jesus, receiving the assurance of salvation. Pray for the TEE seminar today and tomorrow training Yawo apprentice leaders to assist. Praise God that through the Spirit’s direction, B felt led to prepare the lesson on Jonah before he knew that the leaders were assigning this to him.

Mim Stern at Philadelphia House asks prayer for students and families signing up for the Thanksgiving International Homestay in Lancaster and Chester Counties. Living with a Christian family in the countryside is an eye opener and a time when seeds for faith are sown. Last year one student accepted Jesus and another did so after arriving back at school. Pray that there will be enough host families, since hosting for four days adds to an already busy schedule.

T. & A.W. ask continued prayer for students at the Bible College in Pakistan as they study courses such as: Christian Family Life, Gospel of Luke, Book of Revelation, Church Planting, Christian Discipleship, Book of Exodus and ongoing Hebrew and Greek languages. Pray for academic and spiritual growth. Ask for wisdom for T&A in all matters and “for a growing special relationship with our gracious Heavenly Father!”

Glenn and Glenda Moyer ask prayer for 30th anniversary celebrations at Tierra Linda Church, Bogotá, Colombia on Sunday. Pray for strength for preparations and for fresh vision as former attendees and returning missionaries worship God together. Thank God that “homework help, Bible stories and love” continue to be offered at the church for 6-10 children. Pray that older students at El Camino Academy will be able to help with this.

Jaeron DeBoe, serving at Macha Hospital with her husband Dr. James, asks prayer for a Bible study she is hosting with a number of young ex-patriots (non-Zambians). These include two medical students from Holland on location for six weeks. Praise God for the plastic surgeon friend, Dr. Goren who regularly visits Macha to do cleft lip/palate repairs, burn contracture repairs and other wound mends. Pray for life-giving experiences for these patients, mostly children.

Jason and Bekah Oberholser in New Mexico ask prayer for Broken Walls Fellowship that continues to meet on Saturday nights. They are encouraged by the Overcomers Program clients attending and family members who come to support their loved ones. Pray for C who is coming to Bekah for advice in her marriage. Ask that her commitment to God will continue and her husband will fully surrender to Christ. Pray that he will be willing to meet with Jason.

Praise God with Gabby Sanfilippo that she has completed a year of teaching at Bethesda Ministries in South Africa. It has been a challenging year, but God has provided for her stay via tourist visas. Pray that the five girls she leads in Bible study will embrace Christ’s love. Ask that the 18 simple musical instruments that have come will enhance her classes. Pray that the inquiry for more information from the visa office will result in an update regarding her visa appeal.

Pray for Matt and Julie Walsh and their family as they travel this way from Burkina Faso for an extended vacation during this month and next. The last 12 months have been their most difficult in Burkina as Matt has carried double duties, there have been security issues, and they have closed the agriculture school program. Pray for this time of transition and God’s clear direction for priority in ministry as they consider a more discipleship-based focus.

To submit prayer requests for upcoming editions of the Prayer Focus, please email Grace Holland.