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

February 13, 2019

As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:11-12

Leadership Meetings

Please pray for the meeting of the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine next Wednesday, February 20. Ask God to give commission members wisdom and discernment for the various items that will be addressed.

Camp Ministry

Roxbury Camp will host a Spring Men’s Breakfast on February 16. Pray for Roxbury staff as preparations are made. Pray that the breakfast would be well attended. Ask that the men would connect well with each other and experience rich fellowship. Pray that those who attend will be encouraged and strengthened to lead like Jesus in their homes, workplaces, and in their communities.

Global Church

Praise God that Reunion Richmond, the first church plant in British Columbia, is just over one-year old. The desire was to create a community in their neighborhood that was centered on the way of Jesus. Give thanks that their initial gatherings to share meals and hearts have developed into a group of friends seeking how to live out the teachings of Jesus in their community. Praise God that the group now gathers weekly on Sunday evenings to share a meal, pray, sing, and study scripture together. Pray that Reunion Richmond would continue to grow in love for each other and for Jesus Christ, that their community would be transformed by the light of Jesus shining through them.

The Theological College of Zimbabwe (TCZ) celebrates 40 years of ministry this year. Praise God for his faithfulness and the faithfulness of partners and friends as TCZ seeks to equip more students for work in their churches and communities. Pray that the college would be able to move forward to build further student accommodation which would allow them to house all TCZ students as well as be a source of income as they rent rooms to students in a neighboring university.

World Missions

D. and M.G. are excited about several visits to one of the largest refugee camps with a Swiss organization (NGO). Praise the Lord that the were able to put on some programming and sing in English and Arabic and play some football as well. Pray that the seeds that were planted would bear future fruit in the lives that they touched.

Earl and Lois Hess appreciate your prayers for resolution of a serious situation they are dealing with that could prevent their return to Malawi on schedule. They have been home in the U.S. to spend time with their family. Please pray with them that a speedy resolution can be obtained so that they can return to Malawi as scheduled on February 25. Please pray that God’s name will be honored and glorified. Pray that Earl’s name will be cleared from involvement in any wrongdoing and that the guilty parties will be found. Praise the Lord for help from organizations who know how to deal with the situation. Praise the Lord for peace that God has given to Earl and Lois and ask that it would continue.

Pray for Vicky Landis and Winnie Thuma this week as they partner with Interserve to volunteer at a refugee camp in Greece. Pray for good health and safety as they work. Ask God to give them wisdom and discernment as they process all that they see. Pray for discernment for any BIC U.S. World Missions future partnership in the work.

Praise God for a good but exhausting time at a teaching conference for our English teacher in Asia. Pray for safety traveling as she returns to her home in the mountains this week. Please pray for total healing for the medical issue that she continues to deal with. Ask for strength and energy, and for the ability to eat whatever is set before her, especially in a culture that is all about hospitality through food and tea. Pray for God’s provision and peace in the midst of a changing social climate in her country of service. Pray for perseverance as long as God continues to keep her there.

Please pray for protection from discouragement and renewed inspiration in their calling for Jonathan and Becky Owen as they step into their third term in Malawi. Praise God that after 11 days without power, their electricity was restored and the blessing of regular hot water, the ability to do laundry, and to charge devices has been returned.

P. and H.R. in Kentucky request prayer that more families would be willing to host homestays. More students are interested but there are not enough host families. Pray that families would catch the vision for the impact they could have on a student, to show them what daily following Christ is about. Pray that H.’s friend D.’s husband would find a job before his visa expires in May. Pray that God would work things out in the best way for this family for them to be able to clearly understand God’s love for them and to follow Christ.

Pray for Glenda Moyer’s mother and father who are learning to live in a small apartment at the Mennonite Home in Souderton. Pray that they would learn to enjoy their smaller space. Pray for adjustment and encouragement for Glenda’s dad who is no longer able to drive. Pray for good health for Glenn’s mother. Pray that God would continue to provide for all their needs – physical, spiritual, and emotional.

Ken Abell, pastor of Broken Walls Fellowship in New Mexico, asks prayer for his son Wesley who is scheduled to complete his prison sentence in July. When he is released, Wesley is required to stay in Illinois for two years, where his family lived when he was apprehended. Now scattered, the family is consulting during these months to explore plans for his future. Believers in the Morrison, Ill. BIC church are also supportive. Wesley’s faith in God has grown strong in prison. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide his future and will use his life to bring glory to God.

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