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

April 24, 2019

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:18-20

Regional Conference Annual Meetings

Pray for encouragement at two regional conference annual meetings this coming weekend as members view reports and look to the future.

Great Lakes Regional Conference Annual Meeting is on Friday and Saturday at Nappanee BIC Church in Nappanee, Ind. Pray for Bishop Lynn Thrush as he leads the meeting. Pray for T.M. as he travels to the meeting. Pray for good connections as T. shares about the work of BIC U.S. World Missions.

The Pacific Regional Conference Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday at Gateway Community Church in Chino, Calif. Pray for Bishop Perry Engle as he leads. Vicky Landis will attend. Pray for her to make good connections with pastors and leaders there as she shares about new initiatives of World Missions.

Women in Ministry

Pray for the Awaken Network for BIC Women in Ministry as they communicate their mission and message of encouragement to many women serving across the regions. Praise God for the meaningful connections made in the Pacific Conference at a dinner attended by more than 40 individuals on February 28. Pray for the upcoming regional dinner to be held in the Midwest Regional Conference on May 13 in Salina, Kansas.

Global Church

Praise God that the Nkulumane 12 church building in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe was dedicated in March. For many years they met in an old farm house and the congregation has now grown to over 300! Pray for them as they continue to reach out into their community, that many would come to know life in Christ as a result.

The young boy who has been close to associate missionary Amanda Schwartzentruber’s heart has gone back to the village to reconnect with his family over the one-month school break. Please pray for a loving atmosphere within the family, despite difficult circumstances. Ask God to protect him and to keep him healthy.

World Missions

Praise God with Bruce and Merly Bundy for his provision of more space for the Circulo de Esperanza congregation in Madrid. The rental of the storefront adjacent to their existing building will more than double their floor space. Pray for the process of approvals that need to happen before they can begin renovations. Praise God that two of the three permissions are already completed but the last one, city hall, has not yet been submitted. Pray that God would prepare the way, that city hall’s approval will quickly be granted.

Earl and Lois Hess appreciate continued prayer as they wait for resolution of the issues that have prevented their return to Malawi. Praise God for his goodness to them as they have been able to be involved in ministry in their home congregation and have been able to share with several churches in the Midwest Conference. Ask God to give them strength in quietness and trust.

Please join Jake and Nancy Shenk in praying in advance for the election of a bishop at the general conference this August in Zimbabwe. Pray for the search committee that they will find the person whom God is calling to this position.

Mim Stern invites us to pray with her as a team from Cedar Grove BIC Church lead by Ron and Waneta Mast is coming to landscape the front of Philadelphia House. Plantings are old and need to be put to rest. Pray for good connections between their young people and the house residents. MDP participant Catherine F. who is going to Dearborn, Mich. to work among the Arab community, will be part of that work team. Praise God for the opportunity this provides to minister to residents of Philadelphia House. Pray for God to be at work, for good conversations to be had, and for safety as they work hard on the landscaping.

Praise God for his mercy and generosity to Yosuel and Jacquie Medina’s family as they come to the end of their travels through the northern U.S. Recently their project for the Discipleship and Missionary Training Center in Ecuador was evaluated by a foundation considering joining with them to train the next generation of missionaries and leaders in the Amazon and beyond. They already have the land and they are trusting God to provide funds for buildings and self-sustaining projects. Their dream is to see their mission field transformed into a missionary force. Pray for God’s hand in this project and for strength and faith as they wait to see him provide.

Eric and Corie Thuma thank the Lord for his provision of funds that have made it possible to get their library building project under way. Please pray for their staff member Amos as he attends a three-month internship focused on leadership and discipleship. Pray it will be a challenging and life changing experience for him, full of growth and strengthening of his faith. Praise God for all their staff with Push the Rock in Macha. Pray for continued wisdom, growth and unity.

Praise God with T. and A.W. that the Full Gospel Assemblies (FGA) Bible College Ministry Center was inaugurated in January. Offices for more than six ministries will move into the new building, which includes four guest rooms. Pray for resources for furniture and for ministry growth. Pray also for the process of repurposing the vacated space in the Bible College for college growth.

Ask God for wisdom and discernment for the leadership team – Jonathan Lloyd, Pam Arnold, and Vicky Landis – as they process needed adjustments to the two internship programs – Thrive and STEP. Pray for clarity in understanding the adjustments needed to make the Thrive program successful and pray for a new location for the STEP program.

To submit prayer requests for upcoming editions of the Prayer Focus, please email Tess Crawford