September 2016 Prayer Guide
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:24, 33
Throughout the witness of Scripture we are called to know, experience, and express joy.1 Be glad in this day, says the psalmist: rejoice in the Lord, say the prophets and apostles. The call doesn’t provide for caveats, nor does it respect whether or not things, in our opinion, are going well. Even in desolation, the people of God are invited to burst into songs of joy.
In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks often of joy and expresses His longing for His followers to share in it. Given His capacity for joy, I have no doubt that Jesus knew how to celebrate. But it is also remembered of Him that even in His anguish, He saw joy ahead of Him so clearly that He endured death on the cross, ignoring its shame (Hebrews 12:2).
One of our core values is to be childlike in our passion for life and dependence on God in how we think, live, and love. We are currently exploring what that means for adults who have the privilege of living out a mission to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God. The children who come to our CURE hospitals, some of them having suffered greatly, know how to do joy, often singing and dancing with hope as they submit to treatment and await healing. Children engage joy instantly and often invite us to join in the fun.
If I were to define joy today, I would describe it as the experience of God’s presence, resulting in the lifting of the heart and a renewal of will, mind, and strength to leave us refreshed to do the next thing. I appropriately respond to the goodness of God in my life and in the world when I choose joy, opening a window for heaven’s atmosphere to blow into my work and community. The breaking in of heaven is none other than God sharing in our experiences, showing faithfulness to be God with us, renewing our faith that the world is in His strong hands.
In our Monday devotions this week, we remembered Ben Ellis, teacher at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville where one CURE staff member’s son attends. Ben’s last days became national news when 400 of his students traveled to his house to sing songs of worship and to express their love and support. Afterwards, Ben expressed the following: “I love you. I believe now more than ever that God is good and that he is with us. I am full of hope, peace and joy. I wish this for you. Look to Jesus to know, to believe and to be filled.”2 Ben passed away Friday, September 16.
As you consider the various needs represented in the guide below, pray that places and members bearing the name CURE International will know joy. The kingdom we proclaim, by the way, is all about joy.3
God bless you,
Maureen Sloan, volunteer nurse consultant for CURE International, recently returned from a trip to Zambia where she gave instruction to the nursing staff and participated in the suffering of a mother in her loss. Praise the Lord for Maureen and so many who serve God so joyfully at our CURE hospitals. In her words, “When I nurse at CURE hospitals, I feel God’s pleasure. Truly the Lord has called me to this role.”
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm
We praise the Lord for a mother at CURE Niger who received great encouragement during her stay at CURE and, in turn, has encouraged other mothers in the ward.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm
Praise the Lord for the ministry opportunities following the death of a patient. In the words of CURE Malawi’s Spiritual Director, the family testified to their loved one and themselves as having been well-treated and cared for. The village where the patient lived praised God for the hospitality experienced.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm
Please pray for us in our challenges to serve more children, and please pray for peace in Ethiopia and good working relationships with the government.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Dr. Kaiser, CURE Malawi’s anesthesiologist, has been in our prayers for many months as he and his family work out visa issues for his family to locate to Malawi. Things are looking more positive and in faith the family is looking forward to their reunion. Please pray for God’s mercy to allow this to happen soon.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm
Remember the staff as they process a recent patient death. Maarten Caspari, Executive Director for CURE Zambia, asks us to pray for wisdom as the CURE community processes together.
Surgicorps has been in Zambia since Sunday, expecting to treat as many as 100 patients. Please pray for the community during this special week, praying that all goes smoothly as they do the work of plastic surgery.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm
Please pray for new staff members as they are integrated into the ministry and for the completion of our inventory process.
Pray for fruitful ministry both locally and globally.
Pray that God’s blessing and presence will be evident in the hospital as we proclaim the kingdom of God.
Pray for the executive staff as they make important decisions that will impact the community in the new year.
Pray for the health of all the staff members of the hospital, especially for Dr. Alba, Briseida, and Angela.
The CURE DR community looks forward to a visit later this month from Victor Nakah, CURE International’s Senior Vice President for Spiritual Ministry. Pray for safe travels and for God’s blessings on our time serving together.
Dan and Sue Ruggles will soon leave us to serve at CURE in the Philippines. May the Lord bless them and protect them, make His face shine upon them, and grant them a safe journey.
Oscar and his family are facing new challenges with hydrocephalus and are unable to continue their regular visits in the clubfoot program. Pray that the family will experience the love and care of Christ.
Some of our CURE DR moms relay the following requests and praises:
Yasmell asks for prayer for her daughter Santa as she faces surgery.
Elizabeth’s son Wesly faces surgery; pray that God will provide faith and hope, and that she will know that all things are in His hands.
Ibelise thanks God for the good recovery of her five-year-old son.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm
Praise God for those who have made expressions of faith and for those who have been restored back to faith. Pray that all may be rooted in the Word.
Please remember us in the recruitment process for several hospital positions; pray that God will give us the right people.
Please pray for the newly married staff that God may grace their families with blessings.
Praise God for successful outreach campaigns last month.
Praise God for our new CURE Malawi Spiritual Director. Please remember him in his adjustment to ministry at the hospital.
Pastor Earnest Kioko, CURE Kenya’s Spiritual Director, is being ordained Sunday, September 11. Please remember him and the community for this special and sacred occasion.
Submitted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:23 am
Some of our CURE Kenya moms relay the following requests and praises:
Justina: “After walking by ourselves through the journey of Beneddeta’s treatment, my father-in-law welcomed us back home and paid her hospital bill (He had singled us out of his family due to my daughter’s condition).”
Caroline: “Pray with me for firm foundation and stand in our Christian faith as a family, for the surrounding are strongly bound by culture and evil beliefs.”
Beatrice: “Praise God with me for successful clubfoot corrective surgery done on Frida’s leg. Pray that God gives us grace to endure insults from my mother-in-law, who time and again speaks negatively upon my family and the girl, too.”
Violet: “Pray God to grant me peace and a forgiving spirit upon my husband who abandoned me due to John’s condition. Pray, too, that I will remain firm in faith after recommitting my life to Christ.”
Teresia: “Pray with me for God’s provision of a job that I may meet my family needs. I am divorced by my beloved husband which has caused me great pain.
Flora thanks God for the successful burn contracture release on Sharon’s hand and asks that we pray that Sharon’s mother, who abandoned her, will be found.
Submitted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:02 am
CURE Uganda’s spiritual ministry team continues to meet the families of children with hydrocephalus and is developing their bereavement ministry to families in grief when a child dies. Last week a little boy with hydrocephalus was admitted to the hospital very sick from malnourishment and malaria and from a failed treatment at another facility. The spiritual ministries team had the opportunity to pray with and comfort the father and, when the child passed away, accompanied the father and the body of his son so that he could be buried in his village. The kindness shown the family deeply ministered to the community. As a result, the spiritual ministry team had the opportunity to proclaim the gospel. Please remember the families in grief and the spiritual ministry team as they continue to explore the beautiful ways God offers healing, even in loss.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:46 am
CURE Uganda’s Spiritual Ministries Team has begun a Bible course, the lessons of which take place two times a week. The purpose is to ground staff members in faith to equip them to teach and minister in the hospital and to the people in their churches. Many are coming to understand spiritual truths. Please remember teachers and students as they study to know God more deeply to share the gospel more effectively.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:30 am
Please remember CURE Kenya directors who are working out important details in preparation for the upcoming CURE Directors’ Conference, taking place in Hershey, PA, in January, 2017.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 8:54 am
Daniel, CURE Kenya’s clinic coordinator, lost his mother this week. Please pray for him and the community as burial and memorial plans are worked out.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 8:53 am
On September 2, at least 12 people were killed and 60 injured in an explosion at a night market in Davao City in the Philippines. Davao City is in lockdown. Please remember those affected by the event; pray for CURE Tebow staff and patients as they prepare to offer help should help be needed from them. Pray for peace in our CURE community and in Davao City.
Submitted on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm
There was an attack on American University in Kabul last week leaving twelve people dead and 35 injured. The suicide blast shattered windows of the nearby CURE hospital and did other exterior damage to the building. Please pray for peace in Kabul and protection for our staff and patients at CURE Afghanistan.
Submitted on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11:46 am
Praise the Lord for the nearly 500 new CURE Clubfoot India patients. Please pray for the clinics as they trust God to provide doctors, counselors, and resources needed to offer healing to children with clubfoot.
Submitted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm
Please remember CURE Clubfoot in India as we trust God to Identify more clubfoot children through awareness programs, and as we continue to recruit staff. Pray that God will supply a permanent orthopedic doctor at the CURE clinic in Bhavnagar.
Submitted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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The husband of one of our CURE Clubfoot counselors in the state of Kerala, India, passed away last week. He was only in his 30s and leaves behind a small child. Please remember this family in their loss.
Submitted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm
Tori Spade, manager with Development and Sustainability at HQ, is grateful that her sister’s treatment for cancer has been shown to be effective. Tori’s sister is a young mother of two, ages 2 months and 2 years. Please pray for continued healing and deep peace as the family supports one another in this challenging time.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm
Please remember in prayer the children and spouses of headquarters members who are dealing with profound disabilities and chronic physical limitations. Pray for an adult son who is experiencing a recurrence in a seizure disorder.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 8:58 am
We are so grateful for those who have donated to CURE, making it possible to heal the sick and proclaim the gospel. Please pray that God will bless and keep each one. Please remember one who has asked for prayer for debilitating depression and anxiety.
Submitted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 4:14 pm
A CURE U student who very nearly lost her life in an auto accident last spring has woken from her coma and is beginning to speak. Praise the Lord for such dramatic progress and healing. Please remember her as she continues intensive restorative therapy.
Submitted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:01 am
The University of Michigan is a campus in need of the message and love of Jesus Christ. Please pray that this brand new CURE U chapter is able to be a light in the darkness!
Submitted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 10:42 pm
The grandfather of a CURE U student has recently become gravely ill; this situation is added to other family stresses. Please remember the student and the student’s family. Pray that they will experience the help and presence of Christ in their need.
Submitted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm