November 2016 Prayer Guide
In everything give thanks… (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Like the rest of the United States, many of us at CURE headquarters are gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday, grateful for some comfort food and a time of rest with loved ones. And it is good to pause before the holiday festivities begin to reflect on the good gifts packed into our lives and offer our thanks to God, from whom all blessings flow.
This verse from 1 Thessalonians, though, encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances, which might leave us wondering if Paul really means for us to be thankful even in deep disappointment, personal failure, or financial difficulty or if our friends who come to CURE International for spiritual and medical help are expected to offer thanks when their child suffers abuse because she has clubfoot or bowed legs.
When we were children, we reasoned as children, experiencing immunizations, naps, and homework as adversities even though they may have been good for us. We didn’t welcome those things or give thanks for them because we weren’t able to understand the benefits.
The gospels feature Jesus giving thanks as He faces hungry multitudes,1 grieves over Lazarus,2 and serves His followers on the night He was betrayed.3 Acts 27:35 shows Paul giving thanks as a 14-day storm pounds to pieces the ship that carries him and 275 others.
But what is the point of giving thanks when we simply don’t feel thankful?
Maybe it’s part of what is meant by making our good confession4—an act of faith whereby we sacrifice our own opinions and expectations and confess that, no matter what, God is good. Our gratitude doesn’t mean we are happy for cancer, bankruptcy, or abuse, but rather honors God5 and perhaps prepares us—sometimes empties us—to receive blessings hidden in the bundle.
We at CURE International want to honor God. As you interact with the CURE Prayer Guide this month, please pray that all of us will reflect in life, relationship, and work an overflowing gratitude and deep thanksgiving.6
Thankful for you,
1-Pray for us that we get the permission from government to sink a bore hole in the hospital as we are having lots of water shortages.
2-We are also having power outages which is affecting operations in theaters. We are negotiating that the power supplying organization connect us to a line that does not go off. Pray that they will be kind enough.
3-Praise God that after the Open Day we had in October, the government has decided to be sending their patients with orthopedic issues to be treated at CURE as one way of supporting the hospital, instead of sending them outside the country.
4-Pray for Malawi’s economy, which is affecting our private patients, who are delaying their operations due to lack of finances.
Submitted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 2:40 am
Please pray for Dr. Hashim in his efforts to obtain a visa to join us at the CURE Director’s Conference.
Pray for continued fruitful interactions between our team in Kabul and our team at headquarters.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm
Last month CURE Uganda held their annual three day convention for CURE Volunteer Pastors’ Network (CVPN) for those who do follow-up on the patients and caretakers who give their lives to Christ while in hospital. We discussed how to minister effectively in the mobile clinics and gave out study Bibles to the CVPNs to help them in sermon preparations and other areas of their ministry. The pastors were so grateful and encouraged by this gift. Thanks be to God.
Submitted on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Christine Kithome’s father became ill with malaria. Please remember him in his need and Christine as she cares for him.
Submitted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm
We in the DR are in need of staff positions. Please pray for the process of locating, hiring and welcoming new personnel.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm
From our CURE Kenya moms:
Pauline—Please pray for successful cleft lip surgery for my five-month-old daughter Andriana. I am a single mom; please pray for God to grant me a job to support my daughter and pay for school fees, too.
Roseline—Pray for the healing of my beloved daughter Lavenda, who had complications following surgery.
Susan—Pray that God will help me overcome the ruining bitterness resulting from Shirleen’s father; he abandoned us because of her condition.
Lydia—Pray that my son David will be declared fit for surgery for his cleft lip, lower limb deformity, and webbed fingers
Submitted on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm
We thank God for seeing us through to the 6th year anniversary celebration of CURE Niger.
Please pray for the new believers, that God gives them strength to continue.
Please pray for Pastors who follow up with new believers.
Pray for our staff, many who bear witness to what Christ means in the life a believer. Pray for God to open the eyes of those among us who have not yet made a profession of faith.
Please pray the our security in Niger in the presence and influence of Boko Haram in the Diffa area.
Submitted on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm
CURE Malawi’s executive director Rob Brown was flown to a hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, due to a need for tests and medical attention. Please pray for peace and confidence in God’s presence and good will for Davina and Rob.
Submitted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm
Please pray for God’s wisdom, peace, and joy to those who are working through some difficulties experienced in the last month. Pray for excellence and strength for the nursing staff led by Sister Irene in the Operating Theatre, and Nurse Matron Juliane who leads the department throughout the hospital. Pray for the safe arrival of those who are traveling to Zambia to strengthen the anesthesia services. Please pray for Harold and his spiritual team as they balance ministry to the children and caregivers and the spiritual needs of the staff.
Submitted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 10:08 am
Linda Hansen, Africa Regional Director for CURE Clubfoot, is having a very difficult issue with her eyes. Please pray for wisdom to know what the problem is and for healing.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
Dr. Ben Warf was hospitalized and released this week for a blood infection. Please pray for rest, peace and healing for Dr. Ben and his family as as he continues antibiotic therapy at home.
Submitted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm
Mission Support Center
Please continue to pray for us to know God’s guidance as we move forward. Pray for wisdom CURE’s management team and the board of directors as they offer experience and support in this time of transition.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm
Claire Larsen’s mother passed away last week; her memorial service is Friday, November 11. Claire serves CURE as Procurement Assistant. Please remember the family in this time of loss.
Submitted on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:25 pm
Please remember the quarterly board meeting taking place November 2-4. Pray for wisdom as the board and executive communities as information is shared and discussed and important decisions made.
Submitted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm
For my mom’s complete healing from cancer.
Submitted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:12 am
Please remember Karina Legradi, University Coordinator, and CURE U Students who will be traveling to CURE DR this week. Pray that students and staff and patients will be a deep blessing to one another.
Submitted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Please pray for us as we search for the right people to fill necessary positions throughout the network. Pray that God would send clinical specialists and surgeons to work in various CURE hospitals as well as managerial positions in various places.
Submitted on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm