March 2017 Prayer Guide
It is good to continue to hope and wait silently for the LORD to save us.
Less than a week from the first day of spring, CURE’s Mission Support Center (MSC) in New Cumberland, PA, is covered with more than a foot of snow. As stubborn as winter may seem, it’s power (thank goodness) is short-lived. Today, as we wait at the threshold between the two seasons, we hunker against the cold, shovel our walks and driveways, and help our kids build snow people.
In the Bible, the words wait, watch, and hope often share the same meaning. To wait for something means to be hope, or why else would we endure the wait? The season of Lent and remembrance of Jesus’ passion is about holding hope—waiting rather than despairing when disappointment and darkness have reached their pitch.
Recently, Victor Nakah, CURE’s Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry, spoke during our devotional time from Psalm 88—a prayer emerging from the experience of grave-like darkness. Victor reminded us that despite the despairing tone of the psalm, the suffering voice is speaking to God.
Three weeks have passed since returning from my visit to CURE Philippines in Davao and the time spent with mothers and their children who come to the hospital hoping to receive treatment for various limb deformities. The pain from disabilities along with the accompanying experiences of ridicule and abuse drive them to the hospital; hope for change supports mothers as they hand their children over to the clinical staff for surgery and await the outcome. How wonderful to witness spiritual ministry co-workers offer hope in the name of Christ to these mothers as they wait, confident that God is present in their longing for their child’s healing!
Our Lord Jesus held hope in His deepest abandonment,1 confident that God hears in all situations. He died in hope2 and in hope lay three days in the heart of the earth. That he was raised from death to life gives us confidence as we wait.
We’re grateful for your support and prayers as we continue to offer hope to the children and families we serve. We’re also grateful for your prayers for us at CURE as we wait and hope in what for many of us is a time of transition.
Praying with you,
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
For many months we’ve been preparing for President’s Weekend (March 23-26), when we will host friends and supporters of CURE, giving space for worship and encouragement and offering a deep view to our ministry of healing. We hope our labors will be both ministry to our guests and a means for continued ministry in healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God. Thank you for your prayers for this important event.
Submitted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm
From CURE Malawi:
Praise God for a successful clubfoot training for counselors we had.
Pray and praise God for Ishmael Hassan, who has developed love for the Word of God as he has been introduced to Christ.
Pray for Marriage Encounter taking place this month that families will be strengthened.
Pray for the CUREkids Coordinators as they communicate with parents, patients, and guardians on condition to show the love of Christ.
Submitted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:17 am
PRAISES AND PRAYER NEEDS FROM CURE KENYA
Praise God for the patient and staff ministries conducted in the month of February
Praise God for successful Night to Shine, which happened on February 10th.
Praise God for the successful follow-up outreach and community engagement event in Eldoret Kapkatet on 14th-19th of February.
Praise God for donation of a generator which will go a long way for providing power back-up, especially in the hospital premises.
Praise God for providing two of the management positions we have been searching for – Operations Manager and Human Resource Manager. We pray that they will be able to settle quickly as they join the CURE family.
Pray for the spiritual activities in the month of March, such as CURE Clubfoot counselor training, ENT surgeries, spiritual emphasis, and mobile clinics.
Pray for our country on (i) the continuing government doctors’ strike which has paralyzed many hospital operations across the country (ii), peace and security to prevail (already the insecurity has caused deaths and transfer of some communities) and (iii) political stability in our country, given that we are five months to the election date (8th August).
Submitted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:36 am
Please pray for Paul and I as we travel to serve at Beit CURE Zambia, March 19-31.
C compassionate communication with coworkers, good listening on our part (Isaiah 50:4)
U understanding of issues, needs and sensitivity to the culture of the coworkers, patients and caregivers (Proverbs 3:5)
R realistic expectations of learning opportunities for coworkers (Proverbs 4:7)
E excellence, excitement, energy and eagerness to join in the healing and kingdom proclamation at Beit CURE Zambia (Titus 3:8, Colossians 3:17)
We are looking forward to a great time of learning, collaborating, celebrating, and fellowshipping with coworkers in Zambia. Please pray for our health, safe travels, loved ones left behind (especially my 86 year old Mum), and safe/intact arrival of luggage. May all this be for the honor and exposé of God’s goodness, kindness, and grace. —Paul and Maureen Sloan
Submitted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm
From CURE Ethiopia
Often our patients come to CURE Ethiopia from long distances and must stay through the process of healing. Pray for them as they are often anxious about their homes, worried about family and friends who may be worried about them.
We praise God for his protection during our times of travel.
We praise him for connections with churches with which we start relationships; continue praying for us.
We praise God for the playground and children who have started using it.
We praise God for people who came to him this month; pray may the Lord support them.
Pray for our staff ministry; may the Lord help us in all activities for His glory.
Submitted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:23 am
Zambia: Continue praying with us as we will be having a training for Pastors in Choma Southern Province and one in Lusaka.
Submitted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:08 am
Please remember Judith and Joe Fabian; Joe is scheduled for open heart surgery. Judith and Joe have been friends and supporters of CURE.
Submitted on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm
(Submitted on Ash Wednesday) As we look forward to spring and to the celebration of the Resurrection, many churches world wide voluntarily enter a six week season of examination, inviting Christ to help us as we examine our lives and find places where we need to repent. To repent means, simply, to turn back, to make a course correction, to change our minds–to stop doing what prevents us from the full life we’ve been created to live (John 10:10).
Repentance often initiates a kind of hunger. When we fast, a longing for food is often stoked and, despite our desire to be with God fasting begins to feel very wrong. But we know that hunger isn’t always bad: when God’s people were ready to leave the wilderness they were reminded that God actually allowed them to hunger in order to make space for manna, food from heaven.
We are invited during Lent to make space for the things God has for us–to perhaps put distance between us and habits that might be taking us off course. Consider reading and meditating on Deuteronomy 8:1-3 and then Matthew 4:1-13. As you pray, ask what it means for you to live by every word that comes from God’s mouth.
Submitted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm
Pray for a friend facing financial difficulty and unrealized hopes.
Submitted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:35 am
Please remember a family, friends of CURE, whose daughter is being treated for clubfoot.
Submitted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm