April 2017 Prayer Guide
If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Easter is one of the few holidays celebrated the world over; from the various cultures where CURE International operates, we’ve appreciated the various ways the holy season is commemorated. For instance, Mesfin Taye, CURE Ethiopia’s spiritual director, shares that during Holy Week, Sermone Himmamat in their language, Christians meditate on the suffering of Jesus and His redemptive power. Families joyfully gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, Fassica, by giving gifts and enjoying special foods. Sometimes, says Mesfin, a lamb is slaughtered in honor of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
Lately I’ve been reflecting on how our many patient stories mirror the movements of the great overarching story of the gospel. These stories often begin with a child’s misdiagnosed or mistreated disease, injury, or deformity on which a family has spent their savings. As the condition worsens, the child is more and more isolated because of the limitations experienced or because the community believes the condition is the result of a curse. Then along comes a friend or relative or person of good will with good news of hope and somehow, a way is found for the child to get to a CURE hospital or clinic. There she is welcomed with kindness and love; prayers are offered and surgery is scheduled. After a season of recovery, the child is returned to her community. Joy begins to displace fear and superstition as the change begun is witnessed. We hear over and over again echoes from individuals in the gospel who once were lost, but now are found; who once were blind, but now see; who once felt their lives to be over, but are now living once again. Glory to God!
As you continue to reflect on new life made possible by our risen Christ, please remember us. There are many challenges to operating hospitals and specialty programs in the developing world. It is our hope and joy to continue the work of physical and spiritual healing that changes lives and communities. There are many who wait in hope for life to begin again.
Thank you for your faithful prayers,
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
On Saturday, April 15, Dr. Anthony Chisakuta and his wife Emma, will be leaving Belfast, Ireland, where they have lived for 40 years, to return to their homeland of Zambia where Dr. Chisakuta will begin work as anesthesiologist at CURE Zambia. Thank you for remembering them as they travel, begin relationships, and join the work of healing.
Submitted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:00 am
Last month we had an outreach and over 100 people came to the Lord. Please pray that the Lord strengthens them in their new-found faith. Also pray for the work we do here and to always remember that it is only by grace that we do what we do.
Pray for the unity of the body and for the tension coworkers feel due to heightened prices of basic commodities as we work to educate and feed our families. Pray that the Lord gives us peace in the face of scarcity. Pray for good rains so that we can have some food and pray against an invasion of army worms that are destroying gardens at a very fast rate.
Submitted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9:54 am
Praise God for:
– the new believers realized in the month of March
– the successful ENT camp
– the KENAI spine doctors who came to the hospital and conducted surgeries
– the spiritual activities planned for the month of April, such as Hospital organized outreach on 9th – 16th and several mobile clinics
– peace and political stability in our country as we approach elections in August this year
– rains in the country
From the CURE Moms:
Juliana—Praise God with me, for my daughter’s deformity (bilateral clubfoot) has been corrected and she will never suffer shame any more.
Laving—Pray for my sister Maureen, 16 yrs. old, to forgive her teacher who flogged her to the point of being physically challenged
Grace—Pray God to help my in-laws understand Christabel, my beloved daughter, who, even though with many physical challenges, is a gift from God. Her condition is not about witchcraft or curse but for God’s power to be manifested.
Rael—Thank God with me! Though at first in great denial of undergoing amputation, Mercy, 11 yrs. old, has come to terms and the procedure has been done. Pray that God will make her future bright despite her condition, for that has been her greatest worry.
Submitted on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm
– an adult patient who is very worried about her prognosis and being able to continue to provide for her mother after treatment.
– salvation for a patient who does not believe in God
– the pastors we are mobilizing to be our prayer and fundraising partners for the hospital. The first meeting we had raised a lot of interest in the work of CURE; may that be put into action.
– follow up crusade preparations which we are organizing to take place in three weeks
Submitted on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:07 am
Praise the Lord for:
– the opening of the private practice. We have been praying for this for almost six months;
– for the unity and team spirit among co-workers and leaders;
– for patients who recently received Jesus;
– for various places that have opened for ministry.
– for fruitful relationships where we have had mobile clinics;
– for strengthening of the ministry at the new Rees Jones Foundation ward and for the new ministries we’ve begun. Pray for us as we discern where to invest time and resource;
– for guidance and right decision;
– for us on April 27 when we will have an official dedication of the RJF ward. Many officials from the government will come and RJF representatives will be there;
– for the coming mobile clinic in Harar April 20 & 21
Submitted on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:16 am
On April 15, Dr. Anthony and his wife Emma Chisakuta will be leaving for Zambia, where Dr. Chisakuta will be serving as anesthesiologist. Please remember them as they finish their preparation and join our colleagues at CURE Zambia.
Submitted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm
Ethiopia is suffering a massive drought. Already CURE Ethiopia treats children who come to the hospital undernourished; for this reason, surgeries are often postponed until the children are stronger. The problem is likely to be compounded with more people than expected in need of food assistance. Please pray for mercy on the people in Ethiopia in need and for the ministries of compassion like CURE who will be called on to help.
Submitted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm
From CURE Ethiopia:
Praise the Lord for the opening of the RJF ward, allowing patients to remain on the ward for a longer time.
Please pray for fruitful ministry with patients, among co-workers, and in the community at large. Pray for our patients as they learn about Jesus and as we counsel with them concerning different and deeper issues. Pray too as we offer art and play therapy in the play room.
Please pray as we celebrate the opening of the private ward.
Submitted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm
From CURE Zambia:
Please give thanks to God for good rainfall
Please pray for Mazuba, who is healing after a crocodile attack
Please pray for the Clubfoot team who are visiting clinics in southern Zambia
Please for Woodmen Valley Church who will arrive soon, for safe travel
Submitted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:02 am
We praise the Lord for increased harmony and togetherness among co-workers at CURE Uganda, which has increased their productivity.
Submitted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Mission Support Center
Jana Mead’s sister Marcia is having surgery on April 25. She has been in treatment for abdominal cancer since the beginning of the year and the next step is to remove tumors impacted by the treatment. The surgery is expected to take 12 hours to accomplish. Please pray for grace and peace for the family in this process and for effectiveness in the treatments.
Submitted on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm
A CURE friend recently requested that we please be praying for her son. Here is what she shared…
“Mark is his name; he is 38. Serious health issues from his stomach to complex seizure disorder; out of work, and the family of five have moved in with us. He is unable to work until he is either able to get off the medicine he is on or get the right amount. He wants to be healed. He loves the Lord! We have many issues we are facing. Thank you for praying for us! This is a huge life change for the family, as all are living together in our small home—not enough room for us but grateful to be together. We need the right jobs for myself and my daughter-in-law and God’s plan for us all. We need breakthrough and miracles. My husband and I need healing and strength and guidance, too.”
Submitted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm
A donor friend of CURE, Heather, who has given monthly to our ministry, is requesting prayer as she searches for a new job.
Submitted on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm
Please pray for my daughter to forgive her grandma and start talking to her, and please pray for my mom to be able to move back to her home from the nursing home.
Submitted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:53 am
Please pray for things to be better for me and my husband this month and the rest of the year. Pray also for my husband find a better job.
Submitted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:49 am
Kindly pray for me so that I get a job in my field. I have been unable to find work in this area since 2012, and it is beginning to weigh on me. Kindly remember me in your prayers and may God have mercy upon me.
Submitted on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm
Please pray for my exam on March 19, for our debts, for my mother, and and for my life partner in our desire to follow Jesus.
Submitted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm
Daryl is a family member who has prostate cancer and is in need of prayer for strength to get through the treatments with the results of being cancer free and healed body.
Submitted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm