May 2017 Prayer Guide
Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…
Since 1908, we in the US have celebrated Mother’s Day, and this past Sunday, May 14, was no exception. My family treated me to a dinner at a local restaurant where many people were also honoring their mothers—so many, in fact, that the wait was an unexpected two hours. The food, however, was as good as we expected it to be, and we truly enjoyed being part of a gathering whose intention was to demonstrate love and appreciation for mothers.
In CURE’s early days, our co-founder Sally Harrison shared from her travels that “mothers in Africa love their kids, too.” She had observed a fierce commitment that, for the sake of their disabled kids, bears up under social adversity, financial strains, and worries for the future, believing in the possibility of healing.
As you read through the list of concerns offered by CURE co-workers throughout the network, would you remember our patients’ mothers and caregivers? Pray that as they hear the gospel proclaimed at their child’s bedside, during daily devotions, or at the mobile clinics, they will hear the compassion in God’s voice as represented in Isaiah 49. God deeply identifies with mothers. In Christ he has truly engraved their names on His palms and will never forget them.
Thank you for all the ways you support CURE International. We hope you also can hear God’s love for you in the passage above. We are grateful in this month that God remembers us as well.
Praying with you,
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
On Thursday, May 3, CURE’s Ministry Support Center community in New Cumberland, PA, observed National Day of Prayer together. The theme for the event was chosen from Daniel: “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay…” Because of God’s tender mercies, we may boldly make our needs and requests known to God who loves us and is for us. Thank you for joining your prayers with ours: pray that God will continue to give wisdom and grace as we make important decisions for the future of the network.
Submitted on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm
Today Pastor Hank Johnson from Harrisburg Brethren in Christ led our Monday devotions from 2 Corinthians 5: 11– “God… reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” It isn’t enough to recognize that the world is broken. The call on the life of each Christian is to be reconciled to God and to our neighbor. A good question is, “Who in my immediate community do I need to reconcile with or help reconcile to others and to God?”
Submitted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
For CURE Ethiopia:
—Our work is exciting here. It is ministry everyday. Amen!! Please give praise for the new people who came to Christ.
—Praise God for the new opportunities of ministry through the church. Reports show a church which started with eight new believers in one village has grown to 400 because of healing of disabled children by CURE.
—Praise God for the recent mobile clinic in Harar town. We had a great time of counseling.
—Please pray for a mother who received Jesus here and is now facing persecution. We need to find for her a place to live.
—Please pray for the patient visits and upcoming mobile clinic.
—Please pray for good weather condition for Ethiopia. We had a severe drought. Around 7-8 million need food. Weather forecast show winter will be short. please pray for enough rain.
Submitted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm
—Praise God that Dr Kaizer’s family will be joining him in Malawi after many months of separation. —Praise the Lord for the success in getting passports and visas granted.
—Praise God for the pastors who are coming twice a month to pray for the hospital.
—Praise God for the follow-up crusade we had in a community that needs Jesus.
—Pray for a replacement for Rob Brown, CURE Malawi’s Executive Director, who will be finishing his time here in August. Pray for a God-chosen person to replace him.
—Pray for Brian from Zimbabwe who needs to raise money to travel for his surgery.
—Pray for mobile clinic pastors training this month.
Submitted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm
—Please pray for our new ED as he prepares to join us in Lusaka, Zambia
—Please pray for neurosurgery patients as we transition them to the government hospital
—Please pray the continued recovery of the crocodile victim, Mazuba, as he heals at home after over seven weeks in hospital
Submitted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 8:49 am
Tebow CURE Hospital
Please pray for:
1—Transition in Spiritual Ministry as we search for new Spiritual Director. Pray that God will lead us to the right person to fill the role and that we’d be fruitful and productive in our ministry during the transition.
2—Smooth logistics for visiting surgeons in the coming months as we have two CURE surgeons coming to Davao in July/Aug/Sept. (Dan & Sue Ruggles and Dave & Margie Burgess)
Submitted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:00 am
At CURE DR we have these prayer requests:
1—For the families of the co-workers—spouses, children—to be strengthened in the faith of our Lord Jesus.
2—For spiritual strengths to continue to work in this mission with love and dedication.
3—For the new MD that our Lord will provide according to His will and to bless this new family for the hospital.
Submitted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm
Please, pray for provision we need to expand our chapel, initially built to accommodate 40 people: we now have over 140 coworkers.
Pray for patients newly converted to Christ, that they will stand in the Lord.
Pray for the success of the CURE mission in Uganda: That we will be faithful to God to heal the sick and proclaim the gospel.
Submitted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm
For CURE Ethiopia: Please pray for patients who need additional help following treatment. Remember also our patients who have accommodation needs and those who have long term disability needs but have very limited resources.
Submitted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am
Praises and Prayer Needs from CURE Kenya
Praise God for successful and life-transforming ministries conducted in the month of April, including the mobile clinic and outreach.
Pray for 2 CURE staff who lost their family members, that the Lord will grant them comfort and strength as they go through this difficult times.
Pray for the family of Enoch, one of our patients who was promoted to Glory after being involved in a road accident just on his way home after begin discharged from the hospital.
Pray for peace and political stability in our country as we gear up to elections this August. We trust God to give us God-fearing leaders in all levels.
Pray for the spiritual activities in the month of May, such as mobile clinics, a pastors’ rehabilitation training, and married staff retreat.
From the CURE Moms
Agnes—Pray for Joshua my beloved son to hopefully get well soon to enable me resume back to my studies; I dropped school due to early pregnancy and being a single parent.
Assumpter—Though it has been a tough journey bringing up Stephen with multiple of challenges, praise God with me for he has gone through a successful surgery.
Rachael—Praise God with me, for despite being my husband refusing to take any responsibility towards our son’s treatment, God provided and the surgery was done.
Risper—Having gone through many surgeries with lots of complications, praise God, Gillian has gone through arm string release successfully and is faring on well.
Annastacia—Pray God to help me forgive my husband and overcome bitterness after he abandoned me and my two daughters due to Faith’s condition.
Elizabeth—Thank God with me for successful spine surgery of my nephew Collins. Pray for God’s guidance and provision in bringing him up, as his mother has passed away.
Mary—Praise God that at last He has granted us physical, emotional, and spiritual healing after seeking solutions for Mercy’s condition from many other places, to no avail.
Submitted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm
CURE Zambia will soon be interviewing for position of child mentor Please pray with us for the right person.
Submitted on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Our spiritual team in Malawi is in need of a vehicle to do ministry. Please pray that we will see once again how God supplies everything we need.
Praise the Lord for the wonderful gathering of pastors in Lusaka, Zambia, who received encouragement and training in scriptures. Please continue to pray for our spiritual ministry teams throughout the network.
Submitted on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm
This week marks the third anniversary of the death of Dr. Jerry Umanos, a pediatrician who for seven years treated children and helped train Afghan medical workers at CURE Afghanistan in Kabul. On April 25, 2014, Dr. Jerry was, along with two other Americans, shot and killed outside the hospital. We remember the seven years he partnered in CURE’s mission in Kabul. In his memory, please continue to pray for the security of the hospital and co-workers and for peace in the country.
Submitted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:12 am
A young patient of CURE Kenya was killed in a automobile accident recently. Please remember the child’s family and our CURE staff in Kenya, who become very attached to the children they care for.
Submitted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:58 am
Dr. Mary Bernard, Medical Director for CURE Ethiopia has asked us to remember the hospital this week as important meetings taking place. Pray pray also as leaders are discerning services CURE Ethiopia should offer in the future. Pediatric orthopedics is a given; as well they are considering treating children with burns, spine injuries and deformities, and how to improve the clubfoot and hydrocephalus programs. Private practice is also being considered. Thank you for your prayers.
Submitted on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am
Pray for economy of time and effort as teams report on their activities.
Pray for those who follow up on children and families for a full healing experience. Pray for those who are considering dropping out of the program.
Pray for counselors who are dealing with families moving to other states in India before treatment is completed. Pray for wisdom and favor as our counselors continue the difficult process of follow up in efforts to complete the process of healing.
Please pray for good relationships and mutual support between all program participants—doctors, counselors and families.
Pray that God will provide trained plaster technicians where they are needed in India.
Pray for wisdom as our CURE Clubfoot community discerns how best to celebrate World Clubfoot Day on June 3.
Pray for the provision of materials needed in the clinics: presently tables and chairs are needed in three of our clinics.
Praise the Lord for the recent trainings that have taken place.
Pray that God will supply the doctors needed to staff our clinics.
Praise the Lord for more children enrolled each month in some clinics, and pray for others as they are searching for more children with clubfoot to enroll.
For families with little means, getting to clinics is hard and sometimes impossible. Pray for God to give insight and wisdom to make treatment available to the families who hope for help for their children.
Submitted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm
CURE Clubfoot in Andra Pradesh expresses the need for more children with clubfoot to be enrolled and for space to meet with children and store files.
Submitted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm
Please pray for our affiliate, CURE International India Trust, and the renewal of their government application to receive foreign funds to operate the program (FCRA registration). An increasing number of organizations have had their FCRA applications denied, which has greatly reduced their impact or caused their programs to close. CURE India’s FCRA registration is set to expire in August 2017.
Submitted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:23 am
Mission Support Center
Please remember Cory DeAngelo, Sr. Vice President of Operations; his grandfather passed away last week.
Submitted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Please pray for Karoline and her mom, who is going through chemotherapy. They both need strength, encouragement, and peace through this time.
Submitted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:13 am