July 2017 Prayer Guide
Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:5
A friend recently remarked after a season of overwhelming work demands that not only had the experience left her exhausted but also empty. Additionally, for all her efforts, those upon whom her sacrifice was spent had offered little or no gratitude.
Merriam-Webster defines sacrifice as the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone. And “giving up” is what sacrifice is—whatever is offered is given away and gone.
The sacrificial system described in the Old Testament pictures this experience: a perfectly perfect animal is chosen from the flock or herd, brought to the sanctuary or temple and burned up on the altar. The animal and all it could have meant to the family goes up in smoke, and the family who made the offering comes home to an empty pen. Anyone who has significantly sacrificed time, treasure, or talent knows this feeling of loss. That’s the nature of a sacrifice. That’s when we need to remember that a “right sacrifice” pleases God.
What is a right sacrifice? Prayers that acknowledge God are referred to as sacrifices (Hebrews 3:15). Doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with our God is the spirit of right sacrifice (Micah 6:8).
To pray, of course, is to sacrifice because prayer requires love, attention, and time. We are so grateful for yours as we work to heal children with correctable disabilities and share the gospel of God’s great sacrifice in giving His one and only Son to the world.
Praying with you,
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
The preacher in Ecclesiastes laments that there is nothing new under the sun (1:9) Yet every single day, dozens of children across CURE International’s network receive healing treatment. For each child and family this is something brand new. We celebrate each and every experience of healing and each and every child and family whose hope turns to prayers of thanksgiving. With them, let’s all celebrate these brand new days!
Submitted on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm
The Ministry Center in New Cumberland has been hosting 36 students representing CURE U, a network of student-led organizations that support the work of CURE International. In a few days 20 of these students will be traveling to Zambia and Uganda to meet members of our hospital communities there. Please remember these extraordinary students who are preparing for these trips and who are eager to serve those who are healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom.
Submitted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm
Praises and Prayers items from Kenya emanating from the Month of June
submitted by Earnest Kioko, Spiritual Director, CURE Kenya
1) Praise God for the many ministries conducted in the month of June, including the Outreach follow-up, Spiritual Emphasis, World Clubfoot Day, and special invitation for community engagements.
2) Praise God for the ministry results realized in the month of June, particularly the new believers, and pray that they will remain firm in their new life.
3) Pray for two teams coming at the end of July (between 22nd and 29th), the ENT team and the Woodmen Valley church team, that God will give them safe travels to and from and they will have a successful mission in Kenya.
4) We pray for peace and political stability in Kenya during this time of campaigns. There is already some isolated tensions due to back and forth court cases pertaining to tender for printing presidential ballot papers.
Requests from CURE Moms Kenya
1) We pray for Ruth, a mother whose daughter Silvia had a successful surgery in June and now she needs God’s mercies for recovery. Pray also for unity and love amongst her family since the family has been in chaos since the death of the husband.
2) We praise God with Helen, a mother whose opportunity to be in CURE for her child’s treatment became the turning point of her life where she fully surrendered to God for salvation. We pray God to enable her stand firm in faith and not going back to issues she stuggled with previously.
3) We need to pray for Florence’s son Kennedy that God will protect him since the grandmother has declared to kill him simply because he (Kennedy) is intelligence and seems to have a promising future.
Submitted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm
From Zambia: We’ve heard that the president of Zambia has declared a 90-day state of emergency. While we don’t yet know what this means, a “state of emergency” is often associated with disruption. Please remember our CURE Zambia community as they process this event.
Submitted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm
From Mesfin, our spiritual director at CURE Ethiopia
1. Please pray for the mother of a girl treated at our hospital. Her husband divorced her because of her daughter’s disability. She has accepted Jesus as her personal savior, but she is still suffering because of her faith expression. She doesn’t have regular income and she is praying to God to have a job to rear her daughter. Please pray for her faith to be strengthened and that she will find a good job and shelter.
2. Please pray for a girl who was treated at our hospital and came to faith in Jesus. She is now back home and is being severely persecuted. Her prayer request is to see her family accept Jesus as their savior. Please pray also for God’s protection over her.
3. Please pray for our hospital to receive permission to perform private treatment for adults. The private work helps fund the surgeries for children and the ministry.
4. Please thank God for the rain. Please pray for fruitful farming and enough food to be provided for needy areas in the country.
5. Please continue to pray for a young man who received Jesus; his father does not want him to follow Jesus. Please pray for the father and for strengthened faith for this new brother in Christ.
Submitted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 9:04 am
– Please remember Dr. Dan and Sue Ruggles who recently left CURE Dominican Republic and are now at CURE Philippines, offering their medical services there. Pray for them as they are integrated into the community.
– Steve and Else Hitts left for Zambia on July 1; Steve is the new Executive Director. Please remember them as they join the CURE Zambia community.
– Dr. Anthony Chisakuta, anesthesiologist in Zambia, is taking a medical leave to begin treatment for a blood disorder. Please remember him and his wife Emma as they trust God for their future. Remember the community in Zambia in Dr. Anthony’s absence.
Submitted on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm
Victor Nakah, CURE International’s VP for spiritual ministry, is grateful for our prayers for his mother who experienced a stroke this week. Please pray for her as she heals and responds to treatment. Pray for Victor and the rest of the family as they offer care.
Submitted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm
Please, keep Dejan and me in continued prayers for:
Improvement, developing and deepening of our relationship; strengthening of our love; that God lead and protect our future, further communication and give us wisdom in behaviour to each other; for God’s protection, blessings and leading of our relationship, so that we grow into strong Christian couple and get married soon.
Thank you for all your prayers
Wish you all the blessings
Katarina from Belgrade
Submitted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7:35 am
Please pray for my son Justin to be free from chronic pain in his foot and ankle, for his nerve damage to heal, and for him to be able to walk again.
Submitted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:37 pm
A friend asks for prayers for good health.
Submitted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 5:46 am
Our friend Janie’s nephew Paul is having surgery today for testicular cancer. Paul is 40 years old, husband father of 4 children. Janie is a contractor that Brad Kulp, CURE’s Technical Services Coordinator, works with almost weekly. Please remember Paul and his family today.
Submitted on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:54 am