December 2018 Prayer Guide
At this festive season of the year … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts …
—from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
At this festive season of the year CURE co-workers are, in unique ways, offering comfort and hope to patients and families, some who are suffering greatly. And Christmas is a good time to remind ourselves why we continue to hold hope for the world—why we dare offer “tidings of comfort and joy” in difficult contexts throughout the network.
Discomfort is, of course, the context of the Christmas story. Those to whom the gospel is first announced find themselves in what might seem, at least at first, even greater discomfort. Yet Mary, precarious in her pregnancy, exults, her spirit leaping for joy (Luke 1:47); Zechariah at the end of a long silence, speaks praise (Luke 1:64). Shepherds and wise men, too, focus their hope, joy, and worship on a tiny, helpless child lying in a manger. Long centuries later this hope anchors our souls, even in trouble. Encouraged by those who saw and touched the man this baby would become, we know and are prepared to share the reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15).
In this blessed season may we steward well the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas (Psalm 65:5), and may our hope prove itself in joy as we together heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom.
Thank you for praying with and for us.
Wishing you comfort and joy in all your celebrations,
Prayer and Member Care Coordinator
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
From CURE Kenya
*Praise God for patients and caregivers who expressed their faith in God and pray that they may be rooted in the Word.
*Praise God for the success of Spiritual Centre Committee retreat and mobile clinics.
*Pray for the spiritual activities planned for the month of December which include end of year party, Saline Training and Bible study facilitators’ training and outreach mission
*Pray for our coworker Caro who is planning for her wedding in the month of December.
*Pray for the public transport ministry in our country as the system is being upgraded and is causing transport challenges to patients.
Submitted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:29 am
From CURE Niger
Hannatou Labo, CURE Niger’s spiritual director, has been very ill recently. Please pray with us for her full recovery. She is also a young mother with two small children.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm
Praises about the country’s relative peace.
Please continue for the people displaced. Pray for the government efforts to resettle them in their villages. Please pray for peace and reconciliation.
Please praise God with us for His grace, power, and strength for CURE Ethiopia. Thank God with us for his favor, protection, and fruit He has given us in the past 10 years. Thank God with us as our anniversary celebration day is coming, we want to give glory and honor to God in all things everyday.
Please pray for the preparation of our anniversary celebration which will be held on January 22. 2019.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 12:31 am
Please pray for a friend of CURE, Brian Jones. He is in the works of starting a non-profit organization called Warriors Guild Inc. that aides and facilitates boys becoming Godly men through physical fitness, scripture requirements, and nature/outdoor activities. He is requesting prayer, that Warriors Guild Inc. will continue to piece together all the details they need to start up their non-profit by October 2019.
Submitted on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm
Pray for a friend of CURE whose daughter is battling a stomach illness.
Submitted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:39 am
From CURE MSC
Stephanie Ibarra’s brother was recently in a severe motorcycle accident. Stephanie and her family are grateful that his life was spared and that his injuries were limited to two broken wrists. His recovery, however, is expected to be long. Thank you for your prayers.
Submitted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm