March 2019 Prayer Guide
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. Luke 4:1, 2
The church worldwide is now two weeks into the Lenten season, remembering Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness, participating in His suffering. While Lent is not germane to my own faith formation, I appreciate the season as a means to prepare myself for Holy Week and the Resurrection celebration.
The verse above reflects paradox in Jesus’ experience; that He was both full and at the same time empty—fasting, yet full of the Holy Spirit. Though in very nature God, writes Paul, … he made himself nothing (Philippians 2:6,7). Yet, when He leaves the desert, He is filled with dunamis—dynamite power—of the Holy Spirit and immediately directs that power to change the lives and futures of the poor, imprisoned, and oppressed (Luke 4:18, 19).
Have this mind among yourselves, says Paul (Philippians 2:5).
As you pray for CURE this month, please remember our co-workers, whose goal is to live, think, heal, and speak from that mind. Emptying themselves of their own interests, they look to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4), making space to serve our neighbors in the name of Christ. They are CURE’s—and the world’s—greatest resource, and we thank God for them. You can see some of their lovely faces and bios here: cure.org/co-workers.
And we thank God for you as you pray for children and families in the care of CURE.
Prayer and Member Care Coordinator
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
We are grateful for the ways in which healing has begun in some of our patients, including Kenneth, a CP patient who is now able to go to school and do gardening following treatment. In Kenneth’s words, “The one who was a rejected stone has become important.” His desire is to become a nurse to help kids with similar conditions. Another patient, Ernest, presented with osteomyelitis which kept him from going to school. Following treatment he is back to school and is doing well. And Evance who had surgery for neglected clubfoot has experienced a deep change in his life following surgery. Praise the Lord for continued faithfulness to heal.
Submitted on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:34 pm
Mary Diane Deysher shared that the floods in Malawi recently have been horrific. A memorial service was held on Tuesday for the sister of a woman in the church she and her husband Mark attend who was swept away by the river near where they live. Her body has yet to be found however, so the family awaits and hopes for closure. Many lives have been lost and homes and crops destroyed. Please remember the Blantyre community.
Submitted on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:16 am
Please remember a coworker whose 4-year-old niece recently died in the village. Having become ill, she was taken to a doctor and was given medicine for care at home; she died during the night. Please remember this friend and the many families in Malawi touched by early childhood death.
Submitted on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:13 am
Please pray for our budget process and that God may touch our donors to amazingly give to CURE
over the next year so that we can continue to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God.
Submitted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:06 pm
• Praise God for the successful ENT camp that took place in the first week of March, 2019
• Praise God for the successful Nursing Directors & Spiritual Directors’ symposium held in Ethiopia on 17th -22nd Feb.2019
• Praise God for the 10 successful mobile clinic events done in the month of February, 2019.
• Pray for the next outreach to be held on 7th – 14th April 2019.
• Pray for the 9 mobile clinic events scheduled for the month of March, 2019.
• Pray for the good progress of the Bible study sessions in the month of March, 2019.
• Pray for the spiritual emphasis event to be held on 13-15/03/2019
• Pray for the staff to adopt to the changes made for our chapel worship service from Wednesday to Thursday in order to efficiently execute patient service on Wednesdays.
Submitted on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 12:02 am
Please remember coworkers who have significant responsibilities as well as young families to manage. Please pray for our coworkers’ health and for creative ideas for children who come to the playroom and participate in art therapy.
Submitted on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9:24 am
CURE’s spiritual directors had a wonderful symposium in Ethiopia and are all traveling home today, February 22. All experienced refreshment, deepening relationship with one another and God, and spiritual energy to return to their work, continuing with renewed energy the mission of healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom. Praise the Lord, and remember our spiritual directors as they lead their teams.
Submitted on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:42 am
Please say a prayer for our surgeons and clinical workers who face great need each day in the patients and families that come to our hospitals. Their work of love is sacrificial. Pray for protection of soul, mind, and body as they partner with God in this beautiful work.
Submitted on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:36 am
Pray for our Clubfoot program transitioning to Hope Walks as they seek donors. The vision remains to end clubfoot as a disability. This happens through messaging, treatment, and counsel over the space of five or more years for each patient. Pray for endurance for both our practitioners and families treated.
Submitted on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:38 am
Mission Support Center
Please pray for this coming Thursday through Sunday, our annual President’s Weekend where we will introduce CURE International to new friends as well as share updates and encouragement with longtime friends and supporters. Pray that we will experience God’s special presence among us, that there will be new energy in supporting the mission of healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom. Many people will be traveling; please do pray for God’s mercy for all.
Submitted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:08 pm