April 2019 Prayer Guide
“In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” Matthew 26:12, 13
Dear Praying Friends,
Our Third Wednesday prayer gathering this month falls on Good Wednesday in Holy Week. Commonly associated with this day is the story of the woman who broke open a jar of pure spikenard to pour over Jesus’ head. While the act was viewed as a waste by some who witnessed it, Jesus defended the woman, declaring her beautiful sacrifice a foreshadowing of His own, as preparation of his body for burial.
Good Wednesday is also associated with the account of Judas’ meeting with temple authorities and his terms for handing Jesus over to them. Chief critic of the woman’s offering, Judas managed to make a little profit from his proposal. His practicality, however, was his ruin.
Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between sacrifice—sacred rite—and waste. Just as the spikenard was viewed as misgiven, Jesus’ life seemed to many to have been wasted. But far beyond practical, God’s mercy is lavish, boundless, and effective: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
In view of God’s mercies, Paul instructs believers to offer their bodies as “living sacrifices.” God’s mercies include the gift of women and men of CURE, who daily pour out their lives on behalf of children and families in need of physical and spiritual healing. We are grateful to have you join us in remembering them and their prayer concerns represented in the guide below.
Every blessing in this holy season,
Prayer and Member Care Coordinator
New prayer requests can be shared at cure.org/prayer-request.
Pray for the community in leadership transition and for additional co-workers.
Submitted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm
Please pray for the staff, the patients and the whole Nigerien community as we are going through a difficult period of heat. In this period the risk is very high for the spread of disease. Please ask for divine protection for all.
Submitted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm
Thanks giving for the relative peace and stability in the country. Please pray for the leadership of the country of Ethiopia. Please pray for strength, wisdom and favor from God.
Please pray for drought affected areas in the country. Please pray for the provision of food and basic needs for the people.
Please pray for upcoming events at the hospital and in the community. (Celebration of Easter holiday with patients and staff to be meaningful, Mobile clinics in Hawassa and Bahirdar towns)
Submitted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5:39 am
Specific Prayer Concerns:
• Praise God for the successful Spiritual Emphasis week in the month of March.
• Pray for the two staff that lost their loved ones to receive God’s comfort.
• Thank God for a Primary School that visited the hospital for educational tour where 28 students received Christ as Savior.
• Thank God and pray for Moffat Bible College partners who usually visit the hospital and conduct ward fellowship and now they are on their vacation.
• Praise God for patient Jihan who delivered her third born baby normally and now rejoicing for the gift of a child. Some staff supported and visited her home.
• Thank God for four School Ministry opportunities where we did a successful sharing of the gospel and created awareness for the hospital.
• Thank God for the successful mobile clinic and Jesus film shows opportunities where we ministered to patients.
• Pray for the staff retreat in the month of April where married and singles staff will have a mentorship and counseling session.
• Pray for the upcoming Outreach event in the month of April that it may be fruitful.
Submitted on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm
Pray for the xenophobic attacks on other nationals in South Africa in which many people have lost their lives.
Pray for the General Elections in May in Malawi. We are in the campaign period and there are some traits of violence, mainly in the southern parts of the country.
Submitted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:20 am
Join us in Prayer as we pray for
1. The New addition to the Cure Family in ENT Dr Felicidad Felicida and his wife to settle down and for them to feel part of the mission here in Zambia
2. God to continue healing the patients who have surgeries
3. The Patients, Guardians/Parents and members of staff to be receptive to the word of God that is being preached to them
4. God to provide especially for our Sisters and Brothers in the rural area for God to provide for them as we have a semi drought in most of the places in Zambia
Submitted on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 9:43 am
CURE Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida
Prayer for our program, for God to give us wisdom as we go through the strategic and restructuring season.
Pray for one of our care coordinators, whose husband is sick with cancer.
Pray for relevant partnerships as we network.
Pray for Dr. Mugamba as he settles into his new environment, that all will go well.
Submitted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:16 am
Mission Support Center
Maureen, CURE Nurse Consultant, and her husband, Paul Sloan, returned early from their six-month stay in Niger to be with their daughter Anne, who has been in ICU for 10 days with no clear diagnosis yet. While deeply and desperately concerned for Anne, Maureen and Paul trust God and are at peace.
Dr. Becky Threatt, Director of Nursing, has been through a very difficult time with her mother following cardiac procedures a week and a half ago. Her mother is improving and recovering in a rehab facility.
Diane Lawrence’s son-in-law Matt is in need of mitral valve repair and struggling to get surgery plans together. Diane serves CURE as Nurse Trainer.
Submitted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm
Earnest Kioko, Senior Director for Spiritual Ministry, along with his wife Winnie, announced on Sunday the birth of his daughter Blessings. Praise the Lord for her safe arrival and this new addition to the CURE family!
Submitted on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 4:14 pm
Our friends Paul and Maureen Sloan who have spent the last six months in Niger as volunteers–Paul as an anesthesiologist and Maureen as Nurse Consultant–are leaving Niger this evening to be with their daughter Anne and her husband. Anne is 20 weeks pregnant and critically ill in the hospital. Please pray for Anne and for the Sloan family in this time of deep concern. Please pray for Paul and Maureen’s long trip to San Antonio where their daughter is hospitalized. Please pray for God’s protection over Anne and her baby’s life.
Submitted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:58 am