“For to us a child is born.… And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
Pray with Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin, Canadian Baptist Ministries global field staff in Rwanda, that many Canadian churches will participate in a special Christmas project, “Shared Hopeful Gifts,” supporting literacy classes, self-help and parenting groups, mentors, and vulnerable youth in Rwandan churches.
Dependable God, we intercede for peaceful elections slated for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Guide, by your Holy Spirit, the leaders of two of CBM’s partners at their annual general meetings this month. Anoint the 2024 projects to meet community needs.
Pray for good health and safety for Conrad and Fiona Kwok, Canadian Baptist Ministries’ Chinese Ministries team leaders; they will return to Canada after hosting three SENT mission teams in Asia’s Golden Triangle. Ask God to encourage the teams and the ministry recipients in their faith journey.
Merciful Father, bless the coming year's programs that CBM’s partner in Nagaland, India, will introduce in aid of victims of human trafficking, kids at risk, and low-income pastors.
Guide Suraj Komaravalli, CBM’s team leader for Asia, and his team as they serve a “broken world through word and deed.”
Praise God with Yuanchuan Ye and Ming Gao, CBM’s Chinese Ministry team in Kassel, Germany, and Lewis and Felain Lam, team members in Göttingen, Germany, for three recent baptisms and for 100 attendees at the annual Spring Living Camp. Intercede for new believers’ spiritual growth, the ongoing ministry to share the gospel, and for students to know God’s peace this Christmas.
Middle East/North Africa
Wonderful Counsellor, equip your servants, Elie and Mireille Haddad, Canadian Baptist Ministries’ MENA team leaders living in Lebanon, as they counsel students at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. Bestow a bold witness on Lebanese churches as they minister amid economic deterioration.
Everlasting Father, we praise you that Syrian and Sudanese refugees are being drawn to you as ABTS graduates and CBM’s partners find creative ways to share the gospel. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development, CBM’s local partner.
Rejoice in the Emanuel Foundation’s expansion in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which will provide care for more mothers and children from the city’s red-light district. Bill and Janice Dyck, based in Calgary, serve Canadian Baptist Ministries in Latin America. Pray with them for Bill’s Pastoring to Pastors groups and Janice’s music ministry to children at the Emanual Foundation.
Lift up Bruno and Kathleen Soucy, CBM’s team leaders for Latin America and based in Guatemala, and their team: Tim and Kallie Hutton (Bolivia), Kathryn Scott (Dominican Republic), Patty Nacho (Bolivia), Byron Velásquez (Guatemala) and Bill and Janice Dyck (based in Canada). Pour out a special blessing on any CBM staff far from family at Christmastime.
Give thanks with Moreen Sharp, president of Canadian Baptist Women, for the scholarship this organization provides to support a Rwandan working on her Master of Business Administration. Request the Lord’s blessing on this woman’s work with the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda.
Give us empathy for people near us who have no home or family with whom to celebrate your birth. Prompt us to reach out and share.
Trustworthy Saviour, we bring you the broken, sexually exploited young women who had been trapped by mistrust and who now are finding refuge at a ministry for victims of sexploitation, located in Nova Scotia. Break down all barriers and provide the victims with complete healing.
Great Physician, be with the Baptist hospital chaplains in Saint John, N.B., and Halifax, N.S., and the sick to whom they minister; fill the void of family for any who have no family to visit them.
Wonderful Counselor, we commit the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada’s Wayfinding Project to you. Guide youth participants, by your Holy Spirit, in the way they should go and equip their mentors.
Gentle Jesus, it’s our prayer that clients visiting the pregnancy and wellness centres in the Maritime region would experience your love during this season of giving. Provide each centre with all the resources needed to end the year on good financial footing, we pray. Clear a path for any needing services at the centres so they might find their way to the help available.
Give God glory for HORIZONS staff who administer and translate the Baptist World Alliance’s HORIZONS youth programs in Africa and India, and for HORIZONS mentors and participants. May the power of God’s Word transform lives in these challenging times globally.
We give thanks, Gracious God, for the United Nations, which declared 75 years ago that all human beings have the right to life, food, education, work, health, and liberty. Restore the dignity of those who are not experiencing these rights today. Give us more empathy, we pray.
Mighty GOD, put an end to stigma and injustice for those suffering from AIDS, which has claimed over 35 million lives in 40 years. We praise you for medical advances that have been made.
We pray for our world's conflict zones: Prince of Peace, reign in each heart, we pray.