“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’ ” (John 11:25a, NIV).
Gracious God, we lift up the newest member of the CBM Africa team, Laura Muema of Nairobi, Kenya. Be her helper as she becomes familiar with CBM and its projects dealing with vulnerable children, gender equity, and literacy in her role as the program and SENT coordinator.
As Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin, Canadian Baptist Ministries field staff in Rwanda, continue their home assignment in Atlantic Canada, we ask you, God, to help them balance their time between duty and family. We pray that the peer capacity assessments done in March among CBM’s partner churches in Africa will lead to increasingly effective ministry.
Bless, we pray, the children, leaders, and churches hosting Vacation Church Schools sponsored by Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries in Capiz province during May and June, and encourage Michael Waddell, CBM’s senior associate for the Philippines and Faith+Work, with prayers and practical financial support.
Join Canadian Baptist Ministries’ program officer for international partners; pray that God will grant wisdom and strength to Suraj Komaravalli and CP Raju, CBM’s national field staff in India, as they lead workshops for pastors and church leaders on sharing the gospel through “word and deed.”
We cry out to you, Sovereign God, for Ukrainians who have fled their country and those unable to escape the terrors of war. Comfort those who mourn. May they find their rest in you. Pray with passion for peace between Russia and Ukraine, that God will reveal himself to individuals, rulers, and nations, showing that he is the only source of peace.
God of mercy, we pray for protection for the 600 Baptist churches in the region around Ukraine who are providing food and shelter for refugees. May they be seen as the hands and feet of Jesus, and may local pastors keep believing that God will be glorified.
Middle East/North Africa
Students at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon request prayer for growth in their knowledge of Eastern Christian traditions. Provide each student with jobs, as needed, and good health, Lord, we pray. May each student and staff person know God’s strength, hope, and peace. We pray also for an end to the political crises in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria.
Praise God with Bruno and Kathleen Soucy, Canadian Baptist Ministries’ team leaders for Latin America: churches in Cuba and the Dominican Republic have had an increase in attendance, particularly of youth. Lord, enable leaders in Central America who are meeting weekly to learn and apply a theology of work to share with their congregations.
Byron Velásquez, CBM’s integral mission and global discipleship coordinator for Central America, requests prayer for the upcoming training events with CBM’s new partners in Guatemala. Pray, too, for the special program which provides tutoring and educational support for Guatemalan children.
We give thanks for Canadian Baptist Ministries’ beekeeping and small-scale farming projects that improve food security and economic income for rural Bolivians, and for education and renovations to prevent Chagas disease. We lift up the Unión Femenil Bautista de América Latina who organize helplines for needy women and raise funds for local evangelism.
Lift up Canadian Baptist Ministries’ finance and administration personnel as they prepare year-end reporting for CBM’s annual meetings. We ask for increased vaccine availability in developing countries so that CBM’s normal programming can resume. As the meetings take place in mid-May, pray for the Holy Spirit’s enabling, giving an evident spirit of unity, and that in all things, God would be glorified.
Lift up the president of Canadian Baptist Women and the CBW executive as they seek God’s direction for their future focus across Canada.
We uphold the graduates of Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, asking you make known to them your plans for their futures.
Creator of all life, we continue to plead that the pregnancy support centres in Canada will maintain their charitable status. Make possible the hopes of each centre to reach out with texting apps and publicity to let those in need know of the help and support available. Supply all funding needed, Lord, we pray, and thank you for all who work or volunteer at local pregnancy centres.
Uphold ABW’s annual interMISSION event: every detail, Lord … we lift all up to you. We pray an outpouring of your Holy Spirit on the speakers, on ABW’s interim president, the worship team, workshop leaders, and special Canadian Baptist Ministries guests.
Pray that God will guide ABW’s Vacation Bible School project. May he equip leaders and participating churches as they prepare for the summer programs and extend a welcome to children in their communities who have not heard the gospel.
We give thanks that Adrian Gardner, Canadian Baptist Ministries' director of Canadian partnerships, could travel in March to Romania, where CBM’s partners were striving to meet immediate needs of refugees. We ask, Lord, that Canadians would generously support CBM’s Emergency Relief Fund.
We beg you, God, to restore peace in Myanmar. With Conrad and Fiona Kwok, CBM’s Chinese Ministries team leaders, we ask for provision for the masses there, pastors included, who are desperate for income and food. Encourage those who reach out to remote villages with the gospel and medical help.