“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV)
Praise God with Suraj Komaravalli, CBM’s team leader for India, that a local partner was able to distribute relief materials to 100 families in Assam State, thanks to CBM’s “Help Those in Crisis” fund. Pray that support to that fund will continue.
Pray for political stability in Thailand where protests have escalated and for medical resources in Myanmar. Pray, too, for protection of CBM’s field staff serving in Thailand’s Golden Triangle region, Germany, Hong Kong, and China, and for God’s grace for the Chinese Ministries Team Leaders Conrad and Fiona Kwok.
Lift up Fiona Kwok as she teaches a weekly English class at the Operation Dawn Discipleship Training Center, and also Thailand Bethel Theological Institute students from Myanmar who have dropped out due to lack of resources. Pray that they will be able to resume courses when the border reopens.
Intercede for Kabuganaan Philippine Ministries, CBM’s partner in Capiz Province, the Philippines, and KPM’s leaders Rev. Job and Phoebe Santiago. Some of KPM’s programs include community development projects focusing on education: pray for parents teaching their children at home, college students struggling with mental health issues caused by the pandemic, and perseverance for all.
Pray that Michael and Melanie Waddell, CBM field staff in the Philippines, continuing to work with KPM from New Brunswick, will be encouraged as they wait for the virus to be contained. Pray that the Filipino victims of Typhoon Vamco will receive the help they need.
Praise God that since the beginning of the pandemic, Chinese students seeking to know Jesus Christ in Germany have been more engaged in congregations, and the sense of community and caring for each other has been strengthened. Ask that ministry partners’ passion and willingness to serve will remain strong and that they will return when borders open.
Middle East &
Petition for God’s grace and wisdom for CBM Africa Team Leader André Sibomana, as well as Team Leaders for the Middle East and North Africa, Elie and Mireille Haddad. Remember those on their teams: Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin, Gato Munyamasoko, and Polisi Kivava in Africa, and Emad and Almess Botros and Joe Bridi in Lebanon.
Ask God to give peace to those living in fear in Bamenda, Cameroon, where the French majority is marginalizing against the English minority. Remember the families of the six school children killed in October and the dozens wounded in the attack.
Thank God with Polisi Kivava, CBM’S relief and development specialist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for God’s love that binds all those called to care for the hurting and needy. Plead for an end to armed conflict, corruption, and violence in Eastern DRC, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. May the Holy Spirit keep desperate pastors strong and committed to God’s work.
CBM Latin America Team Leaders Bruno and Kathleen Soucy request prayer for families experiencing hurricanes or suffering the loss of loved ones, homes, community, and livelihoods due to Covid-19. Pray for a successful implementation of projects in El Salvador which will help churches focus outward to their communities. Also ask the Lord for good networking between partners and political stability.
Pray for God’s protection of CBM staff in Bolivia: Tim and Kallie Hutton, Patty Nacho, Bill and Janice Dyck (currently in Alberta), and for their team leaders, the Soucys, based in Guatemala. Pray that God’s grace will be sufficient for them. Also lift up David and Suzannah Nacho and their family as they transition from their years of service with CBM to a new ministry opportunity in western Canada.
Join Patty Nacho as she thanks God for the generous support of Canadian Baptists which enables CBM’s partners in Bolivia to minister to the vulnerable. She asks for a sense of God’s peace, strength, and creativity for leaders of the children’s ministries in Bolivia.
Take the requests of Liliana Fernandez de Farina, president of the Baptist women of Latin America, to the Lord: help for the effects the pandemic has had on women feeding their families; a stop to domestic violence; the need for employment; relief from natural disasters; and, better access to education.
Give thanks for and ask God to encourage the 13,413 Baptist World Alliance churches in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, as well as the 1,085 in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Uphold Col. Barbara Putnam, director of chaplaincy services for the Canadian Armed Forces, the first female to hold this position, as she oversees an invaluable ministry to service personnel and their families.
January 24th is UN International Day of Education. Jennifer Lau, the newly appointed executive director of CBM, reminds us that there has been a 20-year setback globally in gender equality and female education since the pandemic. Plead for a reversal.
Pray against racism in Canada, especially in Nova Scotia, where Indigenous peoples are in conflict regarding the fishery. Lift up the individuals involved, community leaders, government officials, law enforcement officers, denominational leaders, media, the minister of fisheries, and our prime minister.
Members of Northern Cross Community Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, covet prayers for the Lord’s guidance regarding their significant financial challenges and the next step in their transition.
Lift up the nine coaches from Atlantic Canada who will help organize the new mission event, Undercurrent, to take place July 8–11, 2021. Undercurrent focuses on empowering youth to lead an entire Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada congregation to serve their neighborhood.
Keep the Atlantic Baptist Women’s interMISSION planning team and the ABW nominating committee in prayer as they seek the Lord’s direction for 2021. Pray for the international female graduate student, Beth, from Thika, Kenya, whom ABW supports in partnership with Canadian Baptist Women.
Pray that financial needs at Atlantic Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, will be met this year and that international students registered at Crandall University, Moncton, New Brunswick, will soon be able to travel to Canada.
Intercede for the many hurting couples seeking help at the Secret Habit ministry of the Open Door Women’s Care Centre in Halifax. Also pray for young women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, and for the increasing financial need of the centre. Continue to pray for much-needed houseparents, a mentor, and a government grant for the Trauma Recovery for Exploited Youth centre in Nova Scotia.
Praise God that the 2021 global conference of Baptist women in Rio will be an online event, enabling more to attend. Pray for a strong response and for the search committee seeking a new executive director for BWA Women.
Pray for the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer projects such as “We See, We Care” and “Beauty for Ashes,” and commit to praying for Baptist women around the globe throughout the year. Remember women in the Pacific, who suffer the highest rates of domestic violence in the world.
Lift up Canadian Baptist Ministries International Programs Team Leader Julia Bowering and Luke Wilson, CEO of A Rocha Canada, who challenge us in this new year to pray for creation care and sabbath keeping: ask the Lord to help each of us provide rest for creation and to pay attention to our relationships.
Thank you for praying!
May the Lord bless you as you lift up these requests before him.
These prayer requests come from many sources including: CBM Website, CBM Prayerline, CBM Calling (Facebook), blogs and newsletters from CBM representatives and field staff, and email with representatives in ministry.