Prayer Mobilization Line
The following are praise reports and prayer requests
from Nazarene Missions International for
August 20, 2014
  "May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. "
Psalm 141:2 (NIV)
 
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PRAISES:
Schmelzenbach Praise
  Recently we shared a praise report about how God kept missionaries Harmon and Cindy Schmelzenbach safe when they were involved in car accident. To God be the glory for the following words from the Schmelzenbachs about God’s continued provision:

“God has truly been answering prayer in a powerful way! Cindy and I walked away without a scratch and even though our vehicle was totaled and that was inconvenient, it has been amazing to watch how God has used this and been at work. Our insurance paid out for the totaling of our vehicle and for the same money God has now provided us with a better vehicle, four years newer, with less miles and…red!”
Harmon and Cindy serve in Melanesia.

Holiday Bible Club
  On the Africa South Field, 1200 children attended the Lenasia Church of the Nazarene’s Holiday Bible Club in July—the typical attendance has been 500-600 children, until this year. More than 150 volunteers assisted in teaching the children Bible lessons, leading activities, and hosting special sessions on personal hygiene. A leader says, “We thank God for his blessing and that we were able to present the word of God into the lives and hearts of these children, and that we were afforded the opportunity to teach them how to keep their bodies clean, as they are the temple of the Lord.” The church received the 3rd Annual International Nelson Mandela Community Award in recognition of the good work they do through the Holiday Bible Camp. Read more in Out of Africa.
Against the Flow
  Against the Flow, a Nazarene radio program dedicated to encouraging listeners through Christian conversation and music, returned to the air on August 2 with a powerful testimony from Dr. Hayden Kho. Listener comments flowed in via social media:  • “To God be the glory for his testimony today!”
  • “Amen! Goosebumps…indeed. I am blessed.”
  • #heartheart
  • Wow. Praise God!
Pray for Against the Flow as it ministers to listeners in the Philippines and beyond. Pray also for other World Mission Broadcast programs and especially for the listeners who tune in seeking encouragement and hope.
Ravi Thorat
  On August 13 we received a request from India asking the church to pray for Pastor Ravi Thorat who had been admitted to the hospital and doctors suspected Dengue Fever. One day later the word came that Pastor Thorat’s platelets had grown from 6,000 to 16,000 and we rejoiced at this improvement. Thank you for praying for Pastor Thorat’s complete recovery.
PRAY FOR:
GLOBAL MINISTRY REQUESTS
Confiscated Equipment
  JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP), World Mission Broadcast, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, and other Nazarene ministries often send equipment to the field via individuals carrying projectors, audio systems, medical equipment, and supplies aboard airplanes. Typically, the equipment makes it through customs into the hands of the teams, occasionally it doesn't. Recently, two solar backpacks containing JFHP equipment were confiscated at customs. It was later learned that the equipment was sold by an unknown party to another unknown party and it never made it to the waiting JFHP teams. This is a reminder to pray continually for all ministry equipment traveling to places where it will be used to share the Good News of Christ. Pray that nothing will stand in the way of equipment reaching people waiting to use it for God's glory.
Spanish Church Planting
 

Pray for the people who will attend a Spanish church planting training on the Canada Central District in Toronto, Canada, August 21-23.

Ebola Update from Africa Region
 

Please continue to pray for the people who have been affected by the Ebola virus. Here are updates from Nazarene leaders in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Thank you for your prayers:

  • Liberia - Rev. Daniel Johnson
    Liberia has the highest fatality reported so far. All of the major hospitals in Monrovia, the capital, are currently closed. So people are now dying of diseases, like malaria, diarrhea and typhoid fever. Our local church pastors are providing health education for their members and communities. They are encouraging their people to follow all health preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health to the letter; and at the same time praying for God's intervention to eradicate the virus from Liberia.

  • Sierra Leone – Rev. Vidal Cole
    The spread of the Ebola virus is mostly in the interior in the eastern region; the major affected locations are Kailahun and Kenema. Unfortunately our churches in Segbwema are located right in the middle of these two locations. In Freetown, we're basically dealing with the issue of fear and panic. The government is working with educating the populace about the virus and also putting preventive strategies in place.

Click here to go to the Africa Region’s website for more information and Rev. Johnson and Rev. Cole’s specific requests. To contribute to the church’s Africa Emergency Relief Fund, click here. Funds contributed to the Africa Emergency Relief Fund will go toward Ebola education programs, prevention and hygiene supplies, and food and vitamins for individuals and families in affected communities.

Hispanic Rally
  The Northeastern Indiana District is holding a Hispanic Rally, August 29-30. May the Lord be lifted high and honored during every aspect of the rally.
District Superintendents
  Over the next several months, NMI will publish the names and place of ministry for Nazarene district superintendents. Please join us in praying for these individuals who God has called to shepherd pastors and churches around the world.

Today’s district superintendents are from countries on the Eurasia and Mesoamerica Regions:

Daniel Pesado, Italy District
Dan Psaute, Slovenia District
Ignacio Pesado, Spain District
Velusamy Daniel, Sri Lanka District
Philip McAlister, Switzerland and United Kingdom British Isles North Districts
Vova Masyuk, Ukraine District
David Montgomery, United Kingdom British Isles South District
Daniel Blaise, French Antilles and French Guiana Districts
Kenneth Sharpe, Leeward/Virgin Islands District
Bish Sewkumar, Suriname District
George Leonce, Windward Islands District
John Wildgoose, Bahamas District
Orlando Seale, Barbados
Alphonso Porter, Belize
Mario Vargas, Costa Rica Central
Johnny Calvo, Costa Rica North
May the Lord add His blessing to the work of these district superintendents.
Board of General Superintendents
  Please pray for the ministry and safety of the general superintendents as they travel this month:

Jerry D. Porter
J. K. Warrick
Eugénio Duarte
David W.Graves
David A. Busic
Gustavo A. Crocker
 
HEALTH-RELATED REQUESTS
Fernando Cesar de Oliveira
  On August 18th, Fernando Cesar de Oliveira was to undergo surgery for prostate cancer. He is the superintendent of Sudeste Paulista District in Brazil. Prayers for Fernando and his family are appreciated.
Mitch Modine
  Prayer is requested for missionary Mitch Modine who will undergo surgery later in August. Mitch and his wife, Marnie, live in Manila, Philippines where Mitch is a professor at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary and Marnie works for the Asia-Pacific Regional Office.
Jim Radcliffe– UPDATE/Praise/Prayer
  Missionary doctor Jim Radcliffe continues recovery from open-heart surgery and is doing well. He has begun to drive a bit along with doing walking exercises. Jim and his wife, Kathy, say, “We are grateful to our church for this medical leave of absence. We have been impressed that God has placed His people all along our way on this path to healing. In each medical office and hospital where we have been, believers, who we did not know were there, have reached out to us in encouragement and prayer.”  Please continue to pray:
  • For healing and increased strength for Jim
  • For the cardiac evaluation to be positive on August 29, in preparation for the next surgery
  • For the next surgery on September 9th (laparoscopic adrenalectomy) to go well
  • For the adrenal tumor to be benign and able to be completely removed
  • For our deputation services to be blessed of the Lord. Our scheduled "Home Assignment" is September-December, so we are praying that we can begin deputation in late September.
  • For us to be able to return to Papua New Guinea at the end of December along with daughter, Priscilla, who will be teaching at the Missionary Kids School, and son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Katherine, joining in the medical work along with their two sons, Simeon and Mathias
  • For Josiah as he soon starts his university experience at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in engineering and continues his flight training in God's time and plan (he recently flew solo)
  • For the staff at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital as they care for the sick, and for the short-term missionaries who are coming to cover Jim's absence: Dr. Mike Pyle, Dr. Scott Pringle, Dr. Steve Elerding, and Dr. Kevin Kerrigan
Thank you for praying.
"When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy
that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus."


—Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983), Dutch author, speaker, and concentration camp survivor
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