Tuesday, March 19, 2019

GM Prayer & Praise

GM Prayer & Praise
Supporting Our Missionary Families

Today's Verse...

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." (Colossians 3:15)



World Needs: 

Chris Gibbs (Malawi): Please have special prayer for Malawi and the thousands facing complete loss due to severe flooding from unprecedented rains. Malawi's president declared Malawi in a state of emergency. 

As of Saturday:

  • 13 districts have reported that 56 people have died and 577 have been injured.  
  • We have over 200,000 people nationwide that have lost their homes from the floods literally washing everything away. 
  • Hundreds of UPC of Malawi members have lost their homes, everything they own, and their crops. They have no food, no clean drinking water and no clothes, other than what they have on.  The loss of crops is devastating due to the fact Malawians use half for food and sell the other half to buy other staples. All wells have been contaminated from the floods leaving thousands with no clean drinking water. 
  • Ten UPC churches have been destroyed and will need to be rebuilt. 
  • Three widows have lost their homes.
  • A member of the UPC was in his house when the house collapsed from the flash flood injuring him severely.  
  • At least 20 pastors so far have lost their homes and all their worldly possessions from the flooding. 
  • Please pray. Cyclone Idai is expected to hit this weekend into next week.
  • Update: The death toll is expected to top 1,000, as Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique before continuing on to Zimbabwe and Malawi, bringing flash floods and severe winds. (according to news outlets) Please pray. 

  • Venezuela: Please continue to pray for the nation of Venezuela. Pray for the political turmoil to end, and for aid to get to those who need it most. Pray also for the Lonnie R. Burton and Lonnie J. Burton families, our missionaries on location.

Health Needs:  Continued prayer needed:

  • Robert Addington (cancer)
  • Elizabeth Decker (cancer)
  • Sherri Dominguez (recovering from surgery)
  • Don Clenney (will undergo tests for cancer on April 8)

Permit/Visa:   Continued prayer needed:

  • Gail Burton (Venezuela): resident visa
  • Jonathan & Jenny Follmer (Sweden): resident visa
  • Brandon & Mollie Borders (New Zealand): resident visa


Special Request: 

Bruce Howell, Global Missions Director

As you may be aware Diane was recently admitted to the hospital to determine how best to treat ALS-related symptoms. 

We have returned to the familiar surroundings of our home. We are thankful home health care will now be assisting us.

We continue to lean on your prayers as we believe for healing and full recovery. Our faith in God remains strong, and we sense His closeness.

Texts, e-mails, cards, and gifts from so many strengthen and remind us we are not alone. The love, concern, and prayers of the body of Christ is so uplifting and treasured at this time.

Please continue to pray:

  • for the progression of the ALS to stop. 
  • overall strength to enable her to overcome extreme fatigue.
  • for strength with her speech. It is difficult to talk and takes considerable energy.
  • for peace and understanding until God heals her body.  Her faith is very strong, as is mine. We know HE WILL DO IT.  We will continue to walk by faith until that happens.


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