Prayer and Praise

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ETHNIC THAI

The Buddhist Lent period goes from mid-July through to mid-October, the rainy season in Thailand. This a particular time of year where Buddhists cleanse themselves of the ‘bad’ in their life and often commit to abstain from certain practises such as drinking alcohol. Buddhist Monks devote this time to being at the temple, studying Buddha’s scriptures, meditating and chanting. This is a time of increased spiritual activity and searching, and the cross-cultural team in Thailand are inviting the Australian Baptist community to pray with them during this period. 
For Prayer:
  • That during this time of renewed spiritual activity doors will open for meaningful dialogue between the Ethnic Thai believers and the team, and their Buddhist friends 
  • For Jesus to reveal Himself to seekers through dreams and encounters with believers
  • For the Ethnic Thai believers to be bold as they seek opportunities to share their faith in Jesus with their Buddhist friends and family

YAWO

Cam and Kath are spending time in Australia for their Home Assignment before they return to Mozambique for their third term. In their final weeks in Mozambique, they visited friends to say goodbye and reflect on the past years. As they look back, they are amazed at how far God has brought them and what He is doing among the Yawo. Just recently, a Yawo friend became a follower of Jesus and is actively sharing his faith with many people in his village and surrounding area. They are praying for team mate Scott, and others, as they disciple this man and fellow new believers. 
Although sad to leave Mozambique for a while, Cam and Kath are enjoying catching up with family and friends, spending time with their home church family and sharing stories from the past three years.   
For Prayer:
  • Thankfulness for God’s activity among the Yawo and the way He is using the team as part of His plan
  • That Cam, Kath and their children will transition back into life in Australia well and be refreshed by time with family and friends
  • That as they share stories of God at work among the Yawo, people will be inspired and challenged to partner with the team by giving, praying and going

KHMER

Craig and Kim have recently moved into their new home in a nearby village to the city they were living. They are really enjoying getting to know their new neighbours and, although they are still in the early stages of their culture and language learning, they are grateful to have spent months learning the language before moving out of the city. They are settling into their neighbourhood... their children are playing soccer with local kids, Craig is hoping to garden with some neighbouring men and Kim is enjoying sitting with Khmer women who live nearby. This is an exciting time for Craig and Kim as they see themselves beginning to build lasting and meaningful relationships with Khmer people.

The team serving in Cambodia are grateful to have purchased a team vehicle thanks to the generous support of people and churches in Australia who have given to the project.
For Prayer:
  • Thankfulness for the provision of a safe, reliable team vehicle
  • That even in their first months of living in the village, Craig and Kim will be building meaningful friendships that will lead to faith sharing
  • For their new home to be a place of welcome, joy, friendship building and faith sharing

KHMER

Candidates Andy and Cathie are preparing to serve among the Khmer and are anticipating arriving in Cambodia early next year. While that can seem a long way away, they are constantly reminded of the need to trust and seek God’s timing in their preparation and transition. They have been incredibly encouraged and humbled to be invited to share their journey at churches and be invited into people’s homes. As they prepare, Andy and Cathie know that their service in Cambodia will only be made possible by the many faithful, generous people who are willing to be partner with them and what God is doing among the Khmer.  
For Prayer:

  • Thankfulness for Andy and Cathie’s obedience in following God’s call and stepping out in faith
  • That the family will know God’s presence and see His hand at work as they balance their preparation for Cambodia with their current lives and responsibilities in Australia
  • For churches and individuals to commit to partnering with them prayerfully and financially