Prayer & Praise Items

June 21, 2017
First Mennonite Church

Praise for the excellent time of service, ministry and fellowship which the catechism class experienced during their trip to Pennsylvania last week. Thank the Lord for their safe journey.

Thank you, Lord, that you are not looking for ideal people with impressive qualifications, but You lift up the humble in heart, giving them your grace.

Pray for our missionaries of the week: Gordon & Yarna.
Praise Items: For a “healthy” time of life (spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, etc.) for us and our kids’ families (they, in Finland). The ministry teams we’ve been involved with continue to put into practice ideas and steps for a closer walk with the Lord, and how to better build relationships with community members in the villages they are serving. Prayer Items: For Gordon & Yarna, and for each of their many team members around South Asia, to remember (& work on the fact) that life and serving is more about an intimate and growing relationship with Jesus Christ than it is about what we all DO!! A Consultant visa for Gordon for India: this is an on-going issue and request. Thanks for putting it on your prayer lists at home, too. There is ethnic & political tension and some violence (several killed already) in the Darjeeling area of north India where we have CHE programs going in multiple communities. Pray for peaceful resolution, and dialogue. Continue to lift up our Congolese Mennonite brothers & sisters who are in hiding due to ethnic and political upheaval in the Kasai areas. Several people from First Mennonite, Berne, have served in that area, including Yarna and me, and we know some of them personally. Pray for provision for those in hiding; for comfort for those who have brutally lost loved ones; and, of course, for senses to return to what God desires and intends for communities – for peace and prosperity to reign. Thank you so much for your attention to, and desire for, praying for these and so many more issues which affect the effectiveness in which the Kingdom of God spreads.
Pray for 8 unspoken requests.

Pray for God’s blessing on the marriage of Allison Sprunger and Andrew Steffen, who will be married on June 24. May they seek the Lord to guide and bless them in their marriage.

Pray for our nation and its leaders.

God calls us to encourage each other. Here is a list of June birthdays for missionaries and church staff. A basket will be placed in the foyer in which you may place cards for them, and these will be sent for you.
21 Anna Jane Fennig        24 Dan Bauman
26 Chris Hyman                28 Norah Fox

Bertie Lehman - seeing oncologist today
Dianne Von Gunten - heart surgery and stroke recovery
Bonnie Sprunger - skull fracture recovery at home
Mic Hodson - receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer
Sharon Wheeler - resuming chemo treatments
Claire Kuprowicz (cu-PRO-uts) - progressing, now communicating orally
Cancer issues - Tim Breauchy, Bob Beitler, Phil Sprunger

We pray for these who are part of the First Mennonite family:
Harry Yoder
Steve, Cheryl, Joel & Jonathan Bauman
Matt, Becky & Kate Buckingham
David & Sandra Flueckiger
Kris, Rhonda & Brayden Grandlinard
Berneta Lehman
Scott, Greta & Tim Lehman
Dick & Janet McKean
Marie Nussbaum
David, Lona & Brandon Shuey
Please phone Prayer & Praise items to church office, 8:00
a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 589-3108, or Jerry Flueckiger, 589-4666.