Prayer & Praise Items
April 21, 2021
First Mennonite Church
Praise God that He is never far from us. He walks alongside us easily because He is always with us. Father, help us to trust more fully that Your Presence dwells with us and watches over us.
We thank You, Lord, for Your protection, not only over ourselves, but for our loved ones as well. We give thanks for health, strength, grace, forgiveness, peace, joy, for loving us unconditionally and never failing us.
Pray for our workers of the week: Loren & Pat:
• A major leader in the body of Christ and leading witness to H’s died this morning of COVID. He was a good friend of Loren & Pat. Loren’s staff member, 26-year old Andrew, also died this morning of COVID. It’s a great shock to all of them. He was Loren’s hope to lead work in North Ind** and a very close friend and coworker.
• Twenty pastors from another organization nearby have died as well. Their community is exhausted and broken. Pray for comfort, strength, the ability to rest in the Father’s care, and provision for those who have been left without fathers, sons, pastors and friends.
• After prostate surgery Loren is fighting Plantar Fasciitis (pain on the bottom of his feet), so he can’t walk. This is critical because he still has a lot of work to do before they fly to the U.S. on May 3. It typically lasts three months, but they believe with God’s healing that can be sped up.
• Pray that they can find someone to stay in their house while they are gone to the U.S. May 3-June 8.
Pray for 4 unspoken prayer requests.
COVID-19: Pray for those families who have lost loved ones, and for protection for health workers. Pray for healing for those who are ill. Pray for the Swiss Village and Chalet Village residents for continued protection.
Pray for local and national leaders: “For dominion belongs to the LORD, and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:28
Lord, we pray You will turn our hearts to You. Our nation not only needs You, but needs to see who You are, what You are, and all You are: The Great I am, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Protector of the Sheep, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection and the Life, and the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Persecuted Christians: Pray for Pastor James Coates and the congregation of Grace Life Church in Alberta, Canada (the first underground church in the Western world). Because the church refused to close during yet another lockdown order, Pastor Coates was arrested and spent over a month in a maximum-security prison. A barricade has been set up around the church with officers present to make sure no one enters the church. No recent cases of COVID have been traced to the church in the months they’ve been open. Church members are now meeting in an unknown location.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Swiss Village: Elaine Liechty (continues to show improvement with her treatments)
Recovery: Shirley Prentiss (surgery to remove gall stones was partially successful; also recovering from a recent fall); Mary Whitehurst (recovering from hip replacement surgery)
Surgery: Steve Bauman (surgery has been delayed due to an infection)
Cancer: Lori Hawkins, David Flueckiger (Bonnie’s son), Carol Lehman, Elaine Crider, Mic Hodson
We pray for the following who are part of the church family:
Van & Sharon Wulliman
Kent, Becky, Jessica, Sarah, Krista & Grace Lehman
Carson & Erika Tumbleson
Don & Jean Lehman
Paul, Carla, Katie & Lindsey Bluhm
Bill & Cheryl Walker
Please phone Prayer & Praise items to the church office, 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m., 589-3108; or Jim Schwartz, 525-0124