Prayer & Praise Items

September 22, 2021
First Mennonite Church

PRAISE....

Praise God for autumn! Thank You, Father, for upholding creation so faithfully. The butterflies, birds, squirrels, and other creatures are feasting on autumn’s provisions. When we see the nuts, berries, and fruits of autumn, may we remember that You also provide for all of our needs in abundance. We place our trust in You, Lord, knowing that You will provide for us according to Your will.

Praise God for all of the ways He works in our lives, even through hard times. Father, forgive us for doubting and losing faith at times, and help us to seek Your strength, wisdom, and words as You use the “thorns” in our lives for our good and Your glory.

PRAYER....

Pray for our workers of the week: Loren & Pat.

PRAYERS:

• Pat & Loren have really struggled working on U.S. and Indian taxes. The Indian taxes are for more draconian than the U.S. We need help in this area.
• Pray for Pat as she works to run a school later this year to train young Indians who feel a call to do Business as Missions. Not to just make money, but to run a business to reach out to the lost.
• Loren is planning to run a school in Switzerland in July 2022 at their request. His co-leader from Switzerland has just moved to Djbouti in Africa, so we have a real challenge to coordinate and recruit for students from Europe while we live on the other ends of the earth.
• Pray for leaders Loren is coaching in China to train their young evangelists to share the gospel and make multiplying movements of disciples.

Pray for 7 unspoken prayer requests.

COVID-19: Pray for the COVID situation here and around the world (the need for vaccines, the delta variant, those ill with the virus). Pray for protection for residents of Swiss Village and Chalet Village. Pray for families dealing with COVID and quarantine.

Continue to pray for the 14 individuals who chose to make a public confession of their faith through baptism last Sunday. May they continue to grow in their faith, and may the Lord lead and guide their footsteps in the days ahead.

Pray that God will help us learn to quietly wait upon Him and to rest in His love, knowing that He has scheduled every day of our lives. Father, give us the courage and wisdom to be still and to wait quietly, patiently and expectantly, knowing that Your timing is perfect and that You know the plans that You have purposed for our lives, even though we do not.

Persecuted Church: Pray for Christians in Afghanistan who feel isolated, are unsure whom to trust, and are cut off from the underground network of believers. Some are in hiding from their own families and are fearful of being betrayed and turned into the Taliban.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL

Hospital: Judy (Mrs. Fritz) Sprunger (had a heart attack on Sunday and was taken to Lutheran for a catheterization and stents; she was released yesterday to go home); Joe Schwartz (at Lutheran Rehab for continued rehab); Andy Dawson (still at Parkview for continued care)
Swiss Village: Steve Bauman (continues dialysis)
At Home: Elaine Crider (continuing cancer treatment); Clyde Wulliman (receiving periodic chemo treatments)

We pray for the following who are part of the church family:
Adam, Taylor & Parker Lehman
Bill & Linda McKean
Denver & Jane Nussbaum
Jack & Sue Shoaf
Mark Sprunger
Tom & Betty Stuber
Gary & Connie Yoder
Annie Humphrey
Jarred & Monica Shaffer
Chris, Shari, Trace, Karli & Josie Pfister
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Please phone Prayer & Praise items to the church office, 8:00a.m.- 4:30p.m., 589-3108; or Jim Schwartz, 525-0124