Kenya: Bishop Nixon Dingili writes the nation is mourning the death of more than 50 Kenyans who were gunned down by armed militia in Kenya's coastal region. "This is an area where we have four FM churches, friends and relatives," writes the Bishop. "Our churches were not attacked but our people are affected. Join us in prayer for our country and for God to strengthen our members as we seek God's counsel."
Burundi: Rev. Deogratias Nshimiyamini was elected as the new bishop at Burundi's General Conference held Wed., June 4. Rev. Deo has been an ordained minister of the FMC since 1994 and has served the church in several key positions such as national literacy coordinator, director of Christian education and conference superintendent. He has also served as registrar of Hope Africa University. Rev. Deogratias and his wife, Lea, have seven children.
Cambodia: Pray for Asia Pacific Free Methodist Missions Association (APFMMA) missionary Davis Lam as he coordinates mission teams and handles the mission office administration. Remember Rebecca Chung, also an APFMMA missionary, as she translates Sunday school teaching materials. Pray these lessons impact lives for years to come.
Hungary: Join the Hungary team in prayer for God to raise up several spiritually healthy believers to join with the church fellowship in ministering to families in the neighborhood around the Budapest Ministry Center.
Peru: Pray for the ongoing ministry of AdorARTE, a new FM ministry in Peru that trains youth to use the arts in sharing the good news of Christ.
Mexico: Pray as pastors and lay leaders gather for the Northwest Mexico Provisional Annual Conference in Baja California, June 23 to 30. Pray God continues to arm Luis Crespo Collins with wisdom as he serves as conference superintendent. Pray Dr. Delia Nüesch-Olver's visit encourages leaders of this conference where there are 12 churches with a membership of 758 individuals.
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Iraq: Three young men were ordained this past March in northern Iraq. Each has planted one church, two of which meet in homes. Pray God brings encouragement to each of the church planters in a region where growth is slow and harvest often takes much time and much effort.
Rwanda: Kibogora Hospital is gaining a reputation in the community for a high survival rate of newborn babies. Julie Yerger believes this is a testimony of God's presence in the hospital and His love for the tiniest of human creation. Pray for the ongoing witness of Kibogora Hospital in this nation.
Taiwan: Pray for the 40 students graduating Sat., June 14, from Holy Light Theological Seminary, as they go out as Christ's servants in Taiwan and beyond.
Ukraine: Be in prayer for Lena, Misha, Sveta and Tanya who are leading the simple church in Ukraine. A simple church may meet anywhere; with or without trained leaders, formal liturgy, programs or structures.
Mexico: Praise the Lord for the 50th anniversary of the Mexican Conference. A celebration was recently held in northern Mexico at Rancho Betania. Pray as leaders are mentored, churches are planted, lives are changed and missionaries are sent out.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The WHAS Crusade for Children had another phenomenal year for fundraising to help children around Kentuckiana. The Crusade raised more than $5.6 million during the two-day telecast. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Crusade go to organizations around Kentuckiana to help those with special needs.
Fire departments from across Kentuckiana were stationed at various intersections with boots held out for donations to the organization. The two-day telethon is the most successful local telethon in America and the most beloved in the community.
Ivory Coast: Sunday, May 11, Free Methodist work in Ivory Coast was formally opened. Pastor Bertin Tae, leader of the church, began working with FMs while he was a refugee in Liberia from 2012 to 2013. Returning to his homeland in 2013, Pastor Tae resumed working with 15 pastors serving nine churches and several fellowships. Most of these people are still recovering from significant wartime losses. Please keep them in your prayers.
Taiwan: Pray for Yuli, an Indonesian caregiver to an elderly member of the Chung Lun FMC. Pray for the time Lily Kinkead spends with Yuli prior to the Sunday morning worship service to help her understand the worship activities. Thousands of Indonesian workers, many of whom come from Muslim backgrounds, live in Taiwan. Pray Christians will know how to minister to them.
Spain: Spain's divorce rate is more than 50% of all married couples. Join in prayer as the Rivas church invests in couples ministry, including dinners and retreats, that will impact families and marriages.
Brazil: Pray for the many outreach events that will take place during the FIFASoccer World Cup, June 12 to July 13, in Brazil. Dan and Hope Owsley are coordinating outreach efforts surrounding the stadium in Brasilia where seven out of the 64 matches will be played. Pray for Dan as he coordinates additional efforts of the Brazilian church and ministry teams from the U.S.
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
Israel: Pray for four small groups started in Galilee, Israel. Five new church planter trainees are working in this region.
Congratulations: Dustin, a creative access worker, graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, with a master's degree in biblical studies on May 24.
INTERNATIONAL CHILD CARE MINISTRIES (ICCM)
Pray for the more than 1,700 children eagerly awaiting sponsorship and new opportunities for changed futures. (Even more children are ready to be enrolled after these children are sponsored.) Click here to view the profiles of more than 100 children listed on the ICCM website or call the ICCM office to request a child from a world area that cannot not be published, or with special needs.
Last week SEED Operations Manager Tasha Pryor returned to the office for the first time since her April accident. Praise the Lord for her quick recovery. Also praise the Lord for Indianapolis staff members Pat Cruce and Michelle Hack who took on additional duties to fill the gaps while Tasha was recovering.
In a few days, the WHAS Crusade for Children will begin its 7th decade of making life better for children with special needs. Thousands will come together to celebrate the 61st annual Crusade on June 7 & 8.
Melissa Swan of WHAS11 News “On Your Side” and 84WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will host the 61st Annual WHAS Crusade for Children on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater in Louisville beginning at 7:00pm (EDT). Admission is free.
The 30-hour broadcast actually starts Saturday at 1:00pm!