Category Archives: Prayer Requests

Received Prayer Request from a Sensitive Area on our Region. Please Commit to Pray!


We have just received a prayer request at the Regional Office from one of our team members in a sensitive area. While the details are not completely clear, and we can’t share them all, we understand that a family has taken action to place a “death wish” on the child of one of our new believers, because of her faith.

Please pray for this new believer and her daughter that they would experience the protection and peace that comes from our Lord and Savior. Our Lord knows her name.

We know that there are many such situations happening around the world. Please take a moment to stop and pray for the persecuted church and those Christians who are on the front lines in these battles.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18 (NIV).

Super Typhoon Hagupit Approaching Philippines – Here we go again!


Hard to believe that 13 months, almost to the day, we are directly in the line of site of yet another category 5 Super Typhoon.

Nazarene Disaster Response teams are mobilizing across the central Philippines.  We have met this afternoon with the Philippine / Micronesia Field Strategy Coordinator, Stephen Gualberto, to review our planning for communications / logistics strategy in the event that this turns into a devastating event like Super Typhoon Yolanda.

There are currently three tracks that the computer models are depicting.  One track (20% chance) has the storm moving due north, skirting the eastern shores and then moving towards Japan.

The 75% or higher probability, is a direct hit to the central Philippines, with the eye passing directly over Manila on Tuesday night.

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As you can imagine, given our roles as Communications / Partnerships / and Work Teams Coordinators for the Region, our office is a buzz of activity.  This will be a very hectic 5 days and beyond if this storm doesn’t either alter course or dissipate.  We remember all too well last year’s days, weeks, and months following Yolanda.

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People are evacuating low laying areas on the eastern shores.

Please keep our Pacific Islanders in your prayers as areas that were so absolutely devastated by Yolanda are again in the line of site.  People are evacuating low lying areas now in the Central Philippines.

You can visit our regional website:  http://www.asiapacificnazarene.org/typhoonhagupit which is serving as the Region’s central communications anchor point for the duration of this event.   We released this global call-to-prayer about 1 hour ago:

God Answers Prayer! Kidnapped Pastor Released!


God Answers Prayer! Must share this latest update with you!

more than conquerorsEastern Mediterranean Field: The Nazarene pastor on the Eastern Mediterranean Field who was kidnapped on Friday was released a day later.

Lindell Browning, strategy coordinator for the field, shared the following urgent prayer request on Friday:

“A Nazarene pastor from a sensitive access area has been kidnapped today and a heavy ransom is being demanded. Let’s join his family and the Church of the Nazarene around the world to pray for his safety and quick release.”

Nazarenes around the world prayed and shared the prayer request to friends, family, and congregations.

A day later, the good news was announced.

“Give thanks to the Lord,” said a Nazarene field leader. “Because of your prayers, God opened the doors. God is always faithful. [The] pastor that was kidnapped is back home. Details of the nature of his release are not available.

“Please pray for security in sensitive areas of our world; we don’t want issues like this to make the believers and leaders leave the places where they live.”

Browning rejoiced at the news.

“We are dancing … holy dancing that is!!” he said. “God has responded to our prayers!”

Global Mission Director Verne Ward shared his joy.

“We are rejoicing in the grace of God!” Ward said. “We are thankful for the prayer of His people! Rejoicing in tears!”

Please continue to pray for the Church of the Nazarene around the world and its mission to make Christlike disciples in the nations.
— Submitted:  NCNNews

Urgent Prayer Request – Pastor Kidnapped


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Eastern Mediterranean Field:  Lindell Browning, field strategy coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene’s Eastern Mediterranean Field, shares the following urgent prayer request:

“A Nazarene pastor from a sensitive access area has been kidnapped today and a heavy ransom is being demanded. Let’s join his family and the Church of the Nazarene around the world to pray for his safety and quick release.”

More information will be posted as it’s made available.
— Submitted:  NCNNews

Answers to Prayer…the Journey begins!


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Sitting in the Manila Airport, waiting for our flight to depart. Manila – United Arab Emirates – Washington DC

Connie and I are sitting here in Terminal 1 of Manila International Airport, waiting for our flight to depart for the Middle East and then on to Washington DC.  We will be at the first regional Work and Witness Conference in about 48 hours.  You can see the travel and speaking schedule here.

We are so very blessed!  Quite literally, we have received notes and comments from around the globe from friends and family committing to pray.  God is answering!  Connie’s shoulder is feeling much better.   Her range of motion has increased substantially and the aching pain has decreased.  The blistered area of her eye (the entire sclera – white area) has resolved with the medication.  We are both feeling much better, fevers resolved, and we are ready for the next 4 weeks of conferences and speaking!  God Is So Good…and we are so blessed to have such a tremendous prayer team.  Thank you from the depths of our hearts.

Many of you receive an email each time we post and we don’t want to flood your inboxes over the next few weeks, so we are starting a special page on our site to share news about this trip.  You may follow along as we post praises and prayer requests, but you won’t automatically be sent updates.   Here is the link

The WMC-AP Team as we said goodbye this afternoon before leaving for the airport.
The WMC-AP Team as we said goodbye this afternoon before leaving for the airport.

We would so greatly appreciate your continued prayers for:

1)  Dr. John Mullins, Shauna, and their family (see the specific prayer request).  We are hoping to visit with them in person on September 8th, and to be able to spend time in prayer with these dear friends and partners in ministry.

2)  Kudjip Nazarene Hospital Surgeon Dr. James Radcliffe, as he is scheduled to have a tumor removed on September 9th (see his story here).  Also pray for the rest of the doctors and the team in Papua New Guinea.

3)  Our World Mission Communications Asia-Pacific Team, as they work on many projects over the next couple of weeks.

4)  Our several friends and family members with cancer.  The Lord knows their names and we would appreciate your prayers.

Thank you so very much for being part of our prayer team.  We truly couldn’t be here without you there, praying and paying the price.  Together, we are reaching the Asia-Pacific Region for Christ!

 

Urgent Call to Prayer…Will You Please Join Us?


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World Mission Communications Team Asia-Pacific (WMC-AP)  Praying each morning from 9-10am.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16 (NAS)  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NAS)

B-17 Bomber Picking up Flak
B-17 Bomber Picking up Flak

Our WMC-AP team has a saying, “When we are over the target we are going to pick up flak.”  Just like a bomber in war, when it is flying over friendly territory, the flight is usually smooth and quiet, but the minute it gets close to or “over the target,” the enemy starts to throw up all the “flak” (anti-aircraft fire) possible. 

For more than a year, we have not needed to see a doctor for anything, then in the last 2 weeks we have been to the doctor three times!  Connie with a shoulder problem, then a drop of bacteria filled water off the roof landed in her eye and caused a major, immediate, issue; back to the doctor.  Then followup on the shoulder involving a 20 mile drive, and a 30 minute doctor appointment, followed by a 30 minute physical therapy appointment, required more than 12 hours!   As Connie says, “this is what happens when you live in a city of 37 million people and all of them decide to get on the road at the same time!”  Add to this, two weeks of cyclical fevers for both of us, most likely a result of mosquito born viruses, and a kidney pain for me (Todd) that had me hurting with every movement…and we definitely feel like we have been picking up all sorts of Flak!  It seems that almost weekly we have been adding another family member to the CPL (Cancer Prayer List).

"Been praying for you. You are in need of covering I think."
“Been praying for you. You are in need of covering I think.”

One of our prayer and financial partners who has been with us for more than 40 years (was my childhood Sunday School Teacher) and who does not have email, just sent us a card saying, “Been praying for you. You are in need of covering I think.” Truer words were never spoken!  We understand it for what it is.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NAS).  

We just returned from a tremendous training trip to Indonesia.  Click here for story. God was present great things are happening. The Kingdom of God is being advanced.  WE ARE OVER THE TARGET!

WILL YOU PLEASE COMMIT TO PRAY!

  1. We can only be here because we have a partnership team back home who prays and pays the price.  One of our Team members, Dr. John (our family physician) has walked the road alongside us since our return to Asia.  He completed our physicals, treated me (Todd) when I came home with a serious stomach infection, treats our kids, Connie’s brother, and is absolutely a vital link in ministry.  He has provided us with his cell number, home number, email, and has encouraged us to call anytime day or night if we need help.   As a Christian doctor he is so much more…he is a healer!   Dr. John has battled a serious infection and has been hospitalized much of the past 3 months.  Many of you will remember we paused our Daughter’s wedding reception on June 15th, and prayed corporately for Dr. John.  While our team here in Manila has prayed daily, it’s time to CREATE A WAVE of prayer.  Will you please join us in daily praying for this vital team member?  Will you do more than pray, would you even consider fasting a meal?   Dr. John needs a breakthrough! Pray for his wife Shauna and his precious family as well.  
    Heading back across the ocean again...
    Heading back across the ocean again…
  2. In 4 days (Sept 3rd), Connie and I will head for the airport to begin one month of conventions, meetings, and speaking engagements across North America.  We will be attending three Regional Work and Witness Conferences, promoting the mission projects here on the Asia-Pacific Region.  This will find us in Maryland, Ohio,  Oregon, Idaho,  and the Northern Alabama District.  Pray for safety as we travel, and that God would lead us to the teams, churches and partners that he has for the Asia-Pacific Region.  (Speaking and Travel Schedule)
  3. Pray for Connie’s shoulder.  The doctor has told her that it is frozen and needs specific physical therapy.   Leaving in just three days, this is not possible.  He gave her targeted exercises and instructions – we need healing.
  4. Pray for our family.  Within our close family we have several dealing with cancer.  It isn’t easy when you are across the world and want to be home walking the path with those you love.  Again…healing is needed.  We have another family member leaving today for yet another term defending the freedoms of our great nation.   We need prayer for his protection. 

We are not asking for an ice bucket challenge, or a gift of finances, we are asking simply for effective and fervent prayer!  We are definitely in need of covering.  In our years of mission service we have seen that God Answers Prayer!  Time and time again!   

Will you please be part of the answer by PRAYING!

 

Typhoon Rammasun Making Landfall – Heavy Rain Here in Manila!


 

Typhoon Rammasun 1I (Todd) just returned back from the Central Philippines where I spent a few days working with a Volunteer Team from Rancho Cucamonga.  We were working to rebuild one of the churches destroyed last  year by Super Typhoon Yolanda.   My plan was to post some great pictures and highlights from this trip.   Things have been a bit busy, and this afternoon, the rains have increased to a steady downpour as Typhoon Rammasun places Manila directly in its path.

We appreciate your continued prayers.  Schools and embassies have closed, several evacuation orders have been issued for villages on the eastern shores, and everyone is keeping a very close eye on this storm.

Click here for details.

Updated Prayer Request for Our Nazarene Surgeon in Papua New Guinea!


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Dr. Jim, Kathy, and their youngest children Josiah and Lydia.

The Asia-Pacific Team has been requesting focused prayer for Dr. Jim Radcliffe, his wife Kathy, and family.  Dr. Jim (the general surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea) began having heart issues in May.   It has now been determined that Jim’s heart troubles were likely the result of having had an untreated heart attack, at some point in the past.

Jim and Kathy are currently in the U.S. and Jim has just been informed that he is a good candidate for the necessary heart repair. The surgery date has been set for August 4th. They are asking for focused prayer as multiple tests need to be completed and preparations made in advance of the surgery.

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Dr. Jim performing a C-Section at the hospital in PNG. Praying for his personal healing so that he can return to his healing ministry!

“We are praying for a quick recovery, the ability to complete our home assignment speaking, and to return to PNG in January,” said Dr. Jim. “Please also pray for the Lord to use this time and to guide us in all the changes of schedules and plans we need to make. We are resting in the arms of Jesus and trusting Him for His healing, in His time and Way.”

Jim and Kathy have served in Papua New Guinea since 1985. The Radcliffes have six children between the ages of 33 and 15.

Urgent Prayer Request for Missionary Dr. Jim Radcliffe in Papua New Guinea.


 

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Missionary Surgeon Dr. Jim and Kathy Radcliffe in this dated photo.

UPDATE 11-JUNE-2014

Please continue to pray for Dr. Jim Radcliffe and his family, as Jim’s recent heart troubles were likely the result of  having had a heart attack, at some point in the past.  His symptoms are improving on medication, and he will be traveling home to the US, with the PNG quiz team, to get further evaluation next week.


 

Dear Team.  It is exactly for this reason that we have this blog going – promotion of PRAYER!  We have received an urgent prayer request for Dr. Jim and Kathy Radcliffe and family.  Dr. Jim has been our general surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital for many years.  Please pray and ask your churches to pray.  The specific request that is being released at this time is as follows:

Please pray for Dr. Jim Radcliffe (missionary surgeon at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea) and his family during this time, as Jim is being evaluated and treated for some recent heart problems. 

Thanks so much for your prayers and partnership!  Connie and I have arrived safely in Idaho, and have just finished two days of helping and celebrating with our Niece and family for her wedding (yesterday).  We are speaking at Nampa First Church this afternoon, partnership meetings tomorrow, then on to preparing for our daughter’s wedding this next week.

Many blessings!

Todd

 

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of GMA Church


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Our special friends the Tia family

Today we had the privilege of celebrating the 30th Anniversary of GMA Church with our special friends the Tias.  As we drove to the church this morning, we realized very quickly that we were going to be delayed as the Barangay elections were in full swing and we encountered several marches with people walking, motor cycles, candidates on the front of Jeepneys with microphones doing last minute statements and even a marching band!

While it was very interesting to watch all of this, we had a schedule to keep!  NOT!  When you are stuck in traffic on a narrow road with parades and all, you just ease along with the traffic and hope you make it to your destination before the closing prayer!

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Communion with fellow believers
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Strategy Meeting after the service

We did make it in time for most of the sermon, as the DS who was speaking that day was coming from the same place we were, but luckily he had left before us.  We enjoyed the sermon and were blessed with partaking in communion with this wonderful group.  After the service, lunch was served and we enjoyed visiting with many people while we ate and we even fit in a quick meeting with the Field Strategy Coordinator before we left to head back home.  Luckily going home only took about an hour as apposed to the two hours it took to get there!

We didn’t make it to the house yet, we stopped at the office to take care of some last minute details for the conference that is starting tomorrow and found more details that needed to be taken care of, so we are doing what we do best!  Helping, communicating, and filling in the gaps.

Please pray for the leaders here and all those attending the conference from Korea.  Our prayer is that this conference would build unity among God’s people and that we would be sensitive to what God would say to each of us, as we meet together.

Please pray for our team here at WMC as we are trying to assist in whatever way we can to help them feel welcome and also are providing audio and video coverage along with anything that we find that needs to be done.

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A gift that each one received in celebration of the 30th Anniversary

Your thoughts and prayers throughout the day and night are what keeps us going.  Our favourite saying in the office is that we know we are over the target (meaning we know we are doing what God wants us to) because we are catching flack (the devil is working hard to make trouble for us.)