September Prayer Calendar Archive

"Pray also for us..."

So states the apostle Paul in a letter to believers in Colosse, acknowledging a somewhat stunning reality: though the Christians to whom he was writing were separated from him physically, they could nonetheless participate in his ministry! God’s people could join in God’s work of taking the Gospel to those who hadn’t heard it simply by praying for their missionary pastor.

These realities are no less true today. As a church, Parkside has been blessed with the opportunity to support many missionaries scattered around the world, all of whom are seeking to share the Good News of Jesus with people who have yet to hear and believe it. Can we really help them, being thousands of miles and numerous time zones away? According to Paul, yes! The purpose of this missionary prayer calendar is to inform you of what is going on in certain parts of the world, and invite you to participate in the work through prayer.

The format is simple. Each day, you will find a missionary or organization that Parkside supports, along with one of their specific prayer requests. You’ll also find a different country of the world and how you can best be praying for the people there.

Our hope in arranging this is that you’ll know the privilege of participating in the work of the Gospel, which as Paul also tells the Colossians, is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world. We trust that praying for the nations will increase our heart for the world, causing us to increasingly desire and work towards seeing unbelieving people of all nations become committed followers of Christ!

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Supported Worker: Bobby & Julie
Country: United States of America
Details: Pray for Bobby and Julie as they take the next steps for joining a mission team in East Asia. That consists of interviews with current team members and reconnecting with their sending agency. Praise God that three families on the team have obtained their visas and two of them are already settled in-country. Pray for their teammates who are working hard to establish their work and businesses in-country. Please pray that God will give Bobby, Julie, Maudie, Orion, Pleiades, and Providence united hearts as they settle all their affairs Stateside before departing. Pray that God will prepare the way for ... more >
Supported Worker: Chris and Leanne Harrington
Country: Japan
Details: Pray for God’s leading as they begin to seek new ministry partnerships in Tohoku, Japan for future missionaries. Currently, their missions agency (SEND) is doing ministry in three of the six states in Tohoku. If it is God’s will, they would like to help the Japanese churches in the remaining three states. Pray for SEND to find good gospel partners and situations that could use their help. China (Asia). Population: 1,406,717,659 Believers: 5.7%. The survival and growth of the Church in China are two of the most decisive events of our generation. The window of opportunity ... more >
Supported Worker: The City Mission
Country: United States of America
Details: They are thankful for the influx of volunteer groups they had this summer! Please pray for the children involved in their Pathways program as they begin the new school year and for the staff as they serve the children and address their unique needs. Pray for The City Mission to find the next New Horizons house or an alternative to continue the home ownership program track. Also, pray for them as they search for a caseworker to work with the men at Banfield who are having a difficult time finding housing. Chile (Latin America). Population: 18,639,010 Believers: 18 ... more >
Supported Worker: Church Plant Training Ministry in Asia
Details: With the decrease in COVID-19 cases and states lifting away lockdowns, life is gradually returning to normal. People are coming to terms with the losses, especially in the devastating second wave of COVID-19. Every family has had a loss either within their immediate families or have been affected remotely. They continue to reach out to families that have been affected by the pandemic with groceries and masks. Pray for the expected third wave. Pray for protection of all the team members and their families from the virus. Pray for the spread of the gospel. In this time of great anxiety ... more >
Supported Worker: Wes & Nancy Collins
Countries: Guatemala, Peru, United States of America
Details: Please pray for the Mam people as the pandemic grows in intensity in Guatemala. Their indigenous colleague, Byron, lost his father-in-law to the virus in late July. Pray for healing and hope in the Lord. Central African Republic (CAR) (Africa). Population: 5,340,353 Believers: 32.3%. Widespread evangelism in the 1960s and 1970s yielded massive numbers of converts but a shortage of disciples. This has slowed the momentum of growth and is evident in the following challenges needing prayer: a) Widespread nominalism and syncretism. b) Denominational rifts hold back cooperative efforts. c) The failure to make discipleship a top ... more >
Supported Worker: Kep & Debbie James
Country: Bolivia
Details: Pray for Kep as he spends September 18-26 in Cairo with the missionary training center leaders and leads a Facilitators’ Training Retreat. Afterward, he will spend two weeks visiting students in Morocco and Senegal who are preparing to plant churches in North Africa. Pray that God will use the time Kep spends there to encourage students and leaders to make a commitment to study God’s Word every day to learn it, to live it, and to teach it faithfully (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Cape Verde Islands (Africa). Population: 583,509 Believers: 6.6%. Economic and ecological problems must be wisely ... more >
Supported Worker: Shoreline Church
Country: United States of America
Details: Shoreline Church is grateful for the number of people who participated in the events that they held this summer—Soccer Camp, Mini Camps, and Reconnect Sunday morning events. Pray for the fall startup of Community groups, Bible studies, and the children and student ministries. Thank the Lord for providing them with enough volunteers to open classrooms for all grades in their children's ministry for the first time since early 2020! Praise God that when Youth for Christ recently ran a local summer camp with students from many local schools, 100 students heard the gospel, 20 of them made first-time decisions ... more >
Supported Workers: Edgar (& Lety) Rivera, Neri (& Karina) Rivera
Country: Mexico
Details: Pray that God would give Edgar wisdom in directing the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) work in Mexico. Pray for Edgar’s son, Juan, and his wife, Amy, as Juan begins training to be a missionary pilot in Michigan. Please continue to pray for healing for Edgar's back. Pray that Neri will have wisdom as he encourages several Equipping Servants (ESI) groups through this time of social restriction. Pray that the church plant will continue to grow and that many opportunities would arise to share the Good News. Pray for effective follow-up and strength for Karina as she heals from surgery ... more >
Supported Worker: Fieldstone Counseling
Country: United States of America
Details: Pray for wisdom for the counselors as they seek to offer the comfort of God to those who are struggling. Pray for encouragement and growth empowered by the Holy Spirit for the counselees as they receive counseling. Pray for the counselors who will be speaking at upcoming conferences and hosting several upcoming equipping events. Specifically, Fieldstone Director, Jonathan Holmes, will be speaking at both the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF) annual conferences. They also have a special upcoming Pastor Appreciation Luncheon at Parkside Green. They are thankful for these opportunities to help ... more >
Supported Worker: Andrew & Angie James
Country: Uruguay
Details: A new Equipping Servants (ESI) group started last month, and they reached their target of 15 participants. Please pray for the students as they begin to study the book of Romans in depth, that God would draw them closer to himself and equip them for future ministry. Over the course of the past months, God has brought several non-believers into their lives either informally or to their Sunday services. Please pray for the salvation of these people, and especially for the salvation of Hermes, Carolina, Diego, and Horacio. Please pray that God would continue to give them love, wisdom, and ... more >
Supported Worker: E & J Missionaries in Training
Country: United States of America
Details: Their son turned three years old in August. Join them in thanking God for him and asking his blessing on M. Please pray for them as they prepare for transition to North Africa. Pray that they will be able to leave soon, that God would give them favor with officials during travel, and that there would be no issues with COVID-19, visas, or luggage. Burkina Faso (Africa). Population: 21,871,161 Believers: 8.9%. The spirit world is very real in Burkina Faso, where as the saying goes, the population is “50% Muslim, 20% Christian, and 100% animist”. The power ... more >
Supported Worker: Equipping Servants International (ESI)
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Details: Pray for the 1,740 ESI participants in 162 groups meeting in 14 countries. Pray that these men and women will grow in their love for God and commitment to honor Christ by being true to his scriptures with Jesus and his gospel at the center. Bulgaria (Europe). Population: 7,017,086 Believers: 1.9%. Bulgaria’s troubled past is not yet completely behind. Corruption and powerful organized crime syndicates persist. Poverty is widespread, as are divorce and abortion—there are more abortions than live births. Many of the youngest and brightest emigrate seeking jobs and money. Pray that wholeness will come ... more >
Supported Worker: Johannes (& Mathapelo) Thaele
Country: South Africa
Details: South Africa is experiencing a loss of jobs and negative impact on their economy because of the looting of 108 shopping malls. Pray for the Christians who are gathering in the malls every Saturday to pray for God’s protection. Their church is open with a limit of 50 people inside and 100 outside, but they are happy they can meet to encourage one another in the Lord. In August, they held a camp for youth leaders. Twenty leaders participated, and the outcome of this camp was good. Pray for the youth who are committed to do outreach every weekend. Pray ... more >
Supported Worker: Scranton Road Bible Church
Country: United States of America
Details: Pray for the raising up of young leaders and elders. Continue to pray for their teens and children as midweek programs like Good News Kids and youth groups start back up for fall ministry. Thank God for those who were baptized in August and pray for those being baptized this month. Brazil (Latin America). Population: 209,051,123 Believers: 26.3%. The emergence of evangelicals in Brazil has been dramatic. Yet despite the growth, there are many prayer needs. Numerical rather than spiritual growth is the emphasis of too many groups, to the point of dishonest inflation of numbers and ... more >
Supported Worker: Amy Cottle
Country: Thailand
Details: Pray for Amy as she continues her transition back into Thailand and ministry life in Maha Sarakham. Thailand continues to experience a COVID-19 surge, and the university students will study online until the end of October. Pray for Amy’s team as they try to engage with students, professors, and neighbors under these circumstances. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw people to the Lord in miraculous ways. Botswana (Africa). Population: 2,227,418 Believers: 8.1%. Botswana is a rare African state—economic growth is steady, corruption rare, and a multiparty democracy the norm. Praise God for the stability that enables ... more >
Supported Worker: Health for Her (formerly Alternaterm)
Country: United States of America
Details: They are thankful for Lisa Malek, a nurse they recently hired and ask that we pray for God to provide another full-time nurse. They also need a donor passionate about the vision of Health for Her to fill the position of Community Engagement/Volunteer Coordinator. Pray for the health of their staff as they seek to show all their patients the love and kindness that Jesus would show them while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 variant. Bosnia (Europe). Population: 3,676,677 Believers: 0.1%. Evangelical believers have increased significantly but still represent only a miniscule proportion of the ... more >
Supported Worker: Mark & Patti Bean
Countries: Peru, United States of America
Details: Pray for Mark and the team of Panao Quechua mother-tongue translators as they press on to finish the book of Exodus. As the consultant, Mark has studied through and commented on their translation of Exodus. Still to be finished this month, when funding goals require its completion, are the team's responses to the 500+ notes Mark has made. Then Mark must go through those responses to see how they handled them. Sometimes there is yet another round of back and forth between consultant and team before everyone is satisfied. Together, Mark and the translation team also have ten days ... more >
Supported Worker: Matt (& Laura) Pheneger
Country: United States of America
Details: They are grateful for the opportunity to minister to kids and youth around the world. Colombia Ambassadors Football staff shared about Yair, 15, who escaped being forcibly recruited into a group of guerrilla soldiers and fled to Santa Marta, where Ambassadors is based. After joining the AF youth soccer team there, Yair learned that his mother died of a heart attack. He returned home to attend the funeral and once again barely escaped with his life. Their staff learned that he was living in deplorable conditions, so they not only gave him an outlet to use his soccer talents, but ... more >
Supported Worker: Mike & Joan Ross
Countries: Mexico, United States of America
Details: Praise God that their team in Oaxaca has been healthy and busy flying despite the worsening pandemic. Pray for wisdom in prioritizing the many requests for flights. Pray for the Mexican government to release funding to continue flying critical patients. Please pray for the Missions Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Latin America Regional staff meetings this month. Pray that all staff will be encouraged through God’s Word and fellowship. Benin (Africa). Population: 12,176,895 Believers: 8.3%. Animism is a powerful force in Benin. Although Christianity is poised to numerically overtake ethnic religions in the near future, far too many Christians ... more >
Supported Worker: Parkside Green
Country: United States of America
Details: Please pray for the Lord to bear lasting fruit through Pastor Adam’s preaching, their fall Bible study on Solomon, tiny groups (fellowship), and adult classes on contentment and church history. Pray also for God to work powerfully in the lives of the children and teenagers. Lastly, ask the Lord to accomplish his purposes through the missionaries they support in Dubai and in Uganda. Belgium (Europe). Population: 11,048,254 Believers: 1.2%. The Bible has been reintroduced to Belgian society after many centuries of being discouraged, even banned, by the Catholic Church before 1960. Pray that the Word of God ... more >
Supported Worker: Kep & Debbie James
Country: Bolivia
Details: Pray for the Church in Bolivia—that they will be faithful in sharing Christ with people around them, and that the Lord will bring much fruit. Pray for continuing gospel impact through Debbie’s ministry as she teaches the Bible and disciples the women in the church in La Paz, and as they endeavor to make Christ known to many women in the region. Pray for Pastor Pepe and the elders of the ILC Church in La Paz, that they will be passionate about Jesus as they lead the flock by example and with a gospel-focus in their preaching and teaching. Belarus ... more >
Supported Worker: Chris and Leanne Harrington
Country: Japan
Details: They are grateful that they were able to take a week of vacation as a family. It was good to get unhurried time together, and they thank God for that respite after a hot summer filled with different gatherings. Japan has been going in and out of state-of-emergency protocols which makes it a challenge to connect with friends and neighbors. Pray for safety within the community and for wisdom on how to best navigate ministry. Barbados (Caribbean). Population: 261,687 Believers: 34.2%. External challenges to the gospel are evident—increased activity in and acceptance of the occult as well as ... more >
Supported Worker: E & J Missionaries in Training
Country: United States of America
Details: E & J’s airline tickets for Aug 31 were canceled. They were able to re-book those for Sept 7, but those too were canceled. Because our all-wise Father is in control, they can give thanks in all circumstances. Please pray for the country in North Africa where they hope to go soon. The nation has been suffering over the last few weeks with high COVID-19 numbers and some natural disasters taking place. Pray that their brothers and sisters in Christ there would boldly proclaim the hope we have in Jesus and would love others with his love. Pray that many ... more >
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