May we never forget that the Lord works wonders for every one of his devoted lovers. And this is how I know that he will answer my every prayer. Psalm 4:3
Whatever you are facing today, we would be honoured and privileged to have you share your prayer requests with us. Our staff and prayer team will pray for you over the next week. May you be filled with God’s presence and peace.
Prayer centres our hearts on God
Our nephew, Naphtali, has submitted his application for a study visa to come to Great Lakes for the 2023-2024 school year. Prayers are asked for the visa to be granted so he can benefit from a year of strong Christian education.
Liam Whitfield (Cody's son, Kathy's grandson) recently found out that his leukemia has returned. Pray for Liam and the family as they go through treatments again. Include his medical team in your prayers.
Please pray for Lorna Whitfield as she recovers from her spinal surgery. Praises to God for the speedy and perfect care she has received so far and prayers for healing and return of mobility.
Update: Jeff was able to go home an hour after his surgery and has had less pain than expected. ~~~~~~ Jeff's medical team has bumped up his AV arm fistula surgery to Monday (today) at 10:30am in Oakville. This will allow Jeff to do dialysis once it heals in 10-12 weeks. It is day surgery and he should home in time for bed. We really appreciate the prayers for a successful surgery and healing.
I am so thankful for all the prayers. It's been quite a learning experience for all of us since Rick's dad entered the same facility as Earl. Jori has been really sweet to all of us. She is a real blessing to all the lives she touches there not just Earl's. Please keep her in your prayers, that God will continue to give her wisdom and strength and courage. My mother is needy as well. She cries a lot and is also packing and getting ready to sell her house. We have all been working hard to accomplish this. She will be moving to Port Colborne. My sister Bibianne will help to get a small place built on her property with the money Mom gets from the sale of the house. Rick will be visiting his Dad again today. I've been spending lots of time with Mom but lately I've become ill myself. I am pretty sure it's stomach ulcerations because I have suffered with this before. I am trying to change my diet. My gutt hurts and I have nausea and headaches and just feeling unwell. I guess too much stress has caused this; but I know we will get through this. My sister Bibianne has had her second breast surgery and is recovering at home. Rick and I really do miss the whole church family and we hope to get back to the building again soon. So far we have been just doing church on line and we were happy to see the baptism of Madison Whitfield last Sunday. Rick and Eric will soon be laid off from their jobs as well. But no worries...they will find other work. Travis said his father-in-law is doing ok but we will let you know as the process goes on. He is supposed to be getting radiation treatments.
Please pray for ongoing healing for Cindy Mogford as she continues to recover from a minor stroke.
Please pray for Ralph Sibbick, Cindy Mogford’s father, and Jas Mogford’s grandfather, as he settles into his new home at Deer Park Villa.
Edythe Williams has completed her radiation treatment. Positive reports from follow up visits - praise God for these results !
Please continue to pray for John’s dad Charlie. His platelets are too low and so they are reducing the medication in his chemo this round. We want him to be as comfortable as he can be through this chapter.
Bev Boden's father, Andy Heron, passed away on Friday April 28, 18 days after his wife May passed away. Please remember Bev, Jamie, Caitlin, Gabriel and the other family members grieving this double loss.
Jodie's mother, Linda Codling, passed away on Saturday April 29. Please remember Jodie, Jeremy, Lauren, Sydney, Abbey and the other family members grieving.
Wil has finished his radiation treatments. In June he will be tested to see how well it worked with a follow up appointment with his oncologist in July. He had an MRI on his head March 19th and then a follow up appointment with that Dr. later in the month. He gets around in the apartment quite well but his speech issues remain about the same. Thank you for continued prayers on their behalf. It is truly appreciated.
Dawn Gordon is a neighbour of the Cook's and Walkers on Carlton Court. She recently lost a parent. Right now her brother Mark Clitsome, age 65, is dealing with terminal cancer. Dawn asked that we include her brother in our prayers. She has realized that the doctors cannot do anymore. She wants us to pray for comfort and pain control and peace. She obviously believes in the power of prayer. She is aware of the dedication of the Cook's and Walker's to our church and the Lord.
Please remember all the families that are mourning loved ones.
Please pray for Julie's friend Darlene and her family as they grieve the sudden loss of Darlene's 8 month old granddaughter Payton. The family is devasted. Darlene has asked if our church family could pray for them in the coming months. Payton's parents are Victoria and Brad. Brad is having a particular difficult time and prayers for his mental health and ability to move forward are essential right now.
Joel's support has decreased throughout the pandemic for various reasons, and Hiro's support will need to be increased as well with a growing family and rising costs. We trust that God has all resources and will move in the hearts of individuals and churches to renew commitment, increase commitment or help us to find additional partners in this mission, so please pray that God will provide what is needed and move in all of our hearts to see His Kingdom continue to grow in Japan and Cambodia.
Please pray for the newly engaged couples at Mito church, as they begin premarital counseling and as they seek to build foundations on Christ for their new marriages. Ask God to use Joel & Hiro in the counseling and guidance of these couples as they start this exciting new step in life.
Almost one year has passed since we started our children's worship and we are thankful for the ways God has taught and shaped us, and has grown all of us as we disciple and nurture our children in faith and teach them to become passionate worshippers of God. Recently the children did a nativity skit as a part of our Christmas worship and the families were enthusiastic to participate, for which we give thanks, and it was a great way to share the gospel in a non-threatening way with our non-Christian guests. Thanks be to God! As we consider making adjustments to how we'll meet those teaching needs that differ by age group, and as those serving prayerfully consider if/how they can serve in the upcoming year, pray for wisdom and guidance.
We have yet to find a way to connect with the young families. We intended to put Christmas worship posters in their mailboxes, but when we asked permission from the building management, we were turned away. We have greeted people in the parking lots when we see them. We are considering the possibility of doing something around Easter in the park across the street and advertising it in a different way, hoping that some of them might see and consider joining us. Please keep praying that the Spirit will guide us and that God will open a door.
Pray for the people of Iran, especially women and girls.
Let’s continue to pray for Earl & Jori as they deal with Earl’s Alzheimer’s.
Continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia, as the war in Ukraine is ongoing.
For peace in the Ukraine and an end to armed conflict in Eastern Europe
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Hope Martin is a long time member, growing up in the Town of Lincoln. She shares a bit of her story, and her service to youth programming for more than 50 years!
"In times of frustration and discouragement, God always "showed up," as if to say, 'I am still here, I promised to never leave you. Don't give up, it will get better."