On the first day of the following months pray for:
January: Pray that our Assembly theme “Woe am I if I preach not the Gospel” will be evident in our national, regional and local church witness and activities. Pray for the Students arriving at the Theological Colleges for the new academic year.
February: The Africa Women’s Day of Prayer (1). The BU “United in Mission” Week of Prayer (3-10). AABF Executive meeting (11-14). ABK/Seminarium Graduation Service (17). BMD Board meeting, Johannesburg (19-20). DOLM Board meeting (23) The Finance and Trust Funds Committee meetings at Baptist House.
March: Women’s World Day of Prayer (1). The BU Executive meetings in Johannesburg (4-7). Ministry Board interviews, Johannesburg (8-9).
April: BU Scripture Exam (12-14). The Easter ‘Missions offering’, that God will move the hearts of the churches/people to give. Various Easter Conferences in the country.
May: The BWD Board Meetings (14-16) and ‘Reload’ Conference (16-19), at the Maranatha Campsite. Ministry Board interviews, Cape Town (21-22). Child Protection Week (26-31). Ascension Day Prayer Focus (30). The Finance and Trust Funds Committee meetings at Baptist House.
June: World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk (1-2). DOLM Board meeting (8). International Day against Drug Abuse (24). BU Executive meetings, Cape Town (24-28). BWD Board meeting (27-28).
July: BU Assembly (29 June-3 July). BWA BICTE Conference, Nassau (5-7). BWA General Council Meeting, Nassau (8-13). Holiday Bible clubs.
August: Women’s Day rallies (9). BMD Board meeting, (13-14). DOLM AGM (17). The BU “United in Mission” Week of Prayer (19-25). The Finance and Trust Funds Committee meetings.
September: Missions Sunday (1). BWD Week of Prayer (15-22).
October: AABF Continental Men’s Conference, Nigeria (9-10). Pray for pastoral couples and for churches having Appreciation Services for their pastors.
November: Orphans’ Sunday (3). Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer (4). DOLM Board Meeting (16). CTBS Graduation Service (30).
December: World AIDS Day (1). BTC Graduation Service (5). BYSA Youth Summer Camp (13-17).
Day 2 Pray for the President, Sibusiso Mkhwanazi (Phumzile) as he travels, visiting Churches and Regional Networks, preaching, encouraging and challenging us on the theme “Woe am I if I preach not the Gospel”.
Day 3 Pray for the appointment of a new National Ministry Leader, for the Officers/Executive as they guide and direct us into the new structure. Pray for interim part-time National Administrator, Stuart Cranna (Loren), as he manages the national office. Pray for the Financial Administration staff: Lance Robertson (Joan), Geni Göpper (Johann); the staff at Baptist House: Esther Sebopa; the Maintenance Staff: David Khumalo (Joyce) and Isaac Ngema (Priscilla); Training Centre Admin/Hospitality Staff: George Ngamlana (Peggy), Cynthia Moyo, Yolanda Buckley (catering), Vicky Ferreira (Kirk) (bookings).
Day 4 Pray for the interim/part-time National Outreach Developer, Angelo Scheepers (Naomi), Chairman of the Missions Board, Darryl Soal (Marianne) and the Board as they spearhead the Missions/evangelistic thrust of the Union. Pray for the Office Secretary (Natalie Hood), for the Missions Co-ordinator, George Ngamlana. Pray for Errol Muller (Michelle) and Deeds of Love Ministries (DOLM) as they assist churches with practical/compassionate ministries.
Day 5 Pray for the Border Baptist Network and the Co-ordinating Committee led by their President, Brian Tukuta (Fezeka). Pray for the Network Officers and Office Administrator, Tembani Zani.
Day 6 Pray for the Cape Town Baptist Seminary Board, Foundation Trustees, Lecturing and Administrative Staff and Students of the CTBS; the Principal Linzay Rinquest (Colleen); Full-time Lecturers: Godfrey Harold (Patricia), Ronnie Davis (Gail), Paul Hartwig (Heather), Kennedy Mulenga (Elizabeth), Annelien Rabie-Boshoff, George Savage.
Day 7 Pray for the future of BYSA Youth Ministries and for local church Youth Pastors. Pray for Tembani Zani (Thembakazi), BU Scripture Exam Convenor, and the Committee. Pray for the Regional Network Youth Developers/Directors/Committees. Pray for Children’s Pastors, Sunday School teachers/workers and local church ministry to children.
Day 8 Pray for the Baptist Women’s Department: the President, Patricia Leripa (Michael), as she promotes her theme “Declare His glory among the nations”; the Director, Patricia Ihlenfeldt (Reuben); Naomi Scheepers and the ministry to Pastors’ Wives; Aukje Brouwer (Toby) as she trains leaders; Tere Basson (John) as she heads up Campaign T.E.N.; May Shenton, Rona Austwick (John), Sheena Coetzee (Salwyn) as they develop the ‘Hidden Treasure’ ministry; Heather Sullivan (Andy) and the ministry to widows/pastoral families. Pray for the Missions Co-ordinator, Marianne Soal (Darryl) and Outreach Committee. Pray for the Regional Network BWD Presidents.
Day 9 Pray for the ministry of Bible Way, for Les Roos (Gerrit) and the team at Baptist House; for the volunteers involved at the satellite centres. Pray for the students, many of whom are prisoners. Pray for the exciting ministry in Mombasa, Kenya. Pray for the ministry of the Bible Society and our Baptist Union representative, Clive van Rooyen (Lyn).
Day 10 Pray for the work and ministry of the Free State Baptist Network and the Chairman Andries Nqontsa (Tshepiso), Vice Chairman Shadrack Monageng (Anna) the Executive and Officers. Pray for the Church Planters in the Free State.
Day 11 Pray for the BU Confidential Consultant, George Ngamlana, and the Regional Network Confidential Consultants as they seek to give counsel to churches, pastors and individuals. Pray for pastors/missionaries facing trials and difficulties, and for the Elders, Deacons and Leaders of our churches.
Day 12 Pray for the work of the Western Province Baptist Network, for the Executive and Officers; the Regional Director Clive Jacobs (Ursula); Chairperson Godfrey Harold (Patricia); Vice Chairpersons Peter Cornelius (Janine), Grant Scheepers (Lenorae), Mike Trollip (Sharon); Operations Director Darryl Petersen (Rebecca); Eric le Roux (Sue) and the Ministry Facilitators in the Network, Edgar Carolissen (Mercia) and Peter Smallbones (Margaret).
Day 13 Pray for the Board, Lecturing, Administrative/Office Staff and Students of the Baptist Theological College, Randburg; the Acting Principal, Gregory Pereira (Vercia); Lecturers: Terrel Manikam (Hazel), Desmond Henry (Lara), Megan Braithwaite (Errol), and the associate part-time lecturing staff.
Day 14 Pray for Church Planting in the BUSA and for the training of Church Planters facilitated by Jeremy Sieberhagen (Marlene) and Shadrack Monageng (Anna) of Africa for Christ.
Day 15 Pray for the work of the Eastern Province Baptist Network led by Chairman Graham Wood (Leona) and Vice Chairman William Blaauw (Estelle). Pray for the Office Secretary and for the Church Planters in the Eastern Province.
Day 16 Pray for the work of the KwaZulu Natal Baptist Network, led by Chairman Ivan Haylock (Nadia). Pray for the Administrator and the Church/Missions Developer Trevor Eayrs (Marilyn). Pray for the Church Planters in KwaZuluNatal.
Day 17 Pray for the Ministry Board Co-ordinator, Rick Inglis (Jean) as he administers the Pastoral Care Department; for the secretary, Lyn Webster; for Trevor Swart and George as they minister to our retired pastors/pastoral widowers and widows; for Patrick Diba, and the Pastoral Care Ministry in the Regional Networks. Pray for the BUSA 140th Anniversary Pastoral Support Project. Pray for the Pension Fund Trustees, Chairman Andre Broodryk (Pat), Principal Officer Andrew Craze and Administrators. Pray for our pastors/missionaries on pension and our pastoral widows.
Day 18Pray for the Afrikaanse Baptiste Kerke, the President Theuns Pieters (Alida), the Executive and member churches. Pray for the Principal of the Seminarium, Willem Nel (Tanya), the Administrative and Lecturing staff and the Students. Pray for Gary Plant (Hilda), the Pastoral/Operations Co-ordinator.
Day 19Pray for the moving of God’s Spirit in our churches, that renewal and revival will be experienced in the hearts and lives of individual Christians, leaders and pastors. Pray for Frank Pretorius (Joy) as he spearheads Church Renewal Weekends/Unity Seminars.
Day 20 Pray for the worldwide Baptist family; for the All Africa Baptist Fellowship and their General Secretary, Isaac DurosinJesu Ayanrinola (Comfort); the outreach of Conventions and Unions throughout Africa. Pray for the Baptist World Alliance President Paul Msiza (Sanna), the General Secretary Elijah Brown (Amy), and the staff of the BWA.
Day 21 Pray for the Baptist Network of the Northern Cape, for the Chairman Sam Khephe (Lucy), the Secretary Monica Plaatjie and the Executive. Pray for Petrus and Mariana Vorster, the Missionaries/Church Developers in the Upington area.
Day 22 Pray for the impact of Baptists Today as it continues to inform and inspire Baptists in our churches. Pray for the Editor Nigel D’Aubrey (Janis) and the Committee that they may know the Lord’s guidance, and pray for support by the local churches.
Day 23 Pray for the National Baptist Men’s Fellowship, the Chairman Selwyn Naidoo (Anneline) and the 2019 Conference in Jeffreys Bay.
Day 24 Pray for the BU Finance Committee, for the Chairman Rob Leathers (Gillian) and for the members as they guide the financial affairs of the Union. Pray that our churches will take seriously their giving to the corporate ministries of the BUSA. Pray for Graham Wood (Leona) as he guides the Union in the area of fund-raising.
Day 25 Pray for the BU Chaplains: (a) Security Services: Thomas Magodi (Cathy); Elvis Notshe (Eleanor); Frank Meulenbeld (Sharon); and Melanie Spannenberg; (b) Correctional Services: Jonathan and Jenny Clayton; (c) SA Police Services: Michael Leripa (Patricia); (d) Emergency Services: Mark Bowler (Joanne). Pray for Thomas Magodi, as he represents the BUSA on the Spiritual Services Advisory Board.
Day 26 Pray for the Baptist Northern Network led by Chairman, Adrian Nathaniel (Nimie), and Co-ordinator Lance Laughton (Kathy) and for the Executive Committee. Pray for Samaria Mission, the Church Planters, churches/fellowships in the rural communities of Limpopo, Venda, Mpumalanga and North West.
Day 27 Pray for our State President, Cyril Ramophosa, and the leaders of our land as they seek to find solutions to HIV/AIDS, poverty, crime, corruption and violence in South Africa. Pray for the Christian Citizenship Network, as they lead us during these challenging days and for the interim Chairman, Godfrey Harold, and Vice Chairman, George Ngamlana. Pray for the work of the Historical Society and the BU Archivist, Mark Penrith (Liesl).
Day 28 Pray for the spreading of the Gospel in our land by our churches, and for Pastors to preach the Gospel. Pray for all our Evangelists, for Errol Wesson (Claudia), Raymond September (Grezelda), Steve Mann (Anne), and the Evangelism Commission working under the Missions Department as they assist our churches and develop evangelistic outreaches.
Day 29 Pray for the Missions Outreach into Africa: Keith and Christeen Moller (Yao people of Malawi); for the churches and converts in Angola previously ministered to by the Zambas; the continued development of our Baptist witness in Mauritius, Zambia, Seychelles, Lesotho and Namibia; for our churches partnering with local churches in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya; for the CTBS PULSE Distance Learning Programme in Kenya; for Vanessa Patience and the PEPE Preschool programme in disadvantaged areas.
Day 30 Pray for a united Baptist witness in our country through the South African Baptist Alliance. Pray for the Baptist Convention, Baptist Mission, Baptist Association and their Presidents and General Secretaries.
Day 31 Pray for the work of the International Missions Board serving in the Regional Networks of the Baptist Union. Pray for the International World Changers South Africa mission project, led by Walter Thomas (Bernadette) and Wesley Marshall (Nicole).
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