God has great gospel work for Friends to do in the world. Through prayer, individuals grow and communities are formed faithfulness to God’s call. Friends everywhere are invited to join in daily prayer for all of FUM’s global and local ministries. As Friends open themselves in prayer, with a common mind and full expectation that God will use the ministries of FUM in unexpected ways. Each day pray for the specific ministry listed.
1. General Board
Pray that each individual who has been appointed by their yearly meeting or association to this important work will be attentive to the Spirit’s movement and that God will bind the board together across continents through one shared vision for FUM.
2. General Secretary
Pray that Colin Saxton would be filled with wisdom in carrying out his leadership responsibilities and through his ministry all Friends everywhere would feel a personal connection with FUM.
3. Member Yearly Meetings
Across four continents, 34 yearly meetings and associations along with several independent meetings are bound together in common purpose through FUM. Pray that the fellowship among the members will deepen as they join in shared witness and service in the world.
4. Evangelism and Church Planting
Pray for the new communities of believers emerging in Southern Tanzania, South Sudan, Northern Kenya and the United States. Pray that many will hear the good news afresh through these efforts and that good plans will be formed for a Friends Church in Belize. Pray that God will reveal the right leadership for all of these new communities.
5. Africa Ministries Office Staff
Pray for the staff of the Africa Ministries Office and for John Muhanji, AMO Director. Pray that their work of nurturing the fellowship of Friends in East Africa would bear much fruit. Pray for traveling mercies as John and the staff travel extensively in ministry. Pray for unity among East African Friends.
6. Friends Theological College
Friends Theological College trains pastors and other leaders for the Friends Churches in Africa. Pray for Robert Wafula, Principal, and for the Board of Governors of the college, that they might exercise wise leadership. Pray that the community of faculty, staff and students would be united in rigorous academic inquiry and deep spiritual formation. Pray that African Friends would experience renewal and growth through the ministry of the college.
7. Quaker Life
Pray Quaker Life would speak to the condition of Friends by lifting up voices and perspectives from throughout FUM. Pray that there would be a dramatic growth in the number of Friends engaging through this communications ministry.
8. Field staff in Belize
Pray for Dale Graves as he undertakes a one-year assignment to assist in the discernment of how God is calling Friends to expand ministry in Belize. Pray for Sam and Becky Barber and their seven children as they transition out of the Belize ministry, that they would continue to be joyful and obedient wherever the Lord takes them.
9. FUM Website and Social Media
Around the world, more and more people are looking for spiritual guidance and religious information through the internet and social media. Pray that Friends would make a credible witness to the gospel in these new contexts and that FUM’s electronic communications would effectively serve the mission of energizing, equipping and connecting Friends.
10. Turkana Friends Mission
Praise God for the amazing growth of Quakerism among the Turkana people in northwest Kenya. Pray for all the pastors and evangelists in that desert community. Pray for the nursery schools, primary schools, water projects and women’s groups who bring the Good News to life in Turkana.
11. Richmond-based Staff
Pray today for the FUM staff in the Richmond, Indiana office, as they carry out the vital administrative and organizational functions that enable the ministries of FUM to thrive. Pray that they would feel encouraged today and that there would be strong financial support throughout the year to facilitate their work.
12. Short-term Cross Cultural Missions
Pray for all those who engage in short-term cross-cultural mission work, either as volunteers with one of FUM’s project partners or as members of an FUM work team. Pray that lives will be changed by their experience and that they will be effective witnesses with everyone they meet.
13. Education Ministry in Kenya
Pray that the huge numbers of students, parents and staff who are touched by Quaker schools will feel the presence of Jesus Christ in their educational setting. Pray that the peace curriculum will make a vital impact on the hearts and minds of young people. Pray that the voice of Friends in the government educational sector will be strong and united.
14. Joyce Ajlouny
Pray for Joyce Ajlouny, Director of the Ramallah Friends Schools, as she provides leadership for the two large high-quality schools for Palestinian students. Pray that she will be guided in wisdom in managing all aspects of the operations. Pray that she will be increasingly empowered to do major fundraising and networking. Additionally, pray for her family as they are currently splitting their lives between Ramallah and the U.S.
15. Friends United Press
Praise God for the book publishing ministry of Friends United Meeting and that so many important theological, spiritual and historical works have been made available to Friends. Pray that Friends will continue to see book publishing as an important ministry, authors will continue to submit manuscripts and the editorial staff will be encour-
aged in their work.
16. Belize Friends School
Teenagers from the gang-ridden city who have failed in public schools come to Belize Friends School for a second chance. Pray that their teachers, Ms. Candi Young and Ms. Darcel Mur-
ray, can speak hope into their lives. Pray that through Jesus Christ these young people can claim a positive future for themselves and their families.
17. Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital
Pray for Friends Lugulu Mission Hospital as it has been providing health care for more than 100 years ago under the mission, “We treat, Jesus heals.” Praise God for the dedicated and compassionate staff who minister to body and spirit. Pray for stability in the senior management and for sustainable funding during times of transition in the Kenyan health care sector.
18. Amari Play Center
Pray for Amari Play Center, a ministry of Palestinian Friends among the refugee community. Thank God for the opportunity this center provides for traumatized children to come to a safe and healing space, to play and learn together, to receive nutritious meals and to claim a positive vision for their future. Pray for the staff of the center that they would be empowered spiritually to pour Christ’s love into the lives of these children.
19. Lindi Friends School
Thank God for the ministry of Lindi Friends School that provides a Quaker primary school education in the midst of Kibera slum, one of the worst places in Africa to live. Pray for the teachers who work with few resources and little pay. Pray for the children and parents who are resisting the spirit of hopelessness that pervades the slum. Praise God for the recent building project that has allowed the school to expand and serve more students.
20. Robert Wafula
Pray for Robert Wafula as he begins his work as principal of Friends Theological College. Pray that he would be humble in listening, visionary in speaking and wise in leading. Pray that through his leadership, the college will grow — in numbers of students, in financial health, in curriculum relevance and in spiritual depth. Pray for Robert and Nancy as they live apart during this transitional period and that their marriage would be strengthened by the prayers of Friends. Pray that Nancy would find meaningful professional work in Kaimosi.
21. Lon Fendall
Lon Fendall serves as an educational consultant at Friends Theological College, helping especially with the accreditation process and with faculty development. Pray that his work will continue to be fruitful and that his frequent travels will be graced with safety.
22. New Ministries in Belize
Friends have been ministering in Belize for over 40 years, yet God is calling FUM to move beyond the limited scope of its existing work and to explore how Friends might make a more significant impact in the context of violence, poverty, substance abuse, gang culture and hopelessness on the south side of Belize City. Pray for boldness of vision and clarity of discernment as FUM embraces a new program direction for Friends ministries in Belize.
23. Samburu Friends Mission
Give thanks for the new leadership in Samburu Mission, a new Board composed primarily of Samburu believers and a new relationship with East Africa Yearly Meeting North. Pray that the current spiritual excitement and rapid growth will lead to deep and lasting fruits. Give thanks for the many new church plants and pray for those who are training to serve as pastors and evangelists through the Samburu satellite campus of Friends Theological College.
24. North American Ministries
Pray for divine guidance and anointed leadership for the mission work of FUM in North America. Pray that Friends would be gathered, energized and equipped to make a significant impact in their communities.
25. Caribbean Friends
Pray for FUM’s two member yearly meetings in the Caribbean, Jamaica and Cuba, that their ministries of outreach and church growth will continue to bear fruit. Give thanks for the ways that North American Friends are walking alongside Caribbean Quakers in intervisitation and shared projects. Pray for the continued success of Jamaica Yearly Meeting’s leadership development program and of Cuba Yearly Meeting’s Peace Institute.
26. Leadership Development in East Africa
Pray for Judith Ngoya as she coordinates FUM’s program of leadership development in East Africa that energizes and equips leaders for service in the church. Pray that all participants would be inspired to deeper and more effective Christian leadership through these workshops.
27. Girl-child Education
Girls in Turkana and Samburu traditionally drop out of school and get married at the age of puberty. By providing scholarships for secondary school, Friends are giving these girls the chance to delay marriage and continue their education. Pray that each girl will know that God has a special plan for her life and will feel encouraged to dream for a future in Jesus.
28. Friends Church Peace Team
Friends in Kenya have made a remarkable impact in their country as they have carried out grass-roots peace work since the post-election violence of 2007-08. Pray that the Prince of Peace would continue to be glorified in this important work and that Friends would continue to transform Kenya into a place of peace, justice and hope.
29. Ramallah Friends Schools
In the context of military occupation, Palestinian children are receiving a Quaker education of the highest academic standard. Praise God that Friends have been active in this ministry for nearly 150 years. Pray that the future of Quaker education in Palestine will continue to be strong. Pray for the staff and students of the schools that they would experience peace and healing from the troubles of the occupation and would embrace a positive future for themselves and their community.
30. Water and Sanitation
In a world in which dirty water kills more people than war, praise God that Friends have been led to work in the area of water and sanitation. Pray that FUM’s partnership with Friendly Water for the World will continue to grow and that an ever-increasing number of bio-sand water filters will be distributed to people who need them. Pray for Jesus who is the Living Water to be glorified in all the water ministries of Friends.
31. Your Home Meeting/Church
On months that have a 31st day, pray for the incarnational mission work of your home meeting/church in its local context. Pray that an authentic witness of transformational faith will shine forth to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness in your area.