Our Lord and our God,

We come before you today with a deep sense of gratitude for who you are to each one of us – You are the one who saves us, the one who forgives us, the one who provides for us, who heals and cares for us.

A Prayer for Churches
We pray for churches in the Philippines – specifically for the 52 Baptist churches in Capiz province, which belong to the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches. We ask that you would strengthen them as they learn and adapt to serve the needs of their communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. May they continue to be salt and light in their communities, sharing your gospel of peace, hope and love, and inviting people into your kingdom.

A Prayer for Pastors
We pray for pastors in the Philippines. During this difficult season of ministry, we pray that you would be near them and give them what they need to carry out their calling as pastors. Many live in very remote areas and are struggling with finances and a lack of access to enough healthy food. We pray that you would provide for their physical needs, and we also pray that you would encourage them and provide for their emotional and spiritual needs.

A Prayer for the Nation
We pray for the Philippines. Each and every year the Philippines endures many natural calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, which cause widespread damage to homes, crops and livestock, loss of livelihood and income, injuries and even death. Many individuals and families were already struggling when the COVID-19 pandemic arose and caused even more hardship as the country locked down to try to control the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, infections are rising quickly and the nation’s health care system is reaching its capacity to respond to COVID-19 patients. We pray that you would be with the government, particularly the President and the Department of Health, as they manage this health crisis. Be with all the frontline medical workers, and please be with those who are sick and in need of care. Protect those who are most vulnerable.

A Prayer for KPM
Finally, we pray for our partner, Kabuganaan Philippines Ministries. In this very difficult season of ministry, we pray that you would strengthen and encourage Rev. Job and Phoebe Santiago, and the board of trustees who oversee the work of KPM. We ask that you would grant them what they need to continue the work of serving people in need throughout Capiz province, particularly within the KPM mission communities of Libas, Nipa, Aglongon, Hopevale, and Lucero. We also pray that you would grant them your guidance and wisdom, as they adapt programs such as the Childcare Centers, CCTEP pastoral training, Food for Life initiative, and the Bugana Livelihood Center to the “new normal”. May you bless their work among the Capiznon people, as they serve the needs of the poor and oppressed, and as they share the hope of your gospel through word and deed.

We pray all these things in your Son’s precious name,

Amen!

The Waddells