Praise for changes Sara sees in some of the participants of the two Trauma Healing groups she is leading. Pray for wisdom as one group is characterized by interesting and sometimes complicated dynamics. Praise for the 170+ students who participated in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course that Dick helped organize. Pray that they will be active in mobilization in their churches and wisdom for the Perspectives team regarding training new team members and offering the course again.
Praise that the Reeves have been able to complete their first term of missionary service in Loja, joining SIM teammates in ministering to young adults in the area. Praise for their opportunity to represent Jesus as they delivered disaster relief to coastal towns after the April 2016 earthquake. Pray for them as they continue to share the compassion of Christ through Trauma Healing groups in two locations, and for new groups with local facilitators that are now beginning. Pray also for the Reeves’ finances, since they are only at around 60% of their full monthly support needed to return and serve in Ecuador.
Praise for the leading of the Lord that has redirected the Linsz family once again to remain for a longer time in the US and for Dan to become the International Support Services Team leader for Sports Friends. Pray that they can find an appropriate house to purchase in the right neighborhood near the SIM headquarters. Pray for Corrie as she homeschools their boys, and pray for stability for the family and continued healing from the traumatic event of Dan’s stabbing in Costa Rica during their language school experience.
Praise for the progress Neil and Sarah have made in learning Arabic with the seven language helpers they have had since arriving in Kenya last March. Praise also for the encouraging videos Neil has been able to create documenting stories of God’s provision for the advance of the gospel. Pray for them as they spend the next few weeks in South Sudan with the Doro team where Neil will begin a busy filming schedule to help the team communicate all that God is doing. Pray also for Sarah as she works with women in Trauma Healing.
Praise for Ray’s recent opportunities to interact with college students and staff about world missions at several Christian colleges, as well as at a Missions Fair for secular college students. Pray for more recruitment opportunities to send out short and long-term workers. Praise also for the Trauma Healing ministry (TH) and for Ray’s work toward racial healing in the US through TH. Pray as he and an SIM colleague arrange three TH events in connection with the National African American Missions Conference in 2018. Pray the Lord will continue to open doors to racial healing through TH.
Praise for the help the Heffrons had in finding temporary housing here in the US, and pray that they can find more permanent arrangements. Praise also for the Trauma Healing meetings Tracy attended at SIM USA, and pray for her as she uses what she has learned in her place of employment. Pray for Brian as he processes photos he has taken in South Africa and prepares slideshows and other materials to illustrate God’s work for the SIM International’s Global Assembly of 500 attendees from around the world, to be held near Pretoria in March.
Praise for the opportunity Gina has had to be a part of Trauma Healing groups in Texas for those who have been caught in modern-day sex slavery. Pray for her now as she closes this period of equipping and prepares to return to her ministry of trauma healing at Danja Fistula Center in Niger. Pray that the Lord will lead her in creative ways for building her prayer and financial support teams to raise the $600 she still needs before her faith date for returning on November 11.
Praise for the Lord’s surprising new direction for the Linsz family’s future ministry after the door to Paraguay closed due to their traumatic experience while in language school in Costa Rica. Praise that Dan’s gifts and skills are presently needed in Ethiopia to mentor the leaders of the SIM clinic and local school, using English as the desired communication language. Praise that the option of a two-to-three year term is a possibility, with the opportunity then of continuing or returning to the US in light of their boys’ educational needs. Pray for their plans and transition to Ethiopia in early 2018. Pray also for additional support funds needed.