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.
Praise for the opportunity Dick had to attend the COMIBAM missions conference in Bogota, Colombia, as well as a consultation with others leading the missions course “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.” Pray for the students in Bolivia to whom he has also taught a Perspectives course lesson. Pray for Sara who is leading two Trauma Healing groups in their home every week and spends long hours adapting the material for a South American context. Pray that the local Bolivian Bible society will publish the material after it is adapted. Pray also for a Bolivian doctor couple who have now left to serve as missionaries in a difficult country in Asia.
Christians return to their homes in war-torn Nigeria. Christians in northeast Nigeria have been suffering extreme persecution and horrific terror attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram—often causing them to flee their homes. But because of your support, they’re beginning to return and rebuild their lives! Your giving to support persecuted Christians in Nigeria has helped two communities rebuild their churches that were destroyed, and your gifts are providing food for refugees facing hunger because of the ongoing strife. Binding the unseen wounds The physical impact of war is horrible, but the spiritual and emotional wounds are just as real. Your support of Trauma Healing workshops is helping heal those wounds. Much of the world became aware when Boko Haram cruelly kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014. But more than 2,000 other women and children have already escaped the terrorists’ grip. And there are certainly more being held right now. When … Read More
Praise that since Briana’s return to the US in March she has experienced God’s healing in remarkable ways, giving her a renewed purpose in overseas ministry to serve children and youth traumatized by war or sexual abuse. Pray that the Lord will reveal the shape of her next 2 ½ year term as she seeks to intern with various SIM children’s ministries overseas and eventually become part of one that offers children a safe place to process and heal. Praise for the prayer and financial support she has received, and pray for her as she continues visiting churches and sharing her vision.
Praise that the Sandozes are now back in Kenya from language study in North Africa and have begun Arabic lessons with a South Sudanese friend. Praise for Neil’s opportunity to help with a video project for an organization ministering to teenage girls in the slums. Pray that he can help aspiring film makers learn and use their skills for the Lord. Praise that Sarah had an opportunity to attend training on Psychological First Aid to help South Sudanese people and teammates after traumatic events. Pray as they plan to visit Doro, South Sudan, soon.