Praise for a refreshing Spiritual Life Conference in April with Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM International Director, as guest speaker. Pray for Tim as he is busy teaching and mentoring students at Moffat Bible College, serving as Spiritual Life Director, and supporting a student missions organization working with an unreached people group. Pray for believers who face serious persecution. Pray also for Maureen as she works with the community health project doing research, training new community health units in different counties of Kenya, and assisting health workers to improve their skills.
Praise that Sue arrived in Senegal April 12 and was warmly welcomed by her multicultural team of missionaries and her ESL students. Pray as she teaches mostly university students at a variety of levels at the English Center. Pray for her students, and also her as she develops friendships with other Senegalese in her neighborhood. Pray for good connections as she continues her administrative work for Guinea remotely by Skype with her Guinean assistant. Pray that as things continue to improve in the area of Ebola some team mates may be able to return to Guinea at the end of summer.
Praise for a sabbatical they had and for the personal transitions they were able to make during that time. Praise also that in the past few weeks, Tripp has been able to reconnect with many Sports Friends leaders around the world and hear all that God is doing through this ministry. Pray that 1000 scholarships will be provided to send kids to camp this summer ($50 is needed for each camper; donations can be made to Sports Friends #099803). Tripp writes, “Many young people are waiting for an opportunity to attend camp this summer. Help us make their dreams come alive!”
Praise that the Hoffmanns’ plans to retire and then move in the fall to the SIM retirement village in Sebring, FL, are well underway. Praise that their house is under contract and they have found a nice temporary apartment for the next few months. Pray that the selling process proceeds smoothly until closing on June 17. Pray for Ken’s replacement in the IS department and his present work with new systems, and also for Shirley in the Prayer Ministry as she completes her work of providing valuable prayer information. Praise also for their work in the ESL program at their church, and pray for continued spiritual growth for both staff and students.
Praise for their wedding on March 31 in Greer, SC! Praise that they are now halfway through their month-long training at Missions Training International in CO, which is proving extremely helpful. Pray for them as they plan to return to Jos, Nigeria, at the end of July, where Kevin will resume teaching Bible and biblical languages at the nearby theological college, and Alexis will continue as medical consultant for the ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children. Pray that the government of Nigeria will re-instate all of their partner denomination’s immigration quota positions so their work there can continue.
Praise that they have recently moved into a new house in Fish Hoek, have neighbors that have made them feel very welcome, and also now have a car. Pray as they begin to build relationships there. Praise that they also have officially transitioned into their ministry roles at Living Hope. Pray for Doug as he works to provide spiritual care for the staff, and for Ellen who anticipates spending time at the health care center as a resource nurse, helping with training and education, while principally caring for their boys. Pray that they will find a church home and a second car for ministry.
Praise for a recent helpful Discipleship Training Seminar in Addis, which encouraged them toward improved discipleship efforts and brought Jenny together with an Ethiopian SIM missionary woman for a peer-mentoring relationship. Praise also for the opportunity Jon and his missionary mentor had to travel to a church in Bakuge and train nine upcoming rural church leaders. Pray that the training will bear fruit. Pray also that the Stolls’ progress in Amharic learning will continue, for full-funding and a vehicle, and planning and preparation for home assignment from September to March 2016
Praise for good relationships Randy and Michelle have had with the students and families they have worked with. Pray for them now as they prepare to return to the US and say farewell to their ministry in education in Thailand. Pray for a good transition for the family and for a teaching opportunity to come for Randy before the start of the next school year. Pray that Michelle will find the right ministry opportunity as well. Pray also that the school in Thailand will find replacements for them.
Continue to pray for Nepal. Jenny writes, “And so we find ourselves one month out from the first, deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and nearly two weeks since a second, 7.3 magnitude one followed. The aftermath wears on…In fact, we’ve experienced over 250 aftershocks greater than 4.0 magnitude since the first earthquake tore through Nepal.” With the second quake damaging the hospital buildings and patients being cared for in tents, pray that a tent can soon be procured to move the operating room outside as well. Pray for the many who still live outside their damaged homes, especially as the monsoon season starts.