Praise that the monthly ministry to teens is going well, and that they are contributing in the worship services through media presentations. Pray for two men with the same name who have taken materials from the book stand. Pray that the one who says there is “no hope” will find hope in Christ. Pray that the other one, who has made a profession of faith in Christ through the materials he has taken and read, will grow and become regular in church attendance. Pray that the tracts the Seamons hand out regularly will be read and the truth will penetrate the hearts of the readers.
Praise for the Becky’s safe arrival in Niger. The recent events there have created opportunities to distribute media materials to refugee camps and to those who have become more curious about Christian beliefs since the recent attacks on churches. Pray for wisdom for Becky and her partner as they create these materials and get them to those who can distribute them. Pray for the churches as they recover emotionally and physically and repair their buildings and homes after the persecution they faced. Pray that the Lord of peace would strengthen their hearts and minds in the midst of their recovery.
Praise for the invitation the Schmidts received to visit Paraguay once again to minister at a men’s retreat and some team meetings, plus have personal visits with all the families who are planning to come to the Asuncion SIM Guest House to meet with them. Pray that Bill and Eunice will seize every opportunity for ministry and interaction, and have the physical strength necessary. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading as they minister, and sensitivity to respond to the needs of those with whom they come in contact.
Praise that Steve and Carol have now been in Liberia for over two weeks with Carol helping in the guest house and Steve working with the rebuilding of the hospital roof and repair of electrical wiring. Pray that this can be done before the rainy season begins. Pray also that chronic problems with the power house electronic control system can be identified and repaired. Pray that two shipments of supplies, materials for the hospital roof and water containers, will arrive and clear customs before the Kejrs leave in April.
Praise for the start of Siloam Christian Academy (SCA), a ministry that reaches out to Korean students who have been sent overseas for their education. Praise for the three students currently enrolled at SCA, and pray for staff members at IBCD (Institute for Biblical Community Development) who are seeking to mentor them. Pray for Andrew as he and a team of men are constructing an apartment/dorm building where SCA students and the Dykstras will live when completed. Pray also for health and strength for Hyejin as she is expecting another child.
Praise for their new clinic facility in Potosi, formally inaugurated with a celebration on February 20. Praise also for Dr. Sangpuii and family who are in Spanish language study in Cochabamba and plan to move full-time to Potosi in July. Pray that Mary’s university women’s Bible study and her kids’ Bible club will continue under qualified leadership during the Hawthornes’ home assignment April to August.
Praise for 13 new families who will head to the fields this first quarter of 2015, and for the opportunity Dick and Meg have had in their training. Pray for the new group of candidates arriving on campus for two weeks of training March 7-20 before heading to Niger and Asia to spread the gospel. Pray also as the Ackleys attend the Christian Medical and Dental Association conference March 19-22 in Virginia to observe the training of medical missionaries, and that it will prove helpful in their work with SIM.
Praise for the recent helpful meeting of the SIM Guinea missionary team, all of whom are now in the USA due to home assignments and the Ebola crisis. Pray for God to halt the scourge of Ebola in West Africa, give direction to the missionaries about seeking temporary reassignments in other West African countries, and give strength in facing all this uncertainty. Pray that the Wilsons will be a blessing on their current three-week trip in New York visiting supporting churches and individuals. Pray also for the health challenges they face.
Praise that the family who owns land representing half of Flying Mission Zambia’s (FMZ) runway has finally agreed to sell. Pray that the Lord would provide the additional $15,000 needed toward this project, which is critical to FMZ’s operations. Pray also for personnel needed: Facilities Manager, Construction Manager, and Building Maintenance Manager. Pray for Sally as she comes to the US for needed surgery and recovery March 10 to May 7. Pray also for their home assignment year beginning August 1, when they will serve as missionaries-in-residence at Central Christian College of Kansas.