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.
Praise that Katie has tentative plans to return to Guinea in September, which means that Ebola is disappearing from the area where she ministers. Praise for that answer to prayer and pray for her as she focuses on her return to continue her children’s ministry. She writes, “There are so many challenges to living there, but the opportunities far outweigh them. We have the most incredible news to share, worth every challenge.” Pray for grace for her as she ministers at a children’s camp this summer and raises more support to meet the increasing costs of ministry in Africa.
Praise for the love and appreciation for their teachers shown by the current students of the SIM Korea Missionary Training Institute. Pray for the ones who will be giving their final presentations, called “Country Reports,” which must include information about the ministries of SIM missionaries in a country of their choosing, and prayer points, as well as perform a song (in that country’s language) or a dance. Pray also for the Coxes’ preparations for some months of home assignment in the USA and Canada, and for those who will fill in for them in Korea.
Praise that through AIM AIR and several miraculous interventions, a family and a single missionary were evacuated from Melut just six and a half hours before fighting erupted there and the compound of Gideon Theological College, where the team had lived and worked, was looted and burned. Pray that the government versus opposition situation would be resolved by God’s mighty power. Pray that the people displaced and threatened by this crisis would be fed and protected by Him. Pray for SIM, as it partners with Sudan Interior Aid, to bring about some emergency feeding programs in the affected areas.
Praise that Ashley is nearing the end of her French language study and that she has enjoyed her experience with both a wonderful professor and great classmates. Pray that she will finish well and be able to renew her passport at the US consulate while still in Quebec. Pray also that she can procure her visa for Niger upon her return to the US on July 2, with a tentative date for departure to Niger in August. Pray for her as she becomes acquainted with her assignment of managing the Maradi guest house and doing administration for the area ministries.
Praise for the trip Danielle was able to take back to the coast to visit the village where she had lived and taught to attend the wedding of a young woman from the family that “adopted” Danielle. Praise for an opportunity to go into Doro, South Sudan, on a vision trip for a week, accompanying different people to see their ministries and seeing potential open doors for ministry. Pray for the meetings that will now take place with leadership and that God would make it clear what He has for her as a long-term placement plus wisdom for how to move forward.