Praise for the missionary appointees and short-termers on campus recently for training. Pray for those now seeking to raise their prayer and financial support teams and for those soon leaving for the field. Pray for Charlie as he travels with a team from his church to Peru February 2-9 to assist and encourage churches and pastors in remote areas. Pray for safety and effective ministry. Pray for Tami at home as she coaches SIM missionaries and others to live out God’s calling. Pray also for the February SIM prayer campaign for the supply of teachers for SIM partnering schools who serve missionary families overseas.
Praise for the 15 years of Sports Friends ministry, which has led to 10,000 trained coaches who are ministering to over 240,000 youth on a weekly basis, resulting in lives and communities being transformed by God’s grace. Pray for Tripp as he is leading a gathering of top SF leaders from around the world in Charlotte as they give thanks for what God has done and seek His plans for the ministry in the coming years in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Praise for the recent meeting with a village chief and his son who gave permission to begin working in their village. Pray as they visit regularly and begin doing a health survey to identify those who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure with the goal of doing community health education. Pray for good relationships and for household Bible reading groups to be formed. Pray also as Corey continues selling Scripture materials in village markets, and that he will be aware of the Spirit’s direction as he interacts with people.
Praise for the Goldes’ safe return to Niger with all of their luggage and for the great blessing they had of attending SIM Niger Spiritual Life Conference, where they studied Scripture and prayed for field ministries. Pray now for Ken and Kathie as they have resumed their ministry responsibilities – Kathie in her role as teacher and Ken in his financial role in the office. Pray as he helps missionaries understand their finances. Pray for strength for SIM Niger missionaries who have many role changes but desire effective outreach to non-believers.
Praise for the Welches’ 31 years of service in Africa and pray for them now as they serve with SIM International. Pray for Tim, who has been involved with SIM’s Pastor’s Book Set projects, and is now the overall coordinator for PBS project in French for 19 countries. Pray as he seeks funds and pioneers the use of electronic books. Pray for Janet as she advocates for the SIM “Missional Business” team and helps college students and young adults learn how to run a small business in a foreign culture. Pray also for the Welches’ needed financial support.
Praise for the rest and reconnections Steve and Sherree had over the holidays in Thailand. Pray for them as they deal with the cold, continue language learning, and work to balance learning and ministry. Praise for the successful walk-a-thon held in January that raised over $55,000 toward the new building for the international study center. Pray that the additional funds needed will come in and for the transition to the new site in February. Pray for wisdom for Steve as he leads the school/staff through the budgeting process.
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 for refreshing that came to the Hayward family through the two-week visit of David’s parents and for the step forward in local relationships that occurred as Guinean friends came to meet them. Pray for wisdom for the Haywards as they mentor the recently-arrived Finstad family. Pray also as they plan for the future growth of SIM Guinea, including the completion of Principles & Practices, a document that covers many important topics related to living safely in Guinea. Pray that this will create stability for team members and, ultimately, team growth.
Praise for the opportunity Joel had last week to speak at the annual pastors’ conference of the denomination that has grown out of SIM’s work. Pray that God will continue to use Joel’s simple messages to work deeply in the hearts of the 400 pastors who attended. Pray also for God’s provision for every need, stability in their country and the security of their mission team.