Praise that Sports Friends uses the powerful tool of sports to share Christ’s love with youth around the world. Since October 1-7 is a week of prayer emphasis for the ministry, pray for youth and their families to hear of Jesus and respond. Pray for coaches to have favor in communities and for church leaders to see how powerful this tool can be. Pray that God would empower SF missionaries and their staff. Praise God for His provision for the ministry and pray for more supporters.
Praise that Pat has completed her home assignment in the US, her support level is at 100% or above, and she is back in Africa. Pray for her final travels from Kenya to South Sudan and for the transition process back into life and ministry in Doro. Pray for peace in South Sudan, and specifically Doro, and wisdom for the mission leaders as they made decisions regarding day-to-day work there. Pray that disciples will make disciples and that God’s Word will continue to go forth.
Praise that Phyllis is healing well from injuries suffered in an accident in April and is now pain-free. Pray for her needed oral repair process to go well. Pray for safety in travel for Ken and others who will go to Nigeria to participate in the 100-year celebration of the gospel coming to Igbaja, where the Lloyds ministered for 15 years. Pray also as they mentor gifted leaders in Africa by Skype and work in their local church to promote missions, including encouraging members to develop relationships in their own communities for the sake of the gospel.
Praise that after living in Asuncion for over a year and a half, Justin has received approval from the Ministry of Health to be licensed for the practice of optometry in Paraguay. Pray for guidance as he seeks now to train a Paraguayan believer to be his helper to accompany him into communities to treat patients and share the gospel. Pray for the Kantners as they continue building relationships with three Ava Guarani communities, and pray that many would come to know the Lord through outreaches, such as showing the Jesus film.
Praise for Ray’s work with Trauma and Racial Healing. Praise that there is great interest among primarily African American churches, and pray for an optimum date to reschedule one Racial Healing event postponed due to the hurricane. Pray for divine appointments with potential missionaries for Ray as he and others participate in Liberty University’s Global Focus Week October 8-12 and the DiscipleMakers Mission Fair in Pennsylvania October 20. Pray also for additional financial supporters for the Hutchisons.
Praise that Nate has begun the new semester at Evangelical Theological College and is enthused about teaching a New Testament course he has recently prepared. Pray for him as he also teaches Historical Theology and has begun mentoring two students both personally and professionally at their request. Pray for Amy as she hosts and teaches the preschool co-op and Sunday School at their church and carries on her community responsibilities. Pray also for the security situation in Addis Ababa.
Praise for Brittany’s privilege of being part of the Lord’s work in her country for the past year and for His wonderful faithfulness to her. Praise for the brief time of renewal she enjoyed in the US in August. Pray for her now as she begins her second year of ministry overseas. Pray as she continues her foreign language studies, assists with a date sugar business, and as she and a close local friend begin a small bagel business. Pray especially that her friends might find hope as she shares the good news with them.
Praise for the relationships God has given Matt and Michelle in their city — office staff members, neighbors, and friends. Pray that each one would draw closer to the Lord and that those who do not know Him yet would seek Him and find Him. Praise for two interns that have jumped right in learning, helping and teaching. Pray that God will continue to protect, grow and use them for His glory. Praise for the opportunities Matt has to speak about business as transformation in the US in October and pray that they would go well.
Praise for Joshua’s safe travels and good teaching opportunities in Rwanda, Kenya, and England recently. Praise especially for the positive response he received after a pastor workshop on the minor prophets in the north of Rwanda. Pray that the pastors will continue to grow in their understanding of the Bible and be able to share it with their congregations. Pray for good balance for Joshua between teaching at Dallas International University, research projects and needed rest.