Praise that the Hauans are over 89% funded, their training has been completed and they have begun the process of booking plane tickets. Pray for them as they visit the Nigerian consulate in Atlanta, since it is now required that paperwork be delivered in person. Pray that the details are accurate and the visas are processed quickly. Pray for wisdom in packing and that they say can say goodbyes in a way that honors friendships and relationships. Pray also for peace in Nigeria.
Praise for two new missionary families from Ethiopia who will work with an unreached people group in Ghana. After having helped them settle in recent months, pray as Sherri resumes learning the difficult Dagbani language. Praise that a church has invited her to hold a weekly Bible study for eight girls, ages 14-18 and it has now begun. Pray for clear teaching while using a translator. Pray for her work with youth and churches, safety, good health and encouragement.
Praise for the recent meeting in Israel of church leaders of the Africa Strategic Discipleship Movement from 16 African nations. Praise for the many discipleship lessons learned in the past two and a half years. Pray that they will work as a team to apply these lessons in their countries. Pray for Tom and colleagues as they walk alongside them in the next four years and organize the next meeting of leaders in early 2019.
Praise for Ray’s opportunity in recent months to represent SIM at two universities and a Bible college. Pray for his on-going visits by phone and in person with people considering missionary service. Pray as he and Jayne co-lead the Regional Director Retreat in NC next week. Pray for Ray as he shares at Liberty University’s Global Focus Week in October with an emphasis on trauma healing.
Praise for a special family time during the Thorsens’ week-long vacation, and pray for them as they prepare to send their son off to college soon. Pray for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit for Charlie as he leads the Prayer & Celebration ministries and interacts with appointees and missionaries during this busy season at the SIM USA office. Pray also for Tami as she coaches missionaries through the summer. One wrote, “I receive so much clarity and structure during my coaching conversations!”
Praise for the work of Sports Friends that opens the hearts of youth to the gospel through providing balls and introducing the game of soccer in needy villages and refugee camps. Praise that tribal hatreds and divisions are forgotten on the soccer field as participants learn that they are all loved by the same God. Pray for the camps being held around the world this summer and the 10,000 youth who are attending. Pray that they will experience the love of Jesus and come to know Him.
Pray for the Sturms as they prepare for home assignment by arranging for ministry to continue effectively in their absence. Praise for successes the SIM Ethiopia team has experienced as they have worked to bring clarity to and avoidance of crisis situations. Pray for the peace process as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the leader of neighboring Eritrea work towards better relations. Pray for increasing clarity and positive changes for both the country and the mission.
Praise for the Hoyts’ medical work at Galmi Hospital and for the many opportunities they are having to share the love of the Lord with their patients. Pray for Steve as he makes weekly visits with a translator to villages surrounding Galmi. Pray also for the people who have received SD cards with the New Testament in the local language for their phones – including one village chief. Pray also for perseverance and wisdom for Katie as she prepares for her Ob/Gyn oral board exam to be taken next year.
Praise for a good move from Niger to Kenya for the Colby family. Pray for grace as they continue to settle and seek Kenyan men and women to mentor them. Pray that God would provide a new director for SIM Kenya and give wisdom for all who will be involved in next-step decisions regarding a new director and ministry focus. Pray for strength for Ben as he gives administrative help to the SIM Kenya team and for Natalie as she uses her nursing skills to help the team.