Praise for the Hursts’ ministry of planting missional churches and discipling Christians. Praise also for the opportunity their daughter had to join a Samaritan’s Purse medical mission trip using a river boat so the physical and spiritual needs of people living along the Bolivian Amazon can be addressed. Pray for her as she makes decisions regarding her future. Pray also for the nation of Bolivia as it is experiencing political unrest. Pray “for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).
Praise for the opportunity the Kubackis had to travel to Tchincombe, where Tim held a two-day medical clinic. Praise also for a very productive meeting he had with area chiefs and community leaders in Cavango, discussing the reason for diminished number of patients being seen. Pray that the economic crisis in the country will end, which is affecting the rural areas resulting in the people not having money to see the doctor. Pray for Tim to have God’s wisdom in his many decisions regarding the clinic, including what to charge, so that the people can best be served.
Praise for thirteen years of medical ministry in Paraguay, and for the call of God for them to return to the US to help meet the education needs of their older children – including one who will be attending college. They write, “We are sad to leave Paraguay, a ministry we thoroughly enjoy, and a missionary team we absolutely love. But at the same time we are full of joy as we look towards the future.” Pray for them in this time of transition, and pray for the Australian physician couple, who will be inheriting the mobile clinic and everything in it for their future medical ministry.
Praise for a safe journey Sadie and Becky made to Burkina Faso with Sahel Academy students involved in sporting events. Pray for patience, energy and endurance for everyone as they adjust to the hot season, which is now upon them in Niger. Pray for clear direction and wisdom for the decisions and transitions that Sadie and Becky will need to make at the end of the last quarter of the school year. Pray also for the positions that need to be filled for the next school year, which include both teaching and administrative positions, as well as grounds/maintenance and dorm parents personnel.
Praise for the work God is doing in Nigeria through two ministries with which the Abts have invested much time. Pray for two ladies who are new Christians to be protected, and pray for those who are watching the changes in them and are asking them about their new-found faith. Pray for the Abts, who have been delayed from returning due to lack of support. Pray that this time will result in spiritual growth, healing for Toby as he has a hip replacement on March 27, and continuing adjustment for their son despite missing his friends and home in Jos, Nigeria.
Praise for the opportunity the Knoxes had to sit with a mother while her son had surgery and pray in Jesus’ name for the situation. Pray that this woman, who was so grateful for the prayers, her family and many others like them would encounter the living Lord Jesus and put their faith in Him. Pray for many spiritual breakthroughs in ministry in 2018. Pray that Loren and Susu will stay physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually whole and strong, and that God will be glorified as they “do life” with their immigrant friends.
Praise for the great response Kep received in February from church leaders in three new countries (Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina) asking for Equipping Servants (ESI) training. Pray for the ESI Facilitator Training Sessions planned between March and June in these countries. Pray for the current 1000 ESI participants in seven other countries. Pray also for the 1800 ESI graduates since 2002 to grow spiritually, disciple believers, and reach the least reached with the gospel. Pray also for Debbie as she trains women in their church in La Paz in evangelism and discipleship.
Praise that God is a Rock and Refuge in the midst of uncertainties. Pray for wisdom for Ethiopia’s leaders and for peace for the country during a six-month state of emergency called after the Prime Minister resigned. Praise that the Gumuz believers desire to be trained in evangelism. Pray for good timing, right participants and the Ethiopian man who can do the training in a culturally-appropriate way. Praise that there are many who desire training, but pray wisdom for Tim about which training opportunities to fulfill and how to balance his work load.
Pray for joy, humility, professionalism and wisdom for Sean as he coordinates SIM’s 41 ministry projects throughout the country and supervises 10 missionary family units. Pray for safety as both Sean and Carrie travel to various places, especially during rides across the dessert. Pray for several with whom the Blakes have relationships, but who have not yet opened their hearts to hear about the Lord. Pray for a new Christian as he is baptized and connects with a local church.