Praise that on August 16, the first SIM missionaries from Thailand moved to their country of ministry. Ryan writes, “It was a great joy to work with them through the application, training, support raising, commissioning, etc., and to now see them launching into ministry.” Pray for them as they settle in and adjust to a new culture and language. Pray also that the Hannahs’ financial shortfall will be made up before the end of this fiscal year on September 30.
Praise that the Stocks, along with two other pilot families, have now been given the green light to move to Arua, Uganda, a strategic hub for AIM AIR allowing easy access to South Sudan, Congo, and the Central African Republic. Pray that the Lord will do the seemingly impossible and find them a house near the rest of their team. Continue to pray for safety for Elisha as he flies and for peace for them in this challenging transition to another country.
Praise that the Smiths completed the sale of their home in July and their temporary work permit to enter Malawi has been granted. Pray that they can finalize their October 1-3 flight plans and finish all necessary preparations before their departure. Praise for good health, and pray this will continue – both physically and spiritually. Pray also for more financial partners to cover their monthly ministry expenses as well as the cost of a vehicle.
Praise for the many years that the Foutes have facilitated Trauma Healing workshops around the world, and pray for them as they help lead a training at SIM USA headquarters October 1-5. They write, “God has blessed us with good health to be able to continue answering requests for trauma healing training. And the doors remain very very open around the world!” Pray that the Lord will bless them with many more years of ministry in this important and needed area.
Praise for the opportunity Dave is currently having to help host the Healthcare Leadership Conference for Eastern and Southern Africa in Kenya. Pray that the conference will be transformative for the medical participants as they return to their seven countries of service. Pray also that the Burgesses will learn to use the tools that will be presented when they attend a week-long Trauma Healing course in Charlotte in November.
Praise for Paul’s health ministry team who mentor individuals and help SIM leaders integrate compassionate medical care with gospel outreach. Pray for the team in Kenya this week offering their fourth SIM Healthcare Leadership conference for 53 participants from seven countries in eastern and southern Africa. Pray also for Clare who is at home helping SIM missionaries with restoration, healing, and resilience.
Praise that the Blisses will move to Rwanda to facilitate the Paths to School Improvement (PSI) program for Christian educators and schools throughout Africa. Praise for the positive response Brian received when he presented PSI at a conference for international Christian school leaders. Pray for a surge of people, prayer and finances to move this program forward. Pray for the Bliss family as they make this transition, that their remaining support needs will be met and good renters be found for their house.
Praise that the Austells had time this summer to focus on family and make strides in their Amharic learning. Praise for the newly-developed vision statement of Bingham Academy that, as director, Kent helped put in place: “Teaching Truth, Equipping Generations, Changing the World for God’s Glory.” Pray for continued unity among the staff, students, and parents, and that a culture of discipleship would develop at the school. Pray that the entire family would adjust well to the new school year.
Praise for a good return to the US and blessed times for the Floyds with Tony’s family. Praise also for the churches and Jean’s family who welcomed them well when they arrived at their place of residence for their year of home assignment. Pray that each one of the Floyds would adjust well to life in the States, whether it is in college, at public school or as parents of growing and changing kids. Pray especially for Tony’s family as his mom is now on hospice care.