Praise for the Lord’s guidance that has led John and Justine to accept ministry opportunities in Thailand – John as the Projects and Missional Business Coordinator and Justine possibly on the media team for the Continental South East Asia office. Pray that they can adjust well and quickly, as the children start school at Grace Academy just 32 hours after arriving! Pray for John in his steep learning curve and that he will be a blessing to those he will serve.
Praise that the Hunts will be able to remain with SIM while ministering with a church in Wales. Pray that their complicated visa situation will be resolved soon. Pray for a good trip to California at the end of August to connect with ministry partners and seek new supporters. Pray that they can reach full support quickly. Pray for strength as they begin the transition process including selling their house. Pray also that they would finish their ministries in the International and USA offices well.
Praise for the 250 pastors and lay leaders who attended a conference sponsored by the seminary with the objective of mobilizing the Angolan church for mission. Pray that those who responded will be more intentional about God’s call to mission at all levels. Pray for wisdom for Sheila as she teaches three seminary courses – one in the new master’s program beginning with 14 students. Pray that she will keep sight of the goal of bringing God glory by strengthening and extending His kingdom.
Praise that Dinesh completed teaching the Ezra Theology Course module. One student exclaimed, “After two years, I got it! I now understand HOW to do [Bible] exegesis and exposition.” Pray for Dinesh as he prepares to teach workshops over the next four months. Pray for the South Asian consortium involved in theological education primarily among rural pastors equipping them to build healthy churches. Pray for a nurse friend who is now confined to her home by her family because of her decision for Christ. Pray also for Shannon as she begins a new homeschool year.
Praise for the Gradones’ opportunity to travel to Jerusalem to meet with African Disciple-making Leaders (DMLs) and wives who were celebrating two and a half years of disciple-making training and mentoring. Pray for them to fulfill their commission as leaders in their denominations and countries. Pray for the African Strategic Discipleship Movement (ASDM) as it works with them and trains a second group of DMLs beginning in early 2019. Pray also for J.P. as he coordinates translation of the ASDM curriculum into Portuguese and French.
Praise for the opportunity Brittany had to minister in a refugee camp recently and for the heart God gave her for the plight of displaced persons. Pray for her as she processes all that she saw and heard while there. Pray for wisdom as she seeks to raise awareness and know what her responsibility is in moving forward personally and mobilizing others to serve. She writes, “. . . I am learning what it looks like to be simultaneously content in the present, open to opportunities, and faithful with what the Lord sets before me.”
Praise for the opportunity the family had to go to West Africa briefly to pack up their things and say goodbyes before returning to the US. Pray for the family as they continue in mission work – Dale in a new position with HOPE International, a like-minded mission, and Florence in the SIM Personnel department part time. Pray for them as they work out the financial implications of this change and as their boys adjust to life and schooling in the US.
Praise for many Jesus Film showings over the past several months, and pray that people will come to know Him. Praise for new church-planting opportunities in villages surrounding Lindi, and pray that the local church will be moved to evangelize these communities and plant churches in them. Pray for the Pierces as they close up their house and ministries and return to the US for the birth of their third baby. Pray for safe travel and for good health for Lauren. Pray that God will provide a car for them for the four months they will be in Texas.
Praise that the Harlings’ time of preparation for medical ministry in Cameroon has been one of tremendous personal and spiritual growth. Pray that they would successfully navigate all the details for their move this month to France for language school. Pray for peace and an end to the ongoing conflict in Cameroon. Pray for grace for the Mbingo hospital residents and their families as they have been displaced and are going through many difficult transitions.