Praise for good health as Paul helps Trans World Radio and SIM broadcasting personnel learn new skills and how to use new software to help them measure and achieve the international standards of loudness in broadcasting. Pray that all the visas he needs for upcoming training sessions will be granted easily. Pray for him also as he prepares for travel to Australia, Indonesia, and New Zealand as part of his home assignment. Pray that he will find time to rest and be refreshed in the midst of connecting with supporters in those countries.
Sports Friends has ministries in many of the far-flung corners of the world; from Peru to Nigeria to Thailand. The mental scenes that correspond to those places might be something like a dusty plain with children playing football under a tree with wide, spreading branches. Or a field lined with palm trees, young girls avoiding monsoon-season puddles as they practice volleyball. And sure, these picturesque rural settings really are some of the places where Sports Friends works, but what about sports ministry in an urban context, where fields and courts are not in open spaces but tucked amidst buildings and side streets? “Wherever you are, kids are kids,” Coach Si says of what it’s like reaching out to young people in the city. But that only goes so far. “It’s hard to develop relationships with kids here.” Coach Si is a pastor at a small church in Bangkok doing outreach … Read More
Pray for Dwight as he leaves today for Africa on an ACTEA (Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa) mission to lead an accreditation team at KIST theological school in Kenya. Pray for unity among the five members of the team and for strength and wisdom to complete the rigorous task of evaluation with excellence. Pray for safe and logistically smooth travel for Dwight. Pray also for enriching fellowship, during the second leg of the mission, in Nigeria with some of his former seminary students who are now in leadership positions in seminaries. Praise for other schools that are requesting ACTEA visitations, and pray that partnership with ACTEA will strength and renew their programmes.
Praise for The New Life Website which provides Somali-language written and audio resources to help website and social media visitors understand the gospel, come to faith in Jesus and become part of a local church. Pray for a regular Facebook correspondent in Africa who has suffered severe persecution but converses via telephone several times a week, is growing in knowledge of the Bible, was baptized in February, and is healing from his persecution. Pray for wisdom in witnessing for another Facebook correspondent, disowned by family. Pray for growth of the ministry’s donor base, which is below last year and resulting in fewer website visits.
Pray for peace, strength, joy and meaningful connections with individuals and churches as Abigail raises the financial and prayer support she needs. Pray also for her transition out of leadership roles in her home church and as she works through the required training. She writes, “Stability feels like an old friend I may re-visit someday, for now I am trusting God for the wisdom to graciously maneuver through the next five months before my departure.” Pray also for the team already in North Africa and pray for more workers.
Praise for Tom and Ernie and their God-enabled effective discipleship work in Africa with the African Strategic Discipleship Movement (ASDM). Pray for their fifth round of ASDM training near Durban, South Africa, which began last week and concludes Friday. Praise that this time the leaders are present with their wives so that they can learn together about marriage and family discipleship. Pray they will grow in their walk with Christ and love for one another, disciple their children, and move their denomination toward church-based discipleship. Pray also that movements of women’s discipleship would begin.
Praise for the discipleship training opportunities Ernie and Tom are having with the African Strategic Discipleship Movement. Pray for good discussions around the Word and effective one-on-one mentoring times with each of 16 African denominational leaders as they meet every 3 months. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will encourage and give specific direction for each leader as they begin discipling others in their families, local churches and with a group of pastors in their countries.
Rejoice with us that Colletta Shelly’s Nigerian nursing license for which we prayed in the May 24th Praise & Prayer (and many times before) has been approved! Praise also that an update from the Battermans, on home assignment from Kenya, revealed that they had traveled over 3500 miles without problems in their reconditioned RV and have been experiencing many good memory-building times as a family along the way. Continue to pray for both families as they are journeying in the coming days. Praise also that Mike Knight’s Namibian visa has been renewed, for which we asked for prayer in April.
Praise for opportunities to teach in a variety of settings, both in Africa and Europe over the past few months. Pray for Paul as he continues training others in media, and works on several projects that have been given to him, including entering the “Thru the Bible” programme in more than 100 languages onto the ttb.twr.org website before the end of the year. Pray also that he will receive his visa to continue working in his country of residence by September 15, which is when his current visa expires.