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.
Praise for the opportunity Paul had to spend two weeks training 10 men from three radio stations in South Sudan at their base headquarters in Kampala, Uganda, and then represent Trans World Radio (TWR) the following week and help in three training sessions for 64 people from seven countries. Praise he could take part in a TWR team’s meetings in The Netherlands this week and continues to be part of that small international group. Pray for him as he travels to the UK for meetings and also plans and prepares for other training events. Praise for safe travel, good health and all these opportunities to train others. Pray that his visa will be renewed in September.
Praise for the Becky’s safe arrival in Niger. The recent events there have created opportunities to distribute media materials to refugee camps and to those who have become more curious about Christian beliefs since the recent attacks on churches. Pray for wisdom for Becky and her partner as they create these materials and get them to those who can distribute them. Pray for the churches as they recover emotionally and physically and repair their buildings and homes after the persecution they faced. Pray that the Lord of peace would strengthen their hearts and minds in the midst of their recovery.
Monday morning, February 9, was my last morning at the hospital—in just a few hours I would be headed for the airport. We held an appreciation program with breakfast for all the ELWA Hospital staff after our morning chapel gathering, to recognize those who had served so courageously during the worst of the Ebola crisis. Along with Dr. Brown, our Medical Director, I was asked to say a few words. As I spoke, thanking our nurses, midwives, aides, and cleaners for coming to work during the toughest times in August, September, and October, my mind went back to a meeting with health care planners from an international NGO. They wanted to know: “What allowed ELWA to remain open when other hospitals closed?”
Praise for the recent helpful meeting of the SIM Guinea missionary team, all of whom are now in the USA due to home assignments and the Ebola crisis. Pray for God to halt the scourge of Ebola in West Africa, give direction to the missionaries about seeking temporary reassignments in other West African countries, and give strength in facing all this uncertainty. Pray that the Wilsons will be a blessing on their current three-week trip in New York visiting supporting churches and individuals. Pray also for the health challenges they face.
Praise that the family who owns land representing half of Flying Mission Zambia’s (FMZ) runway has finally agreed to sell. Pray that the Lord would provide the additional $15,000 needed toward this project, which is critical to FMZ’s operations. Pray also for personnel needed: Facilities Manager, Construction Manager, and Building Maintenance Manager. Pray for Sally as she comes to the US for needed surgery and recovery March 10 to May 7. Pray also for their home assignment year beginning August 1, when they will serve as missionaries-in-residence at Central Christian College of Kansas.
Praise for Dave’s opportunity to teach this semester at Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST), as well as teaching a four-week course for missionaries and staff at SIM. As NIST is going through a difficult time, pray for faculty perseverance, wisdom for administrators and financial help for students. Pray also for Sheryl as she fulfills a variety of responsibilities, including visits to The Ark School in a Nairobi slum to tutor children in reading, where only 15% of the students are Christian.
Praise that Rick is healing well from surgeries and has received good reports on some other health issues. Pray that they will be able to return to Nigeria in July. Pray for their present ministry involvement in their church, and for Rick as he takes a useful online course from Houghton College. Praise that Nigeria is now Ebola free. Pray for SIM missionaries there who are seeking to minister to some of the over a million persons displaced due to violence. Pray also for peace.