Praise for a recent blessed time participating in their first missions conference at a large church in Charlotte, NC, where they served with both children and university students during the conference, and Josh ministered to a group of Latino men at a prison outreach. Now back in Uruguay for their second term, pray as they continue working with youth and university students and Josh teaches again at the Biblical Seminary of the Americas. Praise for the exciting things God is doing in Uruguay and their privilege of being a part of it.
Praise for the invitation the Schmidts received to visit Paraguay once again to minister at a men’s retreat and some team meetings, plus have personal visits with all the families who are planning to come to the Asuncion SIM Guest House to meet with them. Pray that Bill and Eunice will seize every opportunity for ministry and interaction, and have the physical strength necessary. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading as they minister, and sensitivity to respond to the needs of those with whom they come in contact.
Praise that Steve and Carol have now been in Liberia for over two weeks with Carol helping in the guest house and Steve working with the rebuilding of the hospital roof and repair of electrical wiring. Pray that this can be done before the rainy season begins. Pray also that chronic problems with the power house electronic control system can be identified and repaired. Pray that two shipments of supplies, materials for the hospital roof and water containers, will arrive and clear customs before the Kejrs leave in April.
Praise for the start of Siloam Christian Academy (SCA), a ministry that reaches out to Korean students who have been sent overseas for their education. Praise for the three students currently enrolled at SCA, and pray for staff members at IBCD (Institute for Biblical Community Development) who are seeking to mentor them. Pray for Andrew as he and a team of men are constructing an apartment/dorm building where SCA students and the Dykstras will live when completed. Pray also for health and strength for Hyejin as she is expecting another child.
Praise for their new clinic facility in Potosi, formally inaugurated with a celebration on February 20. Praise also for Dr. Sangpuii and family who are in Spanish language study in Cochabamba and plan to move full-time to Potosi in July. Pray that Mary’s university women’s Bible study and her kids’ Bible club will continue under qualified leadership during the Hawthornes’ home assignment April to August.
Praise for 13 new families who will head to the fields this first quarter of 2015, and for the opportunity Dick and Meg have had in their training. Pray for the new group of candidates arriving on campus for two weeks of training March 7-20 before heading to Niger and Asia to spread the gospel. Pray also as the Ackleys attend the Christian Medical and Dental Association conference March 19-22 in Virginia to observe the training of medical missionaries, and that it will prove helpful in their work with SIM.
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.