Praise for the renewal and encouragement Roger and Hiroko experienced at their first care-givers retreat, which included teams from three other homes for HIV+ boys and girls and trafficking survivors. Pray as they seek a new rental site for the aftercare home in a neighborhood close to where they have purchased land for a future long-term building. Pray for funds to buy the adjacent strip of land. Pray also for a full-time counsellor and junior social worker. Praise that a girl who has lived in the aftercare home for a few years may stay until age 18, continuing the sewing apprenticeship she is in.
Praise for the opportunity Dinesh and Shannon had to help first-generation believers make Easter their own celebration – so different from their former observations of many festivals to different gods. Praise for the Bible study being held in the village of a man Dinesh is discipling. Pray that the believers in the group will grow, that the non-believers will come to faith, and that a solid church will be planted there ultimately to be pastored by this disciple. Pray also that a senior doctor will be assigned to the hospital in their village to help relieve Dinesh who serves as a doctor there.
Praise for the special relationship God has given Becky that is progressing towards marriage. Pray for the Lord’s leading in their decision making and for her time in the US beginning in March to share about her first term and all God is doing in and through her. Praise for Becky’s progress in learning the national language. Pray for her as she prepares to take the highest national language level exam offered. Praise for Becky’s commitment to continue translation work with her chosen ethnic people group, and pray that soon she will be able to focus her time on that.
Praise for the opportunities Karin has to relate to her friends and tutor. Praise that she has been able to give a Bible to some, see others starting to attend a local fellowship, and see one woman give her heart to Christ and begin to thrive. Pray for the salvation of those with whom she has relationships – one of whom has noted recently that “Christians always help others.” Pray for Karin as she and six others take a vision trip to a nearby Asian country, November 23-December 8. Pray for divine appointments as they seek to connect with Christians and others.
Praise for an overall smooth transition back to their place of ministry, hospital work, and homeschooling now for some four months. Pray for a short to mid-term volunteer to help with homeschooling. Praise for a good time hosting two interns for two months during the summer. Pray for the hospital staff and patients, since in the humid monsoon season, patient visits have surged from the normal of 200-250 per day to 300-350. Pray as well for a decision and all the logistics as Dave and Jenny consider moving to a different hospital in the western part of the country after a year.
Praise for the wise counsel from Josh and Bethany’s caring community that has confirmed that God is asking them to delay their return to Asia for a time. Pray for refreshing and emotional healing from the difficulty of living overseas, as well as a fresh vision for ministry there. Pray that they would actively wait, rest in God’s timing and continue to hear God speaking joy over them. Pray also for teammates who are impacted by this decision to delay their return, and for Bethany as she helps with Personnel work for the field from the US.
Praise for Hiroko’s recovery from her recent illness, and pray for her to regain her strength. Pray for Roger attending the thrice-yearly field Leadership Council meetings today and tomorrow. Pray they will see God’s plans for the year ahead. Pray also for pressures on the aftercare home ministry, including one girl’s serious illness, attempts to thwart another girl’s court testimony, license renewal for the home, and a quarrelsome neighbor next to their recently-purchased land site causing problems. Pray for wisdom, grace and favor with authorities in dealing with these problems. Pray also for harmony among the team of women working at the aftercare home under much pressure.
Praise that after returning to a mission hospital some two months ago, Josh and Sarah are now fully involved in the care of the acutely ill and in the rehabilitation of those who have suffered neurological injuries and diseases. Pray for hospital staff who are extremely busy with infectious diseases that occur during the monsoon season. Pray for people greatly in need of care but who face great difficulty in reaching the hospital. Praise for the hiring of three new physiotherapists, and pray for a replacement occupational therapist soon. Pray for Josh’s need for renewal of his medical license, and as their children begin school.
Praise for recent safe arrival in their city and that they have found a large apartment with natural light in a complex with many locals, and plan to move in after a few repairs. Pray that they can find tutors to begin learning the local language, and for willingness to practice language outside of the home, in spite of making mistakes. Pray for Andrew as he begins university classes soon. Praise that their son will be able to begin kindergarten in the nearby international school in late August, and pray for room for him on the bus. Pray for friendships with both locals and foreigners. Pray also that they will be able to reach their full support goal.