Praise that the aftercare home has received six new girls while Roger and Hiroko have been in Japan on home assignment. Pray for good transitions for the team as they return to the field in mid-August. Praise that three different shops in Hiroko’s home town have agreed to sell earrings made by the residents of the home, and pray that these sales will grow into a steady source of income for the girls. Pray for wisdom for Roger and Hiroko as they minister to her parents, both of whom are facing serious health challenges. Pray also for their salvation.
Praise for a blessed summer, including becoming fully funded so that she can move to Asia by August 20. Pray for her as she shares at Anne Neilson Fine Art, a local Charlotte gallery, where over 3500 people are invited. Praise that proceeds will go toward her upcoming ministry among an unreached people group. Pray that God leads the right people to attend, and that Ashley will be sensitive to what He wants her to share. Pray for the showing of another Charlotte artist in September where a portion of the proceeds will go to support her ministry as well.
Praise that most of Luke’s financial needs have been met, and that there is an apartment prepared for him in the city to which he will be moving in Asia. Pray that his faith will grow as he waits to see the Lord provide the monthly $400 still needed before he can depart. Pray that he will be able to apply for a visa and purchase his ticket soon so that he can arrive in the country in late July or early August before the start of language school.
Praise for all the highlights of the past four years, such as Rich starting work at a university hospital and then seeing patients at the clinic, as well as serving as the field medical officer. Praise for Susan’s transition from leading an expat moms’ support group to leading a group of local moms who serve as group leaders. Pray for Rich as he teaches June 14 and 21 to encourage the local international church, and pray for more leaders with the same burden. Pray now for strength as they finish their final month before home assignment July 2015 to January 2016, and for safety in travel and effective home ministry.
Praise that Jake and Emily’s lives were spared when a tire blew on their car causing a major accident. Pray for Emily as she recuperates from multiple injuries and broken bones. Pray that she will gain full range of motion in her affected limbs, and that they will be released to proceed to Asia at the appropriate time. Praise for the profitable culture and language training they received in Colorado, from which they were retuning when the accident happened, and pray they will continue to practice what they learned in preparation for language acquisition once they arrive in Asia.
Praise for the opportunity they had to participate in the New Year’s (April 15) celebration with a family in a nearby fishing village. Pray now for Jacob as he meets with two men to study the Word following this relationship-building experience. Praise for the progress they have made in learning the language, and pray for continued opportunities to improve. Pray that they would be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord, that they would have wisdom to make all the daily decisions, that the Lord would protect their family from illness and dangers, and grant them travel safety on overcrowded and challenging roads.
Although in April we asked for prayer regarding a delay in receiving visas to return to their ministry country, last week their visa applications came back denied with “no explanation.” Pray that they may be able to return briefly on visitors’ visas in order to say goodbye and finish up closing tasks, and that the Lord will comfort their immediate family here and their friends and co-workers there who are grieving. Pray also that God will give them wisdom and guide them toward what He has next (whether another assignment overseas or here in the USA).
Praise for the valuable time Matt and his colleague had after the SIM Global Assembly in March, when they traveled to the Philippines to learn more about SIM ministries among a special people group, and see how Missional Business could play a role. Praise also that later in Indonesia they saw God’s amazing work using Business for Transformation (B4T) to reach a special people group. Pray for wisdom and sensitivity as they mentor six couples in five countries. Pray also for their plans to visit family and friends in the US this summer and communicate the way God is working in their areas of the world and ministry.
Praise that a girl who ran away from a vocational training center near their home for trafficked girls in November of 2013 called to say that she is now married, expecting her first baby and living at home in a distant village. Pray that as a professing believer, God will connect her with others who can encourage her, and for safe delivery of her baby. Pray also for the 11 girls now at the home to feel loved and valued, and find Life. Pray for Hiroko’s parents in Japan who are facing serious medical issues. Pray that through their situation they would receive Christ.