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.
Praise for the past eight weeks travel, meeting with relatives and new friends and inviting many to join them on their missionary journey. Since they need to be in Asia by August 31 for the kids to start school and for beginning language school at the university, pray for them to reach the challenge of 100% of their monthly financial goal by August 1. Pray for many needed prayer partners and financial supporters. Pray also for perseverance in the six-week intensive prerequisite language study they are currently in. Pray especially for the children during this stressful transition time.
Praise for the progress they are making in language study. But pray for the continuing process which is slow and difficult, with frequent setbacks, such as the time Sherree told their language teacher she was going to be cooking Steve, instead of cooking for Steve! Pray for witnessing opportunities, including sharing the gospel with their teacher, who is Hindu. Pray for safety in travel on their scooter. Pray also for Steve’s work permit application to be approved by the Labor Department soon so their visas can be extended for a full year.
Praise for confirmation in their hearts that Don and Cheryl are to return to ministry in Asia following a two-year medical break. Pray as they seek wisdom to settle some matters in the US and also raise more support before they can leave. Pray that the government will approve SIM development program applications that have been submitted, since acquiring visas for SIM expatriate staff depends on this approval. Praise that housing is available there for them. Pray for Cheryl as she becomes involved with English Teaching while Don supports Indigenous Outreach Workers evangelists and disciplers in five districts throughout the country.
Praise for the Lord’s faithfulness during a time of transition as the Baes have left their ministry in Asia and await His direction for further ministry. Pray with them that God will use their Asian background, medical and theological training, and field experience to help improve on existing systems of placing, discipling, and caring for missionaries, including medical missionaries. Pray for them as they reconnect with their supporters and raise more support that they currently need.
Praise for Roger’s recent opportunity to speak at an annual Teen Adventure Camp for missionary kids in the Himalayas. Pray for Hiroko as she manages the aftercare home and seeks to hire two more caregivers plus temporary replacements for their counselor and administrator while they take a six-month maternity leave. Pray that the home’s license can be renewed in light of new and stricter laws. Pray also that they can purchase the ideal site they have found on which to build a new facility. Pray for a refreshing time as they visit the US for three short weeks, mainly for rest and restoration.
Praise for four university girls baptized together a year ago and for a fifth who now desires baptism. Pray for a school child who was growing in her faith, but now is fading due to abuse at home. Praise for the recent SIM annual missionary conference, and pray for renewed strength, peace and joy for those experiencing anxiety or depression as they face stress and discouragement. Pray for an Asian visitor spending a few weeks there seeking guidance regarding possible future service. Pray also for protection from extremists and for meaningful interactions with neighbors during the month of fasting, and that many will encounter Christ.