Pray for the family as they travel to the US during the month of June in order to switch over to business visas. Pray that this will happen without complications. Pray that they will be able to connect with supporters and be encouraged while here. Praise that renovations to the business shop are about halfway completed, and pray for them to be finished soon. Pray also for ongoing language study, and pray that many will have an opportunity to hear the gospel who have never seen or heard of Jesus’ love.
By: John Stuart Since its humble beginnings more than four decades ago in this South Asian city, Allied Model School (AMS) has been about opportunity. What started from the vision of a local believer has transformed into a community where students and teachers receive education and training that is truly bettering lives. Under the management of SIM since 2003, about 600 students and staff are currently part of the AMS family. There are few options for a good education in this part of South Asia; many lower-income families spend nearly all their income on their children’s studies. AMS was established to provide an affordable Christian education in these communities. It’s a place where students, regardless of their religious background, benefit from a solid education in a safe environment. For students from a Christian background, the school has tremendous spiritual influence, as these students receive practical Bible teaching. This education is … Read More
Praise for the Lord’s call for Josh as a family medicine doctor and Sarah as a speech pathologist to seek to bring a fullness of life and dignity to disabled people through integrated care. Praise that they have been accepted for support through Medsend, which provides grants to pay medical school loan debts for missionaries. Praise also that their tickets have been purchased to leave the US on June 15. Pray for strength for them in their last push to complete required SIM training and raise the remaining 10% of their monthly financial support needs before their departure.
Praise that relationships are beginning to be formed with people in their city, and pray that they will continue to develop. Praise also that there is health and unity on the team. Pray for continued progress in language learning, so necessary in order to have deep conversations with individuals. Pray for wisdom in reaching people with the gospel in this largely unreached people group. Praise that a visa for their daughter has been granted and she was offered a scholarship at the university where she plans to study the language.
Praise that the day before departing for another two-year term, within a few hours of a simple prayer, she had another new ministry partner and full funding! Praise for a smooth flight and receipt of her one-year resident permit. Praise also that her class learning the T. language is going well and she has found a young T. college student for a tutor. Pray that she learns the language rapidly, and for opportunity to explain the gospel to this student. Pray for a friend who professes faith, but doesn’t fully understand, and for wisdom in discipling another friend. Pray for courage and wisdom in all her relationships.
Praise for the satisfaction Becky experienced in being able to use her language ability to help an American couple find an appropriate apartment, which someone had had to do for her a year ago. Praise that this semester she has changed universities is in the advanced language class and done well. Pray as she seeks to hire a teacher to tutor her outside of class in speaking and also help prepare her for an important language test in May. Pray also for three ladies who have settled in the region where Becky plans to move and are learning the local language and running the business Becky will share with them as a mission.
Praise that Ruth and the translation team attended a helpful workshop relevant to her work in translating the Old Testament, and that she was able to finish the draft of Leviticus in the dialect in March. Pray that the translation project will move ahead rapidly. Pray also that the 300 copies of an album of worship songs Luke produced will impact believers and unbelievers as they are distributed. Pray also that a one-room home they are building in an ocean community will serve well for ministry purposes.
Praise that 80% of needed support has come in so that they are able to arrange their travel soon. Praise also that they are progressing well through their cross-cultural coursework. Pray for them as they transition into leaving mode and saying goodbyes. Pray also for wise use of their time during the next busy few months of traveling. Pray that the Lord will provide the remainder of their financial needs quickly so that they can be on their way.
Praise for the safe arrival of a baby girl, that both Jen and baby are doing well, that Jen was able to attend and glean resources and encouragement from a recent conference geared toward their future work, and that they are at 91% of their needed monthly support. Pray for divine appointments as they meet with individuals and churches and that the remaining 9% will come in quickly. Pray that all the necessary documentation can be procured in good time for the baby so that they will be able to depart in May, which is their current plan. Pray for patience as they negotiate all the many steps still needed before they can depart.