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.
Praise for time in the US, with six weeks on West Coast sharing with supporting churches and visiting family. Pray for their time the next two months in the Denver area which will include preparing for a SIM Missional Business Consultation in April in Montenegro. Pray for Matt as he leads it and for SIM leaders and Business for Transformation practitioners worldwide who will attend. Pray also for him as he speaks at a Believers in Business conference for Christian MBA students in New York in April, to be followed by three weeks in Asia. Pray that the staff in Business for Transformation there will turn to Christ.
Praise for the good adjustments the family has been making since their arrival in Asia about three months ago, and for the friendships they have developed. Pray for encouragement for them in language study and for the courage to practice what they are learning. Pray also for wise ways to answer questions about what they are doing in the country, and for a growing understanding of the religious and cultural mindset of the people. Pray also for Kyle who will head to Eastern Europe in April for a Business as Transformation consultation with other SIM missionaries. Pray for the funding needed to make the trip.
“Jesus? Never heard of Him. Try the next village.” In Southeast Asia, many people are trapped in false religions, serving false gods in bondage to fear and sin. One of our missionaries asked a man in a remote region if he knew Jesus, and the man responded with these words: “No, but maybe you can find him in the next village”!It’s hard to believe, but there are millions of people in Southeast Asia who’ve never heard of Jesus Christ or even met a Christian.They desperately need the gospel. That’s why we’re sending missionaries to tell them, focusing on nine specific areas in this hard-to-reach part of the world.The missionaries will begin their work by building relationships. They’ll get to know people by teaching English classes or starting small businesses. All the while, they will offer friendship and demonstrate God’s love in practical ways. And when the opportunity arises to share … Read More
Praise for many opportunities to build relationships with neighbors in recent months and for continuing progress in studying and speaking the language. Since the missionary team of four families has dwindled since last July to only Jake and Emily, pray for them as they take over some of the work that the other families were involved in and make difficult decisions about what to discontinue or put “on hold” until others come. They write, “There is much need and it is hard to know what to focus our limited time and energy on.” Pray for others to join their team and provide help for the ministry as well as fellowship for them.
Praise for the impact the village Christmas programs in word, song, and drama had, and that a hospital employee from another religious background committed his life to Christ and is being discipled. Pray for spiritual growth in two young women who have professed faith. Pray for Dinesh during the next four months as he teaches in pastoral conferences, and for Shannon and their children as they finish the school year. Pray for them to know Christ and grow in faith. Pray for wisdom in comforting people daily from church and hospital who are in great misery. Pray also for their plans to come to the US the end of May.