Praise for changes Sara sees in some of the participants of the two Trauma Healing groups she is leading. Pray for wisdom as one group is characterized by interesting and sometimes complicated dynamics. Praise for the 170+ students who participated in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course that Dick helped organize. Pray that they will be active in mobilization in their churches and wisdom for the Perspectives team regarding training new team members and offering the course again.
Praise for the inauguration of the new church building in La Paz after years of sacrificial giving and work. Praise also for over 100 people who have completed a year-long membership process and are now training to become disciples who make disciples. Pray for a church-wide seminar in February to prepare teachers and parents to better reach the hearts of children with the gospel. Pray for the church elders’ retreat on February 10. Pray also for the monthly meeting Greg has begun to prepare pastors and church leaders for future church-planting training in La Paz.
Praise for a good year of teaching for Jim at EBI (Ethnos360 Bible Institute) and for Kathy at FCCS (Faith Community Christian School). Pray that Jim would be filled with the truth of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit as he prepares students for missionary service. Pray also that he would be able to carve out time and focus for his work on the book about the Holy Spirit for the Bolivian Bible Seminary. Pray for the many details that need to be worked out so that Kathy can join Jim on his next teaching trip to Bolivia this summer.
Praise for the blessing and joy Osvaldo and Timara have experienced as they have been serving with SIM in Bolivia these past three years. Pray as SIM Bolivia searches for a National Director and for Osvaldo as he considers accepting a nomination for the role. Pray for them as they work on SIM Bolivia’s strategy for missions mobilization focusing on motivating churches to send Bolivian missionaries to the nations. Pray for Timara as she works through the visa renewal process. Pray also for second and fifth-grade teachers for the Carachipampa Christian School which begins its new school year in February.
Praise for Kathy’s opportunity during 2017 to serve the missionary family in Bolivia by traveling to each area where they minister. She writes, “I’ve experienced the joy (and sometimes pain) of being involved in the lives of so many of our mission families and the weight of responsibility as being a part of our leadership team.” Pray for Carachipampa Christian School as it forms a new board to run the foundation and the school as required by Bolivian law. Pray also for the search for a new country director for SIM Bolivia and for leadership transitions. Pray also for more teachers for the school and more workers to share the gospel.
Praise for the seven years the Lundstedts have served in Bolivia in various capacities, and that they sense now is the time for a change. Pray for them as they transition to Santiago, Chile, in March to assume leadership of the SIM team there. Praise that they can overlap with the current director who will be transitioning away from Chile in the coming months. Luke writes, “I hope to bring my experience in Bolivia to help the Chile team develop some new initiatives and reposition itself to work with communities that do not have the gospel.”
Praise that twelve students graduated from the seminary. Pray as they are now seeking the ministries the Lord has for them. Pray for Mike as he prepares a Master’s level course for the first time and that it will be well. Praise that students are responding well to Ann’s management course, and pray they will be able to apply the concepts to improve their management skills. Praise that Ann’s visa for Southern Asia was approved and pray that she will be an encouragement to those she visits. Pray also for the ministry at Mosoj Chaski radio, for three suitable men needed for the board, and that local income would increase to sustain the ministry.
Praise that Caitlin, after experiencing a delay, is now fully funded, has her visa and has a one-way ticket to Bolivia on November 27. Praise that her colleague and partner in medical ministry is also scheduled to leave on the same day. Pray for healthy goodbyes with her family members, and pray for them as they send her off. Pray for the team already in Potosi, that God would continue to move in the hearts of the miners, and for many opportunities to share the good news of Christ with them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will bond the team together for the sake of the ministry.
Praise for many blessings at Carachipampa Christian School. Continue to pray for wisdom and strength for David in the role of interim director as he implements the difficult transition to the Bolivian academic calendar. Praise for his opportunities to present several staff needs at American university job fairs. Pray that the Lord will lead the right people to fill these teaching and leadership roles for 2018. Praise that Myriam, as part of the parent committee this year, has encouraged parents and teachers and witnessed to other parents, and pray that the Lord would continue to use her medical ministry in unreached communities to open hearts to the gospel. Pray also for additional financial supporters.