Praise for a time of renewal, team building and relaxation that the Barbees had at their first Spiritual Life Conference with SIM Ecuador teammates. Praise also for the opportunities they are having to serve at their local church in Loja. Pray for their plans to launch a sports ministry for preteens next month in Cera as well as continuing to build their Business as Mission. Pray also for their children who are transitioning back into a small school outside of Loja.
Praise that Mark and Ruth had some new opportunities this month to be involved in the community and to share the gospel with people around them. Pray that people in their Bible studies would continue their focus on learning the story or text, applying it to their lives and praying for opportunities to share with others. Pray for teachers at the MK school, as they are lacking one for next year (they really need three) and this will impact how the Lans will do ministry. Praise that Mark was able to get his visa transferred to his new passport.
Praise for the success of the April youth camp. Pray for the Lord’s on-going work in the youth. Pray for Amanda as she moves to the Catamayo area to train children’s ministry workers in churches and home groups and plans more workshops to help them grasp the importance of this ministry. Pray for wisdom as she continues as personnel coordinator for SIM Ecuador. Pray also that two-to-four more teachers will be found for the missionary children for the next school year.
Praise for the new mission outreaches being undertaken by teams from the Greenwoods’ church in Ecuador. Pray that they will be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading as they build relationships and share the gospel. Praise for those who are taking the Biblical finances course. Pray that what they learn will greatly impact their lives and financials. Pray also for the Greenwoods in their interactions with students at John Brown University as Missionaries in Residence for the next school year.
Praise for the growth that the Parsleys and their team have witnessed among churches in Loja and its surroundings through Bible teachings on finances and other foundational doctrine. Pray for local believers to continue in their commitment to God in all areas of their lives. Pray that as the local church learns about stewardship it would grow to be able to support its own missionaries. Pray for the Parsleys to have good health and wisdom in planning their upcoming home assignment.
Praise for the last few months on home assignment and opportunities to share with churches, small groups and families. Pray they will be fully funded (currently lacking 25%) in order to leave for Ecuador by July 1. Pray for their new roles—Kelly as SIM’s Trauma Healing (TH) administrator world-wide and Michael as security director for SIM’s Latin American missionaries. Pray for grace for them in many transitions, since they plan to return to the US after a year to begin serving from the SIMUSA office in Charlotte.
Praise for the two groups of ESI (Equipping Servants Internship) students Jose has been working with and for the commitment they show to their studies and to serving the Lord. Pray that each young man would have wisdom to apply what they learn as they lead and teach others at the churches where they seek to serve. Praise for kids and parents that came a neighborhood kids’ club, and pray that they and other neighbors would have soft hearts towards the Lord. Pray also for the urgent need for teachers for missionary kids for the next school year.
Praise for the many friendships made, lessons learned and people impacted during the year the Delagrange family had in Loja, Ecuador. Pray for good adjustment as they have just returned to the US and will head to North Carolina in May for debriefing. They share, “We would like to think that we’ll be returning soon for an extended second term. However, we ask for your prayers as we discern with family and pastors what our next steps are upon returning to the States.”
Praise that the Barbees have their temporary resident visas and that they are part of a local church that supports their work in Cera. Pray that they can become connected with the right people/company in Ecuador to do lab tests on the ceramic stoneware line they are starting as a missional business. Pray for the couple who are making samples and are being challenged to change some of the ways they have traditionally worked. Pray also for increased funding so the Barbees can stay through June 2019.