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.
Praise that a young Peruvian short-term missionary came to work in the church as part of the BUILD program, which gives Latino young adults who are interested in full-time ministry an opportunity to serve and receive mentoring. Pray that a greater youth outreach using sports and art can be developed. Pray for wisdom and planning for new initiatives in the rural community of Cariamanga. Pray also that the “Encounters with God” Bible study resource for home group leaders will be effectively developed and used.
Praise for the heart and ministry that God has given the entire King family in Loja, Ecuador. Pray that they can return to Loja in June and continue their work in evangelism, discipleship of Christian youth, and in strengthening the local church. Pray that God would provide for their over $2,000 monthly support shortage through current supporters to increase their giving and/or new ones to join their team. Pray for Loja, as less than 2% of the people there know that they can turn to Jesus for their salvation.
Praise that the school year is going well, and the second quarter is drawing to a close. Pray for continued provision for the school, including sufficient teachers and space for all the MKs who would like to attend. Pray also for Jensine as she teaches English to those desiring it for ministry purposes. Praise for a proposal of marriage she has received from an Ecuadorian who has been working with a church for several years. She writes, “…we would really appreciate prayers for wisdom and direction as we begin this exciting journey together.”