Praise for two weeks in Germany training to be facilitators for International Training Partners, which offers the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) program providing biblical knowledge and skills to relate well with others. Pray now for the opportunity for the MacLachlans to lead SYIS in Ethiopia. Pray for them as they are presently in Addis helping the SIM Ethiopia director in a time of special leadership team transitions. Pray for the right people to join the team. Praise for two missionary couples now who will be working with refugees from a neighboring country.
Praise that Nate has begun the new semester at Evangelical Theological College and is enthused about teaching a New Testament course he has recently prepared. Pray for him as he also teaches Historical Theology and has begun mentoring two students both personally and professionally at their request. Pray for Amy as she hosts and teaches the preschool co-op and Sunday School at their church and carries on her community responsibilities. Pray also for the security situation in Addis Ababa.
Praise for God’s direction regarding next steps for the Hall family. Praise that they will be able to move to Addis Ababa and that Brian will be able to put more time into developing camp resources for many other countries. Pray that God would provide the remaining financial support needed before they finish home assignment and say their final good-byes on October 8. Pray for grace and strength for the transitions from the US to Ethiopia and for the move from Langano to Addis.
Praise for the opportunity the Wards have to speak into the lives of children at Bingham Academy and help them to deal with the reality of the world around them. Pray for wisdom for the prime minister of Ethiopia as he addresses the unrest currently in the country. Pray for Ethiopian staff members who can’t get home due to the risks. Pray that the Wards will have wisdom and sensitivity to comfort those who are so deeply hurting at this time.
Praise for the opportunity Jeff has to teach Ethiopian pastors and others in ministry at Evangelical Theological College. Pray for wisdom for him as he teaches and perseverance and clarity as he revises his Ph.D. dissertation. Pray for strength for Stacey as she ministers to students at Bingham Academy by teaching Spanish, heading up the Modern Language Department and taking Masters in Education classes online. Pray also for peace in Ethiopia where unrest is occurring.
Praise that the Austells had time this summer to focus on family and make strides in their Amharic learning. Praise for the newly-developed vision statement of Bingham Academy that, as director, Kent helped put in place: “Teaching Truth, Equipping Generations, Changing the World for God’s Glory.” Pray for continued unity among the staff, students, and parents, and that a culture of discipleship would develop at the school. Pray that the entire family would adjust well to the new school year.
Praise for the Discipling Marketplace leaders course Jon has been teaching in Addis Ababa with the goal to raise future trainers who will equip businesspeople to see their professions as strategic for Kingdom impact. Praise also for the opportunity the Gerst family had recently to attend a conference away from their home where they were encouraged both spiritually and academically. Pray especially for grace for them in the daily pressures of life and ministry. Pray for their financial needs, since their family has grown by two.
Praise that Rachel is now on home assignment and that over the past four years in Ethiopia God has been preparing her to work with women in the areas of discipleship and evangelism. Pray that God will use this preparation in the next phase of her missionary service. Pray for her as she is currently on a vision trip to several South American countries to observe current ministries and see where God might possibly be leading her to serve. Pray for safe travel and clear direction
Praise for a fruitful summer for the Knudsens as they taught a class for recent graduates preparing for university and one on love and dating for teenagers and worked at summer youth camp. Pray that they find deep rest and rejuvenation after a very busy summer. Pray for David as he prepares for and teaches at Evangelical Theological College this fall. Pray the students will come away loving and depending on the Bible for guidance in every area of their life.