Praise for the provision of housing for the MacLachlans while in the US on home assignment and in Ethiopia upon their return. Praise that they have all their needed financial support for the next season of service and are preparing to return in May. Pray for safety and God’s blessings as their next phase of travel includes four states and Bali, Indonesia, while on their way to Ethiopia. Pray also that God will surround the new Ethiopian prime minister with wise advisors who are true patriots for the extremely challenging time of leadership ahead.
Praise for Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, his good reputation and his peaceful transition to power. Pray for him as he seeks to lead the country towards unity. Pray also for Bob as he works with others on how to contribute to a national movement for church leaders by encouraging biblical preaching and teaching on the topic of the godly handling of money. He writes, “Our prayer is that the church would have a reputation of being above reproach.”
Pray for Rachel who is currently in Switzerland for an intense training on Women Serving Women. Pray that God will give her many opportunities to use this training in the years ahead. Pray also for her as she hosts a team of US education majors who are coming on a vision trip to check out Bingham Academy, teach in an international missionary setting, and lead a program for the northern team missionary kids. Pray for safety for Rachel as she travels both in Ethiopia and to the US for home assignment on May 30. Pray that her needs for a car, an apartment for six months and furnishings will be met.
Praise for the cross-cultural training they completed with the Desert Rose organization in Addis, which helped them understand and adapt to the Ethiopian culture and people. Praise also that they have passed their first assessment for phase one of language school. Pray for Kent as he transitions to his role as director of Bingham Academy. Pray also for the teachers and their families coming to work at the school over the next few months. Pray that more teachers will be willing to fill the needs for the next school year. Pray that the Austells can find the right car to purchase, that Jenni can learn to drive in the city, and that they all will remain safe and healthy.
Praise for Caroline’s past few months of teaching math at Bingham Academy (school for missionary children and others), relationship building with people in Addis, resting times and even enjoying a five-day visit from her mother. Praise for Bingham’s new director and family who arrived in January, have made a good transition and are making a great impact on students and staff. Pray for both students and staff as they approach the end of the school year with exams and goodbyes for some who will be leaving Ethiopia. Pray also for the Lord to call new teachers who are needed at Bingham.
Praise that the Warrens’ work permits have been renewed for another year. Pray for Andy as he administrates the various ministries in the country. Praise that more families are self-supporting through business-skills training and small grants, and that 562 children in the project attend school, with several ready to graduate from university. Pray for the political situation in the country where a six-month State of Emergency is in effect and much uncertainty exists. Pray for safe travel as the Warrens return to the US for a few weeks in April and then go on to Greece to attend a retreat.
Pray for resources and staffing for the Anchor Project (a discipleship-training program) so that a strong team can be built to mentor, equip, and coach area leaders. Pray for safety for the Gullmans and others as they travel due to continuing unrest in certain areas and the resignation of the Prime Minister, which has resulted in a State of Emergency being declared in the country. Pray that the Gullmans can find a more permanent place to live, since they are currently staying at the SIM guesthouse. Pray also for Diane who is now in her second six-week session of Amharic language learning.
Praise that God is a Rock and Refuge in the midst of uncertainties. Pray for wisdom for Ethiopia’s leaders and for peace for the country during a six-month state of emergency called after the Prime Minister resigned. Praise that the Gumuz believers desire to be trained in evangelism. Pray for good timing, right participants and the Ethiopian man who can do the training in a culturally-appropriate way. Praise that there are many who desire training, but pray wisdom for Tim about which training opportunities to fulfill and how to balance his work load.
Pray for SIM in Ethiopia which is being forced to leave the whole Langano compound with its camp, clinic and school due to increasing community and employee hostility. Praise that Brian, manager of the whole compound, and family were able to leave safely and are now in Addis. Pray that he can continue to work with camp staff struggling with hostility, homelessness, and an uncertain future. Pray that the Lord will open doors for the Halls in Sports Friends ministry on the other side of Lake Langano, helping churches host day camps in their own areas. Pray also for rest and renewal for the Halls.