Pray for the Sturms as they prepare for home assignment by arranging for ministry to continue effectively in their absence. Praise for successes the SIM Ethiopia team has experienced as they have worked to bring clarity to and avoidance of crisis situations. Pray for the peace process as the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia and the leader of neighboring Eritrea work towards better relations. Pray for increasing clarity and positive changes for both the country and the mission.
Praise for the Bradleys’ graduation from their language studies in Addis. Pray for them as they have now moved north to Bahir Dar to begin ministry and continue learning Amharic. Pray for Chad who has been appointed to teach at the Bible College and travel with Tim Fellows to the countryside to train church leaders in rural areas of northern Ethiopia. Pray also for health for the family and especially for Nancy who is expecting their second child.
Praise that the group of rural pastors Tim had been teaching for three years have now graduated. Pray for their ministry in new churches and for guidance for Tim regarding a new area to train pastors. Pray for Tim as he trains leaders at the end of July to share the gospel with a remote tribe in Ethiopia/Sudan. Pray also for Diane as she uses physical therapy skills to help special needs children and assists in the management of the Hidden Abilities ministry.
Praise that Caroline had a great year of teaching at Bingham Academy and is now in the US for the summer. Pray that she would be able to see many to thank them for their partnership and share what God has done in and through her. Pray for Caroline and the other teachers as they prep for the next school year, and that all the Bingham Academy staff members would bond together over one common mission and vision at their two-week orientation in August.
Praise that deaf kids have been coming to the Mekelle Youth Center and that a sign language class was offered for the staff, which has gone very well. Pray for the deaf kids who are now coming to the Saturday Bible clubs, now that someone can sign for them, and as they begin to integrate with the hearing kids in playing sports and games. Pray for wisdom as Jon and Kristi continue building relationships with and seeking ways to reach out to them in the community.
Praise that a regulation that Ethiopia had implemented preventing the licensing of any foreign specialist physician who was coming to work on short-term teams has been removed through the work of Andy and a partner. As a result, pray for medical teams coming to care for people in communities that are overlooked and uncared for. Andy writes, “We see more people come to Christ and join the church through teams than from any other single activity.”
Praise for “KIDStory” – a ministry impacting millions of children around the world and one million children across East Africa by sharing fun and interactive Bible stories and releasing God’s transforming hope in STORY Clubs. Praise for a recent KIDStory training event held in Kenya with 27 people from five different countries (eight from SIM Ethiopia). Pray for them as they start STORY Clubs in their home settings. Pray that many children will be brought to Christ and discipled in Him through this biblically-accurate storytelling method.
Praise that the eye clinic volume has nearly doubled in the last year. Pray for protection as Scott and others travel to bring eye care to distant areas and for boldness to share the gospel as they go. Pray for continued growth of the eye care ministry as it seeks to reach out more to underserved communities. Pray for the Lawrences as they come to the US this summer for a brief home assignment. Pray for refreshing for them and many opportunities to connect with supporters, family and friends in need.
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.