Praise that after 15 months of language learning in France, the Finstads have been cleared to move straight to Guinea in January because all their support needs are met. Pray for grace through the difficult transition ahead. Praise that in France they met a woman who has been praying for her family in Guinea, and the Finstads could be an answer to her prayers. Pray that this woman’s family would know freedom from spiritual bondage and come to salvation.
Praise for the completion of a project begun nearly 13 years ago – a 100-program series of 15-minute radio episodes in Maninka voices examining the Bible chronologically and evangelistically! Pray that radio stations in Upper Guinea will air these programs in spite of majority religion pressure not to. Praise that all 100 programs are also now on micro SD cards for cell phones. Pray now for the Wilsons as they deal with health problems for Mark who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has brought them home for treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Pray for them both as they seek to trust the Lord for strength for Mark through the chemo process and for healing.
Praise that a new season of teaching has begun for Katie: two mornings a week at a local preschool and two afternoons of Kids Club at her house. Pray that the children she teaches see Christ in her and that the teaching team of the Kids Club would continue to work after she returns for home assignment in February. Pray for the SIM Guinea team as they have experienced many changes, both planned and unplanned, and especially that God would be served and glorified in it all. Pray for a neighbor who is relating that an evil spirit troubles her, and she wants to find relief through going to a strong sorcerer. Pray that she will find the Lord instead.
Praise that a new season of teaching has begun for Katie: two mornings a week at a local preschool and two afternoons of Kids Club at her house. Pray the children she teaches see Christ in her, and that the teaching team of the Kids Club would continue to work after she returns for home assignment in February. Pray for the SIM Guinea team as they have experienced many changes, both planned and unplanned, and especially that God would be served and glorified in it all. Pray for a neighbor who is relating that an evil spirit troubles her, and she wants to find relief through going to a strong sorcerer. Pray that she will find the Lord instead.
Praise for God’s evident care for teammates Mark and Rae Wilson in their medical evacuation. Pray for Mark’s healing, Rae’s strength, and peace for both of them. Pray for the Guinea team as they reel from the Wilsons’ sudden departure. Praise that, while the Haywards see their team shrinking in many ways, they rejoice over increasing collaboration between churches and believers in their city, which means gaining many more partners in the gospel than they are losing. Praise that their perspective of God’s people and work there has broadened through attending lots of events at other churches. Pray for the downtown church’s new pastor as he seeks to see his people engaged in the Word and winning the lost to Christ.
Praise that Beth had good medical visits, great family time, and much-needed rest while in the States and has now returned safely to Guinea. Praise for clear direction for her future, and pray for grace and strength to obey God’s leading to move to Charlotte in 2018 and join SIM’s Health Ministry Team. Pray that God will help Beth during this busy time of transition to maintain good boundaries, establish good routines and habits, and make good contacts with people with whom she has been sharing the gospel.
Praise for Elizabeth’s opportunity to study the French language in France, and for her teacher and classmates with whom she is building relationships. Pray that as she joins a connect group from her church it will be a place to build her language skills as well as form good relationships. Pray for her in times of discouragement as she seeks to pronounce words and use proper grammar. She writes, “At the end of the day, language learning is worth it because the gospel is worth it. Jesus is worth it.”
Praise for a joint schooling effort with another missionary family, for the upcoming addition of a facility to house a school, and for a visiting librarian coming to organize the books for the new school library. Pray that having the availability of a good education for children will encourage other missionary families to come to Guinea. Pray for healing for one prospective teacher who has had to delay her arrival due to a serious health concern and upcoming treatment. Pray for at least one more teacher to come. Pray also for the new pastor for one of Kankan’s churches, and for wisdom for him and protection for his family.
Praise for the faith-building answers to Elizabeth’s prayer for support, and that she is now at 95% of her launch fund and 96% of her monthly support needs. She writes, “I’m absolutely in awe of what the Lord has done, and I have no other response than to worship.” Pray for her as she speaks at two churches on July 16 about her passion to minister to the youth of Guinea. Pray also as she says her goodbyes to family and friends and prepares to leave for language school in France.