Praise that the Finstads’ transition from France to Guinea has gone much smoother than anticipated. Praise too that they can communicate in French now. They write, “What a difference this makes from the last time we visited!” Pray that the transition would continue to go well and that they would be humble learners of the culture and language (West African French and Maninka) as they start language lessons. Pray, especially, that God would open up the hearts and minds of Guineans to accept the truth of the gospel.
Praise for refreshing that came to the Hayward family through the two-week visit of David’s parents and for the step forward in local relationships that occurred as Guinean friends came to meet them. Pray for wisdom for the Haywards as they mentor the recently-arrived Finstad family. Pray also as they plan for the future growth of SIM Guinea, including the completion of Principles & Practices, a document that covers many important topics related to living safely in Guinea. Pray that this will create stability for team members and, ultimately, team growth.
Praise that Beth has recovered from a serious infection that necessitated a stay in the hospital for five days in Bamako, Mali. Pray for her in her final six weeks in Guinea as she says goodbyes appropriately in the culture, and spends time with the people who are important to her. Pray that she can stay healthy and pace herself well and respond to all the requests in a godly manner. Pray for the SIM Guinea team in transition with some people arriving and others leaving. Pray for Beth as she transitions to SIM USA in Charlotte to serve with the SIM Health Providers Advocacy Team.
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.