Pray for Elizabeth as she continues her adjustment to life in Guinea and learns Maninka with a tutor. Praise that she and a couple of teammates were invited to spend a holiday with a new friend and her family and for the warm hospitality they experienced. Pray with her that her heart and mind will be flexible as she learns both the language and culture and pray that she will soon be able to speak more. Pray for her as she builds relationships with her neighbors and others in the community.
Praise for the Haywards’ ministry in Guinea. Pray for perseverance for their last year of their second four-year term. Pray that Katie will use her opportunities with the neighborhood young women to encourage them toward a life of faith in Christ. Pray that the love of Jesus will be seen through the staff at the kids’ science camps this month. Pray also for opportunities for David to encourage faith among his many friends, especially a nearby farmer.
Praise that Katie had a good time in the US while on home assignment and for the many long-time and new members of her support and encouragement team. Pray for smooth and safe travels as Katie returns to Guinea to serve children and families by providing community and education programs. Pray for good connections within the community through the Science Camps she has planned for three weeks in August. Pray also for wisdom for her as she serves the SIM Guinea team as Personnel Coordinator.
Praise that Elizabeth has completed her language study in France and will soon be on her way to Guinea. Pray for patience and grace for her as she takes a couple weeks to rest and complete the final preparations (including procuring a Guinean visa) for her move. Pray for a good transition as she arrives in Guinea and good connections with her team. Pray also that she will continue to develop in her ability to communicate in French.
Praise that following a very risky and complicated procedure at Mayo Clinic, Mark has been declared to be in full remission from lymphoma! Praise for all those who have cared for him during this difficult time. Pray that the Wilsons will use their medical leave to rest and recover before beginning their home assignment on August 1. Pray that they will have wisdom and discipline not to over–commit and to allow the Lord to shepherd them both back to strength.
Praise for David’s delight in his service to others each day. Pray for good health and God’s blessing on his many projects. Pray that all six members of their family will be drawn into a deeper grasp of language and culture through the Guinean family of five who now share their yard. Pray for guidance for Katie in planning summer activities and the next school year. Pray as well for unity in their local church and its leaders. Pray for refreshment and renewed perspective during their family vacation.
Praise that while on Mark’s cancer journey, the Wilsons have seen the body of Christ in action. Praise for a great doctor who is remaining positive even amid a challenging diagnosis. Praise that insurance has approved Mark for a new treatment. Pray that he will qualify for it medically and that it will be effective. Ultimately, pray for Jesus-ordained healing. Praise that “The Way of Righteousness” radio programs, finished the very night before the lymphoma diagnosis, are being aired. Pray they will be used to show many Maninka the way to Jesus.
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.