Praise for the provision of funds from a supporting church to purchase a reliable vehicle from a family leaving Liberia. Praise also for ongoing good progress on checking the translation of the book of Luke into Manya as well as the audio recording of the book of Genesis. Praise for the opportunity to show the God’s Story film in one village to 200 people, and for the invitation of the chief to return to show the Jesus film. Pray for more open doors to show gospel films, and pray for strength and protection for Manya believers who are not free to practice their faith.
Praise for the Wingenroths’ recent return to Liberia and pray for them as they adjust to the heat and humidity, get more acquainted with their colleagues, and learn their roles on the ELWA campus. Pray for Mary Anna as she works at the guest house and seeks to make it a more welcoming facility, while at the same time caring for those who seek lodging there. Pray also for wisdom for them to know when and how to assist the many Liberians who ask help from them. They write, “We are starting to learn we don’t always need to be the provider but we need to point them towards the true Provider.”
Praise for the formation of a monthly discipleship group for Manya speakers with over 20 people. Pray for these seekers and secret believers who want to learn more about Jesus and grow in their faith, but face rejection and even death if they publicly identify as a Christian. Pray that this new discipleship group will grow and multiply into other groups. Praise that Bible translation is moving forward with Genesis ready to be printed and Matthew undergoing a consultant check. Pray also for work on literacy materials to help people learn to read the Scriptures. Pray also for Sara who teaches Bible lessons for neighborhood children.
Praise for an answer to prayer for reliable family transportation in the form of a 2014 passenger van. Praise for the many recent opportunities to share their vision, for opportunities ahead, and for new churches and families joining in their financial support. Pray for the Lord to move additional people to give. Praise also for the recent Bible storying training, which will be valuable in assisting pastors in evangelism and Bible discussion. Pray also for continued healing of Gene’s ankle, with the possibility of some surgery, that it might not push back their departure for Liberia.
Pray for the Kejrs as they go to Liberia soon along with a team from Prairieland Partners to rebuild one of ELWA’s generators. Pray for the logistics for this trip, including that the engine parts will arrive in good time. Pray also that a new control panel, which the Martin Energy Company is preparing, will arrive so it can be installed at the same time to clear up many problems being experienced from old and outdated control equipment. Pray also that repairs to the rusting FM radio tower can be made, so it will remain operational until the Lord provides a replacement tower and it can be erected.
Praise for Debbie’s opportunity to train surgical residents at Mbingo Hospital in the Cameroon as a surgeon with PAACS (Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons). Pray for her as she is now in the US to prepare for and take her board recertification exam onDecember 14, plus fulfill the Oregon requirement to work at least one day there before returning to Africa in January. Pray that God will continue to equip her to perform orthopedic as well as general surgery and provide the stamina needed for long hours. Pray that Christ will be seen in her in all she does.
Praise that the Sheppards are returning to Liberia October 29 after being out of the country for sixteen months due to the Ebola epidemic. Pray for them as they spend time in Monrovia recovering from the trip, stocking up on supplies, and reconnecting with fellow missionaries before traveling to their home in Voinjama. Pray for God’s blessing and grace as they work among the mostly-unreached Manya people group, helping believers grow in their faith through discipleship, leadership training and scripture resource development.
Praise that the Sheas have been interviewed on Galcom’s “Impact Radio” program about ELWA Radio and its involvement and impact during the Ebola crisis. Pray that as this is aired over radio and the internet the Lord will use it to open up more connections with those who want to see the gospel furthered through Christian radio in Africa. Praise that Alan will have two opportunities soon to share more about the ministry, and pray that support for the Sheas will be raised through them so that they can return to Liberia soon.