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preparing, will arrive so it can be installed at the same time to clear up many problems being experienced from old and outdated control equipment.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.
Praise for the opportunity Debbie is having to serve as faculty with Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons surgical residency (PAACS) at Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon – one of 10 PAACS training sites in Africa. Pray for her as she travels in the US this fall to attend various conferences and to take her general surgery recertification exam, which is required every ten years. Pray also for her as she (in consultation with SIM USA) determines her placement for future ministry.