Praise for their wedding on March 31 in Greer, SC! Praise that they are now halfway through their month-long training at Missions Training International in CO, which is proving extremely helpful. Pray for them as they plan to return to Jos, Nigeria, at the end of July, where Kevin will resume teaching Bible and biblical languages at the nearby theological college, and Alexis will continue as medical consultant for the ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children. Pray that the government of Nigeria will re-instate all of their partner denomination’s immigration quota positions so their work there can continue.
Praise that they have completed final exams at Kagoro Seminary (ETSK). Pray as they now engage in correcting them and papers. Pray for Dennis as temporary chairman of the admissions committee as they approve students for summer school courses and for the August semester. Pray also as he prepares to teach a three-week course on “Spiritual Warfare” to about fifteen graduate students June 15 to July 3. Pray that Coletta’s nursing license can soon be processed. Pray SIM Nigeria’s missionary visa quota will be re-instated by the Ministry of the Interior, since about 60 SIM missionary positions, including Dennis’, have been marked “non-renewable.”
Praise that after two years and numerous attorneys, BRiCC (Building Relationships in City Center) is finally recognized by the Nigerian Government as a non-profit organization! Pray for wisdom for the Abts as they seek to keepthe work of BRiCC relevant to meet the needs of the culture and community as changes and challenges present themselves. Pray for funding to purchase a building in which to house this important bridge-building organization. Pray also for the negotiations with the Nigerian Ministry of Interior to reinstate three SIM quotas now marked “non-renewable” and affecting about half of current missionaries there.
Praise for the trauma healing workshop Bill and two Nigerian co-workers held east of Jos where five nominally-Christian tribes have been fighting for decades. Praise that pastors from all five tribes were present, and good interaction about ethnic conflict in the area took place. Pray that the result will be to reduce or avoid conflict in the future and produce deep forgiveness for the past. Pray also for the workshop they and others are conducting in Jos this week with 40 parents (20 couples) of the “Chibok girls,” that God will meet them in their pain, since it has been over a year now since the abductions and only a few girls have been returned.
Praise for the supply of housing and a van to use while they are in the US on home assignment. Praise also that the staff members at Grace Gardens have stepped up to the new responsibilities they have while the Camiolas are absent. Pray that the six women being prepared to graduate from Grace Gardens in May will pass their tests and meet their goals. Pray that the $600 needed for the graduates to set them up in business will be raised, and that orphans who reside there will be sponsored. Praythat there will continue to be peace following local elections held this past weekend.
Praise that Rick is healing well from surgeries and has received good reports on some other health issues. Pray that they will be able to return to Nigeria in July. Pray for their present ministry involvement in their church, and for Rick as he takes a useful online course from Houghton College. Praise that Nigeria is now Ebola free. Pray for SIM missionaries there who are seeking to minister to some of the over a million persons displaced due to violence. Pray also for peace.