Praise for finances that provided treadle sewing machines for each of ten widows in Nigeria who completed a sewing course so they can set up their own tailoring business. Pray for a godly Nigerian woman to lead the ministry, which empowers Miango widows with a variety of skills to help them provide for their families. Since it is common for widows to be held at a distance and even blamed for their husbands’ deaths, pray also for Scriptural teaching in the churches about God’s blessing on those who care for widows and orphans with respect and kindness.
Praise for the team of people that have worked to see the opening of a Girls’ Transition House for older orphan and destitute girls in Jos, Nigeria. Pray that the 50 girls who have moved into the first two recently-finished buildings will continue to see the love of Jesus, respond to that love and learn skills to become ministering adults in their culture. Praise that Richard will be able to go to the dedication of these buildings he designed. Pray that while there he will be used to help with the development of the property, plans for the future, and encouragement of the workers involved in the ministry.
Praise for the new assignment location for the Miles family as they begin work in northern Nigeria with several ministry opportunities. Pray especially for Lenny as he begins to produce videos to highlight the need for missionaries to come and teach, as well as identify ways that God is working in various places. Pray for the Christians whose churches have been torn down – some more than once – meaning that many now meet in the open air. Pray for safety for Lenny as he makes future trips to the north to make videos, and pray that they will stir people’s hearts to pray, give and go.
Praise for the people who have chosen to follow Christ from other faiths and for those who are near to making that decision through the ministry of BRICC (Building Relationships in City Center) and In Reach. Pray for the Abts while they are in the US for four months to visit with friends and family, meet new people and share with churches and small groups about what God is doing in Nigeria. Pray for additional financial support for the Abts, since both their monthly needs and ministry funds are very low.
Praise for Kate’s culture and language learning, deepening friendships with Nigerians and developing teamwork at the Evangel VVF Center during her first six months in Nigeria. Pray for her as she uses physical therapy to restore dignity to African women after fistula surgery and begins to train local healthcare professionals to do the same. Pray also for safety on her upcoming trip to Kenya and diligence in writing a case report for her certification.
Christians return to their homes in war-torn Nigeria. Christians in northeast Nigeria have been suffering extreme persecution and horrific terror attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram—often causing them to flee their homes. But because of your support, they’re beginning to return and rebuild their lives! Your giving to support persecuted Christians in Nigeria has helped two communities rebuild their churches that were destroyed, and your gifts are providing food for refugees facing hunger because of the ongoing strife. Binding the unseen wounds The physical impact of war is horrible, but the spiritual and emotional wounds are just as real. Your support of Trauma Healing workshops is helping heal those wounds. Much of the world became aware when Boko Haram cruelly kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014. But more than 2,000 other women and children have already escaped the terrorists’ grip. And there are certainly more being held right now. When … Read More
Praise that both of the Shellys have been cleared medically to return to the seminary in Kagoro, where the fall semester classes have already begun. Pray for them both having left on August 20 and beginning to teach their classes for which they are about a week late. Pray for wisdom regarding the establishment of a Skill Acquisition Center to train seminary students in carpentry and furniture making, using equipment from a Christian man who is selling his tools for only $6000. Pray for the provision of the funds needed to not only purchase them but ship them to the seminary.
Praise for the Stokes family’s successful move to the seminary in Kagoro, and for the help that they received as they made this transition. Pray that they will form good friendships in this new location. Pray for Kevin as he teaches Hebrew to a class of 100 seminary students, and for Alexis as she teaches Anatomy and Physiology to 100 Community Health Workers. Pray that she can identify mission-minded students to disciple and that she will have opportunities to share the gospel and glorify God in her teaching.
Praise that the new BRiCC (Building Relationships in City Center) building is nearing completion and that BRiCC is planning a reopening celebration on August 9. Pray that this new building with added space will bless much more people, including many internally displaced people living in camps around Jos. Pray that two men with whom Toby is beginning a book study will decide to follow Christ. Pray for wisdom and perseverance as the family prepares for home assignment beginning in September for four months. Pray also for patience for Alycia as she works with their son in a nine-week therapy course.