Praise for the work God is doing in Nigeria through two ministries with which the Abts have invested much time. Pray for two ladies who are new Christians to be protected, and pray for those who are watching the changes in them and are asking them about their new-found faith. Pray for the Abts, who have been delayed from returning due to lack of support. Pray that this time will result in spiritual growth, healing for Toby as he has a hip replacement on March 27, and continuing adjustment for their son despite missing his friends and home in Jos, Nigeria.
Praise for a smooth transport for the Wildmans and the truck carrying their goods as they moved to their new location. Praise also for the help the missionary community and their Nigerian friends gave during the move – both in Jos as they packed and in their new location. Praise for divine appointments that have helped them establish new relationships, and pray as they follow up on them. Pray for wisdom as they explore ministry possibilities over the next weeks and for strength and good health for the SIM team in this location.
Praise for the work Lenny has done creating SIM Nigeria’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo accounts. Pray for him as he adds content to these social media pages to provide maximum exposure for the mission. Praise also for his work revising and publishing two brochures that the mission uses for recruitment of short-term and medical missionaries. Pray for strength for him as he travels across Nigeria to produce videos featuring educators, administrators and students at four theological colleges to highlight opportunities where SIM missionaries can serve.
Praise that Steven and Kari Jo seek to love, serve and obey God with all of their hearts and are willing to follow Him wherever He leads, even when it doesn’t make sense or the future is unclear. Pray that they would have the strength to continue to obey as they sense the Lord calling them to return to the States at the end of this term. Pray for grace to finish well, transition their roles to others and seek God’s direction for their next steps. Pray they would sense God’s presence through it all.
Praise that Dennis and Coletta successfully completed teaching their courses at ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro (ETSK) this semester. Praise for the 127 students who received degrees at the 60th ETSK graduation. Pray that God will use these students to advance the gospel throughout Nigeria. Praise for the school’s Provost who has faithfully served two terms and will continue teaching some courses the second semester. Pray for God’s choice of the next Provost to begin his term this month. Pray for refreshment, renewal and vision for the entire SIM Nigeria team as they meet for their Spiritual Life Conference in January.
Praise that Kevin has been asked to mentor the students in the worship band at the seminary. Pray for good connections with the members, and that they can work towards becoming more aligned with what pleases God in worship. Pray also as he co-teaches “Preaching on the Book of Judges” next semester. Pray that the teaching will be gospel-saturated and Christ-focused. Pray that the Stokes can get their solar-panel system installed correctly before the next semester begins, and that they can find reliable child care for their son.
Praise for the salvation of a former persecutor of Christians in Northern Nigeria through a vision he had of the Lord, and for the encouragement, this has been to Christians in the area to be bold in their faith. Praise for his courage as he shared his conversion experience since he was taken by former fellow persecutors who tried to make him deny his faith, offering him incentives to do so. Pray for him now that he has apparently been freed and is being treated in a hospital for the injuries he has sustained. Pray that Christians will be able to locate him and that he will continue to be a powerful and courageous witness.
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.