After the Terror —The Healing Begins

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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

Dennis & Coletta Shelly (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

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.

Kevin & Alexis Stokes (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

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.

Toby & Alycia Abts (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

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.

Linda Crouch (USA/Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

Praise for the opportunity Linda has to continue involvement with the Widows’ Center in Miango, Nigeria. Pray for the ten women who are leaving the center, having learned sewing and other skills to help them support their families, and pray for the funds needed to supply each of them with a treadle sewing machine ($160). Pray for a strong woman leader to oversee the ministry, and for an opportunity to move it to a more spacious location. Pray for stronger, active involvement from local churches, and wisdom for Linda on how best to support this ministry from the US.

Dee Grimes (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

Praise that Dee received excellent results on her Hausa reading comprehension exam, and has completed her travel office work and end of term interviews at SIM Nigeria. Pray for her as she now transitions to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, to complete the two-and-a-half years remaining to obtain her PhD in Biblical Spirituality, with plans to return to Nigeria to continue seminary teaching in 2020. Pray for her as she closes up her house in Nigeria and says her goodbyes. Praise that she found an apartment in Kentucky and has the use of a car. Pray for continuing financial support for her, plus an additional 10% that she is lacking.

Kate Farr (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

Praise for a visit from Kate’s parents and for the help they were in setting up the Physical Therapy clinic where she works at Evangel VVF Center. Praise also for a donation from Physical Therapy students in Texas that exactly covered the cost of having an exam table custom built. Pray for Kate as she works with women who have sustained serious injury giving birth and experience ongoing complications. Pray that there will be funding to provide future patients with adaptive equipment that they can take home with them as they leave her care. Pray for many opportunities to share the gospel with them as she helps them physically.

Randy & Adena Wildman (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

Praise that a missionary family has now moved to Kano and was warmly welcomed by the believers there. Pray for wisdom as they discern the ministry needs with which to be engaged. Pray for good health for them and a single missionary already living there. Pray for God to continue working in the hearts of Chinese living in the city, and pray for the small Chinese fellowship that has begun meeting on Sunday afternoons. Pray for peace and courage for Adena as she faces cancer treatment, which began on July 18, and for opportunities to share the gospel with her doctor. Pray also that both of the Wildmans will take this time of treatment to rest – and to rest in the Lord.

Peter & Miriam Fretheim (Nigeria)

SIM USAPrayer Requests

Praise for the 52 wells that have been completed recently, and for the relationship-building that is occurring with the people in all of the communities, including opportunities to present the gospel. Praise also that 77 wells have been dug in 2017 so far. Praise for the outreaches being carried on in several villages that have presented challenges, and that many are coming to Christ and being released from demonic bondages. Praise for the Lord’s powerful working especially in northern Nigeria. Pray also for rest and renewal for the Fretheims, who are currently on home assignment for the summer.