Praise that God is using the Jessuruns’ gifts to help build His kingdom in northern Nigeria. Pray for them as they take 18 missionaries and visitors to Kano July 19-23 to expose them to the vast spiritual needs there. Praise that many people are coming to Christ in the north, and pray that there will be those who will be available to mentor and teach them. Pray for a return to health for several missionaries facing medical challenges. Pray for strength for the Jessuruns during this busy summer, and for their September – December home assignment plans to fall into place.
Praise for the three-and-a-half years the Miles served at Egbe Hospital in Nigeria (Lenny in maintenance and construction), and for the reconnections they are now making with family and partners while on home assignment. Pray that they will be able to return to Africa in August and adjust to changes both in ministry location and responsibilities. Pray especially for Lenny as he officially begins serving the Media ministry of SIM Nigeria by documenting the work of God there. Pray also for Patrice as she works with C.A.R.E. Africa and Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic.
Praise for the opportunities the Pennos are having to serve at Egbe Hospital, and for the remarkable restoration that has taken place there over the past several years. Pray for wisdom for them as they build relationships with staff members and seek to love and pray for each patient at the hospital. Praise for the opportunity Sue had to show the hospital lab to 12 local chiefs who were visiting as special guests. Pray for the final stage of the renewal effort at the hospital, which is to achieve excellence and sustainability in the years ahead.
Pray for Tripp who traveled to West Africa on May 28 to visit Sports Friends leadership teams in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Pray that he will be a blessing and encouragement. Praise that he will be able to participate in the 10-year anniversary celebration of Sports Friend ministry in Nigeria where he was a part of launching the ministry after it began in Ethiopia in 2002. Praise for how God has used the ministry to build churches and impact multitudes of youths and their families. Pray along with Tripp that this 10-year anniversary celebration in Nigeria will bring honor and glory to the Lord and provide fresh vision for the future.
Praise that construction on the Girl’s Transition House has begun, and pray the roof can be on before the rains start in July. Pray for additional funding needed for the remaining construction. Pray especially for one of the girls who has graduated from her hairdressing training program and left to live with her older sister before her wedding later in the year. Praise for a three-week break Gay Lynn had for rest and renewal, and pray for her now as she readies apartments for five new short-term missionaries who will be coming this summer.
Praise for the successful completion of the Kagoro Seminary semester and for the 150 prospective students who have been interviewed for the summer school session which began on May 29 and the August semester. Praise for safety at the seminary and pray for the students now on their brief break. Pray for peace in the area, and for God to calm hearts of many living in fear from threats of sporadic herdsmen attacks. Pray also for the Shellys who are in the US briefly for several medical appointments.
By: John Stuart Amir first came to Galmi Hospital after suffering a major electrocution injury – while surgeons were able to save his feet, both his hands were amputated. Amir was crushed. But Deb Knight never gave up on Amir. She knew what was possible for him. Deb is one in a million, and then some. She is the occupational therapist (OT) at SIM’s Galmi Hospital in Niger since 2011 and is the only practicing OT in a country of 17 million. In a country with so few medical personnel, Deb immediately saw the need for training in OT skills. “Once our patients finish in the hospital there’s really nothing for them for occupational therapy,” Deb says. “Niger is so big and people come from so far away and they lack some cultural understanding and exposure to occupational therapy as a norm of healthcare. So getting our patients to come … Read More
Praise for recent meetings in Kano and for the encouraging reports of God’s move in northeastern Nigeria that has been devastated by terrorism and religious persecution. Pray for the renewed mission effort in this underserved area and pray for wisdom in responding to overwhelming needs. Pray also for strength for the Jessuruns in their many and varied responsibilities – responding to members’ needs, seeking to expand present ministries, recruiting workers for the task, and keeping up with office duties.
Praise that Kate has arrived safely in Nigeria and is learning her way around Jos with the help of teammates. Praise also that Evangel VVF Center has had a huge celebration of the hospital’s 25th anniversary and a reunion for former patients. Pray for her as she learns more about how her skills in pelvic physical therapy can help nearly all the women who have fistulas. Pray for good progress for her informal Hausa lessons through the beginning of May, since Hausa fluency is critical for patient education and gaining medical histories. Pray also that she can find a good church home.