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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.