Praise for a wonderful holiday time with family and friends. Pray for God’s direction as they continue ministry with SIM, since Tom has stepped down as director of SIM Paraguay. Pray for them as they travel to Kenya to participate in SIM’s mentoring program in February. Pray for Tom as he then travels on to Ghana and Zambia to work with a partner ministry of SIM which equips pastors and leaders who teach God’s Word to oral learners. Pray also as he then attends SIM’s Global Assembly in South Africa (February 25-March 3) and helps present seminars on the Orality program.
Praise for new relationships established during some house calls in Jataity and the ministry of the New Life Mobile clinic. Pray for the overwhelming health care needs in the area and for more workers to join in the harvest! Praise for the many Paraguayans Jeff and Amy are building into who are then sharing the light of the gospel with others: those in their home group Bible study who just completed a personal evangelism module, a couple who are starting a Bible study in their backyard, and two young men who are leading a youth ministry in the McKissicks’ home. Pray these would each press on in the ministry God has given them.
Praise for the opportunities Kevin and Rebekah have to build relationships with individuals by drinking terere with them – a traditional drink in Paraguay. Pray that through these and other social interactions God will help them gain trust and share the gospel. Praise for a fellow Paraguayan worker, and pray that he will see lives changed through his Bible study. Pray for unity in a time of team transitions. Praise for the opportunity the Howells have to come to the US to spend time with family for Christmas and to attend their home church missions conference in January. Pray for safe travels and good connections.
Praise for God’s grace, mercy and constant presence with the Reich family during this year in the States and for many opportunities they are scheduling to share with their support team. Praise for the good opportunities they have had for rest and fun with family, friends and even teammates from Paraguay. Pray for continued grace in meeting with churches and individuals, and that God would provide the additional finances needed to return to Paraguay next year. Pray also for the Bible Church of Yuty as the members continue to grow and serve in their absence.
Praise that a playground building project has been completed as an outreach to the community, and for the many volunteers from both the church and community that came together to work on it. Praise also for a successful tree-planting day at the youth camp that added over 180 fruit and shade trees. Pray for Dan as he prepares for and speaks at Asuncion Christian Academy’s high school camp, November 13-16. Pray that the visit November 11-18 by Cynthia Sundman, SIM’s point person for youth ministry, will help create new ministry opportunities for youth workers.
Praise for the valuable information the family received at the recent SIMSendOff meetings in Charlotte. Pray that they can remember what they were taught. Pray that God will be glorified in Aaron’s final weeks at work, as he finishes by the end of October, and for empowerment in the next months as the Bryants concentrate on building their prayer and financial support team. Pray they will be able to begin language study at Rio Grande Language Institute in Texas in January. Pray for continued confirmation of God’s call on their lives, and a growing trust that He will supply every need.
Praise for the many encouraging Bible studies with couples that the Floyds are having. Pray for those who are also learning to read as they study the Bible. Pray that soon they will be reading it for themselves. Praise that one Christian lay leader from a nearby town has made connections with people living near the Floyds who are asking for a Bible study. Praise for the good meeting Tony has had with them and pray for them as they begin studying the Word. Pray for someone to join the Floyds that can lead these Bibles studies when they go on home assignment in June.
Praise for the opportunity the Kantners had to visit a remote village and build relationships with the people, plus worship with one believer in Guarani. Pray for them as they finish up their formal Guarani language learning class in late November, and then do some traveling and meeting with various missionaries who currently work among Guarani or Ache peoples. Pray for God’s direction as they seek where God would have them serve. Pray for spiritual protection in a place of great spiritual darkness and oppression. Pray also for unity on this “First Nations” team.
Praise for the opportunity Tom will have to teach at a conference for Missions Mobilizers in Ecuador. Praise also for the work of a Bolivian missionary recording Scripture in local languages to help reach all of Paraguay with the gospel. Pray that the Stouts will be an encouragement to their new housemates, and for wisdom and direction for Tom as he leads the SIM Paraguay team. Pray also for God’s provision for them as they plan for their furlough beginning in December.