Praise that the Howells had the opportunity to share with churches about their ministry in Paraguay on home assignment and have returned for another term of service. They write, “We strongly desire to see healthy and vibrant churches in Paraguay.” Pray that their language ability will grow, and that hearts will be softened towards the gospel as they interact with people. Pray that Christians will have an increased desire to attend Bible studies and grow in their faith. Pray for wisdom on how to disciple six believers in Jataity.
Praise for a successful camp with about 30 third-culture kids (3CKamp), as well as the Missionary Kid (MK) adventure that followed immediately. Pray for the SIM Paraguay team as it goes through major transitions, with one family leaving permanently, four new families arriving since January, and not having a full-time director. They write, “The dynamics of our team have changed drastically and it is exciting yet terrifying all at the same time!” Pray for unity as they seek to work together to advance God’s Kingdom in Paraguay.
Praise that the Bryants have passed Level 1 and have started Level 2 in Spanish language school. Pray for them in the next phase, which includes finding conversation partners and language helpers. Pray for someone to come and guide their children in their homeschooling from August to May so Aaron and Becky can concentrate fully on language learning. Pray that they can find a home to rent in their small town. Pray also for opportunities to share the gospel and live their lives intentionally for the Lord even while they are in language school.
Praise for thirteen years of medical ministry in Paraguay, and for the call of God for them to return to the US to help meet the education needs of their older children – including one who will be attending college. They write, “We are sad to leave Paraguay, a ministry we thoroughly enjoy, and a missionary team we absolutely love. But at the same time we are full of joy as we look towards the future.” Pray for them in this time of transition, and pray for the Australian physician couple, who will be inheriting the mobile clinic and everything in it for their future medical ministry.
Praise that the Kantner family has completed their first year in Paraguay. Pray for wisdom as they continue language and culture learning, but also pursue more direct ministry. Pray for them as they seek to build relationships with First Nations people, serve in their community among rural Paraguayans and be a support to new missionary families. Praise that five new families are joining the SIM Paraguay team this year. Pray Justin can get equipment and licensure so he can practice optometry as a way to be allowed into First Nation communities.
Praise that SIM Paraguay has made a decision and chosen Dan to be the next director. Pray for him as he takes on this responsibility, and pray that he will find capable people to help him with the multiple tasks that the position demands. Pray also for wisdom regarding where to live, since they have been involved in church planting in rural Paraguay. Pray for them as they continue their home assignment until October in order to launch two of their children into college. Pray for other missionaries who are filling in until they return.
Praise for a visit from Sarah’s mom and sister the last two weeks of this month, and pray there will be many good memories made with them. Praise also for a growing camp program, and pray that God will provide a Paraguayan treasurer and camp caretaker, as well as a missionary to come to take on the ministry full time. Praise for the vision the Houghs have to minister to MKs (third-culture [3C] kids who are an often overlooked audience). Pray for the Lord’s guidance regarding holding a 3C camp for them the last week in March on the camp property.
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.