Praise for a new home in a rural area for the Bosscher family that will be a place of retreat as they engage in a hard year of learning the Guarani language. Praise also that they were able to help with construction of another church building in a Mbya Guarani community recently, which encouraged in them the desire to speak the language. Pray they will make solid progress as they study, connect well with their new neighbors and have open doors and boldness to share the gospel with them.
Praise for the provision of a homeschool teacher for the Bryants’ children, and pray for her as she begins the application process. Praise also they have found a house to rent in Escobar where they will be moving to begin the study of Guarani, the heart language of Paraguayans. Pray for grace for them in the move and coming transitions for the entire family.
Praise for God’s sustaining presence to the Reich family during an eventful, exciting month including high school graduation for their older boys, opportunity to help in a critical time at their church and the start of many summer activities. Pray for safety and stamina as Dan, Christie and their younger children take a road-trip in June. Pray that they would be a blessing to the 40+ families they will see and that God would use the visits to provide the rest of the support they are lacking. Pray also for grace and strength for their church and missionary team in Paraguay.
Praise that a young lady from Iowa is graciously taking a gap year in her Elementary Education major to come and homeschool their children. Praise also for the opportunity Mark has had to connect with a First Nations pastor and to assist with the erection of a church building in a Mbya Guarani community where the new believers had expressed a desire for a place to worship. Pray for the Bosscher family in the many transitions that lay ahead for them—including a new home and a new course of language study.
Praise for the opportunity the Floyds had of teaching a module on orality at the only seminary in Paraguay that trains students for missions, and that the students practiced telling Bible stories in the community. Pray that God will provide the financial and physical needs of the seminary so that it can continue to function well. Pray also for strength for the Floyds as they pack up and say good-byes in preparation for their home assignment starting in the middle of June.
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.