Praise for recent visits with supporters and the 100% support needed for their return to Paraguay. Pray for safety and good visits in Michigan and Illinois (October 12-27), and then for blessing as they attend SIM’s leadership conference in Greece (October 30-November 6). Pray for wisdom in choosing a living location upon their return to Paraguay, which will give access to both the SIM office and the Yuty church plant. Pray for Dan as he prepares and leads sessions for the SIM Paraguay team at their annual December Team Training for professional development.
Praise that after living in Asuncion for over a year and a half, Justin has received approval from the Ministry of Health to be licensed for the practice of optometry in Paraguay. Pray for guidance as he seeks now to train a Paraguayan believer to be his helper to accompany him into communities to treat patients and share the gospel. Pray for the Kantners as they continue building relationships with three Ava Guarani communities, and pray that many would come to know the Lord through outreaches, such as showing the Jesus film.
Praise for a good return to the US and blessed times for the Floyds with Tony’s family. Praise also for the churches and Jean’s family who welcomed them well when they arrived at their place of residence for their year of home assignment. Pray that each one of the Floyds would adjust well to life in the States, whether it is in college, at public school or as parents of growing and changing kids. Pray especially for Tony’s family as his mom is now on hospice care.
Praise for a meaningful Spiritual Life Conference at which the SIM Paraguay team, which has experienced a 70% turnover in the past six months, took strides toward forming their new identity. Praise for a successful Winter Youth Camp with 60 campers and leaders in attendance and for the many decisions for Christ that were made there. Pray that the camp property will be used to its full potential, and pray for the new camp caretakers as they begin to live and work there.
Praise that the elders of the San Francisco church are so interested in teaching the Bible in nearby Jataity. Pray that the church will be used by the Lord to reproduce a new church in the area. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with several families they visit and pray for daily. Pray for them as they develop Bible study lessons on making disciples. Pray for Rebekah and the children as they prepare for a new school year. Pray also for refreshing while they are on home assignment.
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.