Praise for all that God has done in and through the Sanderfers since their move to a new area a year ago, including home set up, continued language learning, hosting multiple short-term teams and beginning village visits to collect health survey information. Pray for strength and encouragement as they continue to live in the midst of people from another religion, tolerate the heat and humidity and seek to be Christ’s hands and feet to the lost.
Pray for Mark as he continues to learn the details of being the treasurer and for Leigh as she serves in member care for the SIM Senegal team. Pray for God’s guidance for a family coming on a vision trip June 29-July 13. Pray also for the Tanquists and a team coming from the US as they prepare to minister at the Spiritual Life Conference (July 28-31). Pray that all attendees with be renewed and encouraged during their time together.
Praise that the adoption of two Guinean little boys has occurred and they are now with the Garretts. Pray for them as they learn many new things – including English! Pray that God will knit them together as a family of seven. Pray also that they will be granted a visa interview appointment by the US Embassy in Dakar. Praise for the SIM Senegal team’s work in two new villages. Pray that there will be many opportunities to share the gospel as relationships are built, medical needs are met, the Jesus film is shown, and Samaritan’s Purse shoebox gifts are given.
Praise that the Gallaghers have received their Senegalese identity cards which provide legal residency documentation. Praise that Jeff and Amanda, apart from their team, were able to visit the village, which is the focus of their outreach, and were warmly welcomed by the village chief, leadership and people. Pray for the development of relationships and that the Lord will prepare the hearts of people to engage in Discipleship Bible Study groups. Pray for physical and spiritual protection in a context where the villagers combine a dominant religion with animism.
Praise for the opportunity the Sweanys are having to serve at Bourofaye Christian School. Pray for strength for them to finish this term strongly and that they will be intentional with the kids in their care to see them grow in the Lord. Pray for the addition of two sets of dorm parents for next year, and that all the classes will be adequately covered. Pray also that no major maintenance issues would arise at the school, and for good health, especially for Margaret who has some challenges.
Praise that the Sanderfers and their teammates have begun making regular visits to their ministry village, and that the villagers are welcoming and open. Pray that these visits will continue to go well and for wisdom and discernment for them as they encounter acute health problems. Pray especially that God will reveal persons of peace with whom they can spend more time sharing the gospel. Pray also that God would give children tender hearts as they hear the resurrection story for the first time at a camp program April 2-3.
Praise for the recent meeting with a village chief and his son who gave permission to begin working in their village. Pray as they visit regularly and begin doing a health survey to identify those who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure with the goal of doing community health education. Pray for good relationships and for household Bible reading groups to be formed. Pray also as Corey continues selling Scripture materials in village markets, and that he will be aware of the Spirit’s direction as he interacts with people.
Praise that the Gallaghers have completed their first year of official language study and that they had opportunities to build new friendships with neighbors and new Christians at Christmastime. Praise that one lady, who recently had a dream of Jesus calling her to Himself, is engaging in a Bible study. Pray that she and her family will come to faith. Pray that electricity can get connected in their house in Kaffrine so that they can move there within the next few weeks. Pray for a good transition to this more rural area, for wisdom as they set up their home and for open hearts and favor among the people.
Praise for the good time the Tanquists had with family over Thanksgiving and for continued physical, emotional, mental and spiritual renewal as they are in the US on home assignment. Pray that God would meet their financial needs and help them with all the details as they take a step of faith and plan to return to Senegal at the end of January. Pray for a good transition for Mark as he takes over treasury duties and for Leigh as she provides member care for the Senegal team upon their return.