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.
Praise that Jeff and Amanda had a good visit, along with a friend, to a nearby village with farms that grow a variety of produce, and for all they learned about agricultural practices that they hope to implement in their future ministry location. Praise for a signed lease on a house in that location, and pray that needed upgrades would be completed in good time. Pray especially for open hearts and minds among the people in this village. Praise for their new language-learning program, and pray it would help them absorb the biblical vocabulary they encounter in the Chronological Bible Stories.
Praise for the recent baptism of two young men, and pray for them as they experience the rejection of their families, find work, seek godly wives, and grow in their new faith. Pray for the Sanderfers as they soon begin to make weekly visits to a village to connect with the village chief, build relationships with the residents, and collect data to help identify community health needs. Pray for rapid advancement in language ability for the Sanderfers as they enter this next phase of ministry.
Praise for God’s blessing during the Tanquists’ extended home assignment, opportunities for growth in their lives through their church, and for faithful colleagues who continue spreading the gospel in Senegal. Praise for Mark as he assumes the field treasurer position for Senegal, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire. Pray as well for God’s guidance for Leigh to discover what her new ministry will be when they return to Senegal in January. Praise that their financial support has now reached 93% of their needs, and pray that it will soon reach 100%. Pray also for wisdom to meet various family concerns.
Praise that the appropriate documents have been received giving the Garretts permission to adopt two small Guinean boys. Pray that their adoption process will go quickly and smoothly. Praise also that God has provided two additional families to serve with the Garretts in Kaffrine and surrounding villages, and pray for them as they seek to learn the Wolof culture and language. Praise also that paper has been delivered so printing of the 3000 copies of Luke and Acts in Wolofal (using Arabic script) can begin. Pray that God will use this version to draw many Wolof people to saving faith.
Praise that the Sanderfers have now moved to their home in Kaffrine. Pray for them as they continue to finish projects to make it safe and comfortable for the family. Pray also for continued focus and perseverance as they strive to dig deeper in their knowledge and understanding of the Wolof language through interactions with their neighbors. Pray also for their oldest daughter who is now in Dakar for study at a Christian school, and pray for comfort for the family as they navigate this transition.
Pray for the Koppendrayers who left for Senegal on August 12 with the goal of completing their service there and packing up their belongings in two-and-a-half weeks. Pray for stamina and the ability to sleep during this hot time of year as they sort through their possessions to determine what to send back to the US and what to sell or give away. They write, “It promises to be an emotional time as we finish up our time in West Africa and say goodbyes to our teammates and friends. We want to leave well, be an encouragement, and speak gospel truths as we have opportunities.”