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.
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.