Praise for the many opportunities this month to serve the Lord through SIM. Pray for Bob as he coaches missionaries designated for China and Ethiopia in building their support teams, and maintains contact with around 120 people working toward applying to SIM. Pray also as he hosts The Journey Deepens retreat at SIM USAApril 24-26. Pray for Amy as she continues to help shape the 2020 Five-Year Strategic Direction document for SIM and finalizes edits for the Task Force meeting. Pray also as she assists the Applicant Review Committee with the Short Term Associate program, plus handles many other heavy responsibilities.
Praise for Scott’s recent trip to China where he met with leadership of the theological education division of China Christian Council (CCC) (China’s officially registered church) and visited three of their 22 seminaries. Praise for a strong element of evangelical Christianity in the CCC and openness to organizations such as Overseas Council (represented by Scott) which partners in providing library resources and training of seminary faculty and leadership. Pray for the huge and rapidly growing number of Christians in China, in both registered and non-registered churches, and also for the challenges being faced.
Praise for a successful six-month’s of teaching at the Institut Missiologique du Sahel in Burkina Faso and the privilege of working with students with a passionate burden for mission in Africa. Pray now for a new phase of ministry as Ken assumes the role of International Ministry Training Facilitator for new church planting initiatives in world regions unreached with the gospel. Pray for Ken’s upcoming trip to Tanzania in late April to consider the potential of the TIMO (Training in Ministry Outreach) program. Pray also for their need of furnished, rental housing by mid-May here in the US.