Praise for the “spacious place” (Psalm 18:19 NIV) God has provided for her through the years, first at Kent Academy in Nigeria, where, with her husband, Jim, she raised a family, taught, mentored staff, and encouraged widows. Pray for her now in a new life-season as she has joined the SIM USA office Member Care Department. Pray for wisdom as she debriefs missionaries on home assignment, helps prepare children to move overseas, visits local SIM retirees, attends member care training programs, and helps plan a Teacher Training Program for Kent Academy alumni and teachers for 2016.
Praise that 44 new missionaries have reached their fields of service this year, and pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send out many more. Praise for SIM’s partnership with Global Frontier Missions and their missionary training program, and pray for Eric as he works on other mission-to-mission agreements. Pray for Marlies in the implementation of the new electronic medical records system and in promoting missionary health. Pray for the Ernsts as they mentor a missionary couple who have had a challenging year and where communication is difficult. Pray also for additional needed monthly support for them.
Praise for upcoming teaching opportunities. Pray for a presentation Sept. 14-15 in Kentucky at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s History Conference on Persecution. Pray for safe travel to Benin and teaching at four key conferences, beginning with a course on spiritual warfare for 50 Baatonu-speaking pastors in early October, followed by a presentation at the annual Benin-Togo Spiritual Life Conference. Pray also for an intensive course at the Baatonu Bible School and a two-day strategy meeting on new church planting approaches in November. Pray for a return to Houghton College in December and preparation of several on-line courses.
Praise for a wonderful trip to Kansas, safety in 2,645 miles of travel and visits with supporters along the way. Pray for Bob who is involved in SIMGo (July 11-24), having preached at corporate worship and now leading sessions on community and interpersonal communication for the new appointees. Pray also for communication skill and time for Bob as he writes a series of short articles on Shinto and Buddhism for a blog, and a primer on Buddhism for general use. Pray for Amy as she finalizes preparations for the U.S. Board meetings July 20-21. Pray also for her involvement in updating and revising SIM USA’s Bylaws.
Praise for the opportunity Janie has, having completed her ministry assignment in Senegal, to serve with SIM in the home office. Pray for her as she takes on the role of editor for By Prayer, a bimonthly newsletter presenting prayer needs from SIM USA missionaries (an urgent need since the present editor retires in October). Pray that her needed additional financial support of $1800 per month, plus $5000 in initial setup costs, will be supplied by September. Pray for travel safety and many opportunities to share her new ministry opportunity as she seeks to update present supporters and gain new ones.
Praise for the twenty-three individuals plus children who will be on the Charlotte campus July 11-24 for SIMGo to prepare for their ministries in various countries around the world. Pray that they will learn well the procedures and practices that come along with being SIM missionaries. Pray also for the presenters and coaches as they lead the training sessions, answer questions, and help them develop good relationships with other appointees and staff. Pray that they will not be overwhelmed with the amount of information they will have to process.
Pray for Anthony as he works to establish a sustainable Missional Business Program to draw individuals to join SIM USA and use their business and professional skills for missional purposes in hard to reach locations around the globe. Pray that this approach will help them obtain legitimate visas, model ethical Christian business practices, create local employment opportunities, and provide outreach opportunities to the community and local business world. Pray for wisdom as Anthony takes on this important work, and pray that their remaining $850 monthly support needs will be provided.
Praise that Charlie recently had a great week in Iowa visiting four supporting churches, ministry partners, family and many friends. Praise also for his involvement at SIM USA in a SIMStart and Short Termers Orientation. Pray for someone to take leadership as editor of SIM USA’s bi-monthly prayer guide, since the current editor is retiring soon. Pray for Tami as she continues to serve missionaries through the hospitality team at SIM, and also for grace and healing for ongoing eye problems. Pray also for their additional needed financial support.
Praise for Dale’s health improvement so that he is able to travel. Pray for him as he plans trips to countries with SIM safe drinking water ministries and as he leads a two-day workshop May 29-30 in Rodeo, Bolivia, teaching the newest group of families how to build their own pumps. Pray for wisdom in the process of helping a local technician assume this teaching role. Pray also for a long-term missionary engineer for the team in Vacas, and wisdom in mobilizing urban Christian Bolivian engineers to be involved as volunteers with the SafeWater ministry.