Praise that the Lord has brought the Krupke family from Texas to serve at SIM USA, where Nathan is the CFO. Praise also that Sara will become Guest Services Administrative Assistant, beginning January 3, helping to coordinate the use of the guest house and transportation for missionaries and guests as they come through the home office. Pray for ongoing adjustments for the family and for additional monthly financial and prayer supporters.
Praise that Brittany has been able to represent SIM at several conferences over the past few months, as well as being involved in developing and/or leading several training workshops for recruiting and mobilizing believers for cross-cultural ministry. Please pray for wisdom as she continues to develop strategies to engage the African American community in missions, for energy with a heavy travel schedule, and for God to provide additional partners so that she can reach full support. Please also pray for the millions who have no relationship with Jesus, for the workers who seek to introduce Him to them, and for those who have come to Christ and are being persecuted
Praise for the opportunity the Ackleys are having to bring encouragement and supplies to the ELWA campus and missionaries in Liberia. They write, “In the three weeks we’ll be there, we can’t do much for the victims of war or the orphans, but we can minister to those who labor day in and day out to present the gospel in very tangible ways, ministering to both body and soul.” Praise that Dick’s sister went with them and will be staying for a year to manage the guest house. Pray that its dedication on December 2 will be a great time of celebration and that those who are traveling there to be a part of it will arrive safely.
Praise for Ralph’s opportunity to serve as part of SIM’s mobilization team. Pray for him as he speaks on university campuses challenging students to consider ministry among nomadic peoples, and in churches providing practical ways to reach out to ethnic groups on their doorstep. Pray also as he serves at SIM in the screening, placement, and training of short and long-term missionaries, as well as in debriefing returning short-term missionaries. Pray also for Maridee’s involvement in the welcoming, interviewing and training new missionaries, as well as debriefing and resourcing returning missionaries, plus providing training and debriefing for missionary kids.
Praise for the recent report from one of SIM’s mission outreach countries that a major persecutor received a vision of Christ – a modern Apostle Paul event – and is now a believer! Pray for him, since he has been captured and is being interrogated. Pray also for his wife and children’s safety. Praise that Marlies’ coaching ministry is going well. Pray that, as she is finishing with her present group, the Lord will provide new clients. Pray for some additional needed financial supporters since, while the Ernsts are deeply grateful to their regular team, some have needed to cut back. Pray also for Eric’s aged parents who have now been transferred to a fine, caring Christian living community in Wisconsin.
Praise for progress Brian and others are making on remodeling the US office, and how fresh and clean the offices look. Brian writes, “Our service is quite behind the scenes here, but it takes a team of all sorts to keep our missionaries overseas thriving and well cared for.” Pray for Brian as he considers joining one missionary in the Middle East for a few weeks, possibly in November or December, to help set up a missional business he has started. Pray also for more financial supporters for the Roy family, so that they can continue their important and impressive ministry on the SIM USA campus.
Praise for a fruitful week the Hudsons and other leaders and mentors had at the leadership development initiative meetings in Austria. Praise that Paul and Clare could spend face-to-face time there with the couple they have been mentoring this year. Pray for this couple to have wisdom as they seek God’s will for their medical ministry. Praise for Paul’s opportunity to represent SIM at the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and for Clare’s to help train a group applying to be SIM missionaries. Pray that God will bring much fruit from these events and the follow up after them.
Praise for the Health Ministry Team as they serve their medical colleagues around the world with wise counsel, support, and encouragement. Praise for SIM’s presence at the Global Missions Health Conference held in Louisville, KY,. Pray for the thousands of young physicians and other medically-trained people as they came to the conference to discover opportunities for missionary service in needy areas of the world. Pray that God will provide medical personnel to fill the many opportunities SIM offers worldwide.
Praise for a productive time Al had in September providing training in three events and visiting SIM medical staff in Cameroon, West Africa. Pray for them both as they are currently ministering in Bolivia and Peru. Pray for listening ears and perceptive minds as they connect with missionaries to see how their pre-field training at SIM USA has prepared them for cross-cultural ministry, what updates are needed, or what further preparation would contribute to thriving in ministry. Pray also for good health for the Andrews, and that Christ’s fragrance would be sensed through all their interactions.