Praise that God has provided 100% of their required monthly support, plus a little extra! Pray that the Lord will provide 25 more daily prayer partners for their family. Pray for the ability to maneuver the application process effectively and success in securing their residence visa in a timely manner. Pray that their visas will be issued soon so they can move to their next and final priority of purchasing air tickets for departure. Pray for wisdom regarding schooling for their children.
Praise for the wonderful time Josh and Bethany had serving in at SIM USA headquarters in North Carolina for seven months and for the growth and healing they experienced while there. Pray for them now as they travel for three months to visit friends and churches before leaving for South Asia again after the holidays. Pray God would provide all the financial and prayer support they need and aid the family in the transition to their new city.
Praise that Emily could help with a discipleship class that provided fellowship and spiritual input for local women believers who often feel isolated. Pray for guidance for the leadership on how to make future meetings helpful and encouraging so the ladies have open hearts to engage with the material. Pray that God would use Emily to help at-risk girls see their value in His eyes and have hope for the future. Pray also for a new visa and work permit for Jake.
Praise for the relationships God has given Matt and Michelle in their city — office staff members, neighbors, and friends. Pray that each one would draw closer to the Lord and that those who do not know Him yet would seek Him and find Him. Praise for two interns that have jumped right in learning, helping and teaching. Pray that God will continue to protect, grow and use them for His glory. Praise for the opportunities Matt has to speak about business as transformation in the US in October and pray that they would go well.
Praise that Steve and Sherree have initiated a relationship with a local couple, and pray it would continue to deepen. Praise that the new academic year at the international school is going well and for the good leadership team Steve has to work with. Pray for favor from officials who deal with visas for the school’s foreign teachers. Praise that Sherree has more volunteers for the children’s playtime team at the hospital, and pray that this will lead to more consistency.
Praise for the great times John and Jan had with their children and their church’s youth group in the US this summer. Praise that they were in touch with new young families with an interest to serve in South Asia. Pray that John and Jan’s visa application process goes well so that they can return to their ministries this fall. Pray for John as he teaches music to university students and a seminar course on ethics. Pray that the school for slum children Jan works with will find a new location by the end of the year.
Praise for the Lord’s leading for Josh and Bethany as they have conferred with SIM leadership on both sides of the ocean and have determined that the time is right for them to return to South Asia. Praise for the time they have had to be refreshed while here, and pray for more financial and prayer supporters on their team. Pray for wisdom for them as they focus on church planting training, relationship building with local believers, and seek strategic partners in ministry.
Praise that Dinesh completed teaching the Ezra Theology Course module. One student exclaimed, “After two years, I got it! I now understand HOW to do [Bible] exegesis and exposition.” Pray for Dinesh as he prepares to teach workshops over the next four months. Pray for the South Asian consortium involved in theological education primarily among rural pastors equipping them to build healthy churches. Pray for a nurse friend who is now confined to her home by her family because of her decision for Christ. Pray also for Shannon as she begins a new homeschool year.
Praise for good health for Joy as the family awaits the birth of baby number four, and pray for wisdom to choose where the baby should be born. Pray that they would also have wisdom to choose among multiple ministry opportunities while fulfilling mission responsibilities, teaching English, counseling girls rescued from a brothel, and homeschooling the children. Pray for many opportunities to demonstrate the power of prayer with friends. Pray also that they can maintain their visa status.