Praise for the protection of SIM’s property and staff during recent unrest in Doro and the safe evacuation for Vicki and the other SIM personnel to Kenya. Praise especially for the 22 baptisms that took place the day before the unrest began. Pray that many more people would follow Jesus. Pray for the national staff as they keep the clinic open at a lower level during the team’s absence. Pray too for wisdom in decision making about their return to Doro. Pray for grace and peace for both their Mabaan and refugee friends during this difficult time.
Praise that although they had to be evacuated in 2016, the Valknaars have been back in South Sudan for a year! Praise for the arrival of the Mabaan Bible after 80 years of work on it. Pray for wisdom in decision making as the Valknaars need to continually rethink ministry in light of the tenuous situation in the area. Praise that new portable primary schools and the clinic’s community health education can be taken with the people if they need to flee into the bush. Pray for true peace, not just a lack of violence.
Praise for the opportunity Pat has to teach women simple skills like sewing cloth bags and making hand-washing stations from material available in their communities. Pray for effectiveness in sharing the gospel with them and in the moms groups. Praise that Pat was able to spend a few days at the Kenyan coast out of the extreme heat. Pray for all the missionaries as they are currently dealing with it. Pray for continued peace in Mabaan and throughout South Sudan, and also that God would send more workers.
Praise for the video Neil is producing highlighting the new primary schools that SIM has helped start in the Mabaan community. Pray that it will be used to raise more funds so that more schools can be opened. He writes, “The transformation possible by equipping and empowering the local church to start these schools is amazing to think about.” Pray that he can complete other videos on which he has been working. Pray for health for Sarah, now in the second trimester of pregnancy, and praise for the excellent medical care she has been receiving in Nairobi, Kenya.
Praise for the opportunity the Murrays are having to serve the S Sudan team for a time from Nairobi. Pray for the members of the team who are working with the churches in S Sudan to educate their children again. Pray for godly teachers, and wisdom for church leaders as they consider how to provide the needed space rather than building schools, in order to give flexibility in times of crisis and allow limited funds to be directed toward other resources. Pray for the missionaries who are assisting teachers rather than teaching themselves. Pray for strength for all to persevere with joy in the heat and harsh conditions in which they live.
Praise that Vicki has been able to return to South Sudan after being in the US for a time caring for her father who has been getting stronger. Pray for her and her faithful South Sudanese helper as they work with leprosy patients – including six new ones. Pray that God will give her wisdom as she visits churches to encourage people and takes time to visit friends in the Doro area and read the Bible to them. Pray also for her as she listens to the Lord about beginning Arabic language study once again.
Praise for the completion of a year of Arabic language study, and for the patient teacher they have had. Pray for Neil as he begins working on videos that he has planned to do from a trip to Doro – beginning with the arrival and dedication of the Mabaan Bibles. Pray for him also as he seeks out people interested in filmmaking in hopes of beginning a discipleship/mentorship program for aspiring story tellers. Pray for Sarah as she becomes more involved in Trauma Healing Workshops and assists in individual counseling at a local counseling center that serves missionaries and ministries.
Praise for the refreshing time Pat had at the Spiritual Life Conference before returning to a full schedule at the Nutrition Village in Doro. Pray that the contract with Unicef to provide food for the Nutrition Village will be approved soon. Pray for effectiveness in sharing the gospel in the moms groups and with several individuals in Pat’s life. Pray for continued peace throughout South Sudan, for health and tolerance for missionaries in the extreme heat, and for more workers to join in the ministry.
Praise for the ministry that continues through the clinic in Doro, and that people hear the gospel there and some respond. Pray for wisdom in making decisions regarding the future of ministry in South Sudan, especially regarding the many personnel changes that are occurring. Pray that the South Sudanese churches will be encouraged and continue to expand the work of evangelism and discipleship. Pray for wisdom for Bob in his new responsibilities related to project finances and other administrative issues.