Praise that Vicki’s dad is growing stronger, making it appear possible that she will be able to return to her ministry in Doro sometime in March. Pray that this will happen, with friends and family continuing needed care. Praise that, while fighting in some areas of South Sudan continues, Doro is fairly stable. Pray for at least 20 people on leprosy treatment that Vicki will be caring for. Pray also for the Mabaan church leaders who are visiting the refugee camps to encourage new believers. Praise that the Mabaan now have the whole Bible in their language.
Pray for the 111 students in Theological Education by Extension in South Sudan who have a craving to know God’s Word and be trained for ministry. Pray for church leaders to make discipleship central to their ministry. Pray that God will bring peace and clearly open the doors for the Faders to return to their previous base in South Sudan or direct them to a new location.
Praise for a safe arrival in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Murrays, for the time they had to learn about the South Sudan team and the ministries there and for their role in facilitating the team. Pray that they will be able to retain all that they are learning, have discernment in applying it as well as good interactions and communication with all of the people with whom they will be working. Pray that their work permits will be approved in a timely fashion.
Praise for evidence of unity in the churches across tribal lines, and for 26 new believers who were baptized in December. Praise also that the Mabaan Bible in its entirety is now en route to Doro! Pray for the new moms’ groups that have started, and that they will be well attended. Pray for continued peace in the country, and for the SIM South Sudan Director as he makes decisions regarding the future of missionaries in Doro. Pray also that the Lord would send more workers to join the team.
Praise for Michi and Sarah’s acceptance as members of SIM to serve “on-loan” with AIM AIR in Kenya. Praise for the opportunities Michael had to get some more in-depth engine experience at Compass Aviation and at MMS Aviation (Missionary Maintenance Services). Pray for both as they prepare for their technical evaluations in January – Michael in maintenance and Sarah in flying. Pray that the provision of more needed financial support due to the change of organization would be met for their target departure in August 2018.
Praise for the progress Neil and Sarah have made in learning Arabic with the seven language helpers they have had since arriving in Kenya last March. Praise also for the encouraging videos Neil has been able to create documenting stories of God’s provision for the advance of the gospel. Pray for them as they spend the next few weeks in South Sudan with the Doro team where Neil will begin a busy filming schedule to help the team communicate all that God is doing. Pray also for Sarah as she works with women in Trauma Healing.
Praise that tribal tensions and disputes that bring security issues to the Doro area and the possibility of needing to evacuate are subsiding. Praise that Mabaan pastors are reaching across tribal lines and supporting new believers being persecuted. Pray for the Doro clinic which is treating sometimes as many as 100 patients in one day. Pray also for staff members who are holding community health education sessions in the villages on how to prevent diseases and to encourage people to bring the sick to the clinic earlier.
Praise for the great connections Bob and Gayle made with students at five schools recently. Pray that as God draws students to Himself and prepares them for service where He wants them, they will respond in obedience. Pray for Bob and Gayle as they prepare to serve the South Sudan team as Deputy Director for six months, beginning in January 2018, and also pray for the team’s December Spiritual Life Conference. Praise that the ESL classes have started again in Hamtramck, and pray that God will raise up additional volunteers to teach ESL if He wants the school to remain open.
Praise for a few months of relative calm in the area, resulting in more patients coming to the clinic for help, and for the opportunity, this gives to minister to them in the name of the Lord. Pray that many will come because of the reputation it has of having “Words of Truth” along with medical help. Pray for more health-oriented, communications, and administrative staff to help carry the workload. Pray for the resources needed to cover the government’s recently-increased documentation costs relating to visas, alien registrations, licenses, etc.