Praise that Pat has completed her home assignment in the US, her support level is at 100% or above, and she is back in Africa. Pray for her final travels from Kenya to South Sudan and for the transition process back into life and ministry in Doro. Pray for peace in South Sudan, and specifically Doro, and wisdom for the mission leaders as they made decisions regarding day-to-day work there. Pray that disciples will make disciples and that God’s Word will continue to go forth.
Praise that tribes that have rejected Jesus in the past are now hearing the gospel and responding. Praise also that the SIM South Sudan team, which had been evacuated due to more violence in the area, is now back in Doro. Pray for continued peace and for restoration for those who were affected. Pray also for the success of the SIM project called Harvest Workers, which assists churches in areas that lack funding to send out missionaries by linking them with those able to give.
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.