Praise that Denise’s best friends were able to visit her in Thailand, and that she was able to visit her parents for a few days in Hong Kong. Praise for the group of students who have been coming to Monday Bible studies and asking a lot of questions about God. Pray for a spiritual hunger in them and that it would be satisfied in Christ. Pray for discernment for Denise regarding her future plans as she officially has just six months left in Thailand.
Praise for the encouragement Alyssa received at a local church outreach where she was able to speak her little bit of Thai with the kids and see them respond. Pray that she would continue to remain faithful in her language learning so she can be used of God to share Christ with Thai girls. Praise for a recent Sports Friends camp that had about 15 girls at it, giving Alyssa insight as to how sports can be used to show Christ to them. Pray that a Taiwanese girl Alyssa has befriended in her language class will be open to a relationship with her and with Christ.
Praise for Wendy’s opportunity in February to attend the SIM Global Assembly in South Africa and also visit SIM ministries in Africa. Pray for her in her new responsibility of supervision for some of the team in Thailand, as well as continuing her administrative and personnel role. Pray for wisdom in providing care and guidance. Pray also for the first SIM Thai missionaries preparing to serve in a neighboring country. Pray as well for the building of a multi-cultural and multi-skilled team to minister in a very unreached province of Thailand. Pray for Wendy’s need for additional support partners.
Praise that the Hannahs have begun to see the fruit of some long-term efforts. Praise for a good time in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa learning together with others from SIM-Thailand and celebrating SIM’s 125th anniversary. Praise for a Thai family seeking to serve as missionaries in a nearby country, and pray for strength as they finish their preparations and raise support. Pray that God would lead more people to serve in Ayutthaya. Pray also that God would provide for the Hannahs’ support shortfall.
Praise for a rapid processing of Alyssa’s visa, smooth flights, and a warm welcome by a missionary family with whom she is currently staying upon her arrival in Thailand. Pray for her as she begins language school and seeks a church to call “home” and gets plugged in. Pray she can find a group of Thai friends with whom she can learn the culture and “do life,” as well as American friends with whom she can have a sense of community. Pray also that she can maintain a close relationship with the Lord throughout all the many changes and challenges she is facing.
Praise for the opportunity Wendy is having to have two young daughters of missionaries working in another area of the country living with her and attending Grace International School. She writes, “I am honored to serve their families in this way, as they continue to share the truth of the gospel with the people of Thailand.” Pray for her in her role as Administrative Manager for SIM Thailand, focusing on those coming to Thailand as short-termers, and also working on her Bible classes through Toccoa Falls College.
Praise for the encouraging time the Wells family had at the recent SIMSendOff, and for an upcoming move to Clarkston, Georgia, dubbed “one of the most diverse zip codes in America.” Pray for them as they learn about cross-cultural ministry and church planting in a five-month missionary training school program. Pray that the family will adjust well to this new location, will develop friendships and favor among the people with whom they will live and serve, and that Jay and Julia will learn all that God has for them during their time there. Pray also that the remaining 35% of needed support will be raised.
Praise for Denise’s time working in communications and media for the SIM regional office and the abundance of peace, joy, and energy that God has given her these two years in Thailand. Praise that she will be able to stay another year and teach at The Centre – a place to connect with college students. Pray that her new work permit will come through soon. Pray that she will learn and adjust to her new role by observing classes and being with students and staff. Praise that she can also use this time of waiting to plan a special event for The Centre in November.
Praise for the blessing of the mid-July SIM Thailand Spiritual Life Conference which brought together all the missionaries and Thai staff with focus on the theme of unity. Praise for Ryan’s opportunity to join a small research team and visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya recently, with around a million residents in the greater province and only 11 small churches. Pray for plans underway for SIM to place a church planting team there in the next two years. Pray for God’s provision of the right missionaries for the team. Pray for safety for Ryan and Heidi as they travel widely in the next two months, attending consultations and board meetings.