Praise that on August 16, the first SIM missionaries from Thailand moved to their country of ministry. Ryan writes, “It was a great joy to work with them through the application, training, support raising, commissioning, etc., and to now see them launching into ministry.” Pray for them as they settle in and adjust to a new culture and language. Pray also that the Hannahs’ financial shortfall will be made up before the end of this fiscal year on September 30.
Praise for the Lord’s guidance that has led John and Justine to accept ministry opportunities in Thailand – John as the Projects and Missional Business Coordinator and Justine possibly on the media team for the Continental South East Asia office. Pray that they can adjust well and quickly, as the children start school at Grace Academy just 32 hours after arriving! Pray for John in his steep learning curve and that he will be a blessing to those he will serve.
Praise for Alyssa’s quick, refreshing and filling time with family and friends in the US recently and that she was able to get a new visa with no issues. Praise that the Sports Friend team had their first girl show up to boys’ practice. Pray that enough girls will come out so they can start a girls’ team and for deep relationships to be made. Pray for safe travels and fruitful ministry for a short-term team from the States coming in August to help with a sports camp in Thailand and another nearby country.
Praise for the three-day English camp that gave teachers and students concentrated time together to deepen relationships. Praise also for the blessing of having a short-term team from Denise’s US church to help out at the student center. As they finish their two weeks, pray that God would show each member how He would have them respond to their experience there. Pray also for Denise as she takes a vision trip to Cape Town, South Africa, as she nears the end of her commitment to ministry in Thailand.
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.