Praise for God’s direction in Alyssa’s life to use her athletic ability by joining Sports Friends, which equips local churches to reach youth through sports. Pray for focus and discipline as she works through many helpful and required trainings, including cross-cultural living, language acquisition, doctrine, etc., and that she would wrap up her current job successfully. Pray that God will bless the team in Thailand and provide a smooth transition for her as she becomes a part of it. Pray also for prayer and financial supporters to join her ministry.
Praise for Ryan’s opportunity to travel to a neighboring country to see SIM’s work there and to minister in several venues. Pray for him as he goes to Laos for ministry investigation the end of this month. Pray for Heidi as she accepts the invitation to become a board member of Grace International School – a heavy commitment of time as the school seeks funding to erect its own building. Pray also for wisdom for the Missions Committee members as they discuss the application process of the first Thai couple to be sent as missionaries through SIM Thailand.
Praise for the opportunity Denise had to visit another SE Asian country to discover stories of God’s work to highlight in her work as a communications writer. Pray for the missionaries there in the long process of building trust with minority people groups. Pray for the needs for administration and finance personnel in the SIM Thailand office. Pray for one of her teammates who is doing it all and is quite overloaded. Pray also for discernment for Denise as she enters her second year of ministry (and considers extending her time), and for safe travels next month as she visits the US briefly.
Pray for the Francises as they prepare to move from Thailand in a few days to begin ministry in another Asian country. Pray that Steve can help the new treasurer for SIM C-SEA be well prepared to assume this responsibility. Pray they can find a good balance between moving on/letting go and keeping in touch with those with whom they have become close. Pray for good closure with Thai friends, and that some items they still have will sell. Pray for discernment to choose wisely within the ministry opportunities ahead of them and for a good adjustment to new situations and ministry partners.
Praise for the Lord’s provision of a temporary facility (a school built for 1000 students that currently has only 100) to provide space for the students of Grace International School, which had to vacant its current location. Sharon writes, “Just a short time ago we had no idea of what to do next. While there is a grieving process at the loss of our wonderful school, we are thrilled with this new place that God had in His back pocket waiting to pull out and surprise us!” Pray for the staff members as they pack and move the school, as well as learn how to share the facility with another school running at the same time. Pray they can be ready by August 1.
Praise for the full year of living in Thailand and that she was able to obtain a change from a language student visa to a volunteer visa. Pray for continued progress in language. Praise also that she is now more fully involved as SIM Thailand’s administrative manager and is enjoying the role. Pray for her as she continues to learn, especially since she is handling all personnel duties while her coworker is on home assignment. Praise for her Thai church, where she is enjoying praising God in another language. Pray for deepening relationships with others there. Pray also for her as she travels to Bangkok this week to visit coworkers and learn more about their ministries and how to be of support.
Pray for Steve and Sherree during a very stressful time of preparing to complete their ministry in Thailand before moving to serve in another Asian country, now complicated by an unexpected return to the US for a family crisis. Pray for wisdom for them to discern the way ahead, and grace to take one day at a time, knowing that the Lord is in charge. Pray that Steve can manage his treasurer role remotely during this busy time of the year. Pray also that they can be moved out of their house in Thailand by the end of May and find temporary housing until leaving the country, now scheduled for July 20.
Praise for an opportunity Wendy had to visit a people group with which missionaries are working where many have never even heard the name of Jesus. Praise also that she has found a Thai church in which to use her musical abilities and practice her language with kind people who are patient and help her. Pray for her as she heads to Malaysia, which is necessary to change her language-learning visa to a business one. Pray also as she steps into her new role as SIM Thailand Administrative Manager, while continuing her language study part time.