Praise for Bill and Grace’s trip where Bill shared and interacted with students and faculty in mission classes at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and Grace participated in a Bible study with DTS student wives. Pray for students preparing for a short-term missions trip to Ethiopia this summer, and praise for the encouragement Bill’s sharing of God’s work there was to them. Pray that one church’s outreach team that Bill and Grace worked with to connect with SIM-related churches in Ethiopia will partner with them in reaching an unreached people group.
Praise for Michelle’s opportunity at the recent SIM Global Assembly to give the closing address and share the importance of mentoring young believers as they move into ministry. Pray God would use Sports Friend’s biggest fund raising effort of the year to provide for camps in nine countries, including two special-needs camps in Kenya. Praise that the Lord has provided a Support Services Team Leader to help with donor development. Pray also that Michelle’s financial support need would be met so she can remain with SF.
Praise for Brian’s opportunity in March to present the “Paths to School Improvement” (PSI) training to 40 leaders of eight Christian schools in a country in West Africa. Praise also that pilot programs in Uganda and Rwanda have been very successful. Pray for the plan to train others how to conduct the PSI training, since at least 30 leaders are needed to meet the demand. Pray for Brian as he presents PSI to the 90 participants at the ACSI International School Leaders’ Conference the end of this month. Pray also for needed additional prayer and financial supporters for the Blisses.
Praise for the Foutes’ ministry trip to Nigeria, Thailand and South Africa. Praise that in Nigeria believers were given a two-week training to help traumatized people. Praise for the connections made in Thailand at a spiritual life conference with 70 adults from 19 countries. Pray for lasting fruit from the two-day healing group they led in South Africa. Pray for wisdom as they fly to Asia at the end of March to help debrief cross-cultural workers who have been forced to leave their ministry location, and as they provide training in Charlotte in trauma healing at the end of April.
Praise that Jon’s Friday night classes with people from nine different countries represented are growing and bearing fruit. Praise for one young mom who recently accepted Christ. Pray that God will protect her as she returns to and lives in her home country as a new Christian. (Persecution is a reality there.) Praise for the deepening of friendships that resulted from the movie nights they have had in their home. Pray that more internationals will come to faith in Christ through Jon and Jenny’s friendship with them and his teaching.
Praise for the presentation of the Christmas story at two events for English learners in December. Pray that those who attended the events will retain what they heard and that their understanding of who Jesus is will continue to grow. Praise that Becky has finished the Missionary Training School and can now work toward fully moving into her new role with Global Frontier Missions. Pray for grace as she learns how to manage a website, takes over some publications and helps produce several videos in the coming year.
Praise that many retired missionaries are “retreaded” and continue to serve the Lord. Pray for those who lead Good News Clubs after school in four different schools in Highlands County – with two having more than 80 children attending each week! Pray for the Reeds as they help care for the Sebring Village with 42 acres and 80 structures that often seem to need attention. They write, “Reflecting back on 2017 we have been challenged by the Lord to love and serve Him willing, lovingly, with a smile.” Pray that their prayer will be answered in 2018 as well.
Praise for Ray’s recent opportunities to interact with college students and staff about world missions at several Christian colleges, as well as at a Missions Fair for secular college students. Pray for more recruitment opportunities to send out short and long-term workers. Praise also for the Trauma Healing ministry (TH) and for Ray’s work toward racial healing in the US through TH. Pray as he and an SIM colleague arrange three TH events in connection with the National African American Missions Conference in 2018. Pray the Lord will continue to open doors to racial healing through TH.
Praise for TEN3’s “Families and Media” ministry materials, developed as a seminar for mothers, but now expanded to include fathers and youth. Praise also for the Bible study for parents to use to then teach their families. Praise that ECWA International College of Technology in Jos, Nigeria, has now adapted “Families and Media” as part of its core curriculum, with great results. Pray for five Nigerians as they finish the Bible curriculum training in order to begin education centers in other communities. Praise for God’s provision of equipment to expand ministry in Nigeria. Pray that it will be used powerfully for God’s glory.