Praise that the Boyds were able to help debrief 100 missionaries coming for home assignment, plus help 45 pre-field missionaries and their 113 children who came through the SIM USA office this summer for training. Pray for continued strength as the Boyds start a new season with two different groups coming for training during October. Pray for healing, strength, and perseverance for Cheri as she is experiencing some strange symptoms that seem to be neurological in nature. Pray also for increased support.
Praise for the many fruitful years the Laus had at Galmi Hospital in Niger. Pray for them on their home assignment as they invest in renewal, resource development and preparing for their next assignment. Pray for grace and patience as they transition back to life in the States, and for Kendrick as he begins a new role in January with SIM’s Healthcare Ministries team, supporting SIM’s global healthcare ministries and institutions. Pray also for him as he travels back to Galmi for a month to help out during malaria season, and for the rest of the family while he is gone.
Praise for the Lord’s surprising new direction for the Linsz family’s future ministry after the door to Paraguay closed due to their traumatic experience while in language school in Costa Rica. Praise that Dan’s gifts and skills are presently needed in Ethiopia to mentor the leaders of the SIM clinic and local school, using English as the desired communication language. Praise that the option of a two-to-three year term is a possibility, with the opportunity then of continuing or returning to the US in light of their boys’ educational needs. Pray for their plans and transition to Ethiopia in early 2018. Pray also for additional support funds needed.
Praise for the opportunity Brian is having to teach the Paths to School Improvement (PSI) courses in Africa, which is targeting low-resourced schools on how to reach appropriate and attainable standards. Praise for encouraging feedback from school-leader participants who are reporting significant changes in their documentation, staff development, teaching practices and relationships with their communities. Pray for wisdom for Brian as he attends important meetings at ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) to explore the next steps for the PSI program.
Praise that improving water supplies in villages in Bolivia has a huge impact on health and mortality, but also opens the way for sharing the “Living Water” as well. Praise that a township president is now a Christian and lending wonderful support to the water, sanitation, and hygiene ministry. Pray for wisdom for Dale to respond to the many requests for assistance. Praise for Quechua Bibles that have been made available for the new Christians in the Cañadas Valley, and pray for the finances they need to purchase one at a cost of more than one day’s wage.
Praise that Rosie returns to Kenya this week to encourage, teach and equip evangelists and pastors serving in the rural bush areas. Praise for the testimony of one minister following a previous seminar who told her that he had been thinking of leaving his ministry, but through her example, he now determined to continue as long as he could, just like she was doing. Pray that many will experience the same encouragement. Rosie writes concerning her current trip, “Pray that I stay sensitive to the Spirit’s leading in every venue I go to for a seminar.” Pray also for her health, strength, and safety.
Praise for last spring’s five-week visit to Kenya, enjoying time with family, and helping with projects. Pray now as Steve phases out his lead role as services manager on the Charlotte campus and continues as a resource for new personnel assuming campus maintenance and building responsibilities. Pray also as he continues to be involved with a team being assembled to work online and in Liberia to develop a power utility master plan, as well as other projects for the new ELWA radio studio, hospital, and school. Also pray for the Kejrs as they plan to move to the SIM Sebring, Florida, retirement center next year and continue involvement in mission projects as they are able.
Praise for encouraging ministry opportunities, including Terry’s weekly visits with conversation partners from the Middle East, Sue’s ESL (English as a Second Language) Bible class, English Club at a local mall and a Global Missions Tour that gave participants a fresh challenge of God’s love for the nations. Pray that God’s Truth would be revealed to each international friend with whom they are sharing the gospel message. Ask for “persons of peace” with influence who will open doors of opportunity for team members to start home Bible studies.
Praise for the opportunity Carolyn had in May to return to Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia where she had formerly ministered. Praise that she was encouraged by the improvements in the hospital and being able to reconnect with folks. Pray for her as she continues to provide nursing care for the residents at Sebring Retirement Village. Pray for the new director, Tim Smith, who began on August 1. Pray also for another nurse to join the team to lighten the load.