Praise for the trauma healing ministry the Foutes have, and for the healing groups going on in Bahrain and Bolivia led by people they have trained. Pray for them as they begin planning to return to Bahrain to facilitate an advanced training. Pray also for them as they are in Guatemala June 28-July 7. Pray that God will bring healing to a group of church elders and their wives who will be attending their trauma healing workshop. Pray that they can also be an encouragement to some Guatemalan friends while there.
Praise for the opportunity Ruby had to return to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, to help prepare the West Africa Office (WAO) for its board meeting. Praise also that SIM International Director, Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko, came for the meetings and instructed on the governance and responsibility of the board, after which the members signed the mission agreement making WAO a legal sovereign entity of SIM. Pray for WAO missionaries, many of whom are struggling financially. Pray also that a new director for WAO can be found. Pray for Ruby as she departs on June 26 and visits Ghana before returning home to begin her retirement process.
Praise for the opportunities the Ardills enjoy in their SIM ministry of recruiting and mentoring future missionaries. Pray for wisdom and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s provision of “divine appointments.” Pray for patience and love when meeting with young African leaders through a UC Davis program. Pray also for wisdom in discipling neighbors who are new believers. Pray for God’s blessing and guidance for their son and wife who have been accepted by SIM and feel the call of God to unreached people in Africa or the Middle East.
Praise for Terry’s opportunity to interact in a Chinese fellowship and Bible study with Chinese students attending Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), most of whom have not heard of Jesus before coming to the US. Praise also for Terry and Sues’ time spent with kids, ages five through twelve, tutoring them with homework and sharing Bible stories, while their parents attended English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Pray for Sue as she begins teaching an ESL summer Bible story series with six women from the Middle East. Pray for persistence in these important ministries and that many will find Christ.
Praise for the Lord’s guidance for Claire as she has been in the process of transitioning to the US, including moving into an apartment, buying a car and seeking out opportunities to serve. Since the needs and opportunities to connect with the internationals around her are many, pray for discernment as she determines which are the Lord’s will for her in order to build deep relationships with individuals which will produce spiritual fruit.
Pray for Becky as she transitions from Africa and continues her ministry of reaching unreached people with the gospel here in the USA through Global Frontier Missions with whom SIM partners. Pray for her as she attends GFM’s five-month training program to better understand cross-cultural ministry. Pray for her as she settles in Richmond, VA, gets to know her immigrant neighbors and begins working with video production and website management for GFM. Pray also that she can raise the $1000 she needs monthly before moving there June 30.
Praise that on a recent trip to Sierra Leone, TEN3’s Computer Training Program was initiated in two centers as an answer to the ten years of prayer by one pastor. Pray that his young adults will be trained with skills in the godly use of technology. Pray also that many people’s lives will be transformed through adopting a Christian world view and they will become role models in the godly use of technology. Praise also that 22 re-purposed laptops were provided to establish one of the centers, plus a group of teachers were also trained to use them.
Praise for the life of Susu’s brother who passed away in Khartoum, Sudan, the end of March and for the legacy he left behind. Praise also that his passing brought many friends to the Knoxes’ home to express their condolences. Praise that 70 of their Arabic congregation came bearing food and had many opportunities to fellowship with non-Christian friends who were also there. Pray that the truth of the gospel that was shared and the assurance Susu has of her brother’s eternal home with the Lord will speak to their hearts.
Praise for the Hardings’ trip to Southern California where they visited supporters, enjoyed great meetings at BIOLA University and encouraged many to consider short-term mission work. Praise also for the opportunity to preach at the Korean Mission Forum at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. Praise that the Director for Outreach to those of another religion for the SIM-related Kale Heywet Church in Ethiopia now has a visa to visit the US. Pray for the Hardings as they arrange his itinerary and that, as he shares the powerful story of God’s work, it will have a great impact.