Praise that Angel has completed the process of becoming a missionary with SIM and will continue teaching English to adult immigrants and refugees while sharing in ministry opportunities with Jamie. Pray for them as they connect this summer with many ministry partners across the US. Pray also for additional needed prayer and financial supporters. Pray that God will establish His church among the group of 60,000 refugees in the Seattle area. Pray also for some important meetings this summer with refugee individuals and families, and for the development of relationships from serving camel milk at a new farmer’s market.
Pray for Gary, who left on July 8 to teach a two-week summer intensive course, Christian Spirituality, at JETS (theological seminary) in Jos, Nigeria. Praise also for a church group that provided funds to purchase textbooks for the students. Pray for a fruitful teaching time, and for electricity to be on so slides can be used when needed. Pray for transformation to take place in the students’ lives through the class. Pray for good health and strength for Gary during these intense days, and for Liz and son as they are at home.
Praise that the Killoren children, who are now on summer break, adjusted well to school, had great teachers, enjoyed classes and made friends. Pray for Ginna and team in the US medical office, since summer is a time when many missionaries come through for health assessments and medical guidance. Pray for good health for SIM missionaries, and for God’s grace for those who are home for serious medical problems. Pray also for Nate, whose focus is security training and crisis preparation for all of SIM. Pray for strength and wisdom as he develops a plan to provide personal security training for SIM personnel and leaders worldwide.
Pray for Dwight as he leaves today for Africa on an ACTEA (Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa) mission to lead an accreditation team at KIST theological school in Kenya. Pray for unity among the five members of the team and for strength and wisdom to complete the rigorous task of evaluation with excellence. Pray for safe and logistically smooth travel for Dwight. Pray also for enriching fellowship, during the second leg of the mission, in Nigeria with some of his former seminary students who are now in leadership positions in seminaries. Praise for other schools that are requesting ACTEA visitations, and pray that partnership with ACTEA will strength and renew their programmes.
Praise for the many opportunities Mark and Stacy have for chaplaincy ministry to missionaries via skype and phone calls, hosting them in their home when they are on home assignment, and traveling for overseas assignments. Pray for missionaries needing and desiring counseling, lacking funds for a needed family or marriage retreat or because of suffering from a medical condition. Pray for discernment and wisdom in responding to these crises. Pray for Mark as he visits the SIM teams in Malawi July 20 to August 2, then Switzerland and Kenya in September. Pray also for Stacey leading a Trauma Healing Equipping session September 18-22.
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.