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.
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.
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.