Praise for a year-long study on spiritual formation they took in their church, which has emphasized God’s invitation to intimacy with Him. Pray for Jon as he resigns from teaching English as a Second Language at the community college to concentrate on mentoring the young adult refugee community. Pray that the Lord will lead him each step of the way, and pray that many young adults who came here as children of refugees would experience God’s work in their lives. Pray that they will not fall prey to the negative influences that abound among those who are discouraged and hopeless.
Praise for fruitful recruitment opportunities at the Global Missions Health Conference. Pray for more missionaries to be sent out from the conference, as well as from Campbell University and Asbury Theological Seminary where Ray has recently had rich partnership discussions. Praise for increasing interest in trauma healing and for progress in racial reconciliation through this means, and pray for even greater progress. Pray for Ray as he serves as a facilitator on a team headed to Liberia next year to train more healing group leaders and facilitators.Pray for a complete end to Ebola in Liberia.
Praise that classes are continuing on both of the BEST (Bangui Evangelical School of Theology) campuses – one in CAR and one in Cameroon. Praise also that the BEST campus has become a haven for people fleeing the violence that erupted in September in the city. Pray that Judy will be able to complete two doctrinal courses to be filmed and sent to Cameroon before the end of December to be used with her students. Pray for the stability of CAR, and for fair, transparent and inclusive elections, which have now been rescheduled for December 27.
Praise for the Lord’s protection in many travels and for productive meetings with students interested in missions, as well as new relationships with colleges and churches. Pray for God’s continued work in students who sense his leading into cross-cultural ministry. Pray also for the SIM Regional Directors conference Setors will attend in Charlotte, NC, December 1-5. Pray for Restoration Christian Fellowship Church as it prepares for a 2016 mission trip to Malawi, led by the Setors. Pray also for ministry trips in the Rocky Mountain region planned for the first quarter of 2016.
Praise for Tom’s opportunity to be in Cape Town, South Africa, to be a part of round two of SIM’s Leadership Development initiative, following up with mentors of those who are in leadership with SIM, encouraging them, and training in how to mentor others effectively. Pray that the result will be well-trained and cared for missionaries in leadership positions. Pray also as Tom seeks for a good contact with the appropriate denominational leader in South Africa in order to recruit that denomination to be a part of the African Strategic Discipleship Movement.
Praise for their participation in the recent SIMStart, where wisdom and discernment were needed in screening candidates for mission service under SIM. Pray for travel safety and divine appointments for Faith who leaves today for the Mental Health and Missions Conference in Indiana to network with many mental health professionals and mission executives involved in the care and development of overseas workers. Pray also that Stan will be an encouragement to those considering the call to overseas service at an African American Missions Conference in Philadelphia, beginning this Friday.
Praise for the ongoing ministry of Rio Grande Bible Institute and for the couples going from there to missions around the world. Pray for the teams from RGBI that will minister in various US and Mexican locations over the Thanksgiving break. Pray that the Lord will use their witness to make an eternal difference in the lives of those with whom they come in contact. Pray also that God will intervene so that RGBI will receive its re-certification for SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), which was applied for in 2012. Pray also for additional finances for the Dicks.
Praise that Judy has finished and mailed the last of her 2014-15 Master’s degree lectures for her students. Pray for wisdom as she works with them on their term papers, doctoral dissertations, and course exams. Pray that a visa will be granted and arrangements made for one of her doctoral students to spend the fall quarter at a good theological seminary in the US. Pray also for long-term solutions for peace and stability in the Central African Republic, where the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology holds its undergraduate programs.
Praise for the recent events Doug has attended, including Funding Your Ministry Symposium in CO, Multicultural Team Training Worship and SIMStart Orientation for new missionaries in Charlotte, as well as Rio Grande Bible Institute board meetings in TX. Pray for Bible Institute students going out on summer missions, including two Columbians serving with SIM. Pray for Doug, Esther and SIM teammates as they seek to serve missionaries and their supporters efficiently. Pray for people called by God for the over 2100 missionary positions not yet filled, and for those who will support them in prayer and finances.