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.
Praise for the successful trip the Friesens made to Ghana to prepare for the upcoming Ghana Medical Leadership Conference with 35 professionals from many countries invited. Pray that the goals, which are to build community, enhance collaboration, share knowledge, think strategically to discern God’s intention for medical ministries and seek integration of healthcare ministries with countries’ non-medical ministries will be met. Pray that the leadership DVD series, promoting local healthcare leadership development, will be completed by conference time. Pray also for the necessary money to fund the project (SIM project #90889).
Pray for Faith’s work as the SIM USA Communication Point Person for tracking with SIM’s Nepal Crisis Response team. Pray also for a structural engineer willing to give short-term service in Nepal. Pray for the May 13-17 SIMStart and wisdom as Stan and Faith meet with those applying for missionary service. Pray for the International Personnel Workshop being held on the SIM USA campus May 26-29 with people from various SIM sending and receiving countries. Pray for Stan as he meets with area churches to go over Church Partnership Agreements with SIM and also prepares for the June National African American Missions Conference.
Praise for the small school houses being built as one of the means of evangelizing Northern Nigeria, and for Warren’s part in this work. Pray as he both builds and teaches dedicated Nigerian builders how to build quickly, economically and durably. Pray that funds will be available to build more school houses which are to be staffed with national missionary teachers. Pray as he travels there in June to build a small three-bedroom Nigerian teacher’s house that will be a model. Pray for the nationals who superintend construction and have to be away from family for a month at a time, sometimes in uncomfortable and dangerous circumstances.
Praise for the productive time they have had this past month at Tenwek Hospital in Western Kenya. Praise for teaching Louis has given to general surgery residents and the orthopedic staff, as well as demonstrating plastic and hand surgery techniques to the residents and staff. Praise also for Anne’s busy days of teaching new operating room staff. Pray for them, since their US home was recently flooded, with the loss of many valuable and irreplaceable possessions. Pray for their daughter as she organizes the exhausting clean-up process, and for them as they return home soon, with plans to leave again for Nigeria the first week of June.