Pray that Chinese Bible study members who are going through transitions, either in their jobs or moving back to China, will grow and discover new avenues of service. Pray for the renewal movement within the Orthodox Church, and for the men who are called to stay within it to work for change. Praise for one man who has created a course to help priests understand the gospel and that most of the 600 who have taken it have committed their lives to Christ. Pray for the safety and effective witness of these priests, as many within the church see it is a threat to their traditions and would like to stop it.
Praise for the student in Dan’s ethics class last semester who came to faith in Christ from another religion along with his wife and three children. Pray for him, since his family has now rejected him and he has left the family business. Praise for Judy who taught 25 first-year students last fall at the Hamlin College of Midwives at Desta Mender (Joy Village) where midwives are trained, and vocational training for women with chronic long-term injuries is provided. Pray also for the pastor of a Chinese church as he helps members in business struggling to free themselves from materialism and questionable ethical practices.
Praise that the Normans’ Chinese pastor has returned with a work permit, but pray for his wife who has still not been permitted to leave China. Praise for Judy’s new opportunity to teach at the Fistula Hospital’s school of midwifery. Pray for a 75-member church in a poor area of Addis Ababa which attracts young people who come to the city seeking employment, some from another religion. Pray for those who have become believers. Pray also for the pastor who graduated from Evangelical Theological College in June and began the church while still a student. Pray as well for peace in the parts of Ethiopia which have experienced unrest.
Praise for the opportunity the Normans had to travel to an Asian country during Evangelical Theological College’s Christmas break where Dan taught two courses at a seminary and spoke at chapel. Praise that there is church growth there despite an increasingly hostile social and political climate. Praise that Judy had opportunity to teach Sunday School and also find many medical supplies unavailable in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that she needed for the Village Medical class for which she was preparing.