Praise for some encouraging times the Flemings had meeting with missionaries and gleaning from them specific strategies of support raising, building relationships and sharing the gospel in ways that are culturally relevant. Pray that they can finish their current jobs well and enter into more intense fund raising, as their support is currently at 50%. Pray that upcoming trips will produce more prayer and financial partners. Pray also for diligence in completing the rest of their pre-field training and work out details of their departure, including what to do with belongings, cars, and house.
Praise that a young Peruvian short-term missionary came to work in the church as part of the BUILD program, which gives Latino young adults who are interested in full-time ministry an opportunity to serve and receive mentoring. Pray that a greater youth outreach using sports and art can be developed. Pray for wisdom and planning for new initiatives in the rural community of Cariamanga. Pray also that the “Encounters with God” Bible study resource for home group leaders will be effectively developed and used.
Praise for the opportunities the Wesslers have to train, encourage and mentor new missionary appointees as they come through the Charlotte office. Pray for Luke as he oversees this process, as well as carrying on his ministry of video chatting with newly-arrived missionaries at regular intervals during their first year in their country. Praise that this provides a safe place for them to express concerns and frustrations, share joys and celebrations, and have an element of accountability and counsel. Pray for the Wessler family as they use their home to host missionaries, and pray also for adequate financial support.
Pray for resources and staffing for the Anchor Project (a discipleship-training program) so that a strong team can be built to mentor, equip, and coach area leaders. Pray for safety for the Gullmans and others as they travel due to continuing unrest in certain areas and the resignation of the Prime Minister, which has resulted in a State of Emergency being declared in the country. Pray that the Gullmans can find a more permanent place to live, since they are currently staying at the SIM guesthouse. Pray also for Diane who is now in her second six-week session of Amharic language learning.
Praise for the Hursts’ ministry of planting missional churches and discipling Christians. Praise also for the opportunity their daughter had to join a Samaritan’s Purse medical mission trip using a river boat so the physical and spiritual needs of people living along the Bolivian Amazon can be addressed. Pray for her as she makes decisions regarding her future. Pray also for the nation of Bolivia as it is experiencing political unrest. Pray “for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).
Praise for the opportunity the Kubackis had to travel to Tchincombe, where Tim held a two-day medical clinic. Praise also for a very productive meeting he had with area chiefs and community leaders in Cavango, discussing the reason for diminished number of patients being seen. Pray that the economic crisis in the country will end, which is affecting the rural areas resulting in the people not having money to see the doctor. Pray for Tim to have God’s wisdom in his many decisions regarding the clinic, including what to charge, so that the people can best be served.
Praise for thirteen years of medical ministry in Paraguay, and for the call of God for them to return to the US to help meet the education needs of their older children – including one who will be attending college. They write, “We are sad to leave Paraguay, a ministry we thoroughly enjoy, and a missionary team we absolutely love. But at the same time we are full of joy as we look towards the future.” Pray for them in this time of transition, and pray for the Australian physician couple, who will be inheriting the mobile clinic and everything in it for their future medical ministry.
Praise for a safe journey Sadie and Becky made to Burkina Faso with Sahel Academy students involved in sporting events. Pray for patience, energy and endurance for everyone as they adjust to the hot season, which is now upon them in Niger. Pray for clear direction and wisdom for the decisions and transitions that Sadie and Becky will need to make at the end of the last quarter of the school year. Pray also for the positions that need to be filled for the next school year, which include both teaching and administrative positions, as well as grounds/maintenance and dorm parents personnel.
Praise for the work God is doing in Nigeria through two ministries with which the Abts have invested much time. Pray for two ladies who are new Christians to be protected, and pray for those who are watching the changes in them and are asking them about their new-found faith. Pray for the Abts, who have been delayed from returning due to lack of support. Pray that this time will result in spiritual growth, healing for Toby as he has a hip replacement on March 27, and continuing adjustment for their son despite missing his friends and home in Jos, Nigeria.