Praise for the opportunity the Sheas have to be in the US for home assignment. Pray that they will be able to raise more awareness and support for the needs of the ELWA radio station while here, as well as close the gap on the additional support they need. Pray for Alan as he works with a friend to finish plans and equipment orders for an upgraded generator system at ELWA, which will allow for the first CT scanner (donated) in the Monrovia area to be installed at the hospital.
Praise that God miraculously provided for the entire Brooks family to return to the States so that Amanda can have needed gallbladder surgery soon. Pray that God would guide the hands of the surgeon and that recovery would be smooth and without complications. Pray that as the family remains in the US for her six-to-eight week recovery time they can speak at churches and visit supporters to share what God is doing in Liberia.
Praise for the Sheppards’ time in the US, a vehicle to use without charge, and a rent-free lake house. Pray for safety as they travel to share their ministry with partners and churches. Praise that before leaving Liberia, John Mark and his translation team completed a number of New Testament books and some Old Testament chapters already being used in Bible classes for recording and publishing. Pray also the salvation of one young man who is enthusiastically listening to Bible recordings on his phone.
Praise that on June 15, 112 new Africa Study Bibles were distributed to pastors, primarily in the Evangelical Church of Liberia. Pray that they will be greatly used as pastors prepare for their sermons. Pray also for encouragement as well as spiritual and physical protection for the Brooks family as they deal with illness and a myriad of house and equipment challenges. They write, “The Lord is doing some great things here through us, and . . . also oftentimes in spite of us!”
Praise that 12 more doctors (mostly short term) are coming to join the ELWA Hospital staff over the next eight months, as well as another dentist. Pray that the ceiling material for the radio studio building will arrive soon. Pray for wisdom for Alan regarding the various mechanical and maintenance issues that surround the three generators that provide power for the ELWA campus. Pray that he can train a new IT person on the campus computer systems before leaving for home assignment in early July.
Praise for the miraculous story of a Christian wife that resulted in the conversion of her husband who said, “I want to serve the God of the Christians. He is the One who knows and has power to do what no one else can.” Praise for an agricultural training that Gene participated in for national leaders and pastors to help them provide for their families and churches. Pray for his upcoming preaching, teaching, and interaction with church and mission leaders, and for wisdom to help them in the issues they face. Pray also that the entire Brooks family will adjust well to life in Liberia.
Praise that the presidential run-off election and inauguration was peaceful. Praise for the Brookses’ opportunity to serve in Liberia, and pray for the Lord’s financial provision for their income deficit. Pray for Gene’s travel and ministry assignments during most of March as he teaches and interacts with church leaders. Pray as well for Amanda and the children during his absence. Pray also for strength as they hit their three-month mark in country, where typically the stresses for new missionaries become a challenge.
Praise that in December John-Mark and his team finished the translation and recording of the four Gospels. Pray for them as they seek to finalize five other New Testament books in the near future. Praise also for the people who continue to meet faithfully in the village to study the Bible. The Sheppards write, “Although life here can be challenging, we are thankful that God brought our family here, and for all the ways that we can see Him at work around us.” Pray for wisdom as they deal with difficult situations in the lives of the children in their community.
Praise that ELWA Hospital’s ministry is thriving with growth in quality of care, the development of a training program for doctors, and growth of the spiritual care ministry. Praise that through the support of donors a strong laboratory has been developed and ground broken on a new surgical ward. Praise for a new general surgeon who will join the team in January. Pray for John in his very busy administrative role as CEO, and praise for the others God has provided to assist him. Pray especially for strength, family health, and endurance to continue serving in a way that glorifies God and touches many lives.