Praise that since Steve and Esther arrived at the Center for Intercultural Training in January 2015 they have been a part of training 536 missionaries going to 96 different countries on all six continents. Pray that the new group of missionary trainees who arrived May 20 would build a sense of community as they learn together for six weeks. Pray for physical strength and grace for Steve as he leads classes in spite of chronic illness.
Praise for the opportunity Brittany has to serve at a camp for asylum seekers in Europe for two weeks. Pray for her as she helps lead a group of university students at the camp and seeks wisdom regarding future SIM opportunities with the organization with which the team is partnering. Pray for travel mercies, good health under harsh conditions, unity and effective ministry for the team. Pray for encouragement for the overworked long-term workers in the camp.
Praise for God’s gift of health, safety and faithful supporters in their 44 years with SIM and 33 years of active overseas medical ministry. Pray for their ministry to people who are severely deformed and disabled. Pray as Louis concentrates on helping start the first plastic surgery residency in Kenya at Kijabe Hospital, and as he and Anne consider two hospitals in Africa at which to work next. Pray also as Louis revises his and an associate’s popular textbook on reconstructive surgery for African general surgeons.
Pray for volunteers that can help Dale and Helen get their major Self Help Safe Water (SHSW) materials written, updated and online this year. Praise that a volunteer is taking time off in July from his work to lead the SHSW engineering internship program in Bolivia. Pray for safety and quick adaptation for an SIM family moving to West Africa to develop low-cost well-drilling technology and equip others to serve needy communities. Praise for improved health for Dale, but pray for complete healing.
Praise for a new person that will be joining Sandy as an Applicant Coordinator. Pray for wisdom as they all counsel and encourage those who are seeking to become SIM missionaries by making the connections between workers and countries. Pray for the next SIMStart, May 16-20, and for wisdom for Sandy as she interviews several new applicants. Pray also for Jim as he travels to Ohio May 20 for a week to continue work on the SIMAIR plane being prepared for service in Niger.
Praise for the progress the Lau family has made in the transition to life in the USA after many years in Niger. Pray for continued grace in the process. Praise for the time Kendrick has spent with SIM’s healthcare leadership team recently getting to know them and learning how he can serve on the team. Pray for good communication and understanding among team members as the tasks and challenges they must deal with are huge. Pray also for the right people to fill several medical positions in Nigeria, Liberia and Niger.
Praise for the encouraging meeting in a friend’s home where, after a fine meal, 27 people heard the story of the Mittowers’ conversion and call to missions, their time in Africa and their current ministry of computer service and prayer in the SIM USA office. Pray for Mitch as he provides vital computer assistance to office staff as well as to overseas missionaries. Pray for Teresa as she selects and edits stories to be used in the SIM By Prayer publication published every two months. Pray also as she and their daughter finish her senior year of homeschool.
Praise for the 22 adults and 21 children that have recently been in training on the SIM USA campus, which includes five doctors (two surgeons) and nine people whose parents were/are missionaries – all preparing to serve in hard places. Pray for another Integration Coordinator to join Dick’s team as they work with the steady stream of new missionaries applying. Pray also for Meg as she helps new candidates discover God’s place of service for them. Pray for good health, stamina and energy for each day’s responsibilities.
Praise for the opportunity the Murrays are having to serve the S Sudan team for a time from Nairobi. Pray for the members of the team who are working with the churches in S Sudan to educate their children again. Pray for godly teachers, and wisdom for church leaders as they consider how to provide the needed space rather than building schools, in order to give flexibility in times of crisis and allow limited funds to be directed toward other resources. Pray for the missionaries who are assisting teachers rather than teaching themselves. Pray for strength for all to persevere with joy in the heat and harsh conditions in which they live.