Praise that the Boyds will become a part of the Member Care team at SIM USA in Charlotte, NC. Pray that their remaining needed support will come in by the end of January so they can move in time to be a part of important team-building events and strategic planning for the coming year. Pray for Brandon, who will evaluate new missionary candidates for readiness to serve, prepare appointees to meet the potential challenges that living cross-culturally can entail, and intern in order to receive his counseling license in North Carolina.
Praise for the opportunity the Smiths have had since January to equip over 100 missionaries to serve the Lord in cross-cultural ministries around the world. Praise that the Lord is using all the previous experiences they had had in Senegal to prepare people to face the challenges that will come their way. Pray that Steve will be wise in managing his work load to conserve his strength, and pray that the Lord will provide them the opportunity to purchase land and/or a house so they can stop renting.
Praise for the opportunity Janie had to connect with supporters both in the US and Abu Dhabi during the summer. Praise also that, through the obedient generosity of some caring donors and SIM missionaries, new or increased gifts for support given through February 29, 2016, will be matched. Pray that her much-needed additional monthly financial support will come in. Pray also for her as she grows in her new responsibilities as editor of the brochure By Prayer.
Praise that the efforts to reach the lost through business is increasing significantly. Praise for a recent conference in MN which included SIM leaders from Canada, the US and the UK, plus several individuals interested in joining SIM’s Business As Mission endeavors. Pray for Anthony as he works with several key SIM leaders to produce a world-wide strategy for new missionaries who desire to start a business in creative-access areas. Pray also for him as he helps churches catch the vision to identify, challenge, and send out individuals who are willing to use their business skills in other countries for the promotion of the gospel.
Praise for the upcoming opportunity to visit friends and supporters in Minnesota October 22-November 2. Pray for connections and scheduling, and for meetings that will mutually encourage. Pray for continued wisdom for Dave as he leads the SIM USA finance team with its heavy workload and the need for God’s guidance to prioritize and complete all their responsibilities. Pray also for Mary and the Child Safety team as they continue the challenging work of developing practices and policies to protect children.
Praise that 44 people have left for mission service around the world so far this year. Continue praying that the Lord will send out and sustain workers. Praise for the opportunity Allen had this summer to prepare 34 missionaries through teaching the ICC (Intercultural Course) at JAARS (Jungle Aviation & Radio Systems) in NC. Praise also for the ten missionaries currently at SIM USA for training who are preparing to serve in other countries. Pray for Allen as he leads two sessions and speaks at the Celebration Chapel October 16. Pray also for additional needed prayer and financial backing.
Praise for progress the Overseas Council has been making through the “Assessment Project” in changing the evaluation of seminary success from a focus on resources and activities to the effectiveness graduates have in the churches they serve. Pray for the process of sharing these insights with over 150 seminaries through a series of eleven Institutes beginning with one in India in January. Pray for Scott as he prepares to serve as Missions and Evangelism Week speaker at Dallas Theological Seminary the end of October.
Praise for the opportunities Luke is having to interact with appointees and serve them as appointee coordinator and as the classroom facilitator during SIMGo. Pray for the new appointees as they begin their fund-raising and prayer-support activities. Pray for Tiffany as she supports Luke, and together they open their home to many missionary families who come through Charlotte for training or debriefing. Pray that God will provide additional support for the Wesslers, who have lost some of their supporters in the transition from Zambia to the home office.
Praise for Janie’s recent safe return from 4000 miles of road travel, visiting people and sharing opportunities to help in prayer and financial support as she begins her new ministry in the SIM USA office as editor of SIM’s “By Prayer” publication. Pray for needed financial support of $1800/month to come in so that she can continue the important work of equipping God’s people to pray for missions. Pray for patience and peace for her. Pray also for her as she travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates September 29–October 14 to visit a supporting church.