Norm and Ruth Ann will be relocating to France later this year as Norm re-joins the Arab World Media team as Deputy Director providing overall leadership using digital media to reach Muslims of the Arab world and helping disciple and integrate them into local church fellowships. Ruth Ann will serve in member care helping to ensure the health and effectiveness of Pioneers missionaries serving throughout Europe.
For more info on Norm & Ruth Ann see page 55 of the prayer guide.
John M gives praise for the couple from Brazil joining the church planting team and asks for healthy transition. The focus is to bring economic life to struggling communities, marine life to over-fished waters, and spiritual life to those who have never had a Gospel witness. In a new village, with one of the largest unengaged Muslim people groups, they were told they were the first foreigners to ever visit. Pray for John’s desire to double their staff of 11 as they bring on more national church planters.
For more info on John see page 36 of the prayer guide.
The Sundanese Christian Fellowship teams continue in their outreach to a large West Java unreached people group. The Judah Team prays for One’s and Elin’s faith in an environment that is not supportive. The David Team is passionate about sowing seeds so that more will grow their faith in Jesus Christ. The Paul Team is growing house churches and Gani formed a house church for the first time with 12 people. The Peter Team is struggling to reach key people in their service area through evangelism. Pray for each of these teams.
Paul and Violette Bridgman enjoyed a nice visit with their son Jeffrey and his wife Hannah and ask prayer for healing of Violette’s younger sister battling stomach cancer. The outreach to children on Saturday morning has begun, pray kids and moms come seeking the Lord. Pray for Paul to continue to get better and to get off pain medication and for salvation for church attendees and English students.
For more info on Paul & Violette see page 74 of the prayer guide.
Chris and Debbie need God’s divine intervention, wisdom, and prayer as they support missionaries on the field, on leave in Budapest, or via Skype bringing help, encouragement, and comfort in times of need. Following “Engage”, EPC’s missionary candidate assessment and orientations, they visited workers in Jordan and Ethiopia. They have begun a small group Bible study with several couples based in Budapest with similar traveling ministries who need a local support group.
For more info on Chris & Debbie see page 61 of the prayer guide.
Greg and Elizabeth have been busy as they settle into life and ministry in the Middle East. They moved into their new home and are furnishing and organizing it. The soccer team has begun league play again and they welcomed Greg with open arms. Their teammates, Nick and Amanda and their kids, have made settling in much easier and enjoyable. Pray for both families as they work together to bring new life and hope to some whose lives have been disrupted.
For more info on Greg & Elizabeth see page 67 of the prayer guide.
Thomas and Jennifer give praise for the growing youth group which meets monthly and ask prayer they will come to know Christ. Pray that Jackie, who is studying the Bible with Thomas, will turn away from the local idols and temple parties to the living Lord. They are making some changes in the park ministry to improve its effectiveness and are grateful some church members are beginning to be more fully invested in the ministry.
For more info on Thomas & Jennifer see page 77 of the prayer guide.
Valery and Janna are grateful for how God has called, trained, and sent out missionaries in the twenty years of Wycliffe Russia’s existence. Ten missionaries served, with some continuing, in South Asia; twelve in African countries; and twenty-seven in countries of the former Soviet Union. Pray God will guide the ongoing work of translating and sharing in native languages.
For more info on Valery & Janna see page 63 of the prayer guide.
Gibson asks prayer for peaceful elections in Malawi on May 21. Pray for those in Southern Malawi who have been affected by the floods and for the church as they assist there. One of the programs World Relief is keen to introduce to every church empowerment zone is Families for Life. Pray for World Relief Malawi, the staff, volunteers and resources, and for health and protection of Gibson and his family.
For more info on Gibson see page 79 of the prayer guide.
Lenden and Gemma share that work in Baku is not easy and can take a toll physically, spiritually and emotionally. They ask prayer for several relationships that God may be opening. The girls are doing well, Jazzy enjoys her school friends and they are looking for a good 1st grade teacher for Aubrey who passed the government’s simple language test. Pray God will continue to open doors and hearts and give spiritual encouragement to the whole family.
For more info on Lenden & Gemma see page 23 of the prayer guide.