The Youngs report that the making of a video about their team’s ministry has opened the door for good questions and follow up with AF and the community where he lives. Pray for him and for Sulanganj. Ashok asked help in improving his English, pray the Youngs can make time to develop a relationship with him. Aditya has been a huge help to the team, so teammates Brandon and Kimber are asking him be a key partner in their new business platform. Pray for the perfect space for their business and that it will lead to Kingdom impact in people’s lives.
For more info on The Youngs see page 23 of the prayer guide.
Chris and Debbie are back in Budapest after a month in Indonesia and Thailand where they trained and equipped six couples from across the Muslim world. Chris taught a marriage seminar and topics on care and conflict. Pray for wisdom, insight and discernment as he and Debbie help with the selection and screening process for new EPC/WO candidates because it is so important to get the right people in the right places. Pray as they help workers thrive in difficult and dangerous places reaching people with the Gospel.
For more info on Chris & Debbie see page 45 of the prayer guide.
Jeff and Lynne ask prayer for the team: that Mac and Thoda can discern how to best fulfill their calling to the nationals, and for a good transition for Joe and Austia returning into ministry with the team. Pray for 300 additional people from the Pac N West Presbytery to commit to pray for the local people and for closer, deeper relationships with all their partners.
For more info on Jeff & Lynne see page 31 of the prayer guide.
Several of the Indonesians Jackie spends time with have transitioned into “real” friends. She is encouraged by the privilege of becoming part of their lives and enjoys time with them. Pray for Katelyn, with whom she partners to share with majority women in the parks on Saturdays, and for Amanda who is beginning to disciple another woman at the church. Pray the training Jackie led at the church about sharing your faith will ignite a desire to engage those who have not heard. Pray the opportunity to share with a group of believing university students leads to a partnership in ministry.
For more info on Jackie see page 26 of the prayer guide.
It is sweet to hear from missionary children. Charlotte, the sixth of Stephen and Marion Spencer’s children, shared about her role as aunt to Jon Jon’s three kids, and excitement in welcoming brother David and pregnant wife Katie to the African Bible Institute in late summer. Caleb is getting married this summer and the family will be in the States for that. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Stephen and Marion as they make decisions about starting a Christian Liberal Arts college.
For more info on Stephen & Marion see page 80 of the prayer guide.
As Academic Dean of the seminary, Tim M is knowledgeable about new government regulations concerning religious gatherings, which is also a source of personal trial for him and his family. He is concerned for the seminary graduates and what they may face. Tim has a visa, but renewal is unsure after they return from home assignment in December. Pray for security issues in the country with the new regulations causing a lot of challenges. Pray for his family as they get Ethan ready for college this summer and consider schooling options for Micah and Ciana while on home leave.
For more info on Tim & Huilan see page 62 of the prayer guide.
Reaching students for Christ on college campuses takes time and commitment. This is true throughout the world. In his role with Campus Outreach, Andy desires to see college students grow in Christ and he knows strong local leadership leads to growth. Pray for the Thai Summer Project, a key time of leader development and training for emerging Thai student staff leaders. It propels leaders into ministry for the next year and fuels their personal growth.
For more info on Andy & Brooke see page 58 of the prayer guide.
Roger and Abi Lowther and their boys are on furlough in Memphis. Since arriving in Tokyo 13 years ago, eight churches have been planted in the Grace network with much of the growth attributed to the arts. Chieko, a gifted player of the Koto, a Japanese harp, became a Christian and was ready to give up playing until she realized it could be used to the glory of God. Now she is in the worship leadership of the church. Pray for removal of the lingering pain in Abi’s back and neck from a car accident soon after they arrived here, and for the ongoing involvement in their ministry and visiting friends.
For more info on Roger & Abi see page 60 of the prayer guide.
Rob Futo was greatly encouraged by the large number of people in the membership class as many of them indicated they were ready to join the church. They are preparing for the youth group’s week-long camp and inviting high school students from all over Budapest to join them at their ministry center. Pray all these plans come together for a productive summer. The Futos are preparing for a six-week trip to the US and will return just before the camp starts.
For more info on Rob & Tunde see page 44 of the prayer guide.
Bill and Lauren Finnell had a delightful orientation and commissioning service by their new sending agency CRM in London, at the church where John Newton served as rector for 25 years. Then it was back to Spain to host the annual week-long assessment and training for the 18 missionaries and their families who have served for 5+ years, and Bill and Lauren had the privilege of leading the children’s program. Pray for the Finnell family and their ministry.
For more info on Bill & Lauren see page 39 of the prayer guide.