Joyce returned from an extended time in Indonesia where she and her friend Rita evaluated the math program she developed for the Bauzi people. Praise God all their goals were met plus others beyond that. Dave continues working on the Bauzi shorter Old Testament, but with injuries and family death he has fallen behind in his work. Pray he can get back to full speed and for comfort in the death of his sister, his last sibling.
For more info on Dave & Joyce see page 81 of the prayer guide.
Campus Outreach is launching its new agency “Serve” building on the legacy of 40 years of reaching and discipling students around the world. Andy is excited with a new generation of ministry leaders committed to working in local churches. CO Serve has just finished pre-deployment training groups to S. Africa, Thailand, UK, New Zealand, and Australia while looking toward to pioneering into Greece, Zambia, Philippines and more. Pray for wisdom for Andy and the entire staff of Serve.
For more info on Andy & Brooke see page 54 of the prayer guide.
Norfleet Thompson will be travelling to Kenya tomorrow to serve with the orthopedic residency program at Tenwek hospital. He will work with the local team, both performing procedures and instructing residents, as well as learning from our partners on how they practice medicine in that challenging setting. Pray that he will learn much about what God is doing through those partners and be effective in serving both patients and residents before returning on Feb.1st.
Nick and Amanda are praising God that his visa came through without any difficulty this year. Stress in their country has become palpable especially for their Syrian refugee friends. Many of these displaced families feel the war in Syria was God’s way of giving them access to the gospel. Pray for the team to navigate the unknowns during this time and give thanks that the husbands of 3 women Amanda has been discipling for 3 years went to church.
For more info on Nick & Amanda see page 68 of the prayer guide.
With a massive government crackdown on house churches and Christian stores and schools, life for David and Aliece has become even more stressful. He has been training underground churches and seminaries, preaching locally and via video, and discipling 50 students in 4 cities across the country. As Aliece runs the Counseling Center, supervises counselors, and oversees the new Masters Program, she also home schools their three children. Pray for God’s grace, strength, and wisdom, and for David to get a complete health checkup.
For more info on David & Aliece see page 25 of the prayer guide.
Pray visas will be granted to one of our new missionary couples, Dean and Kyria, so they can depart for Central Asia to join Lenden and Gemma’s team. They were able to spend time with family and friends and catch up with Kyria’s former teammates in West Africa and Dean’s former teammates in the Solomon Islands. Pray for smooth transition and housing once they arrive at their place of service.
Look for more info on Dean & Kyria in the new 2020 Prayer guide coming out in Feb.!
Praise for the Christmas concert Tunde led and for the long-term outreach it has for their church. Rob has been teaching a membership course, as he does twice a year, to let people know about the church and what membership means. Pray those who come will be drawn to worship and fellowship and become active members and leaders of the church. The youth groups continue to grow and the Futos are praying the Lord would awaken the young people of Hungary to come alive through salvation.
For more info on Rob & Tunde see page 60 of the prayer guide.
Josh enjoyed a brief visit home over the holidays and is now back into the routine of teaching and language study in Jakarta. Almost every Thursday he invites a few students to hang out in his room, eat lunch and watch basketball highlights on YouTube. He has been having spiritual conversations with one of his students, pray for V to come to saving knowledge. Pray for Josh to have perseverance and diligence in his language acquisition.
For more info on Josh see page 33 of the prayer guide.
Dan Burns and John Walpole will spend the next week in Cambodia visiting the World Relief staff. They will assess our involvement there in terms of potential short-term opportunities, and our strategic partnership. Pray for travel mercies, for clear vision and Godly wisdom as they assess the opportunities and/or challenges of ministry there.
Brian had the joy of baptizing four young men and women who came out of prosperity gospel backgrounds, two from Nigeria and one from India. Pray for Serena, Amber, Favor, and Prince that they will grow in faith, hope and love. The Church members enjoyed a campout at the world’s biggest sand dunes. Pray for Brian’s opportunities to share the gospel to a roomful of Hindus and at church each Friday evening. Pray for the growth and freedom to move the worship and ministry activities to appropriate places in their city.
For more info on Brian & Joanne see page 14 of the prayer guide.