Praise that Mike and his colleague Stephen were able to work with church leaders and professors at a local seminary in Sudan, teaching, and exploring potential areas of collaboration with ITEN, and reconnecting with former students of Mike’s. Praise they were able to get back home before the travel restrictions. Pray for solid groundwork for present and future training of pastors and church leaders in those areas and for upcoming leadership development opportunities in a Middle East country.
For more info on Mike & Stephanie see page 41 of the prayer guide.
Pray for Jeff In his new role developing the first RUF chapter in Japan as they search for strategic relationships on campus that will help them receive recognition as a valid and safe institution. Pray for Katie to have wisdom answering the hard questions in her Bible Study with a friend. They are mentoring a group of young professionals in the church. Pray for the right Japanese words to say that will enable them to grow in their relationship with the Lord and serve Him in their workplaces where they are the only Christians.
For more info on Jeff & Katie see page 32 of the prayer guide.
Over the past 3 days, Andy and Brooke have connected with CO staff around the world and are blown away by the opportunities staff have found amidst all the uncertainty and their creativity, leadership, and commitment to keep on loving and serving even under house-quarantine. They continue to connect, share, study, and pray with university students via Instagram live and Facetime. Students who wouldn’t normally come to church are watching from their hometowns because they don’t have to explain it to friends as they investigate Jesus. Pray for many to find peace and comfort in the Lord during this time.
For more info on Andy & Brooke see page 25 of the prayer guide.
Pray for Robby and Joyce in their responsibilities at the Philemon Project’s GROW Center. They are busy in the replication phase of the ministry as they look to acquire property for a second location. Pray for the 18 dedicated missional staff as they care and nurture an average of 70 children per month ages 1-4 years. And for the adult mentoring program focused on parenting skills and relevant parent-child developmental values and ideals.
For more info on Robby & Joyce see page 39 of the prayer guide.
Pray for wisdom for Chris and Debbie in their oversight of missionaries as they deal with situations involving MK children and teens, team dynamics, emotional issues and serving in dangerous areas. Currently they are evaluating two locations where their presence may be needed for care. Debbie also asks prayer as she and Beverly plan to host a WO retreat April 2-6 for missionary women. Pray the current virus situation will not impact their retreat. Pray God will lead them in how to best minister to these ladies in what they are calling a “heart debrief”.
For more info on Chris & Debbie see page 12 of the prayer guide.
Paul and Violette are grateful for the mother and teen-aged daughter who were baptized and ask prayer that the teenager will help them better reach youth of the same age group. Due to the virus they were unable to have the Youth outreach this month. Pray they will be able to start again next month. Violette hurt her back, pray for healing. Pray for wisdom and peace as they plan toward retirement in 2021 and begin to pack up for the move back.
For more info on Paul & Violette see page 24 of the prayer guide.
The Youngs report that just before the mobilization summit was to begin, their country blocked entry to anyone who had been in the country of the virus on or after January 14. One of their invited leaders was unable to come, but two people did come and the three days of meetings seemed well worthwhile. Pray the ideas they came up with will help facilitate more people coming into Asia as laborers for the harvest. Pray Heidi’s visa application will be accepted allowing her to join them in outreach in their city and possibly open opportunities to have a tie to their Mexico sending base.
For more info on the Youngs see page 53 of the prayer guide.
During the Evangelical Alliance’s week of prayer, Breccia Di Roma participated in a joint prayer meeting with seven other Roman Churches. Leonardo and Valeria were grateful for the opportunity to strengthen the evangelical presence in the city. The art lab drew twelve children, some from non-Christian families along with their parents. The refugee program continues to welcome 40-50 refugees each time it is open. Pray Breccia Di Roma will continue to shine forth in the city of Rome, especially during this time of country-wide quarantine.
For more info on Leonardo see page 7 of the prayer guide.
Juan and Maria have been dealing with health challenges for some time but are rejoicing over God’s mighty acts on their behalf. The chronic problem he has suffered from for three years has been diagnosed and treatment has begun. The migraines Maria suffers from were first diagnosed as caused by a brain tumor, but a second diagnosis indicated a very small cyst which is probably not the cause of her migraines. Pray for healing and for them as they deal with these health issues and rest in the hand of the Lord.
For more info on Juan & Maria see page 73 of the prayer guide.
Brian shares excitement over “Good”, the assistant football coach at Chiang Mai, coming back to church and offering to help connect them with the right people to launch a football academy to reach kids and their parents. Pray for this to become a reality. Pray for a spiritually successful summer project that is just winding down at MJU.
For more info on Brian & Terri see page 61 of the prayer guide.