Steve and Lizzie are spending a month in the US hoping to figure out the medical issue that has been plaguing him and affecting their ability to minister as they hoped. Pray the medical team here can clearly diagnose the problem with a plan toward healing so they can return to Romania and serve at full capacity. This has been a frustrating season for them, pray for peace for each of them and that travel arrangements go smoothly. Pray for their entire Romanian team who have had to reimagine summer activities.
For more info on Steve & Lizzie see page 9 of the prayer guide.
Praise for the successful cataract surgery on Violette’s left eye July 29 as she anticipates having the right eye surgery August 26. Pray for Paul and Violette’s ongoing health needs as they prepare for retirement next year. They pray the current crisis will make Japanese hearts more receptive to the Gospel and that as evangelistic meetings begin again God will protect everyone from any kind of infection. Church attendance is almost back to normal, pray for Mrs. T, a Church deacon having health issues making her fearful of attending.
For more info on Paul & Violette see page 24 of the prayer guide.
Juan is grateful for his family’s health through this challenging time and for being able to minister to church members via videos sent during lockdown. They are now able to congregate with no more than 100 people, must practice social distancing and wear masks. The churches have had difficulty paying their pastors because many of the members are not working, but hopefully with the opening of business it will get better. Continue to lift-up Juan’s family and the two churches he oversees.
For more info on Juan & Maria see page 73 of the prayer guide.
Though they have had one family in Kibera test positive for COVID 19, Judy’s prayer is that it will not spread because those in the slums are particularly vulnerable. They continue to struggle to feed and help those living there. Judy’s family suffered a tragedy as her sister who lives in the U.S., lost her son, tragically found dead in the street. Pray for comfort for the family as they grieve and continue to serve the people of Kenya.
For more info on Judy see page 84 of the prayer guide.
Praise that Jennifer was able to have surgery to remove the plate in her shoulder from a scooter accident several months ago Pray for her recovery. Pray for Kevin, the husband of one of their first converts, Yongyi, who has asked to be baptized. Pray for Thomas as he prepares and helps him better understand Christianity. Also pray for Claire, who Jennifer meets with each week for Bible study. She has considered herself a Christian for awhile but unfortunately still worships other gods out of a sense of family duty. Please pray for her.
For more info on Thomas & Jennifer see page 28 of the prayer guide.
Steve informs us that despite the lockdown in South Africa, the work of preparing documents for government approval and curriculum accreditation continues. In fact, because of strict lockdowns in South Africa, many of the Genesis team members have been able to work on the project full time. Pray for Government approval and accreditation, for a suitable site to begin classes in 2022, formation of a faculty list, and for whatever is done to bring glory to His great name.
For more info on Steve & Marion see page 88 of the prayer guide.
The Lawrence family has been able to spend time together in the US before returning to Ethiopia in August. While here Scott has continued to lead several SIM initiatives remotely and work on curriculum development for resident and fellow education at St. Paul’s Hospital in Addis. He is also utilizing this season to renew his medical board certification, an intensive process that occurs every 10 years. Pray for the family as they return to pick up what was put on hold by the virus.
For more info on Scott & Tina see page 82 of the prayer guide.
Craig gives praise that his eyesight has remained strong in his right eye and he can do pretty much everything as before. For six weeks they were able to have Sunday services in their new church building, but had to hold services from home when a total quarantine went into affect. He asks prayer for God in His mercy to bring healing to the ill, peace to the fearful, comfort to those grieving, and provision for those without sufficient employment. Congratulations to Karis who graduated from high school.
For more info on Craig & Stacy see page 74 of the prayer guide.
After 55 years at Annoor, Aileen “realizes daily that His plan for me is always good and perfect”. The greatest joy is being able to share the Gospel with their patients each day. Pray that every Annoor volunteer will press boldly into the vision God gave the founders; that He would grant them special wisdom as they craft outreach and satellite ministries among the Bedouin; and that God would continue to provide grace and favor with government officials.
For more info on Aileen see page 37 of the prayer guide.
John gives praise as he reports that with the quarantine ending in his SE Asian country, they can place a team back on site in the islands. They are restarting hatchery work which is a big answer to prayer. Pray they can rapidly pick up production as well as ministry work and hopefully reclaim the business opportunity lost by the shutdown. Pray they can quickly get back to full capacity, for both staff and product.
For more info on John see page 65 of the prayer guide.