December was a sad month for Juan and his church as they lost one of their seminary board members and two doctors to Covid, and pastors and leaders are facing financial difficulties. Pray for the Presbyterian ministry in Belize, for trust and confidence in God for all their members who face crises, for Juan’s health to improve, and for wisdom and guidance for the new Government to tackle the pandemic and its repercussions.
For more info on Juan & Maria see page 73 of the prayer guide.
Kyle and Claudia are thankful he was able to start carpentry classes in Merlo amidst Covid and the holiday season. He can have classes outside with a small number of students. This is also a new micro-enterprise project where they are making a product to sell. The men are beyond thankful and without words as some had no money to buy food for their family. Praise God the project is up and running! Pray this enterprise will give these men a way to make a living and provide for their families.
For more info on Kyle & Claudia see page 76 of the prayer guide.
While Jamila and her team rejoice that 23 people have been able to return to East Asia and others have been approved to return in February, her team continues to wait for the approval to return. Even upon receiving approval to return, there are many steps including a mandatory quarantine of 14 days in a facility, and likely an additional 14 days in their apartments on campus. Pray for patience as they wait, and for approval so they can be on the field for Spring semester.
For more info on Jamila see page 23 of the prayer guide.
DeAnna has spent time seeking to be mindful of the many reasons she has to be thankful in this pandemic year that has brought sadness, waiting, disappointment and death. Pray she will be encouraged while she waits on God’s timing and continues to build her support team. Pray the Lord will go before her and prepare the hearts of those she will meet and serve with in Zambia.
For more info on DeAnna see page 80 of the prayer guide.
Pray for safe travel, good health, and no issues with her visa as Jackie leaves Jan. 16th for Indonesia. She is excited to report that they have an incredible team of 15 men and women who have agreed to serve the Lord in the new Bahasa church plant. They will begin meeting as a group this month and prayerfully plan to host their first virtual service at the end of February. Pray for the Lord to provide this group with His wisdom, peace and creativity as they seek to reach the people of Indonesia.
For more info on Jackie see page 57 of the prayer guide.
We have been praying for Herb’s residency permit. On Dec. 30th, he, Heather, Ruba and her family had a three hour meeting and meal with the official. In the end he promised that in mid January when Herb makes the 8th request for his residency to be renewed that he will make sure it is granted. Please pray that he will follow through on this promise. He also assured them that Heather can travel to the U.S. in January the birth of Rylan and Honor’s first child. Pray that her travel in and out of Jordan will not be restricted.
For more info on Herb & Heather see page 40 of the prayer guide.
Pray for Allison who will move from Pretoria to Johannesburg this month, pray for housing, logistics and for the government to approve a 90 day extension to her tourist visa. Pray also as she prepares to take over some of the big picture responsibilities and finances, and that she would continue to catch on quickly and daily depend on God.
For more info on Allison see page 86 of the prayer guide.
Robby and the GROW staff give thanks that the reconstruction of their damaged facility is complete! During construction, the team was busy with home visits after the explosion. They prayed, listened, and cried with those who were suffering, and gave out food voucher cards to the community. Pray for the well-being of the staff who has been working with a trauma specialist, and for the reopening of the GROW center to be successful.
For more info on Robby & GROW see page 39 of the prayer guide.
We have prayed for Steve & Marion and the Genesis University team regarding the possible purchase of an existing school campus. Recently they met Jonathan, who is planting a church in that same area. Pray they can partner together on this campus thus giving Genesis a facility to start school and the Living Stone Bible Church plant the ability to reach out to one of the fastest growing communities in South Africa.
For more info on Steve & Marion see page 88 of the prayer guide.
Welcome to our newest missionaries Steve and Margaret Winstead! They and their four sons leave today for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where Steve will pastor the International church there. Praise they have a rental house ready for their arrival and the boys are enrolled in Bingham Academy. Pray for safe travels, for their possessions to arrive, and for swift adjustment to their country, city, ministry, and team.
For more info on Steve & Margaret, contact Lisa in the WM office.