GROW Early Childhood Development Center has been licensed to work throughout Lebanon. This wholistic Christian care for at-risk families provides a safe, high quality, development program for 1-4 year olds as well as a mentoring program for their parents/caregivers. An outgrowth of the Philemon project begun by Robby & Joyce, they see this as a means of helping transform communities in a positive way. Pray for the 16 staff members and volunteers committed to carrying out the best in Christian care and mentoring.
For more info on Robby & Joyce, see page 7 of the prayer guide.
Paul and Violette Bridgman ask prayer for comfort for Pastor Katayama’s family and the entire Sakuragaoka Church upon his death. Because there had been much prayer for healing some of the believers are in shock. Pray their faith would not falter, but instead be strengthened through this.
For more info on Paul & Violette, see page 49 of the prayer guide.
Leslie arrived back in Berlin just in time to be involved with the Discipling Multicultural Training meeting Sept. 25-29. GEM is sponsoring this multi-organization event which draws from throughout Germany and provides participants contextualized applications they can take home. It is Leslie’s desire and prayer that other organizations will see the need for similar language/culture coaches in other countries.
For more info on Leslie, see page 43 of the prayer guide.
Although John and Dawn’s region has been reduced in size, the challenges of leadership have increased. Obtaining visas for personnel is difficult and several countries are restricting visas for foreigners. Also two leaders have moved to another Asian country due to the educational needs of their children. Pray for John as he deals with these challenges along with the usual personnel problems that arise. Pray that Chris & Marie and David & Courtney will not grow discouraged but will trust the Lord for the resources to join their work in Thailand.
For more info on John & Dawn, see page 28 of the prayer guide.
Daryl and Marlene Bussert have been busy with the many follow ups from the recent audit, administrative, budget, and aviation technical conference responsibilities but were able to schedule a trip to see and celebrate with their moms in Washington. Pray for planning the next audit trip to Indonesia later this year, and the one-plane operation in Australia.
For more info on Daryl & Marlene, see page 27 of the prayer guide.
Raju and Catherine report that sixty boys and girls were taught the book of Philippians during the youth camp at Kachhwa. Pray for follow up conversations with these youth. Pray for Raju, Catherine, and the staff as they deal with ongoing heat and for the Church and ministry to grow more and more in love, and desire to strive to keep the unity of the faith especially dealing with so many house church units.
For more info on Raju & Catherine, see page 18 of the prayer guide.
Steffen Weil’s ministry in Potsdam is expanding as he has three trainees, is coach/mentor for three church plants, and is starting their first daughter church. Additionally he mentors two church planters and their families. As soon as they can secure space he plans to start a counseling ministry. Pray for these multiple ministry activities and for wisdom in oversight.
Nick, Amanda and their kids are in the U.S. to attend presbytery meetings, meet with the new Engage 2025 home team and attend a family wedding. They are also excited that Amanda is pregnant and ask prayer for her and the baby’s health, specifically her blood pressure. They are encouraged to see how God has been leading their team in their work with Syrian refugees, and look forward to continuing the work when they return early Oct.
For more info on Nick & Amanda, see page 16 of the prayer guide.
Covenant City Church just celebrated it’s first anniversary and averages eighty plus people each Sunday. Twenty-eight are signed up for the next membership class. Jackie’s two English clubs connect her with people outside the church and she asks prayer for deeper connections with her students, wisdom for God’s guidance with time management, and for eyes to see those He has prepared for her.
For more info on Jackie, see page 26 of the prayer guide.
Heath, Angela and their girls return to Kenya tomorrow. Pray for Angela’s steady, but slow recovery from a fractured hip. Grace, a volunteer teacher committed to serve the next year at Tenwek, will be traveling with them. Pray for Heath as he takes on the role of program director for the surgical residency, for Angela’s transition to working part-time at the hospital, and for Grace and the girl’s adjustment to the new school year. Pray for stability in Kenya following the elections.
For more info on Heath & Angela, see page 69 of the prayer guide.