Over the past six months a wise counsel of men and medical doctors has confirmed to Jonathan and Amy that God is leading them to remain in the U.S. for a season of healing and enhancement of their ministry. Amy is continuing to improve but still requires treatment. Jonathan is joining a church planting residency with a local church. Pray for their joy and peace in the Lord as they transition into this new phase of life.
For more info on Jonathan & Amy see page 5 of the prayer guide.
According to Operation World, Japan is the only country in all of Asia with negative growth in Christianity. Churches in Japan are shrinking and dying even faster than the population. However, Grace City Church Tokyo, where Roger and Abi serve, has experienced growth at an unprecedented rate for Japan with 556 new worshipers in eight years. Pray for the Lowther family as they use their gifts of music and art to reach more for Christ.
For more info on Roger & Abi see page 75 of the prayer guide.
Covenant City Church hosted a membership class with more than 30 people in attendance, pray God will lead them to become members of the church. Jackie is thankful she was able to make great progress on her seminary classes while she was on home leave. Pray these classes deepened her worship of God, that she will retain all she learned, and that she will return to her second term refreshed and rejuvenated to do His work.
For more info on Jackie see page 32 of the prayer guide.
David and Aliece stay busy in their ministries. He is preaching twice a month at local churches, translating books of the Bible, and mentoring former students on pastoral ministry. She is teaching a parenting class at church, and training and supervising the counselors at her Center. Pray for David’s insomnia that continues to plague him and for the children struggling to develop friendships locally.
For more info on David & Aliece see page 25 of the prayer guide.
Pray for Randy and Martha as they walk alongside four new couples and their young families as well as an older couple as they prepare to depart for the mission field. Pray for the Holy Spirit to counsel them as they coach these dear ones on their journey. Pray for wisdom and discernment to understand how Jesus is working in their lives and to work with Him. Pray Martha’s auto-immune flare up will settle down and for daughter Rachel’s healing and adjustment to medicines.
For more info on Randy & Martha see page 84 of the prayer guide.
Norm and Ruth Ann will be relocating to France later this year as Norm re-joins the Arab World Media team as Deputy Director providing overall leadership using digital media to reach Muslims of the Arab world and helping disciple and integrate them into local church fellowships. Ruth Ann will serve in member care helping to ensure the health and effectiveness of Pioneers missionaries serving throughout Europe.
For more info on Norm & Ruth Ann see page 55 of the prayer guide.
John M gives praise for the couple from Brazil joining the church planting team and asks for healthy transition. The focus is to bring economic life to struggling communities, marine life to over-fished waters, and spiritual life to those who have never had a Gospel witness. In a new village, with one of the largest unengaged Muslim people groups, they were told they were the first foreigners to ever visit. Pray for John’s desire to double their staff of 11 as they bring on more national church planters.
For more info on John see page 36 of the prayer guide.
The Sundanese Christian Fellowship teams continue in their outreach to a large West Java unreached people group. The Judah Team prays for One’s and Elin’s faith in an environment that is not supportive. The David Team is passionate about sowing seeds so that more will grow their faith in Jesus Christ. The Paul Team is growing house churches and Gani formed a house church for the first time with 12 people. The Peter Team is struggling to reach key people in their service area through evangelism. Pray for each of these teams.
Paul and Violette Bridgman enjoyed a nice visit with their son Jeffrey and his wife Hannah and ask prayer for healing of Violette’s younger sister battling stomach cancer. The outreach to children on Saturday morning has begun, pray kids and moms come seeking the Lord. Pray for Paul to continue to get better and to get off pain medication and for salvation for church attendees and English students.
For more info on Paul & Violette see page 74 of the prayer guide.
Chris and Debbie need God’s divine intervention, wisdom, and prayer as they support missionaries on the field, on leave in Budapest, or via Skype bringing help, encouragement, and comfort in times of need. Following “Engage”, EPC’s missionary candidate assessment and orientations, they visited workers in Jordan and Ethiopia. They have begun a small group Bible study with several couples based in Budapest with similar traveling ministries who need a local support group.
For more info on Chris & Debbie see page 61 of the prayer guide.