Jeff and Katie ask prayer for continued language acquisition as they realize the need for greater understanding and more naturalness of speech in his new role and internship at two Japanese churches. He will be moving into partnership with RUF as his ministry is directed to university students. Pray for the transition, how the ministry takes shape and receptivity. Pray his dear friend, with whom he had a lengthy conversation about religion and Christianity, will have a change of heart.
For more info on Jeff & Katie see page 76 of the prayer guide.
David and Aliece are staying very busy. He is teaching in 3 schools, supervising 5 groups of seminary students located in 4 different cities and preaching at partner churches. Aliece’s counseling center has started an MA program to train counselors with staff living in different cities. They are pioneering the field of a Christian approach to mental health in their country. Pray each of them will be effective in their teaching and mentoring efforts, for stamina, strength, good health, and wisdom in balancing their responsibilities.
For more info on David & Aliece see page 25 of the prayer guide.
Leslie is enjoying getting to know the new group in Frankfurt and their insights are an inspiration to her. Pray they will grow together and support each other. Pray for travel mercies as she travels to Frankfurt January 17-18, 2020. Pray for perseverance for the new staff as they seek to cultivate friendships. And though they may have missed the traditions of home over the holidays, pray they had opportunities to connect with local people and pray some of them grasp what Christmas is all about.
For more info on Leslie see page 62 of the prayer guide.
Judy Mbugua and her Homecare Spiritual Fellowship spent a week in prayer and fasting for their core efforts (Families, Nation, Evangelism), five ministries: Bethel dressmaking, Fadhili HIV women, OVC children, Karen Retreat Center, and evangelism outreaches – radio/TV, Thursday meetings. Pray for outpouring of God’s blessings on these ministries.
For more info on Judy see page 43 of the prayer guide.
Bob and Janie saw firsthand the desperate need of refugees on the island of Lesbos and ask prayer that the Greek government will speed up the transfer of thousands to the mainland from the overcrowded camps on the islands. As refugees seek safety, pray their search will lead many to Jesus. Praise, Bob and Janie were able to reconnect with Muslim background believers sharing the love of Jesus at a center in Athens.
For more info on Bob & Janie see page 57 of the prayer guide.
From its beginning in 1978 as an outreach to college students, Campus Outreach has grown to 710 staff members serving 126 campuses in 11 countries. Currently they have invitations from 35 global churches to send more laborers. Such growth required a new structure, so Campus Outreach SERVE was birthed. Andy had the joy of training US based Campus Outreach staff in building world vision and developing sending cultures. Pray for him as he continues as part of the team.
For more info on Andy & Brooke see page 54 of the prayer guide.
As we remember the reason for the season, pray for our sixty missionaries around the world who are spreading the Good News to those who have not heard or have not accepted the gift of salvation. Pray that although many are separated from their loved ones, they will have opportunities to share Christ’s love with their neighbors and co-workers and witness the joy of the season.
Nicole is thankful for getting her visa without issue and for steady improvement in language studies. She traveled to Thailand for a conference on nurturing missionary children, pray that she will have opportunity to put what she learned into practice. Pray for the wife of the director of the Cinta Baca library who passed away suddenly and to find a good replacement. Pray Nicole will be able to develop a close relationship with “Nadia” whom she met at the library and for an opportunity to share the Good News with her.
For more info on Nicole see page 35 of the prayer guide.
In his position at African Bible College in Malawi Larry Brown deals with 400 students. Many classes are taught by adjunct Malawians faculty with little opportunity for students to discuss individual concerns, so in order to keep channels of communication open he has students over twice a week for pizza. Pray these would be Spirit led conversations. Larry’s ankle and foot have been swelling and sometimes get infected, pray for medical guidance and healing.
For more info on Larry see page 40 of the prayer guide.
Sometimes travel brings happy memories as it did recently for the Youngs when they traveled to Tajikistan, bringing back memories of the years spent living in Russia. Pray for AFR, a young Muslim guy they have been helping who is struggling in college. Pray he will have a clear understanding of who Jesus is and put his faith in Him. Pray the Youngs will know God’s mind in their responsibility for planning the annual Asia regional conference right after Christmas.
For more info on the Youngs see page 20 of the prayer guide.