Although Jon and Mo are still waiting for Indonesia to open-up to foreigners, they have stayed busy with preparations. They had a yard sale, participated in virtual missionary assessment and training, and begun their pre-field training. They ask prayer for God to give them increasing faith and wisdom as they take more steps to move to Indonesia and that the Lord would continue to grow their dependence on him as they wait. Praise God for his faithful provision and leading thus far and pray for Indonesia to begin issuing visas at the beginning of the year.
For more info on Jon & Mo see page 66 of the prayer guide.
Praise Tim, Huilan and their kids were able to get settled into life in Taiwan. Last month Tim led a seminary student retreat in China with 60 in attendance, most were on Zoom while others gathered in small groups while listening to speakers online. Pray for their seminary students in China, many are facing persecution and/or harassment from authorities. Pray for four missionary families who are facing critical visa issues; all are planning to go to E. Asia but have been delayed by the pandemic.
For more info on Tim & Huilan see page 29 of the prayer guide.
Nicole reports the virtual global convention put on by her church had more than 34,000 people from 85 countries. Pray the Lord will raise up more workers from this convention. Last month, Nicole launched the TCK ministry and has six kids joining every week. Pray they will continue to grow in their faith through the Bible stories and build community amongst themselves. Pray that Nicole and the church members who attended the refugee ministry training can apply what they learned to serve the TCK program and the refugees coming to their church.
For more info on Nicole see page 59 of the prayer guide.
Dean and Kyria are thankful for the connections they made during their homestays. They have been hosting a group of 10 people in their home facilitated by one of the local pastors. Pray that everyone who enters their home will experience the love of Christ and walk away encouraged in their faith. With the news of their teammates leaving the field, pray for Dean and Kyria as they will be the only ones from their company there, for a support network, for some time off to reflect and be refreshed, and to grow in grace amidst these stressors.
For more info on Dean & Kyria see page 49 of the prayer guide.
Pray for David and Lisa as they said goodbye to several long-time friends who returned home, and now have to say goodbye to daughter Rachel and her family as they return to the U.S. on Dec. 30th. David reports they are still unable to meet in person as an international congregation. They have 3 groups with which they are currently involved. One has a Hindu seeker, David is providing leadership training for the second, and the third group is thriving and growing. Pray for wisdom as David trains and leads his groups.
For more info on David & Lisa see page 30 of the prayer guide.
Despite a second lockdown and ministry challenges in Athens, George reports the Pangrati team is growing, meeting regularly to pray and engage the community in preparation for starting a church next year. The Timothy Project has six young men and women who desire to use their gifts to serve the Lord. Pray that they could be supported and prepared for ministry. The At Home Project house is full with 11 refugee families. They continue to oﬀer support for social services, language classes, and job placement. Pray as they desire to reproduce and expand this ministry model.
For more info on George see page 20 of the prayer guide,
Merry Christmas! Please remember all our missionaries in your prayers today, as well as Leslie, who in the coming months will be working with four colleagues to develop the onboarding for their field, which keeps getting bigger. Pray they will work well together and reflect Christ’s love and grace as they interact with new staff.
For more info on Leslie see page 15 of the prayer guide,
Gabriel Morales is thankful for Second’s support of his family and the ministry they are developing in the Shalom Church, the Blas Pascal Christian school and the various projects in which they are involved in the churches in Merida. He asks prayer for the health of his wife Norma who is having some problems in her only kidney and her heart is showing an alteration. Also pray for the brothers of the Presbyterian Church, The Good Sower, the houses are flooded by too many rains and hurricanes that have passed through Merida.
Andy and Brooke report that 2,405 university students from 125 campuses in 11 countries attended virtual summer leadership projects. Nearly every Campus Outreach region reported an increase in students participating in the projects online. The CO SERVE team has trained 45 new missionaries this year who are preparing to go overseas. There are also 15 staff ready to deploy as soon as the borders of their countries of service reopen. Pray for these students and staff as they seek to salt and light around the world.
For more on Andy & Brooke see page 25 of the prayer guide.
Jeff and his team have been waiting to ‘kick-start’ the radio equipment project. Thankfully, that day has come. Dan, a Christian from the larger country nearby who has worked with similar radio-related ministry projects for the last 12 years has agreed to partner with them. While on the island Dan will seek to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the Muslim leaders and people. He will also help train/equip the church planting team there to be more effective in seeing communities of faith established and multiplying. Pray for Jeff, Dan, and their team in these efforts.
For more info on Jeff & Lynne see page 63 of the prayer guide.