August 15, 2018
The Hanna Project: After multiple delays and lost luggage, all members of the team and all luggage made it to Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire, yesterday, August 14. Team members include team leader and THP Director Sam McVay, IM General Director Clint Morgan, and IM Director of Member Care Neil Gilliland. A construction group is working to finish a medical wing at the hospital. A medical team is assisting Ivorian medical personnel in treating patients at the hospital founded by pioneer medical missionary Dr. LaVerne Miley. Ask God to grant safety and good health as they travel and work. Pray they will adjust well to the climate, culture, and cuisine. Pray all they accomplish will bring honor and glory to God.
France/Bulgaria: David and Mimi Reeves and Joel and Lydie Teague and a team from their new church plant are in Shumen, Bulgaria, assisting the Provows in advertising a new Bible study and prepping their new home/church for renovations. The mission team moves to Pleven in a couple of days to assist the Postlewaites in hosting the first JPENSE-type event in Bulgaria. Pray He will broaden the vision of this group, encourage them as they serve, strengthen the faith of young Christians, and use them to help forge churches in these two cities. Pray for their safe return to France on August 21.
Partner Ministry: Pray for the two-week Leadership Matters Course going on in El Salvador (August 12-25). Jeff and Susana Turnbough and Lázaro Riesgo are serving as three of the 11 trainers. Ask God to use this course to improve the administrative and communication skills of church leaders throughout Hispanic countries, thereby growing His Church.
Japan: Praise God, Nathan and Linda Snow have received the financial support necessary to return to Japan! Pray for them as they complete stateside tasks, say goodbye to family and friends, pack, and prepare to depart on August 28.
India: Continue to pray Brother Carlisle Hanna’s request will move quickly through the proper channels. Pray for physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Pray for rain to relieve the oppressive heat. Today, August 15, marks 70 years since he answered the call to serve in India.
France: Pray for Lynne, a member of the Châteaubriant church, hospitalized over the weekend with a high fever unresponsive to antibiotics. Pray she and her husband Malcolm will know God’s peace and presence. Pray doctors can diagnose and effectively treat her illness.
Japan: Pray the Good News Chapel in Tokyo, Japan, will be able to obtain the permits and tax-exempt status needed to pursue the renovation of a home for a permanent location. Ask God to soften the heart of a Buddhist neighbor who needs to “sign off” on the location of the church. Pray the members of Good News Chapel will see God move in miraculous ways as they work through legal, societal, and relational issues related to the relocation.
India: Continue to pray for Pastor Evan Guha and his wife Binita. Continue to pray for total healing for Binita. Though physically improving, even returning to work as a financial manager for a large bank for a few hours each day, she is not whole. Baby Ryan is doing well. Ask God to provide the needs of each member of this family. Pray for strength, grace, and encouragement for Pastor Evan. Pray God will receive honor and glory as the family travels this difficult road.
Missionary Kids: Pray for missionary kids as they begin school. Some are homeschooled; others are in Christian schools; some are boarding away from home; some travel via bus or train to get to and from class each day. Many are the only Christians in their classes. Some begin classes this week; others begin in the next few weeks. Some are experiencing their first taste of American schools; others may have their first classes in a host country. Whatever the situation, pray God will infuse each one with a sense of His presence and peace. Pray He will calm fears. Pray each MK will develop and maintain high biblical standards. Ask God to help them resist temptation. Pray for good friendships and ease of adjustment. Pray teachers will be patient with students struggling with language comprehension (whether English or other).
Cuba/Uruguay: Last year at this time, Cuban Pastor Yosvanys and his wife Anita visited the Malvin church in Montevideo, Uruguay. The congregation invited them to work as missionaries in their church. Praise God, the church has grown as they await the couple’s arrival. However, Yosvanys and Anita’s visa request remains on a government desk awaiting approval. Pray, if it is God’s will for them to go, they will receive the needed approval soon.
Samburu: Pray for Eddy and Amanda Simmons and Victoria Little as they return to Kenya today. Ask for safety as they travel. Pray they will easily reacclimate to the rigors of bush life. Thank God for the opportunity to refresh physically and spiritually during the last few weeks.
Mission Family: Pray for former missionaries struggling with a variety of health problems: Florine Coscia (Brazil), Cathy Crawford (cancer returned, France), Jean Deeds (Brazil), Ledgel and Sharon Ferguson (Ivory Coast and France), Howard (Howdy) Filkins (Ivory Coast), Mirial Gainer (Japan), Joe Haas (France), Jerry Pinkerton (Côte d’Ivoire), Bessie Richards (hospitalized with pneumonia, Ivory Coast), Paul and Amy Robinson (Uruguay), and Don Robirds (Brazil, IM office).
Cuba: Praise God, Cuba’s health department released Dr. Katiuska (approved by the Cuban Church to go, along with her family, to work in the hospital in Ivory Coast). She has applied for a passport and visa. Ask God to work through this process. Thank Him for this major progress.
France: Pray for the St. Sébastien church council as they lead the congregation. Ask God to give them unity and wisdom. Pray the church will continue to grow, both spiritually and numerically. Pray for those from Robert and Judy Bryan’s list of people who need Christ, especially those meeting with Christians to seek the truth.
Spain: Pray for the Esperanza Church in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. After selling their overflowing storefront location, they have been unable to locate an adequate new facility. Some people are no longer attending services and discouragement is evident. Ask God to provide a perfectly located, well-maintained facility with room to grow for this congregation. Pray for stamina and encouragement for Pastor José Manuel who works a full-time job while leading this congregation. Pray for Neil and Mandi Morgan as they seek to support his ministry and encourage believers.