August 8, 2018
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.
Mission Family: Walt Hatfield, a former volunteer for the Mission, entered life eternal on Friday, August 3. The funeral was held yesterday, August 7, at Cane Ridge FWB Church in Nashville. Pray for his wife Ann, sons Mark and Steve, and the rest of the family as they mourn their loss.
The Hanna Project: A team departs tomorrow, August 9, for Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire. 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 will work to finish a medical wing at the hospital. A medical team will assist 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: David and Mimi Reeves and Joel and Lydie Teague will lead a team of nine from their new church plant to minister in Bulgaria August 13-21. The mission team will help the Provows in Shumen with construction on their new home and church then move to Pleven to assist the Postlewaites and host the first JPENSE-type event in Bulgaria. Ask God to grant traveling mercies. Pray He will broaden the vision of this group, encourage them as they serve, and use them to help forge churches in these two cities.
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.
Globally: In many countries, the summer months see churches struggle as members enjoy extended vacations. Pray missionaries and church leaders will use these times well—to plan for busier times, strengthen their family relationships, refresh their devotional lives, enjoy rest, fortify their personal faith, prayerfully review their goals, and engage with people within the community. Pray, as they gear up for fall events, they will sense God’s presence and power and expectantly wait to see Him work.
India: Continue to pray Brother Carlisle Hanna’s request for a new visa will move quickly through the proper channels. Pray the government will issue a long-term visa that will remove the stress of constant reapplications. Pray for physical, mental, and spiritual strength.
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).
Student Missions: CMP Cuba is in the midst of ministry in youth camp (ages 16-30). Ask God to provide mutual encouragement to the students, strengthen the faith of both Cubans and Americans, and convict those who do not know Christ as Savior.
Spain: Praise God for the baptism of four individuals at the Galapagar church in Spain. Pray for Matthew and Brooke as they work with this congregation and serve with THP.
France: Pray for Dennis Teague as he leads the St. Nazaire congregation. Praise God for the baptism of three people in July. Pray God will work in each life to continue their spiritual growth. Pray especially for J. who has difficult health issues and much to submit to the Lord. Ask God to work miraculously in this congregation.
Mission Family: Pray for former missionaries struggling with a variety of health problems: Florine Coscia (Brazil), 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 may now apply 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.
India: Continue to pray for Pastor Evan Guha and his wife Binita. Continue to pray for total healing for Binita. Previously a financial manager for a large bank, she currently cannot care for her baby. Evan’s mother and sister continue to care for Baby Ryan. Ask God to provide the needs of each member of this family. Pray He will receive honor and glory as the family travels this difficult road.
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.