August 16, 2017
Bulgaria: Pray for Tim and Lydia Awtrey as they complete their stateside assignment and prepare to return to Svishtov, Bulgaria, on August 24. While Alex will return with them, Yanna moves to Welch College to begin her freshman year tomorrow, August 17. Ask God to especially bless Yanna as she makes this transition.
The Hanna Project: Allison, two-year intern to France, is having her gall bladder removed today, August 16. Ask God to superintend the laparoscopic surgery and speed the healing process. Pray also for her as she completes her masters in Teaching English as a Second Language.
Japan: Praise God, Audrey Speer has been released from the hospital and is doing well on oral antibiotics! Ask God to continue to heal her. Pray for Daniel and Katie, as well as their daughters, as they make plans to return to the States in the next week or so. Ask God to give them strength, grace, and wisdom.
Mission Family: Tom McCullough, former missionary to France and former IM board member, passed to life everlasting on Friday, August 11. The funeral was this morning at Central Oaks Fellowship in Royal Oak, MI. Ask God to give comfort and strength to his son Ian, mother Grace, sisters Debbie, Peggy, and Beth, as well as other family members.
India: Brother Carlisle Hanna returned safely to his home in South Carolina over the weekend. Pray for his adjustment to time zone and climate changes. Monsoon rains resulted in flooding in Sonapur in North India just days after his departure. Matthew, who grew up in the hostel, lost his wife to the floods. Pray for their family (adult children). Ask God to give comfort and opportunities to witness of God’s great love and compassion to others who have lost loved ones.
Panama: Praise God for the nine people baptized at the mission work in Tolé, Panama, on Sunday, August 13. Pray each of these believers will grow in their understanding of the Word and be strong ambassadors for Christ in their community. Pray for the growth of this mission work.
Kenya: Pray immigration officials will grant the work permits necessary for Eddy and Amanda Simmons to remain in Kenya. The meeting ended earlier this morning on a positive note, but without any clear indication of their decision. Pray God will grant favor.
Bulgaria: Pray for Jonathan Postlewaite as he seeks opportunities to build relationships with men and boys at a neighborhood basketball court. Ask God to guide his actions and words. Continue to pray for Jonathan and Amy as they prepare for evangelism and discipleship efforts over the next few weeks. Pray God will superintend their planning, give wisdom, and guide their steps.
The Hanna Project: Shane and Joy return to southern France on Monday, August 21. Pray for safe travels. Ask God to give them wisdom and fruit for their labor as they serve the immigrant population.
Côte d’Ivoire: The National Association of Free Will Baptist Churches of Côte d’Ivoire gather August 21-25, 2017. Pray for Robert Bryan, missionary to France and former missionary in Ivory Coast, as he brings six messages on the “Church as Family” during the course of the four-day meeting. Pray for Robert and Judy as they travel in the country, adjust to the climate, and rejoice over the growth of the church. Director of Partnerships Dr. Kenneth Eagleton departs August 18 to attend the conference and participate in other meetings.