September 12, 2018
France: A JPENSE event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22. Ask God to guide as they address the topic “Does Every Religion Lead to Heaven” and present the uniqueness of the Christian faith. Pray all those involved in setup, hospitality, music, follow-up, and ministry on every level will be used of God to plant seeds and help non-believers see Christ. Pray many non-Christians will attend and recognize and understand the truths of the gospel. Pray the evil one will not be able to distract or discourage the JPENSE team. Ask God to protect them as they seek to give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to open eyes to Truth.
Mission Family: Jean Deeds, former missionary to Brazil (1962-1998), is nearing the end of her earthly journey. Ask God to ease her transition to life eternal. Pray for her husband Earnie and the rest of the family as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death with her.
Europe: Vacations end and schools resume in Spain, France, and Bulgaria. Bible studies, outreach activities, etc. also resume. Pray Christians will enthusiastically reengage in church, Bible studies, and ministry. Ask God to draw non-believers back into relationships with believers, Bible studies, and other activities that will draw them to Jesus.
Mission Family: Charlie Hingst, long-time volunteer with IM, was welcomed to Heaven yesterday, September 11. Born February 2, 1922, “Mr. Charlie” joined the IM staff as a volunteer the Monday after his retirement from Otis Elevator Company and ministered to missionaries almost 30 years. Pray for the Hingst family. More information will be posted on iminc.org when it becomes available.
Japan: Praise God, Heath and Joni Hubbard have found an ideal space to rent for the new church plant in Tokorazawa City, Tokyo, Japan. Pray skilled laborers will respond to the request to travel to Tokyo in November and prepare the space for worship.
France: Praise God for the baptism of two women on Sunday, September 9. Dozens of non-Christians witnessed these women putting their faith in action, heard their testimonies, and listened as Joel clearly shared the gospel. Ask God to work in their hearts and draw them to Himself.
Spain: The Spain field team will hold their annual fall meeting via video conference on Friday, September 14. Pray technology works well. Ask God to give them wisdom as they plan budgets and events for the coming year.
Mission Family: Baby Theo, son of MK David Lytle (Panama) and his wife Jackie continues to improve. Praise God! Ask God to comfort their other children (Isaac, Jude, and Naomi) as they are cared for by family members, attend school, and visit their brother and parents on weekends. Ask God to continue to meet their every need and give doctors insight and wisdom.
France: Praise God, Steve and Becky Riggs have received approval to return to their work in Châteaubriant, France. Ask God to grow this small group of believers into a vibrant witness that plants other churches.
Spain: Pray for Anthony Edgmon as he attends a meeting of church planters in Spain today and tomorrow, September 12-13. Ask God to give him insight and encouragement. Pray for valuable takeaways that will enhance the ministry in Alpedrete as well as other church plants.
India: Praise God, Brother Carlisle Hanna has received his one-year visa. Pray for Brother Hanna’s physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Pray for the pastors and evangelists who work hard under often difficult conditions. Ask God to give them health, safety, and perseverance.
Bulgaria: Six people showed up for Jonathan and Amy’s informational meeting about adult English clubs. Others indicated, though they couldn’t make the meeting, they were interested. Pray for wisdom as Jonathan and Amy pursue these contacts. Pray for them on Saturday as they begin weekly “Christian values clubs” in two of the villages they worked in during their week-long evangelistic campaign with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Pray these clubs will help them reach not only the children but also their families with the truth of God’s love.
Partner Ministry: Pray for Robert Bryan, lead trainer, and the team of trainers for the French LMC course in Côte d’Ivoire. Pray for Pierre, the Ivoirian coordinator, as he handles registration, works with the training center facility, prepares notebooks, etc. Pray all trainers will arrive safely and ready to participate. Five Free Will Baptist leaders in Abidjan will attend.
Bulgaria: Ask God to give Josh Provow wisdom as he seeks to learn the Turkish language. Pray for direction and clarity about whether to pursue tutoring or a university course.
Spain: Pray for the Esperanza Church in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, as they begin a new Sunday school ministry. Pray volunteers will be organized and enthusiastic and children will attend. Pray for Neil and Mandi Morgan as they begin new English classes. Ask God to provide a perfectly located, well-maintained facility with room to grow for this congregation. Pray seeing God provide will encourage and strengthen the faith of believers. Pray for stamina for Pastor José Manuel who works a full-time job while leading this congregation.
Mission Family: Pray for former missionaries struggling with a variety of health problems: Florine Coscia (Brazil), Cathy Crawford (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), Lloyd Plunkett (Côte d’Ivoire), Bessie Richards (moved to rehab facility, Ivory Coast), 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.
Cuba/Uruguay: Praise God, Cuban Pastor Yosvanys and his wife Anita, invited to work at the Malvin church in Montevideo, visa has been approved! Pray, as they prepare for the transition, God will sustain them and guide their steps.
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. Ask God to completely heal 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.
France: Pray for the St. Sébastien church council as they lead the congregation. Ask God to give them unity and wisdom. Pray for council members Jonathan and Michelle Chéreau as they work through the 15-lesson Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course they began on August 27. The course gives a biblical perspective of missions and explains the Christian’s role in declaring His name to all nations. 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.
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