March 20, 2019
Persecution: Malaysia, a country in southeast Asia, ranks number 42 on Open Doors 2019 World Watch List. The constitution prohibits converting from Islam. The state-run education system requires Islamic classes from nursery through college. Ask God to protect Christians, especially women who suffer from gender and religious persecution. Pray Christian children in state-run schools will resist indoctrination, know truth, and be protected. Pray Malaysians can experience freedom of religion.
Cuba: Praise God Dr. Katiuska (approved by Cuban Church to go, along with her family, to work in the hospital in Ivory Coast), her husband Pastor Yosniel, and their children received their transit visas and departed for Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday, March 19. Ask God to help them as they adjust to the Ivorian culture and climate.
Bulgaria: Pray for Jonathan and Amy as they host their monthly gathering this Sunday, March 24. They will bring together two groups—international students/English speakers and Bulgarians—with whom they have been meeting for weekly worship and Bible study. Ask God to help the two groups merge well and be excited to worship together.
Partner Ministries: International Training Alliance’s (ITA) leadership council is scheduled to meet in England, March 26-28. IM’s General Director Clint Morgan serves as secretary for the organization. Pray for safety as he and Lynette attend the meeting.Jeff Turnbough serves as CEO of ITA. Ask God to give wisdom and insight to all involved in the meeting. Pray He will be glorified by all decisions made.
Globally: Pray for Bible institute ministries around the world. Institutes in Brazil, Central Asia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, India, Panama, and Russia train leaders and pastors in doctrine, theology, and leadership. Many students must balance their studies with full-time jobs, family relationships, and church responsibilities. Ask God to grant perseverance, dedication, and concentration as these students pursue their understanding of Scripture. Ask God to use these institutes to supply godly, well-prepared pastors and evangelists for our work worldwide.
France: Praise God for providing a home in St. Nazaire for Matt and Cristina Price and their girls. Ask God to be with them as they continue to transition to ministry at the St. Nazaire church and within this new community. Pray for safety and as they prepare to move on March 23.
Samburu: Continue to pray for Eddy Simmons’ health. He received a temporary nerve and muscle block in the cervical spine on Monday, March 18. He expects to be released from the hospital today but returns several times for physical therapy to restore muscle strength. Pray God will use this treatment to completely relieve Eddy’s neck and back pain and restore him to complete health.
Student Missions: Abby, a Welch College student, departed Wednesday, March 13, to spend her spring break in Spain with Tim and Kristi Johnson. As a CMP student, she will experience missionary life on the field. Pray God will give direction to Abby as she expectantly seeks God’s direction for her life.
Mission Family: Pray for former missionaries struggling with a variety of health problems: Sue Aycock (Brazil), Florine Coscia (Brazil), Cathy Crawford (France), Ledgel and Sharon Ferguson (Ivory Coast and France), Howard (Howdy) Filkins (Ivory Coast), Mirial Gainer (Japan), Joe Haas (France), Steve Lytle(Panama), Lloyd Plunkett (Côte d’Ivoire), Amy Robinson (Uruguay), and Don Robirds (Brazil, IM office).