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December 12, 2018

Mission Family: Theo Lytle, the three-month-old grandson of former missionaries to Panama Steve and Judy Lytle, had a second incident where he stopped breathing. He is having open-heart surgery today, December 12. However, the surgeon indicated that unless Theo’s veins begin growing, his heart and lungs won’t support life for many more months. Pray for strength and rest for David and Jackie, Theo’s parents. Ask God to help Theo gain weight and grow and for God to give miraculous healing that testifies of His greatness to all who have been involved in his story.

Globally: Many Christmas events have already occurred. Pray those who have heard the gospel message will recognize the babe in a manger is God Himself. Pray the hopeless will see the God of hope; those in darkness will be illuminated by the Light of the world; the desperate will find the Prince of Peace; and the lonely will meet Emmanuel.

Hispanic Ministry: Pray for Lázaro and Ariadna Riesgo as they seek God’s guidance and direction for their future ministry. Pray for an easy transition.

India: Continue to ask God to comfort the family of Pastor Philip Das who was welcomed into his Savior’s arms on November 30. Ask God to give wisdom as his brother-in-law Susanto temporarily ministers to the Kishanganj over the next few months. Pray for the 40-plus other churches Pastor Philip served. Ask God to lead qualified men, willing to invest in the Kingdom despite hardship and limited income, to join the aging pastors in India. Pray for all the pastors serving in North and South India as they hold services daily and minister to multiple congregations. Ask God to give them safety, strength, holiness, perseverance, and joy in service.

Bulgaria: The restrictive religious law being debated by the Bulgarian parliament is still under review.  Even in its watered-down form, it constitutes a major degradation of religious freedom. Continue to pray the bill will be thrown out.

Mission Family: Continue to pray for the family of Greg McAllister, IM board member from 2010-2016, who passed away suddenly on November 30. Ask God to be with his wife Debbie as she makes decisions about her future.

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), Nancy Hughes (Brazil), Lloyd Plunkett (Côte d’Ivoire), Bessie Richards (Ivory Coast), Amy Robinson (Uruguay), and Don Robirds (Brazil, IM office).

Globally: Many people attend Christmas activities who otherwise avoid church-related events. Pray attendees will hear and accept the message of God’s magnificent gift of salvation wrapped in His Child. Ask God to give Christians wisdom as they plan and implement various activities.

December 13
Madrid, Spain: 
Emma Morgan and the drama club from Evangelical Christian Academy present a short play

Tokyo, Japan: Iriso Church ladies’ English/Bible class Christmas luncheon

December 14
Madrid, Spain:
 Emily and Marc Edgmon and Emma and Aubrey Morgan participate in the Christmas concert at their school, Evangelical Christian Academy

December 15
Hokkaido, Japan
: Joy Kids’ Christmas party at Miharashidai Chapel

December 16
Alcala de Henares: 
Esperanza Church presents Christmas program

Galapagar, Spain: Christmas program at the Villalba Church

Collado Mediano, Spain: Alpedrete Church presents “What is Christmas?” in the nearby town of Collado Mediano; pray the 200-seat auditorium will be filled with people with receptive hearts

St. Sébastien, France: The Châteaubriant and St. Sébastien congregations celebrate Christmas in a joint service

December 19
Guadarrama, Spain:
 The Alpedrete Church will sing Christmas carols at the nursing home in the town of Guadarrama

December 20
Collado Mediano, Spain—
The Alpedrete Church will sing Christmas carols at the nursing home

December 21
Alpedrete, Spain: The Alpedrete Church will sing Christmas carols at the senior citizen’s day center in Alpedrete

Tokyo, Japan: Kamifukuoka Christ Church Friday Mommy and Me Class party

December 22
Collado Mediano, Spain—The Alpedrete Church will sing Christmas carols at a retirement home

Tokyo, Japan: Kamifukuoka Christ Church Saturday’s Mommy and Me Class Christmas party

Hokkaido, Japan: Family Christmas party at Miharashidai Chapel

December 23
Pleven, Bulgaria: Christmas service in a rented hall

Hokkaido, Japan: Christmas Eve service at Miharashidai Chapel

Tokyo, Japan: Kamifukuoka Christ Church family Christmas program

December 28
Koinare, Bulgaria: Operation Christmas Child party for children of factory workers

December 29
Odarne, Bulgaria: Jonathan and Amy’s Bible club kids present Christmas program

Radko, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

Marash, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

December 30
Salmanovo, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

Han Krum, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

December 31
Milanovo, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

January 2
Vasil Drumev, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

January 4
Dragoevo, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party at a school

Spain: Missionaries host a banquet for leaders in the Spanish churches

January 5
Lozevo, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

Kochovo, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party

January 7
Dibich, Bulgaria: 
Provows host Operation Christmas Child party at a preschool

Vasil Drumev, Bulgaria: Provows host Operation Christmas Child party at a children’s home


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