October 17, 2018
The Hanna Project: Pray for the 10-member team from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Illinois working in Bulgaria. Ask God to give health, safety, and strength as they renovate an adult wing of a local hospital in Svishtov, Bulgaria. Pray the evening cooking classes taught by the ladies on the team will be well attended and offer opportunities to build more relationships in the community. The team returns Monday, October 22.
Spain: Ask God to provide wisdom and direction to Neil Morgan as he meets with a gym owner in a town near Alcala. The town has no evangelical church and the gym owner has expressed interest in monthly seminars that may provide outreach opportunities. Ask God to encourage two members of the Esperanza congregation whose families consistently make negative comments about Christianity. Ask God to give these two Christians strength and grace. Pray family members will see God in them and be drawn to Christ.
Panama: Former missionaries to Panama Steve and Judy Lytle depart Wednesday, October 17, for 12 days in Panama. Pray for Steve as he speaks at a pastors’ retreat October 19-20. Ask God to use the Lytles to encourage and challenge churches in the in the Chitré area as they speak on Sunday. Ask God to give them strength, good organizational skills, clarity, and adequate rest as they teach at the seminary in Chame (Steve, Revelation; Judy, English) Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26. The last weekend they will be in churches in the Panama City area before returning to Nashville on Monday, October 29. Pray God will use them to encourage, edify, and strengthen the Panamanian church.
Persecuted Church: Pray for those serving Christ in difficult circumstances. Many choose to declare the Truth in places where that is outlawed. Others face hostile neighbors and family members as they seek to follow Christ. Some suffer alone, others share Christ in prison. Pray God will give them courage and strength. Pray the Holy Spirit will minister to them in such a way that they’ll know people are praying. Participate in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
Bulgaria: Pray for Jonathan and Amy as they work in Pleven, Bulgaria. Ask God to direct conversations Jonathan has with H, who attended JPense in August. Pray these conversations will turn into regular Bible studies and H will gain full understanding of what it means to be a Christian.
IM Family: Pray for Dennis Wiggs, former IM board member, as he undergoes back surgery today, October 17. Pray the surgery will relieve the severe back pain he has experienced for some time now.
Globally: During Pastor Appreciation Month, pray for pastors around the world. Ask God to protect them emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Pray for strength, contentment, passion, faithfulness, and joy. Pray for perseverance, comfort, and peace in the midst of persecution.
India: Beginning today, schools in North India close for religious festivals throughout the rest of October. Several pastors and churches will hold special meetings to engage young people. The meeting in Sonapurhat is expected to draw around 200 youth. Ask God to use these events to strengthen the faith of those who know Christ and to bring more people into a right relationship with Him. Pray for Carlisle Hanna to have the physical, mental, and spiritual strength he needs.
Stateside: Pray for missionaries on stateside assignment as they seek to engage individual and group prayer and financial partnerships. Ask God to grant safety as they travel. Pray for good health. Now that school has begun, families are often separated as one parent travels. Pray the children adjust well to the new schedules and routines. Pray those who have promised financial support will begin giving so missionaries will be encouraged as their fund balances rise. Pray for those whose accounts are in the red, asking God to grant them favor with those who can relieve their deficits.
Spain: On Friday, October 19, the Alpedrete church will launch weekly children’s and teens’ meetings. Ask God to use these events to ground the faith of young believers and encourage them to reach others with the gospel. Pray non-Christians will understand the incredible opportunity God gives each person to be His child. Pray volunteers will be prepared, enthusiastic, and sensitive to God’s leading.
Samburu: Praise God for the nine-weeks of Community Health Empowerment/Evangelism training Victoria Little recently received in Nairobi. Pray this training will further enrich her ability to minister to hundreds of people each month. Pray the Samburu will eagerly learn principles and strategies to help prevent disease. Pray they will share what they learn with others—not only about health, but also about the Creator and Sustainer of life.
India: Though the monsoon rains have not hit North India, heavy rains have generated frequent landslides in the Nilgiri Mountain region of South India. Pray for safety for our family there. Ask God to use the precarious situation to provide opportunities to introduce people to Christ, the Solid Rock.
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).