January 16, 2019
Globally: Pray for missionaries, national churches, and overseas workers as they begin 2019. Pray God will grant wisdom as plans are made and implemented. Pray overseas churches will grow in their Christian life and witness as well as numerically. Pray lives will be changed as people are introduced to Christ through one-on-one conversations, Bible studies, English classes, sermons, music, and outreach events. Pray believers suffering persecution will remain strong and point others to Jesus as the Light of the World.
Samburu: Last week, a witch doctor and his wife visited the clinic run by Eddy and Amanda Simmons and Victoria Little. He asked for a solar MP3 player with Bible stories in the Samburu language. Pray God’s Word will penetrate his heart and mind. Ask God to release this man from Satan’s grip and use him as a mighty witness to others.
The Hanna Project: Pray for Chris and Tori, and their children Ellie and Eli, as they continue to acclimate to their work and life in Southern Spain. Pray, as they begin their residency renewal process, God will smooth the way.
Côte d’Ivoire: Continue to pray for the construction of the women’s ministry center in Bondoukou, Côte d’Ivoire. Ask God to give the workmen an excellent work ethic and skillful hands as they roof and handle electrical and plumbing needs for the facility. Pray now for the young women whose lives will be enriched as they live here to pursue educational or employment opportunities.
Brazil: Pray for Pastor Myron and his family as they serve the Marincek FWB Church. Ask God to give wisdom and insight as they seek to lead, encourage, equip, and grow this congregation.
Samburu: Eddy Simmons is scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery on January 26, 2019, in Kenya. Ask God to give the surgeon extraordinary skill. Pray Eddy will recover quickly. Ask God to give opportunities for the Simmons to share Christ with at least one individual during their pre-op, surgery, and post-op time.
Japan: Praise God for the 50 people, both Japanese and American, who attended the Hope Alive bilingual church launch on Sunday, January 13. Three Japanese individuals indicated an interest in following Christ. Pray for the team—Heath and Joni Hubbard, Daniel and Shelby Culwell, and Jack and Ashley Ketteman—as they begin discipleship studies with these three and six others who expressed their desire to know Jesus the week before. Pray for the team as they follow-up with new contacts. Ask God to give them unity, wisdom, and insight as they continue to build His church in Japan.
Uruguay: Thank God for the ordination of a new deacon in the El Canaan church in Santa Teresa, Uruguay. Pray for Alexander and his wife Magella. Ask God to lead more men to faithfully serve in the Uruguayan churches.
Bulgaria: Pray for Jonathan and Amy as they work in Pleven and surrounding villages. Pray specifically for a young man with whom Jonathan had a long conversation concerning faith in Christ as the means for salvation. Pray the truth spoken will continue to reverberate in his mind and convict his heart, leading to saving knowledge in Jesus Christ.
Japan: Praise God, Daniel and Kate Speer have received financial approval to return to Japan for a second internship. Pray for guidance as they sort belongings, enjoy time with friends and family, prepare Audrey for Japanese kindergarten, and await visa approval. Pray the remained of their time in the States will be full of joy and anticipation of what the Lord will do in the next two years.
Bulgaria: Praise God for the Operation Christmas Child parties held in 11 locations in and around Shumen, Bulgaria. Over 300 gift boxes were handed out; more importantly, more than 400 people heard the gospel. Bibles and New Testaments were given out upon request. Pray the seeds planted will take root. Pray the 19 people who took Bibles will read them and contact Josh and Lydia Provow with questions and a desire to study the Scripture. Pray for wisdom for the Provows as they process requests to continue work in these villages. Ask God to show them the places He has prepared for them to work.
France: Matt and Cristina Price and their daughters Madeleine and Emilie were unable to return to France as planned January 13. A passport hiccup prevented the Price family from leaving the States. Pray new, affordable flights can be booked. Ask God to give them safe travels, comfortable flights, and an easy return to ministry. Pray especially for the girls as they settle into a new home, new school, and new church. Ask God to give strength, wisdom, and guidance to Matt and Cristina as they begin ministering in the St. Nazaire church. Pray He will provide the right house to meet ministry needs.
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), Lloyd Plunkett (Côte d’Ivoire), Bessie Richards (Ivory Coast), Amy Robinson (Uruguay), and Don Robirds (Brazil, IM office). Also pray Theo Lytle’s (four-month-old grandson of Steve and Judy Lytle—Panama) heart, lungs, and blood vessels will all grow as needed following his second heart surgery.