EUROPE Many Muslims are attending church for the first time. Refugees are seeking Christ. Phil, GT, Europe Partner Facilitator, for open doors for organizational partnerships, openness to the gospel among Muslims, provision for the network of organizations reaching Muslims in the UK, recruitment of new missionaries from Europe.
HOLLAND Pray that churches would boldly share Jesus with Europeans and immigrants. Drs. Phil & Linda Gottschalk, Tyndale Theological Seminary, for his book about a Christian response to immigrants to be published and impactful.
SPAIN Elisa, AFM, for the finalization of the purchase of the Centro de Creatividad building, thanks for her visa renewal. Rev. Dr. Duane and Sharon Miller, AFM, for development of an Arabic-language website, church planting to prosper and a team with Arabic fluent speakers, provision of a space to use once a week.
EASTERN EUROPE Bp. Jasmin Milić, REC Bishop of Croatia/Serbia, for churches to grow, ministry to Syrian refugees. Stephen, SAMS, for translation of the Book of Common Prayer, financial support.
GERMANY Jimmy & Gayla Renslow, 5:14 Initiative, for continued family adjustment, new schools in Berlin and language learning and ministry opportunities.
RUSSIA Restrictions on religious freedom are coming back. Rev. Mark Browne, Relational Bridges International, for fruit in continued ministry to youth and adults, wisdom.
S.E. ASIA Bp. Rennis Ponniah, for grace, blessing on all the deaneries. Bp. Kuan Kim Seng, for Diocese of Singapore missions. Abp. Stephen Than, Myanmar, for peace, justice for those suffering military attacks. K & S, GT, gratitude for the community at WCIU and Frontier Ventures and the joy in this new season of life and ministry, upcoming visits with mentor movement leaders. M & D, GT, for long-term visas to be granted, refreshment during home assignment, open doors with refugee community upon their return. J & J, GT, thankful for productive time in US and the opportunity to drop-off their son for first year of college. Shared about faith in Jesus with a Muslim friend, pray for further conversations and conversion. Rev. Loren & Linda, for wisdom, stamina, and direction as they begin doing ministry on a wider scale, thanks for God’s faithful care.
CAMBODIA Rev. Greg & Dr. Heidi Whitaker, SAMS, Church of Christ Our Peace, for completion of their new church and office building, for her medical work. Rev. Jesse & Sara Blaine, SAMS, for opportunities to share the gospel.
JAPAN Rev. Ralph & Miho Clatworthy, OMF, Pray for our deputation in the US. Japanese version of movie "Paul, Apostle of Christ" to be released in Japan in November. Pray for many to be impacted. Seita & Emma Sakaguchi, their community dinners to be fruitful, unity for their team.
INDONESIA Dana & Karen, for wisdom in preparation for the DMM consultation, safety during annual medical outreach, improvement of Karen’s Bahasa, sharing good news with neighbors, learning the grant writing process. For breakthroughs and creativity for those reaching the S people group and churches sending local workers to the UPGs.
OCEANIA Guy & Summer Benton, SAMS, for the global mission gap year program they are developing for the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, increased financial support.
INDIA Pray for persecuted Christians in Northern India. Rev. S. D. & Sheila, Bihar Theological College, School of Evangelism, for the Musahar people (UPG) to be reached with the gospel. Rev. Andrew & Esther, India Grad. School of Missiology, for protection, graduates to have fruitful ministries. Rev. Dr. R., Indian Inst. of Missiology, training professors and church planters, for health. I & F, GT, for further opportunities to teach and train others in Bible storytelling among the unreached, safety in their travels. G & V, GT, for wonderful training and partner care time last spring, for team unity and focus in the coming year.
CHINA M & S, GT, Asia Area Director, for discerning best location for Asia Area Base, provision for J family and base programs, new partners. P & D, AFM, thanks for a new BAM manager, for Jack joining their factory, the J Film project as it enters the testing phase, and for the field workers involved. John & Sarah , AFM, for language skills, health, protection.
SOUTH ASIA J & K, GT, grateful for headway with translation team, financial provision. B.R., for favor with local police and influence with Christian partners in these districts.
NEPAL State persecution is rising. Rev. Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal. Bp. George, GT, thanksgiving for his life and ministry in the wake of his death this past June, for his family and the ongoing work of the gospel. Rev. Peter & Silvia, GT, for her mom who is very ill. Refreshment and great opportunities to share with partners during their time in the US. John & Vi, GT, thankful for the ways that Nepali leaders have stepped up this year in bringing safe water to hard to reach places.
- MIDEAST Amid suffering, give thanks for many baptisms and new Bible studies. Fran, for divine protection, unity, and courage of believers, thanks for good unity in their coastal church plant. Sonja, for wisdom and grace. C & Z, AFM, ministering to refugees traumatized after war, for full funding for the New Story Project in 2018, opportunities to share the gospel, and finding an Arabic language tutor. D & P, AFM, training Zaza Kurd leaders, for long-term partnerships with churches, continued boldness for Ezra and Buket.
- MIDEAST Millions need protection, provision, comfort, and hope. Bin Said & Nadia, for protection, wisdom and guidance. C & R, AFM, for opportunities to share the gospel, wisdom and clarity as R considers stepping into a new position with their organization. Rev. Drew Schmotzer, chaplain at St. Martin’s international congregation in United Arab Emirates. Dr. Paul, Director of an Arabic language school, for the school to have the ability to grant student visas, approval of his work visa, more students registering for classes, spiritual protection. Anne, SAMS, serving with Evangelism Explosion, for safety and health during travel, discernment of role with planning team and the French trainings. J & S, Love for the Least, for the next three months away to find 326 sponsors for Yezidi orphans, new financial partners, and make plans for Advent Conspiracy 2018. Study Groups among UPGs are going well.
CHILE Bp. Tito Zavala, for grace and wisdom. Rev. Russ & Heidi Smith, SAMS, for revitalization and growth for Kingdom of God Anglican Church in Labranza, the ministry of Equipping Servants International and Evangelism Explosion for Kids.
BRAZIL Abp. Miguel Uchoa, Recife, praise for new Province, for expansion and church planting of the new dioceses and missionary region, recovery for his wife Valeria, Casas de Paz initiative. Rev. Ron & Debby McKeon, SAMS, for blessing on their ministry, increased financial support.
JAMAICA John & Michelle Chase, for financial support for their family, child sponsorships, more workers to be sent out into the harvest field.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Cathy Donahoe, SAMS, teaching physical therapy, for guidance and wisdom teaching students, fruit and rest for her home ministry assignment in the fall.
GRENADA Gwen Burbank, instructional technology specialist at St. George’s University.
CUBA Bp. William Suarez, Diocese of the Reformed Episcopal Church, for the 42 churches and church plants to grow.
COSTA RICA Rev. Orlando & Ligia Otarola, GT, Latin America Area Director, gratitude for Latin America Lead Team meeting and several training opportunities, Honduras re-opened sending base and new Bolivia base.
HONDURAS Bp. Lloyd Allen, wisdom and grace, ministering in a country where 60% are poor. Rev. Suzy McCall, LAMB’s human trafficking prevention, healing for girls in the safe house. Betsy Hake, Jericho Ministries children’s homes, for protection for their staff and families, guidance and provision as they build a home for a family in need, new believers to have a heart to be discipled. Mike & Kim Miller, SAMS, for traveling to fundraise for the Children’s Home in Honduras and the start of future projects.
PERU Dorcas Day, SIL, for fundraising to return to Peru to facilitate Bible translations and healing from neuropathy in her back. Cinde Rawn, for Threads of Hope breaking the cycle of poverty for 400 families.
MEXICO Carol Zylstra, WBT, for an obstacle-free publication process for the Mixtec New Testament, many receptive Mixtec hearts to receive God’s word. Rev. Manny Chavarria, men’s ministry in Mexico City. Meredith Omland, GT, thankful for another year with successful VBS, healing for her mom. William & Victoria Cain, GT, for language study, acculturation, thankful for a cohesive team and opportunities to use their gifts. Roger and Joanne Griffin, SAMS, for preparation for FT move to Mexico (January), home to sell in Charleston, SC, him teaching class in Aguascalientes (November).
BELIZE Bp. Philip Wright, for churches to grow, more vocations to ministry. Rev. David & Mary Beth Alenskis, SAMS, for their discipleship initiatives, training of leaders, and sustained finances.
ECUADOR Roberto & Cameron Vivanco, SAMS, for fall season of ministry, for work from summer teams to bear fruit.
MADAGASCAR Bp. Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor, SAMS, praise for the ordination of the first woman Deacon, Nolavy and the commissioning of Evangelist, Soafiavy, for the Task Force and Strategic Plan Meetings, New Assistant Bishop Samitiana, the launch of Rooted in Jesus, Mother’s Union gathering. Jacky Lowe, SAMS, Women’s Ministry in Diocese.
MALAWI Francis M, GT, Malawi Country Director, for more workers to reach UPGs, thankful for provision and opportunity to grow their BAM initiates. Ulrich Family, GT, thankful for refreshment partnerships and provision during their home assignment, for next steps in children’s ministry projects.