MISSIONARIES BACK FROM THE FIELD Brian & Mary Jane Dennison, open doors. Revs. Allen & Rachel Hill, SAMS, for him as he begins a PhD in Theology, her to have open doors to share the Gospel with internationals, their sons James and John, financial provision. Richard & Martha Menees, SAMS, guidance. Rev. Chuck & Beth Bradshaw, SAMS, guidance for new ministry, financial provision. Giff & Ashley, for the right school for Gideon, for a new home to purchase, thanks for Giff’s new job. Guy & Summer Benton, SAMS, increased financial support, preparation as God moves them from Cambodia to New Zealand in December, praise that Pirum’s passport and Guy’s naturalization were finalized. Rev. Bryan & Shakila Pyle, SAMS, for them and their children as they transition back to life in the US, a pastoral position for him. Bp. Grant & Dr. Wendy LeMarquand, SAMS, for them as they do deputation over the next months, discernment for what God’s plan is for their future ministry, Abp. Mouneer as he searches for a new bishop for the Horn of Africa, thanks for the building of new churches in Gambella.
CHURCH PLANTING Always Forward, Rev. Cn. Dan Alger. Anglican Mission in America, for the gospel to be shared far and wide. The Greenhouse Movement, Rev. Cn. William Beasley. Titus Institute for Church Planting, Rev. Cn. Dr. Tom Herrick, upcoming trainings.
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, recruitment of new missionaries from Europe.
HOLLAND Pray that churches would boldly share Jesus with Europeans and immigrants, many refugees welcomed by Christians are now following Jesus. Drs. Phil & Linda Gottschalk, Tyndale Theological Seminary, mentoring leaders from 22 countries, for his sabbatical thru January to be refreshing, God to use their teaching and preaching for his purposes.
SPAIN Elisa, AFM, for continued language learning and understanding, for volunteers at the Centro de Creatividad, thanks for her language helper. Duane and Sharon Miller, AFM, for him as he preaches and teaches at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, thanks that their shipment of personal belongings arrived, thanks for doing well in learning Spanish.
EASTERN EUROPE Bp. Jasmin Milić, REC Bishop of Croatia/Serbia, churches to grow and help bridge religious and ethnic divides, ministry to Syrian refugees. Stephen, SAMS, for translation of the Book of Common Prayer, increased financial support.
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, Seeds from October’s Singapore Roundtable meetings to bear fruit. Bp. Kuan Kim Seng, Diocese of Singapore missions to Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand. Abp. Stephen Than, Myanmar, for peace, for justice for ethnic minorities suffering military attacks. K & S, GT, International Director, for protection as they continue to mentor movement leaders in many countries, his new role as President of William Carey International University, her new role as Int’l Partner Care Facilitator, stamina during this pivotal transition year. M & D, GT, for long-term visas to be granted, open doors with refugee community. J & J, GT, for open doors to share Jesus with neighbors and new friends, opportunities to begin sports ministry, discernment for their son Jesse as he chooses a college in the US. Bp. Henry Scriven, Church Mission Society-UK Latin America Mission Director, his retirement from full-time work and from CMS (Latin America) in December, transition to Bangkok for six months serving as Assistant Chaplain at Christ Church, Paul Tester taking over as CMS Mission Development Manager.
CAMBODIA Rev. Greg & Heidi Whitaker, SAMS, Church of Christ Our Peace, for smooth completion of their new church and office building, more Khmer leaders to be raised up among young adults, thanks for 40 Cambodians who attended Alpha in their language. Rev. Jesse & Sara Blaine, SAMS, for God to open the hearts and minds of people to him, thanks for the birth of Ridley.
JAPAN Rev. Ralph & Miho Clatworthy, OMF, for Miho’s father to recover fully from surgery, Tsutomu and Miwako to come to full faith and be baptized, thanks for Mrs. Kobayashi’s faith in Christ and Yuya’s decision to make the faith his own. Seita & Emma Sakaguchi, for unity and love among the team, their community dinners to help build Gospel-centered relationships with non-believers, thanks for Ian & Chi their new team members.
INDONESIA Dana & Karen, for breakthrough in George’s heart as he reads the Old Testament, relationships in their new neighborhood. Rev. Matt & Sora Colvin, SAMS/REC, pastoring an English-language congregation, ministry at the Anglican seminary, Sora’s midwife training.
INDIA Pray for persecuted Christians in Northern India. Rev. S. D. & Sheila, Bihar Theological College, School of Evangelism, for a great transformation among God’s people in Bihar, God’s wisdom and guidance for plans for 2018. Rev. Andrew & Esther, India Grad. School of Missiology, for scholarships, protection, graduates to have fruitful ministries. Rev. Dr. R., Indian Inst. of Missiology, training professors and church planters, for health. Barbara, GT, for discernment about returning to India, times of refreshment with family in the US. I & F, GT, for further opportunities to teach and train others in Bible storytelling among the unreached. G & V, GT, for protection, increased opportunities to reach Hindus and Muslims in their community, health improvement for Vero.
CHINA M & S, GT, Asia Area Director, for language learning, new opportunities across Asia for training and encouragement, educational support for their children. P & D, AFM, for his knee to completely heal from a torn meniscus, God’s anointing for team building as they focus on a UPG in East Asia, for His blessings as they host prospective team members coming to visit, team unity and synergy. Joh & ara, AFM, for language skills, health, protection.
SOUTH ASIA J & K, GT, ongoing distribution of recently completed translation, continued progress with the new translation team. Boe Renslow, for his ministry in the Himalayas with YWAM. W, GT, encouragement in his studies for future translation work, partners to join in ministry efforts.
NEPAL Provincial/parliamentary elections in process for the first time in 20 years. State persecution is rising. Rev. Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal. Bp. George, GT, for continued healing and health, teaching ministry. Rev. Peter & Silvia, GT, for spiritual protection, guidance and wisdom in leaders’ and women’s ministry, growth of pastoral network, financial provision. John & Vi, GT, for creativity in reaching out to young Americans to engage in mission, travels in country during the first half of 2018.
- MIDEAST Amid suffering, give thanks for many baptisms and new Bible studies as many search for the Prince of Peace. Fran, for Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release from prison, Christians in the Mideast to be spiritually wise and urgent. Linda, CMJ administrator. Sonja, for the right new house to move to in 2018. C & Z, AFM, ministering to refugees traumatized after war, for those suffering after the earthquake. D & P, AFM, training Zaza Kurd leaders, for E & B to encourage more Muslims to faith in Christ, effective sharing of the gospel.