EUROPE 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. Anne, SAMS, serving with Evangelism Explosion, full of thanks for many new connections with those in the French-speaking world with a heart to share the gospel, for wisdom provision and direction to where the Lord is opening door, for the discipleship ministries of La Porte Ouverte de Lux and Espoir et Vie.
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 safe travels and the families hosting her, for peace of mind and relief of any tension or anxiety for her boys while she is away, and for language absorption. Rev. Dr. Duane and Sharon Miller, AFM, for Sharon teaching English at the cathedral and the center in Lavapies, Friday meditative evening prayer, government favor to extend residency for two more years, the Sandoval family as they transition and settle, and the Light Madrid team as they envision planting a new church in Madrid with Arabic fluent speakers.
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, government favor to approve his visa, inroads to serve and share Jesus with refugees, language learning, and financial partners.
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. M & D, GT, for long-term visas to be granted, open doors with refugee community. J & J, GT, shared about faith in Jesus with a Muslim friend, pray for further conversations. Rev. Loren & Linda, for wisdom and balance as ministry enters busy season, lots of travel and back-to-back conferences, which will set the tone for ministry in the region for 2019.
CAMBODIA Rev. Greg & Dr. Heidi Whitaker, SAMS, Church of Christ Our Peace, for her medical work. Rev. Jesse & Sara Blaine, SAMS, for opportunities to share the gospel.
JAPAN Rev. Ralph & Miho Clatworthy, OMF, thankful for Miho’s return to the US. Pray for our deputation in the US, for God to lead and bless through financial and medical clearances. Seita & Emma Sakaguchi, Emma’s adjustment, God’s provision for renewed lease of their apartment, a permanent space for their gatherings, Seita’s travels back to the U.S. to fundraise at the end of Dec.
INDONESIA Dana & Karen, for clear diagnosis for Karen and healing of the root causes, strength for Dana as she provides care, thanksgiving for the Muslim neighbors praying for Karen’s health, healing and protection for other team members many have experienced or continue to live with serious health issues.
OCEANIA Guy & Summer Benton, SAMS, for the leaders and participants of a Better World, a social justice gap year program, in February 2019.
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 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, give thanks for Rose who is now the manager of BAM and smooth running of the factory, for wisdom for moving forward with translation projects, staying under the radar with new security concerns and wisdom in upcoming transitions. 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 and there is an increase in monitoring and controlling civil society organizations, especially where foreigners are involved. Rev. Lewis Lew, Dean of Nepal. Rev.Peter & Silvia, GT, for grace and strength in her time of grief after her mother’s passing. John & Vi, GT, for Nepal’s government officials, policies, and “spirit” and their affect on non-Hindu religious freedoms, pray for discernment on how to make the most of the time left, for the transition of Nepal Educational Mission and it’s education of pastors to indigenous leadership, and for the leadership team as they gather to assess their next steps and priorities in the coming months.
MIDEAST Fran, for wisdom and discernment for A & N during transition and media attention, protection of local churches. C & Z, AFM, ministering to refugees traumatized after war, for full funding for the New Story Project, 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. J & S, Love for the Least, for safe travels as they return to the field and that all of their bags of medical supplies arrive, favor with the government as they care for Yezidi orphans and trauma care, Advent Conspiracy 2018.
CHILE Bp. Tito Zavala, for grace and wisdom, as he is the new Archbishop of Chile, the newest province in the Anglican Communion. 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, for Joyanne’s safe travels as she returns to live with them and that God would direct her next steps, for peace justice and reconciliation in the area after a young Mapuche was killed by police sparking violent repercussions.
BRAZILAbp. Miguel Uchoa, Recife, in his grief for the loss of his dear wife Valeria. Pray for the province, for expansion and church planting of the new dioceses and missionary region, 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 discernment the best recipients with the construction project.
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, for political stability in Honduras and the healing of Giovanni, the new County Coordinator.
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, 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, dedication plans for the Mixtec New Testament being published, final edits on book of Genesis, and for participants in the literacy course to continue practicing. 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).
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.
MADAGASCAR Bp. Todd & Rev. Patsy McGregor, SAMS, wisdom for New Assistant Bishop Samitiana, praise for the launch of Rooted in Jesus and that much fruit would be seen from this ministry, 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 initiatives. Ulrich Family, GT, for next steps in children’s ministry projects.
RWANDA Martha Vetter, safety, wisdom and Spirit-led connections during her three-week trip in Feb. Possible plastic surgery for Fraterine. Rev. Brandon & Emily Walsh, Hope on a Thousand Hills, for all of their schools to be reopened after government restrictions, continued funding. Archbishop Mbanda, vision for the province, for his wife and baby girl.
TANZANIA Bp. Elias & Lucy Chakupewa, Tabora, for encouragement for students at St. Peter’s Secondary School, a response to their request for assistance of missionary doctors, nurses, and teachers. Mike & Claire Fedele, SHADE Tanzania’s work with vulnerable peoples, protection for albinos, wisdom.
SOUTHERN AFRICA Thankful for rains beginning to alleviate desperate water shortages. Rev. Johann & Louise van der Bijl, SAMS, for financial provision, fruit from trainings of Disciple-Making Ministry, thankful for rain and the ending of the drought.
KENYA Guy & Susan, SIM, provision for Abdi and his children, Rehema’s adoption process, building a team to integrate Bible Storying and community development. Bp. Qampicha, Bishop of Marsabit, for wisdom, hope, Tumaini Academy with 400 students. Getch & Betty, for ongoing ministry to unreached villages, supernatural protection and open doors, increased financial support. Elizabeth A, GT, Turkana Mission Team leader, thankful for fruit among the Turkana people and their desire to be equipped and sent as missionaries. Rev. John Nganga, for sponsors for Rafiki Children’s Center, financial provision, blessings on staff members. Bob & Joyce Carlson, WBT, Africa International University Graduate School Dean & Language, Linguistics, and Communication Dept. Head. Bryson & Deborah, GT, Africa Area Director.
UGANDA Rev. Dr. John Senyonyi, Uganda Christian University (UCU) Vice Chancellor. Rev. Jessica Hughes, SAMS, UCU chaplain, for safe travels back to Uganda, productive use of time to work on dissertation and supervision of students, the start of a new semester in Jan., continued healing for godson, financial support. Mary Chowenhill, SAMS, teaching economics and business at UCU. Jessica Tetrick, SAMS Bridger. Mark & Abby Bartels, UCU Partners, raising scholarships in US. Rev. Sandra Earixson, Principal of Abp. Janani Luwum Theol. College in Gulu, for financial provision. Friends of Kibbuse, for continued work on the Good Samaritan health clinic, encouragement for Rev. James as he works through the necessary red-tape to complete this work.
UGANDA Abp. Stanley Ntagali. Rev. Cn. Dr. Alison Barfoot, Archbishop’s Assistant for International Relations, equipping evangelists to reach unreached people groups in East Africa. Janine LeGrand, SAMS, Masindi diocese health promoter, training teams to serve AIDS and malaria patients. Mustard Seed Babies Home, Hoima, for more sponsors, funds to feed 100 street kids. Dr. Katie Rhoads, GT, grateful for the opportunity to equip medical students to be sent to the unreached, ongoing work in South Sudan with refugees
NIGERIA For victims of recent and on-going Islamists Fulani Herdsmen militia attacks. Abp. Nicholas Okoh, for Gafcon leadership transition. Abp. Edmund Akanya, for protection, wisdom, faith to grow. Bp. Nathan Inyom, AFM-Nigeria, for wisdom and grace. Abp. Ben & Gloria Kwashi, for new leadership positions in Gafcon, General Secretary and Women’s Ministry track, respectively. Rev. Paul Dajur, General Secretary of the Church of Nigeria, for his wife, Michelle, and three children, for the church in areas under Fulani attack.
CAMEROON Mark & Bonnie Lambert, WBT, admin for Bible translators, protection for villages in the Far North Region from Boko Haram attacks, peace for the nation. Ken & Judy Hollingsworth, WBT, for him as he continues to check the B Language Acts manuscript.
FRANCOPHONE AFRICA Debbie Hatfield, WBT, strategies for Bible translation, for financial provision to return to the field. Tillie, AFM, wisdom and skill for the surgeons operating on her broken ankle, her recovery over the next 2 months, and that she would be able to return and help the Knight family settle in January.
NIGER is less than 1% Christian. Steve & Nancy Brown, SIM Regional Director, for a long-term surgeon for the Fistula hospital, the financial needs of their patients, emotional strength.
MALI Pray for peace. Brad & Sue, WBT, training Bible translators from different languages, for the gospel to spread.
THE GAMBIA Bernard & Rawn Ugwuoke, for partner development work with The Jesus Film strategy team, their new work with international churches in the US to equip them to share with their communities her and in their homelands.
SUDAN Ongoing war in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan state is experiencing insecurity and starvation. Bp. Andudu Elnail, for hope and peace.
SOUTH SUDAN Pray for peace and stability. Abp. Justin Badi Arama, for grace and hope. Bp. Abraham Nhial, for conflict to end in South Sudan, wisdom and unity for Christian leaders. Bp. Moses Deng Bol, Diocese of Wau, for peace and tribal reconciliation. Fran Boyle, for their orphanage in Akuak Rak, the upcoming 8th grade graduation in January, safe travels in Mid-Jan., funds for students to go to high school. Rev. Samuel & Stella Marial, Principal of Bp. Gwynne Theological College in Juba, teaching theology. Rev. Bol Deng, for wisdom. Rev. John & Sarah Chol Daau, thanksgiving for their new baby, provision for hospital bills, schools to thrive. Deborah Martin, for health, wisdom. Rev. Tom Prichard, Sudan Sunrise, schools, scholarships, reconciliation, community building, Christian/Muslim relationships. Rev. Daniel Deng Kuot, training clergy, preaching peace to armed youth in cattle camps.
NORTH AFRICA Abp. Mouneer Anis, Egypt, for peace and grace. Frank & Anne, for wisdom, son Asher at Wheaton College. ES, GT, for open doors for ministry in a challenging context, grateful for helpful training and experiences.
ETHIOPIA Rev. Chris & Suzy Wilson, faculty at St. Frumentius, and their kids Abigail & Matthew. Addis F, GT, provision for missionaries being sent from Ethiopia to the A people, continued favor in reconciliation and partnership work amongst denominational groups.