Mission Praises/Prayer

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests: September/October 2018

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Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
  • That we took part in a conference this past month which focused on Unengaged Unreached Peoples. These peoples are distinct because they not only have NO Gospel witness, but NOBODY is making plans to reach them. Pray with us that God would burden the Church for these souls!
  • That Shalom Church Cambodia continues to grow—praise God! We’re thrilled that SMC is now in 17 Provinces throughout the country!
  • That ACTION has 265 missionaries worldwide, from 22 different countries, serving among the poor in 32 nations. What a diverse group, committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • Prayer:
  • Continue to pray with Kamryn (and us) as she prepares to begin studies at The Master’s University this month.
  • For the Pastors of Shalom Church and those they shepherd among the 43 churches around Cambodia.
  • For the ACTION International Office as we mobilize, equip and deploy missionaries from around the world which includes NEW Harvest workers from Brazil, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Uganda.

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  • Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)
    • Praise:
    • That it has been an encouraging and fruitful year of ministry at the State Capitol.
    • For how God has used the unprecedented sexual harassment crisis at the Capitol to open many doors to share the good news of Jesus with and disciple many state legislators, some of whom have lost their careers.
    • That a lobbyist whom I led to Christ and I have been discipling is making plans to enroll in seminary to be equipped to serve God in even greater ways.
    • That my newly married daughter Hannah found a new job in the Livermore area where she and her husband Ryan are living—and now God may be providing a better housing option for them!
    • Prayers:
    • For open doors as I continue to reach out to and disciple state legislators and other leaders, Capitol Staff, and lobbyists for the remainder of this year.
    • For guidance with whether to continue to teach our Sunday Bible Study gathering.
    • That God will guide me with launching some new ministry projects.
    • That God will guide my wife Valerie and me, as we adjust to being empty nesters after our son returns to college next month.
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  • Grace Moses—Sangita Charitable Trust (India)
    • Praise:
    • For Lincoln Hills Community Church and the missions team for the support, prayers, and love towards the Sangita mission.
    • Prayer:
    • For our children at Sangita, especially those in high school, that they will be able to cope well and do well, not only in their education, but spiritually. We would like all the children to know Christ as their personal savior.
    • For our widows, who are very old and frail in health, that the joy and comfort of Jesus be present with them all the time. 
    • For the widowers, that they will experience the power and love of Jesus in a very special way.
    • For the success of our trip to the USA in October and November.
    • For our daughter’s wedding in December. 

 

 

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Henry and Grace Banda—YOLEDS (Youth Leadership Development in Sport) (Malawi)

  • Praise:
  • For God’s his faithfulness to me and my family.
  • For my daughter’s beautiful, wonderful wedding! Thank you all for standing in the gap with me with your prayers.
  • Prayers:
  • For God’s provision of funds to purchase evangelism and discipleship resources.
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Jay and Karen—New Mission Systems International (Transition)

  • Praise:
  • That Karen and Jay both are part of Dynamic Church Planting International. Weekly reports are sent into our office of leaders being trained around the globe and precious churches are being planted at an amazing rate. Most of this growth is occurring in countries where Christians are persecuted.
  • That Karen has been offered and has accepted a position in the home office. With the current growth of the mission and with a prayerful anticipation of increased growth, the office must ramp up its efforts too. Karen works three days a week, which allows her flexibility to follow her heart into upcoming speaking engagements with women. 
  • That Jay keeps in contact with the team of Indonesian church planters that remain on task there. Growth is continuing.. Your financial sacrifices and continual stream of prayer result in God being glorified among the nations.
  • That as an answer to prayer, we have found and rented a lovely home close to our office. It meets and exceeds our needs.
  • Prayer:
  • For our efforts to represent this ministry in many via face-to-face presentations with individuals, church speaking engagements, daily phone calls and emails. We are working toward being funded 100%. Great progress is being made, in fact we have seen a 25% increase in monthly financial support! 35% remains. Pray that God will bring together a team of partners with the heart and soul of the Father to see Kingdom advancement around the globe. 

For the success of Jay’s first international training event, first in Lebanon and then in Kyrgyzstan. Via your prayers and sustaining financial support, local leaders will be impacted with this vital and revolutionary training. It is a fact that leaders trained with DCPI produce churches—a lot of churches! Pray that the cycle of church building will continue. 

 

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Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

  • Praise:
  • For the very successful August Summer Camp that brought together 400 kids for a time of prayer, evangelism, and discipleship. It was great seeing children listen attentively and respond positively to the Word of God during the one week of the sports camp.
  • That we reached out to over 60,000 children, distributing the discipleship material called “The True Champion.”
  • That Emily’s health has improved, thanks to the healing power of God which has touched her.
  • Prayers
  • That God may touch those 60,000 kids with the discipleship material.
  • For our ball-making project, we plan to reach out and support many churches who wish to start a sports ministry by selling them quality and affordable evangelistic balls.
  • For the success of our December camp, as well as our missions to Burundi and Ethiopia.

 

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  • Lincoln Christian Academy (formerly Community Christian School), Lincoln, CA (USA)
    • Praise:
    • That we have received the permits for both the new alarm panel and the sprinkler system. Both the alarm panel and the sprinkler work began in the last half of August.
    • For all the help we have received this summer as we moved our preschool and continue to sort and organize for the upcoming school year. Teachers are entering this year refreshed and with anticipation of what God will accomplish through LCA.
    • Prayers: 
    • For favor from the city so that our elementary school timeline is unaffected by the ongoing work for the sprinkler system.  
    • That the preschool (which according to the current timeline estimate will not be able to open until January 2019) will be able to open more quickly than expected.
    • For our incoming students and their families; for God’s provision and protection and to have open and responsive hearts.
    • That our search for a playground contractor to complete our playground build is successful. There are S hooks that need a special tool, and we are having a difficult time finding someone who is willing to come out to do the job.
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    • Michael and Irina—Slavic Gospel Association (Eastern Europe)
      • Praise:
      • That we were able to get our documents ready and submitted for Temporary Residence. It was a lot of work, but it got done!
      • That we helped with four weeklong kids programs over the summer, sharing the Gospel with approximately 160 children who didn’t know the Lord.
      • Prayer:
      • For strength and wisdom preparing the airplanes for the annual certification process.
      • For the successful validation of my pilot and mechanic certifications.
      • For Jane, as she will be starting school in September. This is a big transition for her;

 

 

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  • Paul MosesIndia Sports Ministry (India)
    • Praise:
      • That our daughter Shiny is engaged to be married in December. We praise God for bringing Andrew into her life. 
      • That 35 leaders trained to become sports ministry leaders in their own countries at a recent training. 
    • Prayer:
      • For the ministry among the sports persons in India that God will bless all our efforts, especially the “683/2020 Vision” that is in process (to reach all 683 districts in India by 2020 with the presence of Sports ministry).
      • For the wedding of our daughter Shiny at the end of the year.
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Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • For a successful visit of IMANI leadership to strengthen the believers in Senegal and to come alongside Senegalese believers in an outreach into Mali. This outreach opened up yet another Muslim city in Mali for making more disciples for Jesus.
    • For God giving us favor with high officials. We look forward to Akiza being released very soon with no difficult “conditions” to restrict him and his ministry.  
    • For the successful completion of Neza’s therapy and for remarkable healing. She is now continuing her ministry for those widowed and orphaned because of the Boko Haram crises.
    • For the successful recording of Ruth’s first nine video recordings for Christian Leaders Institute in a course called “Special Ops: Victorious Christian Living.” Christian Leaders Institute now has students in 170 different countries, all of whom will be able to take this course once it is completed.  
  • Prayer:
    • For Ruth’s upcoming trip to Nigeria. At LEMA Institute in southeastern Nigeria, she plans to speak at graduation on September 29 and then teach courses on missions during the next week before returning north to visit with IMANI leadership and other partners in ministry. Pray for God’s favor and empowerment for ministry for each new day.
    • For God to expedite and provide resources for each step of the registration and construction process for the “permanent site” of the New Hope Training Center. May many more widows and orphans traumatized by Boko Haram violence come to experience the transformative peace of our Lord Jesus through this ministry.
    • For God to help us meet challenges, such as Sitana working with local IMANI leadership to set up a Christian high school in a large northern Muslim city.  Pray for God to expedite all the preparations, to call capable and godly teachers, and to bring students who will grow into the image of Christ and become productive citizens and faithful witnesses for Jesus in Muslim communities.

That many may come out of the dark practices of witchcraft in the Muslim city in Mali into the Way of Jesus, This city is known for its centuries-old magic and sorcery, like Ephesus in the Bible.  In this way may the Word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. (Acts 19:20).

 

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Steve and Dawn Liberti—NAB Conference/Proclaim Ministries (Germany/Global)

  • Praise:
  • For an amazing, productive and fruitful time of ministry in the Roma villages surrounding Budapest Hungary and Novi Sad Serbia.
  • For our NAB partners Ron and Jeannie, Laci, Esther, and Mari-Jana who are dedicated to reaching Roma people who need a consistent Christian witness so as to come to saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • For the opportunity we had to share the Gospel with people in the Hungarian and Serbian cities of Zsámbok, Boldogkőváralja, Gyöngyös, Hatvan, Donji Petrovci, Bačko Gradište, and Novi Sad.
  • For an amazing team of dedicated disciples I had the privilege of leading on this mission in helping our partners build relationships, gain visibility in the communities they serve and break down negative stereotypes about Christianity.
  • Prayer:
  • For our partners in Hungary and Serbia that God would continue to give them strength, endurance, wisdom and favor in the Roma villages they work in week in and week out.
  • That the seeds that were planted during our time of ministry would take root leading to people entering The Kingdom of God.
  • For Roma people who live on the fringes of society, are shunned, looked down upon, and lack a consistent Christian witness.
  • For future plans in this partnership God has orchestrated, that our plans together would be in perfect alignment with His will.
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  • Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)
    • Praise:
    • For the Lord’s anointing on our banquets in the coming months.
    • For our students’ success and for their close walk with the Lord.
    • Prayers: 
    • For our many faithful volunteers and donors.
    • That our Women and Children’s Center was spared in the Carr Fire, and pray for those who suffered so much loss.
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Thamsing and Ring Dilbung—Church Sports International/Sports Resource Center (East India)

  • Praise:
  • That Thamsing was invited as Resource Person at Chang Baptist Church Dimapur for their combined Youth Camp for two days last month. Almost all the 40-plus youths rededicated their life to God.
  • For the success of the three-day Church Sports Leadership Training (CSLT) in July in Sibsagar, Assam. The training was organized mainly for church leaders, but we had 42 youths and only 2 young pastors! So the training was changed into a sports camp in the interest of the youths—and became a turning point for most of them. All the participants are blessed spiritually.
  • That Thamsing got the opportunity to share the vision and importance of Sports Ministry at Calvary Church, Sibsagar. It opened the eyes of many, Thamsing was invited back to speak in their big gathering next month.
  • For the success of the three-day Church Pastors Leadership Training for the Pastors of the Lamkang Baptist Churches Association. 27 pastors attended this training at Pallel Chandel in Manipur, focused on spirituality of the Pastors.
  • Prayer:
  • For the success of the upcoming Sports Camp with Baptist Youth Fellowships at Chumukidima Town.
  • For the success of the upcoming Spiritual Awakening Crusade in Dimapur. 
  • For the success of the upcoming Sports Camp in Imphal, Manipur alongside the Mao Baptist Association. 
  • For safety in travel and proper wisdom and guidance as Thamsing travels to Sikkim for a Sports Ministry workshop and vision planning.