Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests: November ~ December 2017
Alan and Jan Scholes—Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) (Global)
- That Alan and Jan have both continued to be healthy. Jan recovered quickly from her back pain, and has been sleeping better. They are continuing to cycle, even as the Colorado weather cools.
- That Alan and the ISP curriculum director, Blair Cook, have read and identified what remains to complete writing and editing on the new “Online Addiction” curriculum.
- For Alan as he delegates and coordinates the remaining work on the “Online Addiction” curriculum. All those working on the project, except Alan and Blair, have other jobs, and are busy with international travel. Please pray all the additional writing will be accomplished, and Alan can pull the completed project together by the end of the year.
- For wisdom for Alan as he considers retiring from full-time ministry with Cru.
Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)
- For the SMC churches (Shalom Mission Cambodia); they are faithfully presenting Christ to their communities! So thankful for the 40+ churches throughout Cambodia.
- For the Relief Ministry taking place in South Asia and the Caribbean through the ACTION worldwide team.
- For Daren as he participates in the opening of a new Bible Training Center & Feeding Center by our ACTION team in Malawi.
- For good quality friends for each of our kids and for us to faithfully encourage them to lean on Christ who is the Friend who is always there.
Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)
- That my only daughter, Hannah just became engaged to be married!
- My wife and I stepped off a plane at Sacramento Airport and I immediately noticed a high-level California statewide elected leader with his security detail waiting for a flight. After a warm greeting he told me, “I still start every day by reading the Bible devotional book you gave me over a year ago!” That made my day.
- I taught a Bible Study inside the Capitol recently while an annual “Free Thought Day” celebration of atheism/agnosticism was happening outside on the Capitol steps. After our study I went outside and visited with those who had booths there, including authors of books against Jesus, and invited many to meet with me over coffee to talk more about Jesus. One young woman working at a booth confided in me that she is actually a Christian and was only there to help her atheist boyfriend who had his booth there. I invited her and her boyfriend to meet for coffee and visit the Capitol Bible Study, and she expressed great interest and said they would love to come sometime. I have already heard from them since and pray they will continue to stay in contact.
- That I was privileged to lead a legislator’s Chief of Staff to salvation. Rejoicing in God’s miraculous power to transform hearts and save souls.
- For me as I continue to teach God’s word in the Capitol and reach out to many.
- That many State Legislators and other leaders, including many who call themselves Christians, are destroying their marriages through adultery. Please pray for me as I reach out to counsel them and others, and hopefully graciously lead them to repentance and salvation or renewal with the Lord and even rescue some marriages.
For God to continue to watch over and guide our two children as they attend college full-time, our daughter at Sacramento State and our son down in Southern California
- My wife Valerie’s older sister Krystal passed away from cancer on November 1. She was 55 years old. We appreciate your prayers for the family as we go through this time, and for me as I officiate the service. We are extremely grateful that God used Krystal’s illness to open her heart to Christ earlier this year.
- For God’s continued guidance as we make extensive repairs to our home due to a water leak.
- For funding for the ministry, as abundant end-of-year contributions are required to sustain the work.
Grace Moses—Sangita Charitable Trust (India)
- To God for staying with us through difficult times as we had huge expenses in building a facility for the women’s ministry that we are engaged with.
- That we will manage to meet the financial needs and the ministry will grow. With the new facility, we are planning to enlarge our vision from 23 young women to 45 in December.
- For our health needs, crucial as we work hard without much rest.
- For safety and wisdom as we travel to the USA in November, for ease of travel and for favor as we meet our mission partners.
- For our two girls, Shiny and Sarah, with whom we are not able to spend much time as we are busy.
- For wisdom and guidance as we look for a life partner for Shiny.
For health for the girls, and wisdom in the board exams for tenth-grader Sarah.
Henry and Grace Banda—YOLEDS (Youth Leadership Development in Sport) (Malawi)
- To God, for being faithful to me, my family, and my ministry.
- That my youngest daughter successfully passed her examinations.
- For October’s successful trip to Zambia for a chaplain conference.
- For our economy to pick up. Because our economy is not doing well, this has made our living very expensive.
- For our fundraising project to raise funds to build the church building to be success.
For the students in the new sports school class that started on October 1, to have committed hearts as they do their studies. They will graduate in 2018
Jay and Karen—New Missions Systems International/The Crossing Missions (Transition)
- That our transition back to the States has gone very well.
- For a refreshing vacation ending with our son’s wedding in Sweden
- That we connected with Karen’s sister, Renée, and other workers reaching Muslims in Ukraine.
- That we are healthy, God has helped travel go smoothly, and we’ve been able to see our family, too. It is good to be back!
- That we have been able to sit down with and give thanks to so many of our supporters in the USA, whether it be at churches, in small groups or over a meal. We have been so blessed to be able to serve Christ via church planting in Indonesia. We hope to broaden that base of operation.
- That our house help, Emily, still in Indonesia, continues to seek after Jesus, affirming her faith in Him! Praise the Lord! May the whole household follow after Jesus.
- We all know that the work continues and is in fact more urgent that ever. Christ is the only hope for the world. We need more and more workers to be equipped and deployed.
- That as Jay and Karen prepare for the next step, Karen has launched a blog to share personal stories about her healing journeys. She would be honored if you followed her blog at embracingthehealingjourney.wordpress.com.
- For wisdom and guidance for both Jay and Karen as we explore a number of options for our future. Pray that we can relocate to the best place for Jay as he seeks ministry for the next decade, and that things also fall into place for Karen.
- For clarity of purpose as we attend a Debriefing Retreat with MTI outside Colorado Springs in early November. Pray that the next steps will be clear to us, as well as us the needed time to reflect on all God has done during our time in Indonesia.
- For our son Caleb as he walks through his permanent visa status in Sweden, and our son Jeremy as he continues to minister world-wide through World Race.
Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)
- For the provision of 1,000 Bibles to be given to our sports ministers, players, and coaches. Indeed, we have seen many transformed through the study of God’s Word in their teams.
- For the successful peace initiative sports event in our church on October 20th, a few days before the elections. We were able to reach out to over 50 adults and 150 kids during this one-day sports event.
- For an amicable solution by the political players to the stalemate that we are facing as a nation. Pray that peace may prevail for us to continue with our normal programs.
- For the success of the end-of-the-year sports outreach camps that we plan to have in Nairobi, Mombasa, and the Northern part of Kenya.
Lincoln Christian Academy (formerly Community Christian School), Lincoln, CA (USA)
- That we have had at least four students accept Jesus as their personal Savior this year so far.
- That our elementary school relocation is complete and we are almost finished organizing items and finalizing routines.
- That we will be able to complete the upgrade to the Fire Alarm System soon.
- For community awareness, especially with our name and location change.
Paul Moses—India Sports Ministry (India)
- That 240 young volleyball, cricket, and soccer players between the ages of 16-25 attended a three-day residential sports camp. Of the 240, around 85% are from non-Christian faiths. During the time of commitment, almost 200 of the players raised their hands, stood up and made a decision to follow Christ as the Lord of their lives. It was an amazing night and I am so thankful to the Lord for his hand on all of us as we served the players.
- For the fruitful Regional conferences in North East India and in East India.
- For the many coaching centers in communities, at schools, and at academies where we are training young players on sport and life. Our trainings are planned for 2-3 times a week at each of the over 25 centers in the city of Chennai.
- For the success of the sports ministry conference in the state of Kerala in early November.
For the success of the West India sports ministry conference, to be held in Goa in November
Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)
- For times of sharing and refreshing with co-workers at Lincoln Hills and two other partnering churches. It has been a privilege to share in person how God is answering our prayers for his Kingdom to spread in Muslim nations. Give thanks for increasing interest in these churches to share the gospel also with Muslim neighbors here in North America.
- That Rusina now has received 3,000 Bibles in English, Hausa, and Arabic. Thank God that Rusina himself has read the whole Bible through five times since July of this year. Thank God for the desire God himself has put in Rusina’s heart to hold seminars to make sure these Bibles get into the hands and lives of Muslims from different social groups in that world-class Gateway City which is also his home.
- That Princess, the widow of the doctor martyred in Sudan, has given birth to a little boy. Thank God for a successful operation to rectify a congenital twisted bowel. Pray for Markus to grow up in the spiritual inheritance of his father in the strength of the Holy Spirit to become a powerful witness for Jesus the Messiah.
- For the Holy Spirit’s guidance and empowerment as Rusina and others plan to introduce the Way of Jesus Christ, hand out Bibles, and arrange for Bible studies among different social groups where Rusina lives. Pray for the hearts of many of the over three million Muslims in this key city to be opened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Pray for resources to become available for key seminars. Pray for the church of Jesus Christ to grow in this city and to spread out from this city to surrounding areas in Nigeria and beyond.
- For Neza’s health. While recovering from her stroke, Neza was attacked by something causing painful paralysis/seizures. Thank God once more for additional expert medical care and miraculous healing. Neza has just started a month of intensive therapy. Keep praying for full restoration of her health and ongoing blessing in her strategic ministry with widows and orphans.
- For wisdom and guidance for Ruth, who has been asked to teach in a course for the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), another organization committed to making high-quality free-of-charge Bible school training available online at the certificate, diploma and degree levels. Keep praying for focus and wisdom for Ruth as she produces online teaching for both LEMA and CLI.
Steve and Dawn Liberti—NAB Conference/Proclaim Ministries (Germany/Global)
- To God for a great missions conference we attended in Struga, Macedonia. Dawn and Steve went to this conference to make new connections with pastors and churches from Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo; to re-kindle old partnerships; and to be encouraged, inspired, and fed from God’s Word.
- For a very encouraging advance ministry planning trip to Budapest, Hungary where we met NAB partners Ron and Jeanne Seck. They focus on ministry to Roma people (often called Gypsies) through a ministry called Community Health Evangelism. This is a holistic approach to ministry trying to serve this often-isolated population of people in many ways, including exposing them to the truth of The Gospel.
- For Dawn’s return home from an unplanned trip to America where she was helping her mother Marilyn help another family member who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They needed to get her affairs in order quickly as she has moved to a facility for 24-hour care.
- For new connections here in Germany! We recently attended a meeting in Lörrach, Germany with a group of pastors from the Evangelical Alliance. New connections were made and we had several pastors were very interested in partnering together to bring the Gospel to the marketplace in their communities!
- For Steve’s mother Mary who has been navigating through some serious health challenges as of late. Please pray for her physical health but most importantly her salvation, as she remains a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
- For our ministry partners in Albania. Pastor Will has been struggling with asthma and been trying to get his condition under control. Please also pray for our plans for partnering with Pastor Will in the coming spring as we help him reach his community in Fier and make disciples!
- For our upcoming Proclaim Annual Conference happening this year in Budapest, Hungary November 13-21. We will gather as a mission for times of teaching, prayer, worship, meetings… lots of meetings and time to re-connect with one another as our areas of ministry focus are all over the world. Please also pray for our girls Bianca and Sofia as they stay here in Germany for school. We will leave them to mange themselves with some supervision.
- For Dawn and Steve as they go to Israel for a “study tour.” This trip is operated in part through Moody Bible Institute and will be part of an on-going enrichment program for Steve and Dawn in growing in their walk of faith and to be more effective in the mission field through communication of God’s Word.
- For several Christmas outreach events here in Germany including a time with refugees where we will serve food, give gifts, and share the priceless truth of the Gospel with people who need to know our Lord Christ Jesus.
Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)
- For our successful Fall Banquet Season and for the Lord’s anointing on each event.
- For the work the Lord is doing in our students’ lives.
- For our graduates and for the Graduation Service on November 18th at 6pm at Faith Assembly in Redding.
- For our Leadership Transition and for the Lord’s blessing upon SVTC in 2018.
Thamsing and Ring Dilbung—Church Sports International/Sports Resource Center (East India)
- For the success of the Regional Sports Conference, which was held in Guwahati. We had leaders from seven different states attend the three-day event. It was also a time for a strategic meeting for the long run, passing leadership, and responsibility to younger leaders—I’ve been in charge for a long time, and it’s time for new leaders.
- For the friendship gained as we watched the Under-17 FIFA World Cup at Bordoloi Stadium, played between France and Honduras. Many of the leaders enjoyed seeing the large stadium.
- For the success of a three-day Children’s Festival at Lamkang Church in Dimapur. It was a time full of cultural displays and exhibitions. We taught Bible stories, experiential games, and morality moral stories. It was a grand success!
- For the successful hosting of a ten-day sports ministry leadership training and Coaching for Life conference at Kingdom Sports Academy. Praise God that many leaders were blessed and impacted.
- For the successful distribution of our recently launched book called Game of Life. It was distributed to different locations to the youths and athletes. Reviews have been very positive—everyone seems to love reading it!
- That we are able to continue with the sports ministry vision casting programs to a new location, by travelling to new towns and cities to achieve our goals. We need more partners to do His ministry, so pleases pray that God’s will be accomplished in Northeast India.
- For the timely release of the NT Sports Bible in 2018, as youths rely on it for a basic spiritual resource.
- For the success of the upcoming three-day parent seminars on the topic “Re-Envisioning Christian Homes” in mid-November.
- For the success of the upcoming Church Leadership Training on servanthood in Imphal, Manipur.
- For God’s special anointing, as I was invited to be the main speaker for the Lamkang Naga Baptist Association, Triennial program.
- For the progress of sports ministry in every town and city in the region by 2020.