Mission Praises/Prayer

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests: November ~ January 2018

 

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Alan and Jan Scholes—Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) (Global)
 Praise:

    • For the faithful financial and prayer support of Lincoln Hills, and several other churches, for so many years. Alan’s ministry around the world would not have been possible without their crucial partnership.
    • For the gift of ten more years to serve the Lord following Alan’s diagnosis with stage-four kidney cancer in the summer of 2007.
    • For a loving daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren with whom Alan and Jan have been living the past five years, and will continue to be with in his retirement.
  • Prayer:
    • For wisdom and dedication of the teachers around the world, and in the U.S., who are taking over the ministries Alan has been doing, many of whom Alan personally discipled.
    • For stable health. Alan has experienced increasing signs of aging in the past few years, both physically and mentally. This is a major reason for the decision to retire now.

 

 

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Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
    • For the SMC churches (Shalom Mission Cambodia); they are faithfully presenting Christ to their communities this Christmas season!  So thankful for the 40+churches throughout Cambodia.
    • For the privilege Daren had to participate in the opening of Mudzi Owala (Bible Training Center) with our ACTION team in Malawi. It was a special blessing to have Kamryn with him on this trip.
  • Prayer:
    • For the ongoing Relief Ministry taking place in South Asia and the Caribbean through the ACTION worldwide team.
    • For Tyler and Katie Van Halteren. They are prayerfully considering joining Action Cambodia long term.  Tyler is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and they currently serve at a local church in Ontario, Canada there.

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  • Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)
  • Praise:
    • That the current sexual harassment scandal in our California State Capitol has opened the door for me to have increased opportunities to provide pastoral counseling for male legislators.
    • That repairs are finally underway to fix extensive damage to our home from a water leak that happened last spring.
  • Prayers:
    • For God to open many doors for ministry in the California State Capitol as the legislative session resumes on January 3, especially with state legislators.
    • For God to provide an excellent meeting room inside the Capitol for the weekly Staff & Lobbyists Bible Study I teach. This is the first time in over nine years in the Capitol that I’ve been told that our usual meeting rooms are not available. Fortunately we continue to have a room provided for our weekly Legislator’s Bible Study.
    • 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 
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  • Grace Moses—Sangita Charitable Trust (India)
    Praise
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    • For LHCC’s Widows to Widows program, which is a blessing.
  • Prayer:
    • For health and strength to serve Him tirelessly.
    • For our daughter Shiny, that God will lead us to the right person as we look ahead for her marriage. 
    • For our daughter Sarah, as she prepares for her board exams and to grow in Him 
    • For Sangita’s Widows Ministry, especially the expansion from 300 widows to 450 widows from 4 more communities.
    • For the Salvation of our children at Sangita.

 

 

 

 

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

  • Praise:
    • To God for His faithfulness, to me, my family, church and the sports ministry.
    • To God for the success of all our ministry major programs (such as the sports seminars, the sports school we run, and more).
    • To God for the committed church sports leaders, we train, and their commitment to establish sports ministry programs in their local churches.
  • Prayers:
    • For the success of all our sports ministry programs.
    • For God’s provision of resources and funds as we prepare to launch our sports school this year (the sports school was a pilot project for four years). All the major documents have been completed.For God’s divine protection, healing and blessings for all our church partners, including LHCC, for this coming year.

 

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Jay and Karen—New Missions Systems International/The Crossing Missions (Transition)

  • Praise:
    • For the SMC churches (Shalom Mission Cambodia); they are faithfully presenting Christ to their communities this Christmas season!  So thankful for the 40+churches throughout Cambodia.
    • For the privilege Daren had to participate in the opening of Mudzi Owala (Bible Training Center) with our ACTION team in Malawi. It was a special blessing to have Kamryn with him on this trip.
  • Prayer:
    • For the ongoing Relief Ministry taking place in South Asia and the Caribbean through the ACTION worldwide team.
    • For Tyler and Katie Van Halteren. They are prayerfully considering joining Action Cambodia long term.  Tyler is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and they currently serve at a local church in Ontario, Canada there.

 

 

 

 

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Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

  • Praise:
    • For God’s protection, seeing us through a difficult political period here in Kenya after the
      elections
    • For the successful completion of kids’ camp where we were able to reach out to over 300 children.
  • Prayers
    • For that the seed planted in the hearts of young people during the 2017 sports ministry events will germinate and bear more fruits in God’s kingdom
    • For the success of our 2018 plans, reaching out to the lost in our community, country and continent of Africa—and beyond.

 

 

 

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  • Lincoln Christian Academy (formerly Community Christian School), Lincoln, CA (USA)
    Praise
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    • That we are finished moving! We are so thankful to be settled in our new location and for all the help we received to get here!
    • That w have a person interested in leasing our preschool with the option to buy in a year. We are looking at moving the preschool over in June, which will decrease our costs and increase the connection between all our families.
  • Prayers: 
    • For funds to upgrade our fire alarm system. In order to move our preschool over and lease the building out, we need the fire alarm system at our new site upgraded to current fire code. We need 300 people to attend the crab feed fundraiser on January 12 to fund the upgrade.
    • For wisdom for our leadership and provision for our families so we can be good stewards. We will be conducting the six-month review of our lease (especially utility use) in January.

  • Michael and Irina Tsvirinko—Slavic Gospel Association (Russia)Praise:
    • For the many accomplishments we had last year in preparation for ministry in Russia. Michael prepared for and completed the Ordination process, and received excellent flight experience at his current job.
    • That Irina completed a training course on teaching English to speakers of other languages. This provides her with the necessary training and documentation to teach in public settings such as schools, children’s camps, and orphanages.
    • That Kostya, our ministry partner in Russia, is getting married in June. 
  • Prayer:
    • To finalize the many details that need to come together as we prepare to leave for Russia in the next couple of months.
    • That we are able to sell or successfully distribute all of our belongings.
    • To find a suitable place for us to rent once in Russia.
    • For the provision of documents for permanent stay in Russia.

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  •  Paul MosesIndia Sports Ministry (India)
  • Praise:
    • For God’s faithfulness over the past year in both the Sangita and Christian Sports Fellowship meetings.
  • Prayer:
    • For the 450 widows who were part of our Christmas celebration. We gave all of them a saree (a bed sheet), food provisions, and had lunch with them. The Christmas story and a clear message were given to them. 
    • For the Christian Sports Fellowship Christmas carol service, where 100 young players from all faiths were present for the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • That Neza has fully recovered and returned to “New Hope,” the center for the care of widows and orphans that God called her to found. Thank God that during the last months while she was in the hospital, local people brought to the center three more wandering children traumatized and orphaned by Boko Haram killings. Instead of complaining that she had too many orphans to care for already (23), Neza rejoiced that three more children were “lost and found.”  Thank God for blessing this work and pray for resources for expansion. 
    • For reports that Akiza, the converted terrorist leader, though still in detention, has been improving in physical and mental health. Give thanks for the 300 of his followers in his “home” city who are praying for him to be set free. These 300 are themselves growing in the knowledge of the Way of Jesus through regular meeting for Bible study and prayer.
    • For the IMANI church in Senegal. Last year after false accusations of being drug traffickers, 63 of the believers endured imprisonment and severe torture. Two died. But after two weeks they were released. They are still under surveillance, but much freer than last year. They have grown to 213 household heads. Thank God for the one IMANI missionary from Nigeria who is still there to encourage and teach them. 
  • Prayer:
    • For comfort and blessing. Early in November, we rejoiced that Princess, the widow of the doctor martyred in Sudan, had given birth to a little boy. But on November 10, little Markus died of complications of typhoid. Pray for ongoing comfort for Princess in the loss of both her husband and baby Markus. Princess is now back at “New Hope” with her two other young children. She continues her specialized embroidery sewing to support her own family and the other orphans. Pray for God to bless her ministry in the “New Hope” center.
    • For the Holy Spirit’s continued 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 3.5 million Muslims in this key city to be opened to the Way, the Truth and the Life. Continue to 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 focus and wisdom. Ruth has started preparing a course on “Special Ops: Victorious Life in Christ” for the Christian Leaders Institute, that organization committed to making high-quality free-of-charge Bible school training available online at the certificate, diploma and degree levels
    • For resources for training and continued success. Sitana inherited an Islamic school with students aged 4 to 14 from different African countries, including Arab children from North Africa.  That school has now become a Christian training center. Pray for the resources to expand this training to high school level. 

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

  • Praise:
    • For the opportunity to travel to Israel for a Study Tour. Dawn and Steve will travel to Israel Jan 1-8 and experience The Holy Land where Jesus walked along with many heroes of our faith. We are grateful for this opportunity and the studies provided by Moody Bible Institute.
    • For the opportunity to have a few days away as a family. We drove about 6 hours to Brussels, Belgium and stayed in missionary housing provided by Operation Mobilization. We enjoyed the city and the time to come together for refreshment.
    • For the opportunity to engage with many refugees here in our area. Our team regularly goes to refugee centers to spend time with families and look for ways to engage in spiritual conversations.
    • For many opportunities to share The Jesus Story with people here in Germany. 
    • For God’s love, grace and provision of loving, dedicated, and faithful supporters in 2018 that makes the work God has us doing possible!
  • Prayer:
    • For ministry that is developing for next year including evangelistic outreach campaigns in Albania, Hungary and Kosovo! There are a great many details and logistical things that need to come together… but we know God is fully in control!
    • For Steve’s mother Mary and Dawn’s mother Marilyn as they continue to experience chronic heath challenges.
    • For Steve’s travel schedule that will become more busy as we enter into 2018. Pray for Dawn and the girls as he is away more and more particularly in the first half of 2018.
    • For Bianca and Sofia as they stay behind in Germany while Steve and Dawn are on a study tour in Israel January 1-8. We have many friends and colleagues who will be looking in on them in our absence. 
    • For an outreach here in Germany planned for next month. May God draw people to Himself through this event and the partnership with a local German church.
    • For Steve as he has been asked to play a large role in a Worship CD project through our local German Church, G5 Church. The project gets started early next year.

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  • Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)
  • Praise:
    • For those who gave in November and December to support and sponsor or students. 
    • For God’s grace to help our students through the Christmas season. 
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s provision for Teen Challenge in the coming year and always for our students and their families. 
    • For the preparation and success of our Bowling Tournaments in the spring.

 


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Thamsing and Ring Dilbung—Church Sports International/Sports Resource Center (East India)

  • Praise:
    • For the encouragement and positive responses after last month’s conference in Gwahati. The participants went back and started a sports ministry, and I was invited to speak at their gathering of about 60 church leaders in Golaghat.
    • For dozens of interested readers of the booklet called “The Game of Life,” that was printed, published, and distributed to all the people and youths participating in our sports program. The goal is that after reading, they should respond to our state leaders for follow up.
    • That the Sports Ministry leaders in the region are constantly meeting to assist new leaders who are starting programs in new locations. We are well on our way to fulfilling the 2020 plans of reaching all districts in Northeast India.
    • For the success of our two-month discipleship training at the Harvesting Campsite in Dimapur, in partnership with Harvesting Souls ministry. About 47 leaders attended the intense Bible Course. Teaching and introduction of Sports ministry was taken, and it was eye-opening for all the trainees.
    • For our Sports Resource Centre volleyball team members who participated at the Kohima Open Volleyball Championship for the first time—and won the championship! The team follows the model of sports ministry: “Pray, Play, Stay, Say” from Colossians 4:2-6. Praise the Lord!
  • Prayer:
    • That we will reach our Vision 2020 targets in all districts. Many of our leaders have reached out that they consistently need prayer support.
    • For God’s anointing on Thamsing, as the family has been invited to speak in Manipur.
    • For wisdom, guidance, and success of the upcoming three-day Church Leadership training in Manipur. We need prayer support!