Mission Praises/Prayer

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests: January/February 2021

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Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

    • Praise:
      • That Kamryn received a visa which will allow her to be with us over the next month during her semester break from The Master’s University!
      • For the partnership with Phnom Penh Bible School; blessed to see our teammates Tyler and Ryan begin investing in the next generation of leaders.
    • Prayer:
      • Pray for Cambodia as the country is returning to partial lockdown (no schools and/or social gatherings, and travel restrictions).  
      • Pray that God would raise up workers and resources to work among the Cham (an unreached Muslim people group) here in Cambodia.
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  • Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)
    • Praise:
      • For God’s goodness to us throughout 2020, even with all the difficulties.
      • That God is our loving and just and gracious King over all.
    • Prayer:
      • For God to guide me as I make plans for outreach and discipleship in the new year and legislative session.
      • For our health: my wife Valerie, our two adult children, and I have all been dealing with various health challenges lately.
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Henry and Grace Banda—YOLEDS (Youth Leadership Development in Sport) (Malawi)

  • Praise:
    • For God’s faithfulness during this past year.
    • To God for being in control of everything despite the wave of COVID-19.
  • Prayer:
    • For our country’s economy recovery. Recently, we have had a setback as fuel prices have increased, making the prices rise for food and other necessities.
    • To be open to new opportunities to share the Gospel through sports ministry in the new year.
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Jay and Karen—Dynamic Church Planting International (Worldwide)

 

    • Praise:
      • That Karen will begin working full-time with DCPI in January. We’re so thankful for our increased partnership team that is making this happen! 
      • That even in the midst of the pandemic this year, DCPI has opened 12 new countries with training: Bulgaria, Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dutch Caribbean, French Guiana, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, Kuwait, Tunisia, and Turkey. In addition, we are nearing the opening of 12 more countries with one more leader in each needing to be trained.
    • Prayer:
      • For Karen as she adjusts to new responsibilities in the Advancement and Communications department at DCPI. 
      • For the Lord’s guidance as we seek to catalyze and train the global church to help fulfill the Great Commission.
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Kennedy Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

      • Praise:
        • That God has kept us safe during the pandemic.
        • That God has granted the opportunity to creatively do outreach through giving out Gospel tracts and connecting with many coaches.
        • For our LHCC family for the support given to us. No words can adequately express our gratitude.
        • For the extra support that enabled Coach Moses’s team to get new uniforms. He has an outreach sports ministry program that supports more than 200 boys and girls.
      • Prayer
        • For wisdom and guidance as we reach out to over 2,000 young people and coaches in the next six months through training and giving out of tracts and Bibles. Pray that the Lord’s hand will be in all these.
        • For the Lord to guide me as I join Regent University for an online Ph.D. in Organisational Leadership.
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  • Lincoln Christian Academy (formerly Community Christian School), Lincoln, CA (USA)
    • Praise:
      • That the children were able to perform their Christmas Program for our school families, spreading the joy and hope of Christmas through the telling of the Christmas story and carols.
      • That God has faithfully protected the health of our families and staff and continues to bring more families to our school, giving us the amazing opportunity to plant seeds of faith.
    • Prayer:
      • Hudson, our second-grader who had eye cancer, is now in heaven. Though we are glad he is no longer suffering, we miss him. Please pray for his family – Juli (mom), Justin (dad), and Hunter (brother).
      • For our school leaders as we plan for the next school year, 5 and 10-year plans, and that God will bring community members to join our school leadership team. 
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    • Michael and Irina—Slavic Gospel Association (Eastern Europe)  
      • Praise:
        • That we received Certification on our second aircraft. Both planes are now ready for ministry.
        • That we were completed winterizing our house as the temperatures drop below -20°F.
      • Prayer:
        • For the success of the Christmas and Epiphany programs at different villages during the first half of January.
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  • Paul and Grace MosesIndia Sports Ministry/Sangita Charitable Trust (India)
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          • Praise:
            • That we have had no Covid infections of any of the widows or widowers in the Sangita program.
            • For God’s provision to feed the widows and widowers and provide for their needs, even with the challenges of the pandemic.
            • For friends in churches like LHCC who have been so helpful to us in this unprecedented time.
            • For the blessing of baby Asher, born to our daughter Shiny in December.
          • Prayer:
            • For health and strength for us to serve more diligently and faithfully.
            • That we can add more souls to God’s Kingdom in the new year.
            • For the success of the coming widows’ programs where we will minister and distribute food to almost a thousand people.
            • For the success of the children in the Sangita Online School during the pandemic.

           

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Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

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  • Praise:
    • For making it possible for five ex-kidnappers to learn car welding and repair. Thank God for local IMANI church leaders who are training them in the Way of Jesus.
    • For two topnotch Muslim scholars who have both decided to follow Jesus. Give thanks that they have now teamed up to train some 60 more influential Muslims in homes in a Muslim city of over four million people.
  • Prayer:
    • For resources, especially Bibles and Christian literature, for training the many Muslims now interested in the Way of Jesus because of the conversion of some of their top leaders.
    • For the newly established Salvation Ministry whose leaders feel called to address the booming kidnapping business in Nigeria—engaging with the kidnappers themselves, those who have been kidnapped, and those being lured into kidnapping as a way to make money. May God reveal his expertise in forgiving and transforming those broken by sin.  
    • For creativity and wisdom for Ruth as she prepares online courses for African church leaders.
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Steve and Dawn Liberti—NAB Conference/Proclaim Ministries (Germany/Global)

      • Praise:
        • That our daughter Bianca to come back to Germany with us so we were able to spend time as a family at Christmas. 
        • For our recent time in Orlando at our annual conference with Proclaim International. It was a time of refreshment, spiritual renewal and an opportunity to see some of our colleagues we only see once a year.
      • Prayer:
        • For Steve’s trip to Albania in January.
        • For our impending reassignment from Germany to Florida. We may be moving back to the States, but our commitment to sharing the Gospel remains strong. 
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  • Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)
        • Praise:
          • For every student who has been transformed by His grace and mercy.
          • For every donor, prayer partner and volunteer.
        • Prayers:
          • For continued protection for our staff and students from Covid-19.
          • For new and creative fundraising ideas to fund the ministry.
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Thamsing and Ring Dilbung—Church Sports International/Sports Resource Center (East India)

    • Praise:
      • That the pandemic is slowly disappearing in our state of Nagaland and Manipur. We no longer have deaths every day. God is in control, and we now are able to meet in groups (although with many restrictions).
      • For the success of our Vacation Bible School in November, our first major program since the pandemic hit. With limited attendance and strict rules about interaction, we had many challenges, but it was a good, fruitful program.
      • For the success of another pandemic-constrained event, a youth worship service. The service went so well that we will continue monthly meetings. Praise God that He opened that opportunity to lead the youths.
      • That we had a very blessed Christmas even though we could not see our extended family because of Covid-19.
      • That we were able to use the money we planned to spend on travel to the struggling refugees from Myanmar living in Dimapur. They were so grateful for our donations. We prayed with them and make friends with them for Christ. Amen!
    • Prayer:
      • For the success of the upcoming Sports Ministry Leadership Meeting at Kingdom Sports Academy. Pray that all can attend.
      • For the success of the upcoming three-day Family Workshop in Dimapur.
      • For the success of the two-day Pastoral Leadership Training on Servanthood in Dimapur.
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