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Praise and Prayer ~ June 17-24

a ferry dumped a car in to the river immediately prior to our team crossing!

Nigeria

Praise the Lord we got a new small car for the Nigeria team (Peter laughed for several minutes when we ask if the AC worked, he said the mechanic told him he forgot to fix it) but the seatbelts do! Pray we need to get seatbelts for the van! 

The larger meeting with the nine organizations and our Nigeria team went pretty well, they weren’t as prepared as we had hoped, but we now know the venue for the large conference, the MBB conference, but not the Hausa background believer conference yet (which will be somewhere in Katsina). They didn’t have the budget ready, so pray that they will be able to come up with the budget. They’re having a second meeting tomorrow to try to hash out the finances together, pray for wisdom and good collaboration! 

We are figuring out the lodgings for most of the speakers for the fall conferences, pray for the success of the final plans. 

Rich is leaving day after tomorrow, pray for safety in travel to Abuja, and the flight. 

Peter is writing an exam on Friday! Pray for wisdom and easy memory! Peter’s water tank is not working, so they are collecting rain water for use in their house. Peter’s wife is supposed to go and see the doctor again for her checkup this week, pray for good news from her tests! Pray for his daughter, Greta, who is still trying to get into university and is very discouraged and frustrated. 

Praise God for the safety of the trip prior to this, God protected the team in a number of ways as some very serious dangers presented themselves. 

the journey north

Jos is safe! There has been no crisis in the city or in the villages. Praise God! 

DCC chairman and UMCN meeting—pray for better memory and implementation of the strategy. They want to have their own conference in Jalingo, so we are going to pray about this. They said they could bring enough people who would be interested in evangelizing and following up with Muslims in the local area who don’t feel confident. 

Everyone agreed again that there isn’t a way that we can send 500 converts to discipleship schools, and this is what we are praying for and what we want for Muslim

Rich and the sheik are continuing to work hard on the Muslim background believer materials, and have gotten to test some of the materials in the field with positive results. Pray for their continued collaboration. They hope to finish writing three follow up segments!

Pray for continued set up of the ministry that Wendy and Gloria Palau are hoping to do among the internally displaced widows and children while they are in Jos for the conference. 

One of the ITEC dental trainees has already started removing teeth. He is looking for a place to rent space where he can continue working. 

The house where we all stayed during the training and the primary school was all pulled down by a wind storm. A tree was ripped out of the ground. Pray for the head of the discipleship center, as she is facing serious challenges and discouragement. 

In Maradi where we hope to have a training, the Muslims burned an AOG church and some vehicles. 

Pray that the Lord will put an end to all the attacks on our team and Nigeria. 

Ethiopia

Pray for the continued work of set-up of the training of the university students in July! At least 200 students are coming. 

Half of the students are going to Muslim areas so they need to be trained to share the gospel in Muslim areas, we’re bringing in the head of the department for Muslim evangelism for Kale Heywet church to come work with us training the students. He’s taking care of all of his expenses. 

Cameroon 

Pray for their short retreat they are having for FFICM trainees end of June!

USA

We are hoping more of our US team will become proficient in “high” Hausa, which is highly respected in the north. 

Dara is sick with an infection and is leaving for a vacation, pray she recovers quickly!

Pray for the arrangements, we have found an open door for being able to process visas for people going over in September! We are grateful for this, but continue to need prayer for all the set-up issues. 

David is preaching Sunday, prayer for wisdom. 

Roy’s memorial service is on Saturday, prayer for the family. 

Pray for Rick’s classes at Multnomah and fundraising efforts!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ June 17-24