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Praise and Prayer ~ July 1-8

Nigeria

Monday there was another attack by the Boko Haram in the north! Also there was a demonstration in the refugee camp outside Maiduguri, they have not received their regularly scheduled aid in 3 or 4 months. Prayer that people would not misappropriate funds meant for the vulnerable, and that God would provide for them! 

Prayer for encouragement for the Christians in Nigeria, for our co-worker Comfort and her friends,or God to help them to stand in these end times. Some people are losing hope, and it is a difficult situation to be in! One girl, Hannatu, was almost forcibly married to a Muslim this past week, but the church was able to intervene. Pray for her that she will grow stronger in the Lord, and will be safe and provided for. 

Pray for Comfort’s continued ministry to widows!

Jos is peaceful and blessed with rains, praise God. 

Peter is very busy with school and has many upcoming assignments. Pray for wisdom and strength! His class is on contextualization and global missions. 

Samuel, Ishaku, Yusuf, and Dauda will be running training for UMCN close to Gombe in a couple of weeks! We haven’t been able to communicate with the area lately so pray that Sam will be able to get through. This group was inspired by our training of pastors in Jalingo, and wants us to train 150 of their pastors and church leaders so that all of their local area churches will catch the vision for evangelism and follow-up. 

Peter and Rich visited the area eight years ago, there is a local wonder which they are very proud of. There is a series of what appear to be running footprints in a rock formation up on a mountain nearby. Rich and Peter hiked up in between the training sessions and the locals were very gratified by the interest that they showed! Local legend is that even if you chisel the footprints away, they return. They call them “magical footprints”.

Thank God for the impact of the IDENT and IFIX training! The discipleship center leader called to tell that a woman came to receive Christ after having her teeth removed by one of the trainees! 

Pray for the MBBs up north, some of them are unwilling to stay in their home area, and some just want to move around receiving support from the church, and may or may not be genuine in their conversion. Help them not to see this as a means of getting money but to take up the cross of discipleship! 

Cameroon

Florence and our Cameroonian trainees are running a retreat for about 8 leadership, and next week planning to have another training for more people! Pray for continued encouragement and grace for all of them in Jesus’ Name. They have been praying and fasting and asking God for mercy for their country and for guidance for them all in ministry.

Mbingo is peaceful, but Belo is not, continue to pray for peace and stabilization! 

Ethiopia

The country appears stable now after the coup, praise God, but pray for continued peace as the government works to continue to apprehend those involved. 

Pray for the final preparations for our training of 200 students!

We continue to praise God for the official Ethiopia office we now have with the hiring of Eskinder as our National Director! 

USA 

David is up in Washington doing support raising for his family! He spoke at one church Sunday morning, and has had fruitful meetings with supporters, pray for his increased support as he is facing an increased need.  Everyone at the church has been praying by name for the FFICM team members overseas, praise God for their faithfulness in prayer!

Praise God we have a new volunteer! Doug Hoy will be working with our staff to see how he can best help. 

Praise God for all the help Stacey has been able to give with audio/visual. 

Continue to pray for Dara and Susanna as they support a friend in her marriage. 

Pray for the organization as we are facing a potential huge financial hurdle! Pray for wisdom for Dad and David as they develop a strategic plan and Dara as she works to communicate this complicated scenario. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ July 1-8