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Praise and Prayer ~ July 22-29

Nigeria 

The training in the UMCN northern conference Gwandum went very well, the turnout was encouraging! Sam, Dauda, Ahamet and Ishaku together trained over 260 people, mostly evangelists and members of the church. They were able to give certificates to 245. During the practicals, on the first day, the participants didn’t want to go out for witnessing, but the second day the team made it compulsory, and divided the participants into 6 groups. 167 converts prayed to receive Christ! The trainees were instructed to give the names of the converts to pastors in the local area who have been trained so they can be followed up! There are a lot of Muslims in this area, so Ahamet was able to talk about how to witness and conduct follow-up with people from a Muslim background. Pray for these new converts!

The number of participants was underestimated, so we ran short of the materials! This week Sam is going to send the materials to those who were not able to take materials with them.The team sat down with the evangelism committee from the training about twelve zones that they can team up and cover. We promised them that if they can do this, we will continue to supply materials! 

This is farming season so this was actually a small number of their pastors! They would like to bring more pastors next time, pray for these plans as they come into place.

No problems with traveling, praise God for the new office car!

There was an attack Thursday about 25 km away from Maiduguri. They killed a captain and a few others, people are scared to go out to their farms. So they have food insecurity if they can’t farm, pray for peace!

Comfort is traveling to EYN headquarters, and will see the director of Evangelism and speak with him about running further trainings. She is leaving tomorrow on a more than 5 hour journey, pray for her safety and for God’s guidance and encouragement for her!

Pray for Peter as he is trusting God to complete his summer course this week Friday, pray that God will continue to lead him and give him grace and strength!

Pray for Sam’s family, when Sam was in Gwandum Friday evening, Sam’s wife’s grandmother died. She is in the village for the burial, and planning to return tomorrow or the day after. Pray for comfort for her and for grace for her family. 

USA 

Rick might be able to travel with his daughter, pray for a good time with her! Continue to pray for healing for Rick’s family. 

Stacey thanks God that his vacation went very well! Travel was all safe, and his family enjoyed each other. Pray for his brother, there is another scan the 2nd of August for his lung, Stacey will be traveling to visit him the 4th. His sister’s husband is suffering from severe diabetes, pray for healing! 

Pray for Dara as she sings in an opera this Sunday, for strength as she travels back and forth to rehearsals and for opportunities to minister to the people around her with the music that she loves.

Pray for David’s trip with his family that this will be refreshing time!

Pray for wisdom and direction for the US team as we continue to work on expanding our support base. 

Ethiopia 

Rich,  Eskendir, Rich, Jacob, and Dandana (the Oromo translator who has done the materials) all arrive safely at the location for the training, praise God! We trust that the Muslim evangelism expert will be coming Wednesday

Pray that everyone is able to come, they are expecting about 100 students! There was some confusion about the dates, so we need to pray that all the students are able to come.

The team has to make the hundred gospel tracts tonight! Pray for them as they finish lastminute preparations. 

It’s cold in Ethiopia! Pray for everyone as they deal with the cold. 

Pray for next week’s training also, we are hoping another 100 students will be there by God’s grace. 

Pray for the thieves who took Rich’s phone, pray for their salvation. 

Pray for continued peace in Ethiopia. 

Cameroon

Florence’s husband is experiencing another decline in his health, please pray for mercy for him and for Florence!

Please also pray for Florence’s team of evangelists and trainees, for wisdom, continued encouragement and grace as they plan together to reach out to those around them. 

Pray for peace for Cameroon!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ July 22-29