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Praise and Prayer ~ August 12-19

Praise and Prayer

Nigeria

The Nigeria team is in the thick of preparing for the three conferences! Please pray for them for wisdom as they are trying to anticipate how many people will be in attendance; Peter is waiting to receive final names and numbers.

With regard to the Hausa Background Believer Conference, we will possibly have 1,200 people in attendance, more than we anticipated, pray for God’s provision!

Pray that Peter’s visa goes through—Bitrus Dasar was just denied a visa to enter the US.

There was an attack along the road on Friday close to Maiduguri, pray for continued protection!

Pray for Comfort as she starts tries to arrange trainings, she hasn’t had quick responses!

Pray for endurance and encouragement for the Christians in Maiduguri, still facing persecution and trauma.

Pray for Christians in Katsina—they shared with our staff stories about how they are being denied jobs, or kept in low level positions, because Christians are looked down on. In the community where they are living, they have to take care of themselves, they have their own primary school, roads, hospital, the local government does nothing for them, doesn’t permit them to partake in normal community life. 

Continue to pray that God will lead us to partner with people that will help them in terms of community rural development so they can continue to help and empower themselves!

Pray for the office in Jos, by next week Peter and the team will begin fundraising in Nigeria! One of the board members, General Bako, has already given a generous donation! 

Thank God for the peace that they are enjoying in Jos! 

Sam thanks God for His care and protection of their lives. 

Everyone was worried about the Salah celebration but there was no attack. We pray that the peace will continue! 

Continue to pray for the big conference, they are still thinking of changing the venue because the hostel are in really bad shape, but the other option doesn’t have good space for the small groups. Pray that God gives the committee wisdom. 

Cameroon

Linda just conducted a training at Baicham, walking 2-3 hours from Mbingo! Pray for her and the rest of the team in Mbingo as they do what they can to minister locally. Pray that God would repay them for their diligence in ministering!

Please continue to pray for Florence’s husband as he is still sick!

Please also pray, they have been cut off from internet and electricity periodically, pray that their utilities are restored.

Ethiopia

9 of the Ethiopian students were imprisoned, and some were severely beaten and require medical attention! The church had to pay for their release. Pray for them for their encouragement and healing. The attack in Injibara prior to their imprisonment was particularly violent, the Coptic priests led a mob of nearly 3,000, who verbally abused them and physically attacked them, seriously injuring one young woman’s back. Some of them are still in need of medical attention.

Praise God that we are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with the demonization as they have been impressed with our work and are completely supportive of our partnership with them! 

USA

Pray for fundraising efforts! We have applied for a $10,000 matching grant from MIF at their encouragement. Pray that this goes through! After this we will have to raise the money in the months that remain in the year.

Pray for us as we start to branch out to find more partners! 

Rich and David met with the Palau team to coordinate security for the women from their family who will be traveling to our conference to speak, pray for Gloria and Wendy to both be and feel safe as they minister!

Pray for us as we continue to coordinate on our end all the logistics for the conference! Pray for a quick and smooth process for approval for the visas that are needed! 

Pray for Dara who has developed a bee allergy, that she can figure out how to be safe. 

In Ethiopia there was a missionary to northern India in an unreached area, who is interested in working with us! Pray that God opens the doors financially and individually as this would be really great place to reach. 

Pray for our training at Cedar Mill! We have two more weeks that Dara, Susanna and Rick will be leading. 

David led a middle school retreat at his church, and thank you for praying! David had ten eighth grade boys in his group, two of which weren’t believers, and praises God for the openness to spiritual growth that he saw. 

David’s son was rough-housing with another kid at the retreat, and they collided and one kid ended up with a broken clavicle. The other family is very upset at the church and at David’s family so they’re trying to mediate conversations, so wisdom for David’s family and the church to know how to deal with the situation. 

Pray for Rick’s financial needs and scheduling complications as to when he can go to Nigeria, and also for his friend Scott, who he is hoping will commit his life to Christ!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ August 12-19