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Praise and Prayer ~ September 2-9

Prayer and Praise ~ September 2nd-9th

Nigeria

Peter’s visa interview is Friday! Pray for mercy for him from person interviewing him! The US government hasn’t been accepting people easily.

Pray for Ruth’s family, today is the year anniversary of his death in a Muslim attack. He was a strong Christian and is with the Lord but this is obviously very difficult for her family. 

Thank God for last week’s program at the IDP camp, it was a success by the team’s testimony. Some of them have already started using the training. This evening, one of the leaders came to the office to take materials that he will be using.

Pray for continued preparations for the conferences. Especially the one in partnership with NLFA which is the largest, and is coming up next week!

Pray for couples meeting! Rich and the Nigeria team leadership is going to speak with the spouses of our trainers to explain more about the ministry.

The Nigeria office is going to meet with the 7 prospective trustees (during the week of the conference probably Thursday the 12th of September)

Pray for the trainer’s training!

Sam started teaching the baptism class in his church using the follow-up materials, please pray for these new believers! He is also training another class of ten people. 

Ethiopia

In a shocking development, Eskendir updated us that an underground Coptic priest told him that he had heard of our organization, and asked him if he would help train him and some of his people in evangelism and follow-up! If you all will remember, the Coptic priests were the ones that stirred up the crowd of thousands to beat up our university student trainees this past month! 

Cameroon

Please continue to pray for the country, it is again unstable, there was a Wycliffe translator killed recently. 

Please pray for Florence as she is still caring for her husband! Please pray for a restoration of his health in Jesus’ Name, and provision for their needs. 

Please also continue to pray for Dorcas and the new believers that she is following up with!

Please also pray for the people that Linda trained this past month, that they would be faithful to their callings and God would provide for them.

USA

Praise God for the prayer meeting we had with the Palaus and our USA team and supporters yesterday! We prayed for the team that is going and it was a really encouraging time. 

Pray for the US team that will be traveling! Rich is traveling on Tuesday, and the rest of the team is traveling Thursday, pray for their safe travel and for all their preparations. 

Praise God for our new volunteer who has been extremely helpful! We had two more people contact us and indicate they are willing to volunteer. Praise God for his provision, we look forward to seeing how he is going to continue to provide. 

David’s kids start school tomorrow, for two of them, it is their first day at a new school, pray for them as they adjust! Pray for Denise as well as David leaves. 

David’s car was having difficulties, and a friend this last week told them that they are going to give them their van! Praise God for his provision. 

Pray for Wendy’s outreach on Sunday to the 600 women from the IDP camp.

Pray for Rick, he has a lot of things up in the air as far as future planning, pray for wisdom! 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ September 2-9
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Psalm 84 ~ Happy

Trusting God isn’t easy. It is a phrase I write with fear and trembling. I’ve seen firsthand what trusting God looks like. When people sing songs about trusting God in church…when the music is all major chords, and people all around declaring confidently that they’ll trust God with everything, there is a part of me that shudders and wonders if they’ve really thought what “everything” means. I’ve seen people lose loved ones, take punishing losses in their bodies, suffer abuse, suffer mental illness, suffer any number of things, and so have you…and we have suffered ourselves.

How can the psalmist so confidently write, “happy is everyone who trusts in you” (the very ending line of the psalm) when trusting God can be the very thing that leads you into danger in the first place? Many of our own trainees and trainers, brothers and sisters, have suffered terribly because they declare their faith in God.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God[…]Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.”

The Hebrew word for happiness is much deeper than our own. It is a lasting happiness. The psalmist is happy because he/she is with God! God’s presence is what we all long for as Christians, from the depths of our souls where the Holy Spirit dwells within us.

“Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength”

Here we have a promise, that though we walk through a valley of weeping, if our strength is in God, our very places of wounding will become a place of refreshment, of springs of water.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.”

No good thing? What about that healing? That safety? That peace? So many times in our lives whether because of the assault of the evil one or people filled with hatred, terrible things have happened.

I do not fully understand this, and nor do I believe that I ever will in this life. But I do know that this is a psalm written in view of God’s presence, in comparison with the importance of which, everything else fades.

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.”

We, God’s beloved, filled with His Spirit, will not be abandoned, will not be defeated by the many things; sicknesses, people, even demons, that oppress us in this life.

We will live not just one day in the courts of our God, but all days forever. And this future truth begins now. The streams of water promised in the valley of weeping–the Living God within us.


DaraPsalm 84 ~ Happy
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Praise and Prayer ~ August 26-September 1

Nigeria

Pray for preparations for the big conference, there are a lot of important details that still need to be sorted out!

Peter and the team went out to visit people with the newsletters and fundraising materials, and challenged them to financially support the ministry, and it went very well, praise God!

Tomorrow through Friday, Peter, Comfort and Sam are going to train 40 women from the IDP camps in follow-up ahead of Wendy Palau’s September outreach to 600 women from three camps. Pray for the trainees and for the team! Praise God for this amazing opportunity to serve people who have suffered a lot.

Pray for Comfort’s niece, she had an accident last week, she is doing better, praise God!

Pray for Peter’s visa interview on the sixth of September! We really want him to be able to fly to the US to meet with the US team and some of our supporters in the fall.

There was an attack in the Forun area, two houses were burned and nobody was killed. The locals were on the alert, and repelled them. Thank God and pray for peace! 

Sam, God has opened a door for him to teach a baptism class using the materials, he started yesterday, there were 6 people that attended. The elder that was leading the class may invite him for more trainings! Praise God for his work with them! 

Sam is concerned about the spiritual life of his parents, they have not confessed faith in Christ, though they attend church. Sam has been talking with them for years now, praying for special grace for him! He wants to go with another friend to talk to them about their salvation.

Pray for the complicated matter of sorting out our working relationship with the sheik as he tries to discern his long-term calling and how to work with us.

Praise God for Comfort’s safety in traveling to Jos! 

There was an attack in Biu and Magumiri, they killed some people, pray for healing and continued protection. 

Ethiopia

Pray for the students as they continue to share the gospel! 

Eskendir is making plans with the mission department to go down to remote areas that are practically unreached to do trainings, pray for wisdom and grace, and praise God for these opportunities.

Pray for Eskendir as he continues to make connections for us in the country as national director, that God would lead him and bless his ministry!

Cameroon

Florence’s husband is worse, please continue to pray for strength!

The situation in Cameroon is getting much worse, so it is not looking like we will be able to travel there to help run a conference. Pray for those who are still there as they minister!

No schools or government institutions are allowed to operate in the English-speaking regions, pray for peace, and for mercy for the English-speaking lands especially. 

USA

Thank God for Rich’s trip to Philadelphia, we have many new prayer supporters and a few financial supporters!

Pray for continued set-up for speakers for the second and third conferences on our end!

Keep praying, we have submitted an application for a grant that would give us seed money for a matching grant, which would be an incredible help!

Pray we have our first planning meeting for our fall fundraiser this week, pray that these plans go smoothly. 

We have a new volunteer coming in this week to meet with Rich and David, praise God, he wants to volunteer 10-20 hours a week. 

Praise God for the training at Cedar Mill! We have some new interested people! 

Pray for a new training opportunity through David’s friend—we might be able to train people from 12 churches ahead of an evangelist outreach around Easter, which would be incredible.

Pray for Rick’s friend Scott, who has cancer, and whose father recently died, Rick is hoping he will be responsive to the gospel. 

Pray for David’s father-in-law, still struggling with prostate cancer.

Continue praying for Stacey’s brother who is receiving treatment for cancer. 

Pray for Carl Palmer’s cancer, which has spread to his bones, please pray for healing and for his pain level! Please also pray for his wife Carolyn

Praise for healing for Carsten, who is recovered from his pain issue and sleeping, for which Dara and Ian thank God and you all for praying!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ August 26-September 1
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Prayer and Praise ~ August 19-26

Nigeria

Pray for continued grace for the Nigeria team to set up all of the conferences in the fall! There are many preparations that need to be made, and a lot of communications that need to go smoothly. 

Pray for our continued working relationship with the sheik! He is deciding whether or not he wants to start his own organization, so our continued collaboration with him will be complicated, pray for good understanding between the Nigeria team and him. 

Pray for Peter’s visa interview, Sept. 6th! We hope he will be able to fly over to speak to the US contingent at the dinner in November.

Maiduguri is fine and calm, praise God!

 Pray for Comfort as she is trying to set up a training and is facing some opposition from disagreement within the churches among the elders, pray for increased understanding and better communication. 

 There are some young men who are interested in being trained, and she is going to start a training with them at 3 pm tomorrow, pray for her and for these young trainees!

Next week Comfort will be leading a training, with our staff in Jos for forty women who will plan to follow up at the IDP (internally displaced person) camp in Jos when Wendy Palau comes to share the gospel, pray for Comfort’s travels and for her work with the women! 

Pray for Rick’s business in real estate and plans for the fall. 

Pray for Samuel, his colleague lost his wife, so they traveled up to Nassarawa state, pray for journey mercies for him as he is on his way. 

Dauda went to the printing press for the printing of the newsletters, pray that everything comes out as expected, the samples yesterday were good! The Nigeria team is hoping to use those to begin fundraising themselves. 

Sunday from NLFA is working on the translation for the messages! Pray that all the speakers get the messages to him in time for the printing. 

It is looking like there will be 600 women from three different camps attending Wendy Palau’s ministry time at the conference for refugee women! 

Ethiopia

Keep praying for all the students who are sharing the gospel, they are supposed to give their first update Sept. third!

Prayer for our new Ethiopia director, Eskendir, as he begins work in his position! 

Praise God for all the work he continues to do through our trainees in Ethiopia. 

Cameroon

Florence’s husband is suffering from diabetes neuropathy. On the 27th of this month the doctors plan on doing another test called CSF analysis will be done for him, pray for a good result for the test! 

Linda trained 12 trainees at Baicham and 13 in Mbingo. So in all last month the Cameroon team trained 25 people!

A group of new believers has been handed over to Dorcas, one of our 2017 trainees. She meets with them every Tuesday for follow-up. There are seven of them; pray for Dorcas and the new believers that they will be available to finish all the 7 follow-up lessons! 

The school year is soon to begin and many of our local team members (the young evangelists) are going back to school. Pray for them. They will be away for three to four months before they return to Bingo. 

Pray for Stanley! He is gone to the Baptist seminary in Ndu and asked for prayers. 

USA

Praise, the church that Rich visited in Philly worked very hard to invite over 130 people to hear the presentation, and there is a lot of interest!

Pray for Rich as he wants to share the gospel with his sister while he is there. 

Pray for Dara’s 2 year old son, Carsten, who has been waking in the night unable to go back to sleep because of leg and foot pain

Stacey’s brother is suffering from cancer in four locations, it can be treated with hormone therapy, but it may leave him unable to walk. Please pray that he will be able to walk as he receives treatment. 

Prayer for the training in Cedar Mill! Dara, Susanna, and Rick are leading it, there are four participants. Prayer for continued attendance and fruit from this experimental training! 

David’s main supporting church, Laurel Church had a big outreach to the community, they had about 700 people there, and everything went smoothly! They presented the gospel to everyone, so pray God would use what was shared in people’s hearts and lives. 

Pray for the US team’s preparations for the conference! We are organizing transportation, speaking engagements, visas!

Pray for the update of our contact database! We are hoping to have a more effective and efficient way of keeping track of our supporters!

Pray for Rich’s speaking engagements! He is preaching at several churches, and meeting with many more people this coming week. Thank God for all the interest in supporting the ministry, and the donations that have come through. 

David’s father-in-law has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are doing a biopsy this week, his name is David also, prayer for healing and for wisdom for the doctors as they weigh the benefits of different treatments. 

Thank God for the help that the Luis Palau association is providing financially with the large conference!

DaraPrayer and Praise ~ August 19-26
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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
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Praise and Prayer ~ July 29-August 5th

Praise and Prayer ~ July 29

Nigeria 

The former sheik and his wife just welcomed a new baby girl, Grace Miriam! Praise God!

Comfort lost her father-in-law, please pray for her!

Ruth told the staff that a teenage boy from her village who is related to her husband, was kidnapped after his father was beaten, eventually they released the child for 500,000 Niara. Please pray for protection for the city because kidnapping for ransom has become a problem.

The team is discussing preparation for the conferences, please pray for them! This is a lot of work that spans traveling and conferences from September through November. 

Peter finished his class, praise God! Pray God will give him wisdom as he resumes a full schedule of work at the office!

Sheik will be traveling to visit the MBB converts from a Muslim background, he is expecting to   stay for a week, prayer for him as he leaves tomorrow! Pray for safe travels and for wisdom for him. 

Pray for the Nigeria office as they figure out how to manage their newsletter and increased communications needs as they fundraise on their side of the world! 

Some of Sam’s family is a little sick but they are all doing better! His wife is feeling comforted after the loss of her grandmother, praise God. 

Cameroon

Please continue to pray for our Cameroon team as they plan outreaches and trainings! Please pray for them for provision and grace in the midst of trial. 

Please also pray for Florence’s husband, as he has experienced another set-back with regard to his health.

Ethiopia

Second week of training in Ethiopia this week! Pray for Rich and the team for the strength to finish well, and praise God for the enthusiasm, joy, and eagerness to learn.  

Please continue to pray for peace in the country! 

Praise God for our new Ethiopia office! 

USA

David has returned from a vacation with his family! Praise God for their time relaxing together. 

There are some complications in helping speakers from overseas manage their tickets and visas, pray for David as he works on this!

We have a fundraising campaign August-September hoping to help raise monthly donations to support the ministry we hope to do in 2020, pray for God to provide.

We are working on a new database to keep in better contact with our donors, pray that God gives us wisdom, and praise God for the volunteer, Doug Hoy, who has stepped in to help us.

One of our regular volunteers who helps out with finances is on vacation this week, so David has an increased work load this week so prayer for grace.

Pray for grace for Stacey to be able to finish the organization videos! He is leaving to visit his brother who has cancer, also his sister’s husband who has severe diabetes, pray for mercy for all those that are ill.

Stacey’s right leg is bothering him, please pray for healing! 

David’s got two kids at summer camp this week! Pray for them to have a great time, and would grow spiritually. 

Prayer for protection for Dara’s family, she was threatened by a man with an anger problem while out on a walk with the kids. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ July 29-August 5th
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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
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Praise and Prayer ~ July 14-21

Nigeria: 

Maiduguri has been safe this week! The weather has been so hot, we believe that this is part of the reason there have been no attacks even on the surrounding villages,. 

Pray that God will help Comfort pull together a training! There are many little churches as well as Good News church that have expressed interest. 

Jos is peaceful, it is calm, people are going about their business. Also, no crisis in town or villages, praise God! 

Sam’s baby is doing better with teething, but his family has colds! Pray for healing.

The staff is in Gwandum doing the training! Pray for grace. They were expecting 200-250 people for four days. Pray that everything goes smoothly!

Peter is working on his school, pray for him as he writes exams! 

Pray for 500 Muslim converts by the end of the year! This is our goal in our partnership with the 9 organizations we work with.

USA: 

Rich is in Ethiopia, pray that the travel to the location goes well and that the training for all 200 university students is filled with the Holy Spirit’s power!

Pray, we have some major supporters who are in need of direction!

Praise God that the woman who was missing was found, and is getting the help that she needs, pray for her that she is healed! 

Stacey is traveling in San Diego with his family! Pray for a rejuvenating time.

We are arranging things for a training with Cedar Mill! Pray for Rich, Dara, Susanna, and Rick as they prepare to train. 

We have a new volunteer who is helping us in the office thank God! 

Praise God the board meeting went well! Continue to pray for wisdom for the board as they provide leadership for the organization, there are some difficult issues that we are dealing with. 

Rick is climbing Mt. St. Helens, with two of his supporters, pray for safety and rejuvenation. 

Cameroon: 

Pray for Florence and her team’s future plans to conduct trainings surrounding Mbingo and in other regions!

Pray for her husband’s health!

Pray for all the country for peace. 

Ethiopia: 

Pray for peace for Ethiopia!

Pray for the Ethiopia team of volunteers, the national director Eskinder, and Rich as they conduct this monumental training!

Pray that Agazi will make it to the training on time!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ July 14-21
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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
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Praise and Prayer ~ June 24-31

Nigeria

Comfort asks for prayer for security in Borno state and that the Christians are given the strength in the Spirit to stand firm in the midst of severe persecution. The Boko Haram attacked on Saturday and were repelled, but not before about fifty people died. Please pray for an end to the violence! The women in the refugee camps are continuing to convert Islam, despite the efforts of the local church to provide support. They are not getting the aid that they need! Please pray for them. 


Comfort’s daughter is finishing her final project for school!


The Nigeria office car is now malfunctioning! Pray for Peter for strength and encouragement as he deals with it, and that the Lord would prevent the enemy from attacking the ministry at all!


The office van is working very well, and now has both seatbelts and AC, which we praise God for in the danger and heat of Nigeria! 


Praise God for peace in Jos this past week. 


Continue to pray for the details to come together for the conferences in the fall!


Cameroon

Pray for the retreat for FFICM trained evangelists and church leaders, as they pray and ask God to grant them renewal and wisdom to know how he is leading them to minister in this time of great trial! Florence asks that we pray for some of the evangelists who because of unforeseen circumstances will not be able to attend, that they will not be discouraged. Pray for God to encounter each one of us accordingly. Pray for grace to fast and pray through the retreat fervently!


Please continue to pray for Florence’s husband, as he lost his younger brother this past week!


Ethiopia

Please pray for improved communications with our Ethiopian team!


Please also pray for the country–a major general was assassinated in an apparent coup attempt this past week, and numerous officials killed in the north. May God grant them peace!


Please pray for the continued set up for the training of the students in July! That everything (especially now security) would fall into place.


USA

Pray for Rich and David as they are catching up on all of the new information they have from Nigeria and the US the past few weeks and will be developing further strategies and budgets. 


Pray for David as he travels this week to a church with his family, he will be speaking twice, and has his wife’s birthday celebration, parents’ anniversary, sisters’ anniversary, and other birthdays to be present for! May God bless each family member. 


Thank the Lord for interested volunteers resulting from David’s last speaking engagement at Laurel Community Church!


Continue to pray for Stacey’s brother, who is waiting for test results still–pray for peace and for news of healing!


Pray for Dara and Susanna as they support a close friend who is struggling in her marriage. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ June 24-31
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