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Praise and Prayer ~ October 21-28

Praise and Prayer

Nigeria

Please pray for Peter’s wife’s health, she is having further symptoms of hepatitis! She has gone back to her parents’ village to try some herbal remedies. Please pray for Peter and his children while she is gone!

Pray for the outreach which is occurring this Saturday, 1200-1600 evangelists will begin ministering in Niger State in largely-unreached Nupe land, where we have prepared 75 church leaders ahead of time to follow up with new believers! Please pray for the Lord to prepare people’s hearts ahead of time, for safety, for grace from the Holy Spirit, and for health for everyone!

Pray for the year planning! The Nigeria office has a lot of opportunity to expand, but needs funding to back it, please pray that God provides above and beyond all we ask!

Pray for Rick Cordell, he’s transitioning to working primarily with us to working with Emmaus! Pray for us and for him as he makes that transition, that God will bless that.

At the beginning of November, FFICM will be doing a training with Gindiri Theological School, this has been a highly fruitful partnership, please pray! There is also a possibility our team can split up and run another training at Kagoro Bible School at the same time, please pray for wisdom, grace, and strength successful and  training is coming up on the fourth of November, pray for this training!

Comfort is also training in her church this week (20-30 people) as well as next week, Lord willing she will be training at EYN headquarters, an additional 20 people! Praise God for this, and pray for her for strength, grace, and protection.

Cameroon

Please continue to pray for our dear sister and partner, Florence, as she is still nursing her sick husband! Praise God for all her faithful work, and for that of her partners in ministry, the young evangelists and other leaders like Lily, Dorcas, Hilda, and Linda! 

Pastor Jisa has been transferred to French-speaking Cameroon, and would like to run some trainings there! Please pray for wisdom and for the resources to come through! 

Ethiopia

Continue to pray for Eskendir and his health, praise God that he is doing better!

There has been some violence in the northern part of the country, pray for peace. 

Pray for Eskendir as he seeks the Lord about the plans for the coming year, staff to bring on board, trainings, and conferences. 

USA

Stacey had surgery last week on his knee and is in recovery! He cannot put weight on it for more than fifteen minutes at a time, pray for full recovery!

Stacey’s brother has fallen and injured himself, related to the medication he is on for his cancer. He has some fluid in his brain, please pray for healing and for his family at this difficult time.

The USA team is working hard to meet our matching grant amount, which is $10,000 for monthly donations! Please pray that the Lord moves in people’s hearts to help us reach this goal. 

There is a group of twelve churches in the Dalles who are interested in us training their people ahead of a big outreach around Easter, pray for wisdom for our team as we consider this opportunity! We would need to invest time and staff to adjust our training materials and pattern for a US audience. 

Pray about planning and fundraising efforts for all teams as we look towards next year! 

Dara’s kids are both sick for the third time this month! Pray God ends this attack on their health.

Pray for David’s son, who is having a difficult time adjusting to his new school and in general, pray for wisdom for his family and grace for him.

Pray for David’s family as they prepare to have his inlaws move in with them!

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ October 21-28
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Praise and Prayer ~ October 7-14


Rich

  • Praise: Made it back to US. Currently in LA.
  • Meeting with a financial supporter and also with leaders from a partner organization
  • Tue morning: Biola Mission ConneXion speaker meeting
  • Tue lunch: Supporter

 
Nigeria

  • 70 people there for Niger state training the first day
  • They were expecting 200+, but many are still trying to get their harvest in before the season changes
  • Pray for HBB speaker
  • Niger state trainees are out evangelizing now
    • old city dominated by Islam for many years
  • Nigeria name change in process: Firm Foundation In Christ Ministry Africa
  • Comfort: Thanks be to God. So many tragedies along the highways, but God is good. Pray for perseverance and wisdom.
  • Pray for our staff member Mr. A has he deals with an MBB conference attendee started having trouble breathing on the way home. After arriving home, she was taken to the hospital then ended up dying there. The church who sent her to the conference, doesn’t know who her family is or where they are. There is a struggle about who will pay the burial costs. The church who sent her is refusing to pay. She was only in her 20’s.
  • Praise God for the courage the trainees having in sharing the gospel.

 
US

  • Yesterday sharing at CMBC
  • Stacey knee surgery on Oct 17th
  • Rick needs to resolve real estate situation by the end of this week
  • David working on planning  for next year
  • Matching grant letter going out
  • Planning underway for Fall Fundraiser, and it looks like we will be targeting our biggest ask ever

 
Ethiopia

  • Pray or Eskinder and the ongoing work in Ethiopia. They have reports from only about half of the students so far, and are still waiting to hear from the rest of them as to how they used the training they got in July and how they used it to evangelize, follow-up and to train others.
  • Eskinder is working on plans for 2020. Pray for wisdom as he strategized together with the church leaders there in Ethiopia to figure out what to plan for next year.
DaraPraise and Prayer ~ October 7-14
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Praise and Prayer ~ September 30th

Nigeria: 

Pray for the MBB conference, which begins tomorrow! Pray for everyone traveling, especially from states in the far north. About 100 people are here, we are expecting 500 more! 

Don Little needs prayer! He left his computer on the airline accidentally, so he needs to recreate all his messages, and he speaks first thing tomorrow morning. 

Pray for safety for the country, last year around this time is when the big crisis happened. Pray that God will protect everyone. 

The international speaker for the next conference bowed out, so we need to find a speaker for the Hausa background believer conference! We have one possible replacement right now, pray God shows us who he has called to do this!

Pray for the team traveling and on location Sunday through Friday for the training in Niger state!

Cameroon: 

Please continue to pray for Florence! She reports that God is answering our prayers by giving her strength and grace to care for my husband, but he is doing very poorly. The increased medication isn’t helping, he can’t stand on his own or even talk, and Florence has to tend to him as though he were a baby. Please pray for a miracle for them! And for mercy for their country. 

USA: 

Pray for Rich’s trip back to the US!

We need to hear from Harmony Outreach and Eskendir’s people. Rich needs to touch base with them. 

Dara and Ian are headed to LA to visit family and have a short vacation, pray for their trip!

Pray for preparations for October 6h sharing at CMBC! 

Stacey needs surgery on his knee! Pray for healing and for a successful surgery. 

David’s daughter had her first band competition Saturday! Her school did the best they had ever done at that competition! 

This week David’s family is meeting with the contractor that is doing the garage conversion for his in-laws! They are hoping to move in in June. Pray for smooth transition. Also praise God that his father-in-law’s cancer has not metastasized. Pray for his son Ben too as they try to come up with an individualized education plan for his vision impairment and ADHD. 

Pray for the Ballards (Susanna and Dan) as they are seeking God’s guidance for their ministry together!

Pray for wisdom as we figure out the plans for next year and the costs—what is reasonable and faithful to plan for as far as fundraising. 

Ethiopia: 

Please continue to pray for Eskinder’s health! And also for his children’s efforts in school, his son is waiting for his university assignment!

Please pray for the students! A new report came in and the new groups evangelized and brought nearly two hundred people to the Lord, ministering in prisons and in villages, and training people in their home villages. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ September 30th
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Praise and Prayer ~ September 23-30

Nigeria:

women from the refugee camp with Wendy, Gloria, Comfort, and Rich

Staff training this week! Pray for grace and for the Holy Spirit’s presence!

Please continue to pray for the new believers and new trainees from the refugee camps outside of Jos!

There will be a meeting with spouses of our trainers and staff for the Nigeria team this week as well, to answer all their questions about the ministry and hear their hearts! 


Rich, Peter, Ishaku and other staff had a safe trip to and from Jalingo this week! Praise the Lord for his protection and also pray for our plans for a new conference for evangelism and discipleship in the north in April! Pray for the family of the man who was our contact in Jalingo who died this past month. 

Pray for the upcoming MBB conference! Pray for the travel for them and for Comfort

Children have gone back to school, some are young pray God will protect them and keep them safe and they can afford school

Sam’s mom is getting better! Continue to pray for healing. She is still on medication. 

Keep praying for Peter’s sister-in-law who is a widow and just lost her eleven year old son.

Please pray for strength and grace for Comfort to move forward!

Comfort’s daughter has two more papers to write for her final exam for school in communications! Please pray for her for energy and wisdom and encouragement! 

Ethiopia:

Pray for Eskendir’s health situation, last week he wasn’t feeling well, but he is recovering! Please pray for full healing

Our Ethiopia National Director, Eskinder

Pray for ministry with students. Last night they sent 150 materials to young people to follow up with new believers. People are coming to them, and he’s sending a report next week at the latest! 

He is also arranging new training programs, Ethiopia’s new year starts recently, they’re planning for training for the rest of the year! 

Pray for Eskendir’s two sons, older one Nathan, is going to second year of university, the younger one is waiting for his appointment to university. They don’t know where he is going to go, but they are praying for him. His name is Ibraham! 

Ethiopia is currently calm, but people are still afraid. There is an election in 7 months, people are nervous and praying.  Government publicly announced they arrested a bunch of people that were going to attack the country over the new year. Give thanks to God for protecting people. 

Church leaders from Eritrea who did planning with Rich are doing well, they are trying to continue to use our materials. They are interested, some of them wanted to invite us to go, as visitors to encourage them via air. The close borders aren’t open to cross by foot. Some borders are open but they would need permission to visit us. Please pray for an even more lasting peace, and for mercy for the Eritrean church, that God would break the rod of oppression over them. 

Cameroon: 

Please continue to pray for Cameroon! There is severe oppression in the English speaking regions. 

Please also pray for Florence for strength and comfort as she continues to support and care for her husband!

Please pray for healing for Florence’s husband!

Please also pray for the new believers who resulted from the outreach and trainings this past summer, for God to strengthen and comfort them and draw them into a family of faith.

USA:

David’s father in law prostate cancer! Pray for healing. 

Pray for Stacey’s right knee, it is getting worse! Hopefully he will be getting some results from tests. 

Rick Cordell asks for prayer for two flights! He’s flying today to speak at a conference for Emmaus Bible Fellowship and will be returning next Monday. 

Pray also for Dara and David’s meeting with Kevin Whitman tomorrow, about fundraising plans for the fall and for the budget for next year. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ September 23-30
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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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