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Praise and Prayer ~ November 25 – December 2

Nigeria

Praise God! Comfort’s journey home went well! 

Most of the several hundred girls from the boarding school Comfort, Zainab and Sam ministered to and trained are orphans, who must go live with distant relatives over break, so they are so sad to leave the boarding school. Comfort gave them the example of Esther, that she too was an orphan but she focused on God and God did wonderful things in her life. She also gave them the example of how God used Mary Schlesser. They were so happy and look forward to another time of encouragement like this, pray we can go encourage them again soon! 

Zainab said that the girls kept coming up to receive Christ at other gospel presentations because they thought they had to to keep their faith, so our trainers shared with them about the assurance of faith they can have in their lives!

 Zainab’s former pastor was complaining Zainab and her husband were starting a church with all the people they had led to Christ, that they were stealing parishioners so Zainab sent picture proof that all the people in her new church are new believers. Praise God for the resolution to this issue, pray for her and her husband as they minister to these new believers. 

Latest word on the Hausa Background believers’ conference is that there will be 1,000! Please continue to pray for safety. Everyone travels up tomorrow.

Comfort encouraged those she trained in the refugee camp close to where she lives; they have been sharing the gospel! One old woman when they witnessed to her she came to Christ and was baptized. Comfort encouraged them and said that she would continue to visit them to see how they are doing. Please pray for them for strength and mercy. Comfort is also planning on going to another camp for a training. Pray God will open doors. 

Pray for the people in the refugee camps. Many of them are from areas like Gwoza, where it is still not safe to return.  Most of them are farmers. Pray that God will intervene and bring peace so it will be safe to return home. Some have been in the camps for 6-8 years.

Comfort’s daughter is in Bauchi now, she has submitted her final project! Pray for her future and opportunities! 

Pray for Peter’s son Benedict, the fever came back, and Peter is taking him to the hospital. Peter is leaving tomorrow, pray the doctors diagnose him well and get him the medication he needs!  

Praise God Rich’s interview on tv went really well! It was broadcasted to five states. The woman in charge of the tv programming is an MBB, she is excited to give us air time. We are going to continue to record programs on TV, We have the best slot on the air for 13 weeks, right before the news. It will start airing in January! Praise God for this opportunity to share about the ministry of evangelism and follow up!

USA

Stacey’s leg is ok, but it is not back to normal, it keeps swelling. He is going to the doctor next week, pray for healing!

Stacey’s brother is still not doing well, he is getting a spinal tap soon to get more information about how he is doing. Pray that the insurance company will allow him to get the treatment that would be better for him!

Pray for David’s son Ben that he would make good choices, and David and Denise would have the wisdom to know how to support him!

Pray for us as we follow up with everyone that gave or volunteered at the banquet, that God would help us bring more people into the ministry!

Pray for Rich and the board particularly as they are beginning the search for a VP of Ministry who would help Rich with his massive job, as well as potentially be prepared to take over Rich’s role if the need should arise. 

Cameroon

Please continue to pray for Florence’s family! Her son Stanley took a month off to help take care of his father but is now back in Bamenda, please pray for his safety. Her husband is doing a bit better, but Florence herself is now suffering from pains in her arms. Please pray for the Lord’s mercy for her!

Please continue to pray for peace in Cameroon so we can go and minister alongside our friends in equipping people to evangelize and follow up!

Please pray for the trainees and new believers that have resulted from the last few years of ministry

Ethiopia

Please continue to pray for the next year’s plans in Ethiopia! Especially plans for the conference. 

Please pray for all the trainees, especially the students as they continue to minister!

Please pray for wisdom, grace and health for Eskinder, our National Director! 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ November 25 – December 2
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Prayer and Praise ~ November 11

Nigeria

Gindiri Training went very well, praise God! The team worked very well together. 

Training in Kagoro turned out to be only one day, prayer for better communication in the future! Our team communicated well but there was a miscommunication on the other side. The class was very responsive, they learned the gospel card, and are eager to learn more. There were two district leaders who were present, who were interested in having trainings in their location

One of the students in the class is from Burkina Faso and contacted Peter and wants him to organize a training in Burkina Faso. He is going to keep in contact with Peter. Pray for wisdom and fruit from these communications

When Peter was coming back, his cousin’s brother lost his oldest son, Fom, he was in Bible school, he died of typhoid. His cousin has to go and tell his wife’s family, prayer for comfort for Peter’s family and the whole community.

When Peter visited his home church in the village, he discovered that a member of the church, a boy, died for no apparent reason yesterday. A lot of youth Peter used to disciple told him that they’re scared God isn’t going to protect them, that people are being killed by secret societies or witchcraft. They are considering turning to witchcraft to protect themselves.

There is a meeting to plan the Hausa Background Believer conference, on Thursday, pray that this will go well! The community in the state where it s going to be held needs some prayer that the money will come through and that everyone will be safe! Please pray for safety for all those who are traveling. 

On Saturday, people came from a church to meet with Peter, they had been talking with some of our partners from discipleship centers in Nigeria. They are interested in supporting some of the programs that have to do with helping new Muslim background believers financially! Pray that God will raise up more people to support us within Nigeria! 

We are going to be advertising the conference on the radio, pray for this time!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, will be doing a shortened, modified training for three hundred 10-15 year old girls in Jos, from a boarding school. Comfort, and Zainab from Abuja (who has been using the materials) will be helping Sam. So important to give them hope and assurance, because a lot of the adults in their world don’t give them hope, because they face so many trials. Someone is giving them assurance from the word of God, try to look at the follow up and then how they can use it in their daily lives. 

Peter’s wife is doing much better, praise God! Please continue to pray for her healing! 

Continue to pray for all the new believers and newly dedicated believers (2,776) that resulted from the Bida outreach!

Cameroon 

Please continue to pray for Florence and her husband! 

Please also pray for peace in the country!

Please pray for all of the scattered trainees and new believers, that the Lord would protect and encourage them. 

Pray for all the trainers in Mbingo, Linda, Lily, and many others!

Pray for Hestin, Stanley, and all the young evangelists trained this year!

Ethiopia

Eskendir is trying to arrange a training early next year in an unreached area of Ethiopia, the churches there are helping to provide support. Pray for wisdom!

We are hoping to run a large conference,  pray that we can get it organized and fund!

Continue to pray for Ethiopia for peace! 

USA

Fundraiser is on Saturday! Please pray that God provides for us all through this time! 

Dara’s best friend’s dad is getting a triple bi-pass on Wednesday, they are very concerned because he has dementia, and this can mean that he may not be himself when he wakes. Pray for him, for protection and for healing, and for the whole family. 

DaraPrayer and Praise ~ November 11
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Praise and Prayer ~ First week of November

Nigeria

Gindiri training started with around 110 people, they went out for an outreach, pray for them! The report is that the trainees are very attentive and focused. Pray for strength and wisdom for the trainers.The registrar we have been working with has been transferred, pray for a good working relationship with the next registrar! The man we are working with is hoping to connect us with other COCIN theological schools.

Pray for Osang’s wife, Rejoice, who is 8 months pregnant! Pray for a safe delivery and health for the baby and Rejoice. 

Change of name for the organization in Nigeria finally went through praise God! It is now Firm Foundation in Christ Ministries Africa

Pray for our trainees! A lot of our former trainees have come to ask for more materials, as they continue to train more people. 

Next week our team is going to Kagoro to Ecwa theological school to train 80 theological students; pray that everything will go well, and for God’s protection on the road and during the training.  

Pray for God’s protection over our vehicles, that God would put everything in order.

The outreach in the north was successful, all the evangelists came back safely! Praise God. Peter is going to find out soon what the results were. 

Thank God for safety, when Peter was traveling recently, there was a high speed blowout, but as there were no cars nearby, they were able to get safely to the side, pray for this not to happen again! 

Pray for the Hausa Background Believer conference coming up on the 25th of November, the committee will be meeting on Thursday this week, pray God will give them wisdom as they deliberate on the issues surrounding the HBB program. 

Pray for the former Sheik, he traveled to Abuja, he wants to move to Abuja potentially. 

Cameron

Please continue to pray for Florence and her husband! Praise God that he has experienced some increased ability to communicate. Please pray for healing. 

Please pray for all our trainees and trainers in Mbingo, including Dorcas, Linda, Lily, and many others, and the young evangelists in school such as Stanley and Hestin! Pray for God’s provision for their needs and for protection for them, and for encouragement in Jesus’ Name. 

Please pray for peace in the country, especially mercy for the English speaking areas. 

Ethiopia

Please continue to pray for Eskinder’s health!

Please pray for peace in Ethiopia!

Please pray for encouragement and protection and continued strength for ministry for all the student trainees!

USA

Continued prayer for Stacey’s knee! He is moving around pretty well but needs further healing.

Please pray for Stacey’s brother, the doctor has him going in for a bunch of tests because of his head injury from his fall. His insurance company won’t pay for the cancer treatment that would be better for him, even though the previous treatment is hurting him too much, pray for mercy. 

Praise God for Dara and Ian’s trip to Canada, it was a really encouraging time, and the kids were wonderful travelers. We really sensed God’s encouragement that Dara’s music will be used to worship the Lord and create openings to talk with people. 

Pray for the fundraiser which is coming up on the 16th of November, also pray for the matching grant effort, that God will provide! 

Pray for David’s son Benjamin who is going through a lot, and having issues with anger, and getting in trouble in school, and at least one time experimenting with drugs. Pray for God’s protection and mercy over his life. 

Pray for David’s father-in-law, who is also struggling with prostate cancer, he is in a lot of pain, and the doctors are trying to figure out the best course of action. His mother-in-law who is legally blind but has some sight, her eye is losing fluid from the eye, and she has lost even more of her vision. 

The contractor that was going to help David fix up the house so his in-laws can live there is delayed, pray for all this to go through. 

DaraPraise and Prayer ~ First week of November
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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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