Tom and Linda Panci

Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers!  We really had a stunning weekend with our Alpha Course.  Two of our guests gave their lives to Christ very clearly, publicly testifying of it the next day.  Two other of our guests prayed for Jesus to be the Lord of their lives and several others made comments to us that they had been deeply touched by God.  Requests in prayer times were honest and profound.  There is still one guest who is struggling to grasp the Gospel message.  Please do pray for her have full comprehension and the desire to accept Christ. May these decisions stand the test of time.

Serving with Youth with a Mission – Switzerland

Larry and Nancy Milks

Larry and the team made it safely back from the conference held in Turkey—thank you for praying!  Please pray for the provision of a fulltime job for Nic. We are thankful for his great part-time work right now.  Pray for God’s grace, peace, and love in all six of us—Larry & Nancy, Nic & Sarah, Janie, Heather.

Serving with SEND International – Hungary

Steven and Kari Jo Shephard

Praises:

  • Dr. Lengmang (VVF Director) returned safely to Jos at the end of last week after several weeks of fistula outreaches around Nigeria, training fistula surgeons in the country, presenting on fistula at a major international gynecology conference in Canada, and running a fistula task-force in our own capital. All his meetings went great and represented our hospital very well. Praise God!
  • The boys had a great break week and are looking forward to returning to school.
  • The VVF hospital remodel has finally received official approval and has started! We are making a dedicated operating room for VVF surgery.

Prayers:

  • Health Issues. We hate to be back to praying over health, but we need it!  It feels this week we are facing trouble as targeted attacks from the enemy in opposition to our return and the ministries we are involved in.
  • Kari Jo experienced sudden severe pain and weakness this week with a pinched nerve in her neck/arm.  This has made her mostly immobile for the past 5-6 days.  We thank God that she seems to be slowly improving, but please continue to pray for complete and rapid recovery.
  • Additionally, Steven is down with what we hope to be a short-lived viral type infection.
  • Please pray against the enemy who would love to derail our activities here in Jos and pray for a rapid return to health. Our God is able!

Serving with SIM – Nigeria

David and Rachael Powell

Prayer:

  • We are desperately hoping the rains soon will begin on a regular basis, since the oppressive heat we are experiencing makes it hard to work and think clearly.
  • Please pray for the teachers at Amazon Night Bible Institute (David, Walter M., Russel, Gustavo, Segundo, and me) and the students (Jorge, Arturo, María, David L., and Walter A.) that we will work faithfully to the finish.  On a practical note, it has been so hot lately that we can hardly bear to stay awake in a classroom that has baked in the sun all day, even with the fans going at full speed.
  • Pray for David as he will be traveling to Mazamari, the location of the Ashaninka Ministries, on Tuesday through Saturday.
  • We have been approved for a brief mid-term Home Ministry Assignment, mid-January through May of the coming year.  We will, of course, need a vehicle to drive during that time and a place to live.  We are thankful for a friend who is on the look-out for a vehicle.  If you have any suggestions about a place we might be able to live in the Lansing, MI area, we would love to hear about them.

Praise:

  • Our vacation was wonderful!  David was also able to see his aunt one more time before she moved to heaven.  We are so thankful for all our children, especially, as we watch them move forward in life and be obedient to the Lord.
  • Our week at SAM’s Centennial Celebration in Panama, along with 300+ other SAM-ers and Friends, was a great time.  We came home encouraged, challenged, admonished, and with much to think about in the areas of grace, forgiveness, resting in the Lord, and discipleship.

Serving with Greater Europe Mission – Spain

 

 

Jim and Carolyn Fasold

Praises and Prayers:

  • The Lord continues to open doors for us to mentor pastors and Christian workers, train church leaders, and bless church members through our conference ministry.
  • Thank you for your prayers for safety on the road as we travel and for God’s blessing upon our conference ministry to church members and the mentoring we are doing with pastors and Christian workers.

Serving with Greater Europe Mission – Spain

Steven And Kari Jo Shephard

Praises:

  • We are all still healthy!
  • The first quarter of the school year has finished and all three boys had great looking report cards! Meeting with all their teachers confirmed all are doing well adjusting back to Nigeria, diving into their school work, and being leaders in their classrooms!
  • The VVF hospital has been having very high success rates lately. Many, many women are leaving dry! Some for the first time in over 35 years!!

Prayer requests:

  • VVF Hospital Remodel Project. Tuesday administration for the main hospital meets to review our VVF operating room/remodel project and give their decision. We are hearing that approval is VERY HIGHLY LIKELY, which is a huge praise! Pray for the beginning of the demolition and rebuilding. Pray for the safety of the building teams. Pray for us to be able to complete it on time, and to source all the needed equipment to fill our new operating room.
  • The Boys. Noah, Clay, and Cyrus get this week off as a break between first and second quarters at school.  Pray for them to be able to enjoy some time off just being kids. Pray also for Kari Jo as she adds these three to her list of things she is managing this week! :)

Serving with SIM – Nigeria

Tom and Linda Panci

Prayer

For the Weekend of the Holy Spirit in the framework of our present Alpha Course.  We have several who still need to open their heart to the Lord and at least 10 who need to deepen their present commitment to the Lord.  We are thrilled that all but one of our guests are coming!  This weekend is typically the time where if someone is going to give their life to Christ, it happens here.

Please do pray for deep and lasting changes in the lives of our friends who are going.

Serving with Youth with a Mission – Switzerland

Steven and Kari Jo Shephard

Praises:

  • After asking for repeated prayers for health in dealing with a nasty virus, we are happy to report that everyone seems to be improving now! Praise God that full recovery is near!
  •  Dr. Lengmang’s visa came through and he was able to travel to Canada where he was presenting at an international gynecology conference!
  • Attendance is increasing at Kari Jo’s KingdomFit classes and people are loving the new ways to combine worship and exercise!

Prayer Requests: 

  • Kari Jo’s accessory jobs. A new team is coming through this week which will increase Kari Jo’s responsibilities in coordinating activities, meals, housing and such for them. Pray for her as she organizes things for them.  Pray also for the 3 people team that they will be blessed through their opportunities here and would be a blessing to those they interact with.  Pray for their health and safety through their stay.
  • VVF Hospital Remodel. We mentioned the unexpected halt we faced earlier, now we are expecting a resolution to come following a meeting October 20th. Pray for a positive result and that we can have everything ready to go starting the 21st for this remodel – we must complete it by the end of the year!
  • VVF Women. The patients coming to VVF typically spend about a month or more with us before returning to their homes.  Lately many non-Christians have really opened up with our team of nurses, doctors and chaplains, creating great opportunities for sharing the Truth. Pray for the Spirit to move and hearts to be changed!

Serving with SIM – Nigeria

Chuck and Kristen

Chuck and Kristen’s daughter Josie, fell while rollerblading last week. She severely broke her arm. When she went in for a recheck, more x-rays revealed that she needed surgery. She had surgery today and came through very well.

Prayers:

  • Quick, correct healing for Josie and for proper rest
  • Peace for Kristin, Chuck and family, both there and here

Serving with Pioneers

Mike and Sandy Lynch

Prayer:

  • Please continue to pray for their health, relationships, and understanding of the truths of God’s Word.
  • Pray for Christopher as he continues his second year of college at UCF.
  • Please continue to pray for wisdom, discernment for us and our helpers as we develop a series of Bible lessons and translate the Bible into the Phu Thai language.
  • Pray that groups of Phu Thai will be interested in hearing God’s message.
  • Please pray for our relationships with the villagers and village leadership.

Praises:

  • Praises that Ric & Sharon had a healthy daughter, Ava.
  • Praise the Lord for Kristen passing her nursing test the first time and also for providing an awesome place of employment too.
  • Praises that Aunt Black and Noi have been able to help with the Bible lessons.

Serving with New Tribes Mission – Thailand