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.
- Quick, correct healing for Josie and for proper rest
- Peace for Kristin, Chuck and family, both there and here
Serving with Pioneers
- 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 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
Please pray for our upcoming NSO that begins Saturday and runs through next Friday. Pray for God’s presence and purposes to be known, for effective training, and for encouragement, faith and confidence to tackle and complete their next big assignment – raise their full support.
Serving with International Students Inc. – Colorado Springs, CO
- We’ve gotten some bad infections on our legs that have turned into ulcers. Thankfully, we have medicine to treat the problem, but it’s still a nuisance we’d rather not deal with.
- Language progress is always something we’d love prayer for and building better relationships with the people here.
- Jericho’s homeschooling is really improving! He’s gotten into the swing of things and even though he doesn’t ALWAYS look forward to having lessons, he is catching on to reading and math very well!
- We have water again! Praise God! David and our partner Jonathan have done such a good job fixing and maintaining the pipes.
Serving with New Tribes Mission – Philippines
- Health. I know this has been a repeated request, but we ask you to continue. Clay and Kari Jo are finally in what seems to be the last legs of this illness, but this past week Cyrus became sick, too. He spent several lethargic days this week struggling through fevers. Pray for his recovery and that he will be able to return to school this week. Pray for our family to finally all be healthy again!
- VVF Hospital Remodel. We’ve thanked God for providing money for a remodel project to build a dedicated VVF operating room and prayed for the project as it was to begin. BUT, we were halted by a snag. Pray that it will be quickly resolved so we can begin.
- Kari Jo, hostess and coordinator. Kari Jo has taken on roles as compound hostess and a coordinator for people and teams visiting the various SIM ministries here. Pray for her to be able to organize all these things well, and for another team coming in very soon.
Praises from this week:
- Thank you for your prayers for Dr. Lengmang’s travels. He has returned to Jos safely and may be heading out of the country this week for a conference he is presenting at – IF his visa comes in time.
- This week Nigeria celebrated 55 years of independence!
- Kari Jo has resumed her KingdomFit classes after her one week conference and recent illness. Praise God for the opportunities!
- Steven’s “operating room discipleship” is going well. During the hours spent together in surgery he has been able to help several through conversations and prayer – encouraging, challenging, and counseling his residents and operating room staff.
Serving with SIM – Nigeria
During a great week of vacation, we received the news that Kristin’s grandmother passed.
Upon arriving home, we were surprised to see our landlady standing in our courtyard. Without even a greeting, she began to deride us for several hours about everything she thought we are doing wrong, how dirty Americans are, and how worthless we are as renters (all in front of our kids). After several hours of trying to make peace with her, we realized that she would not be satisfied and we left it all in the hands of Jesus.
Please pray with us, for continued wisdom in how to deal with her, for redemption and peace between us, and for restored relationships with our neighbors (the gossip and lies spread wide around us). God has opened up a new house for us near the kids’ school, and we are all excited about the move. Pray that God would work in that neighborhood and that people would be waiting to hear the story of Jesus.
In the last year, the government has become harder and harder on NGO’s (non government organizations) and businesses here. Because of the shift, we have come under scrutiny, along with every other foreign business. Chuck’s original job isn’t making enough money for the government, so we have been asking God what to do next. He is currently exploring different employment but we are still waiting on paperwork and the government’s approval, so please pray with us in this endeavor.
Please continue to pray for the kids in school and that they would thrive there and have good friendships. Pray that they would continue to be open to the gospel and that God would continue to draw them to Himself. Pray that they would grow in wisdom and knowledge of Jesus and be soft toward truth and not listen to the lies of Satan. Pray also for Kristin and she is balancing taking care of Olivia, normal house keeping chores, and visits to women in the surrounding villages. Kristin sprained her ankle (a severe high sprain) 6 weeks ago, and still in a lot of pain and unable to drive or walk further than our courtyard. Please pray for continued healing and for strengthening of her ankle.
Serving with Pioneers
- Strength—for the both of us.
- Sunday School at church—right now we are going through the book of Isaiah.
- Small Group—every other Tuesday evening I am teaching Romans at our Small Group meeting.
- Intern Bible Study—on Monday nights I am co-teaching with another staff member our Interns here at school. We are covering a variety of foundational Bible doctrines to help prepare them as best we can for the next phase of missionary training.
- Caffeinated Conversation—everyone Friday afternoon from 3 till 5 a couple of teachers, along with myself, host any students who have any questions about any topic they are currently covering in their classes. It is called caffeinated because we drink coffee during our time together. It is a great time for us as teachers to get good feedback on how students are processing information from their classes.
- Leadership Team—I am also a member of our local NTBI leadership team. We meet once a week on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the overall operations of the school, welfare of our staff and students, along with whatever else needs attention.
- Misc.—along with this I have a constant flow of students into my office to discuss everything under the sun. It is such a great time to get to know them outside of class. I hang out with them in the cafeteria eating lunch with them. All informal times of building relationships and fellowship.
- PAT—Pat is working with me now helping in hospitality and as my academic assistant. We spend considerable time eating in and out with folks and Pat does all the work behind the scenes to make sure all is in proper order.
- HEALTH ISSUES…
- Gordon—I am taking whatever pills they tell me to take. I am currently waiting for a prescription for pills to help with neuropathy. This has been a problem since heart surgery. By God’s grace I will just keep plugging along as long as I can.
- Pat—she seems to be doing pretty good. I know she is struggling with some acid reflux issues. She is planning on a doctor visit soon to check into it.
Serving with New Tribes Mission – Jackson, MI
- Health. We thank God our health problems have not been life-threatening, nor required any major medical interventions! We do ask for prayers for the resolution of the illnesses and return to full strength for each member of the family.
- Dr. Lengmang’s Travels. You may recall Steven’s partner in VVF has been traveling around Nigeria for the past 2 weeks on fistula outreaches and helping at other fistula centers with their difficult cases. He is driving back to Jos today. Please pray for his safe return. Additionally, he is scheduled to fly out of Nigeria Thursday to present at a conference but is still waiting for visa approval. Please pray for this, that God’s will be done regarding him going. He also emailed that he was down this week with a viral illness as well. Pray for his recovery.
- Independence Day. Thursday marks the celebration of Nigeria’s independence. Pray for a peaceful day across the country.
Praises from this week:
- Thursday and Friday were holidays in Nigeria for one of the Mslm celebrations. Praise God it was an uneventful weekend without violence!
- Our kids are doing great in school and are very happy being back in Nigeria! We thank God for this as it makes it much easier for us to stay here and stay focused on the ministries to which God has called us!
- Though slowed by illness, Kari Jo was able to complete the conference/course this week she was attending and says it will be very helpful for use in her day to day ministries! Praise God for new knowledge and opportunities to apply it!
Serving with SIM – Nigeria
- Since I left Guinea last November, my monthly financial needs have been higher. I’ve been so blessed by those who gave additional gifts during this time so that I’ll be able to finish our fiscal year fully supported! My needs will decrease a bit now as I’ll soon be back in Guinea; lower cost of living there and only paying for rent and guards in one country :)
- Praise that Ebola is subsiding!!
- Pray for the time I’ll be in Bamako. The internet isn’t as fast here as it was in Senegal, making Skype calls with Daniel difficult. I also have to change rooms at the guest house a few times, and I’ve found that it’s hard to stay organized when I’m shifting things around!
- Pray for the Wilsons, Chris, Beth and Katie as they continue the process of getting settled back in Kankan. The houses have almost a year of dust as well as plumbing and solar battery issues to fix — balancing this with going to greet people (an important thing when one returns after a trip) can be a challenge.
- Pray for me as I finish up these last months of transition. I confess that although each experience has been wonderful for me, the frequent moves and mental/physical transitions have been hard on me. I’m not feeling as strong and rested as I’d like heading back to Guinea. Pray for physical, spiritual, mental and emotional refreshment.
- Pray for the Guinea presidential elections which are scheduled for October 11.
Serving with Serving in Mission- Guinea