Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 1 Jun 2020

 

The VGBC Missions Committee would like to make you aware of the Shema Media Group who transmits Christian programming into Turkey and Syria.  The Shema Media Group consists of four radio stations.  One radio station in the town of Mardin, Turkey loses power several times a day.  Shema is raising $7,000 to provide a backup power generator for this station.  The generator will allow this station to provide uninterrupted Christian programming 24 hours a day.  Please visit the VGBC missions web page at https://www.vgbc.org/support-shema/ for details on how to support this efforts. 

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Kent and  Elizabeth Slack: (COS) Please bring Kent and Elizabeth before the Lord.  They are seeking the Lord’s wisdom about this fall’s semester and they are trying to figure out what this fall will look like lacking many helpers.  To say they are overwhelmed is an understatement!  There are only so many meetings and Bible studies that can hold interest on Zoom.  Will there be classes this fall?  Will there be a Freshmen orientation?  There are so many unknowns.  Encourage them!  Pray worthy and trusted helpers will step forward to provide help and added wisdom as they figure out what the fall should look like.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (COS/Greeley) Isaac and Rebecca are in a “sprint” to increase their financial support as they assume the directorship of Christian Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.  To date, they have reached 88.5% of their goal!  Please prayerfully consider your level of support and pray for them as they transition to Greeley.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Herb and Celeste: The previously missing visa document has been resent.  Pray it will be received and authenticated so they will have all their paperwork needed to resubmit for long-term resident visas.  They have been given an extension of 26 July.  H and C continue to “meet” and study with friends from their previous location.  Pray these friends will faithfully spend time in God’s word and apply its truths to their lives.  Celeste is co-leading a project which spans several countries – logistics are complicated.  Pray for her clarity, organization and completion.

 

Amanda Peck: (North Macedonia) Pray for the city of Stip where Amanda lives.  They are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.  Recently a taxi driver and some factory workers tested positive for the virus.  Factories are a big part of the Stip economy and now five factories are closed and 250 workers and their families are in isolation.  Pray for city leadership’s wisdom as they consider steps to reduce virus spread.  Pray for holy boldness for Amanda and opportunities to clearly speak of the Gospel.

 

Oswald and Amanda: Amanda’s surgery is Friday, 6 June.  It is routine but please pray for safety, no complications and speedy, healthy recovery.  It is a huge praise for them to be able to have this surgery near family.  Rocky’s doctor appointment went well!  They are looking at a new prosthetic arm for Rocky.  Pray for good fit and ease to use this new arm.  The timing of their return overseas is still up in the air and this makes their visit to COS unknown at this time.  Their visit to COS could be in July or as late as Aug.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Pray for a young couple in their church who is enduring many trials.  Pray for a young mother who is experiencing relationship issues.  Pray for a young believer recently baptized who is heading to Poland to attend university. Pray Grace Baptist Church would be a church which does not merely log onto Zoom and listen to services but that they would truly “follow Jesus.”

 

K and B: For the better part of 15 years, K and B have poured the Gospel into the lives of the Swirl people.  Now this people who previously were unreached are now a “reached” people group.  Even though K and B are now turning their focus to different people groups they continue giving leadership to the Swirl Bible translation project.  Recently Swirl believers reached out to K and B asking for their parent’s address.  Swirl friends had heard about COVID-19’s impact in the US and wanted to send face masks to K and B’s relatives.  Absolutely humbling!  K and B declined saying that was not needed.  But the believers insisted it was important to show love and concern for K and B’s loved ones.  Pray for K and B as they turn their attention to new people groups while their hearts are heavy to leave their Swirl brothers and sisters.

 

Robbyn Booker: (COS/Spain) Huge Praise, her mom’s ankle wound has improved and is healing.  Robbyn’s vision has continued to improve!