Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 16 Aug 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) Pray for wisdom for the Slacks and their leadership team as they start the new school year.  The UCCS administration has made some decisions concerning club expectations and requirements but some remain to be made.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delay in these decisions.  Pray Christian Challenge (CC) would find favor with the administration – that they would be able to meet on campus in their regular location, and that parking slots would be available.  Several young people are considering becoming part of the leadership team but their situations with school, finances, jobs and the COVID pandemic have their leadership up in the air!  Pray the Lord would make things plain to these potential leaders.  Pray for Kent and Elizabeth – their stress is great right now.  Pray the Lord would soothe them, and reassure them of His great love for them!  Pray for Brooks Salgado, newly approved by the North American Mission Board, to be a staff member at CC.  Pray for him as he starts support raising!

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin is a field implementation worker with Evangelism Explosion.  Kevin’s main task is teaching pastors and their congregations how to share the Gospel with people who need salvation.  Pray pastors and their churches would be open to meeting, even in small numbers, to learn methods of sharing the Gospel.

 

Life Network: (COS) Pray for the mothers who attend Thursday night LifeSteps Bible study.  Pray they will grow in their relationship with the Lord.  Pray for the post-abortive men and women in our area and that they will find hope and forgiveness from the Lord and continue their healing journey through the Bridges of Hope Bible study offered through Life Network.

 

Isaac and Becca Herold: (Greeley, CO) Isaac and Becca are settled in their new home in Greeley, Colorado as the new Directors of Christian Challenge, University of Northern Colorado!  They have found a church home and are putting deep roots in Greeley!  So far guidelines from the university restrict the number of students who can attend events and meetings.  For now the maximum size of an event can be fifty people.  Isaac and Becca hope to begin focusing on smaller Community Groups of ten students to introduce students to the ministry.  As interest increases they hope to increase the number of weekly Community Groups.  They will hold their Core Team Retreat 14-16 Aug.  This will be a time for team building and vision casting for the upcoming school year.  The matching gift offer from a generous donor still exists to arrest their student loans.  The donor will match anything up to $15,000!  Please pray for how you might help in relieving this precious couple of this debilitating debt, allowing them to concentrate on ministering to students!

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson and Family: (Near Seoul, South Korea) Their school has begun the school year.  They are using health safety protocols to keep people safe.  Pray for teachers and staff to be flexible and patient as they navigate school in a new way.  Ashley is leading spiritual ministry for elementary grades this year.  She will lead chapels, praise teams, be discipling students, and other things as the Lord leads.  Because of social distancing they are splitting chapels into two times weekly.  Pray for these times for the students.  For several years, Dusty has led a men teacher’s Bible study.  They used to meet on school property but the school is limiting their use of the property.  Pray for a new location where they can meet.  He would also like to start a Biblical and worldview club where Christian and non-Christian students can feel safe and discuss and challenge their beliefs.  Praise and thank the Lord for the end of Dusty’s formal training (for now) as he has attained his Master of Divinity degree!

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Grace Baptist Church continues to have good attendance during in person Sunday services.  The Wednesday evening Bible study is on Zoom.  Madeleine purchased her first car – pray for the driving lessons.  Pray for the Webbs and their church as they seek ways to connect with their church – some people do not want to meet face to face.  Pray for Lona’s baking ministry to schools in their area.  They are unsure whether they can continue this in the current environment.  Pray for Mark as he maintains connections through the walking club.  Pray for Madeleine as she works at the cinema.

 

K and B: K is traveling the next several days.  He will be receiving some training and connecting with indigenous pastors.  Pray for these meetings as he develops strong ties with these pastors and other friends.  Pray for unity of the Spirit as they meet and share experiences and best ways to reach people groups.  K will also meet with new team members – may this meeting be a beginning of a strong and unified alliance.  May both K and these team members have a great fellowship!

 

Herb and Celeste: All visa documents have been submitted to the correct agency and they have been told it could take 10 to 60 days to receive their visas.  Pray for several projects they continue to work on.  Pray for insights on how to best develop and execute the plans for the Lord’s purpose.  Pray for H and C’s neighbors who have been going to church with them.  Pray the Lord will soften their hearts and that they will surrender to Jesus.

 

Robbyn Booker: (COS/Spain) In June one of the Spain team members, Allen Graham, was diagnosed with nodular melanoma which required two surgeries.  Praise God, subsequent tests indicate the cancer has not spread!  Pray for Allen’s health as he recovers from these surgeries and subsequent treatments.  Earlier this year Robbyn asked for prayer for the refugees in the encampment on the island of Lesbos, Greece.  Reach Beyond staff are helping with food distribution and providing programs to the traumatized children and women in this camp.  Each day these refugees go through about 9,000 plastic water bottles, which, when thrown into the nearby creek, causes quite a sanitary and waste problem.  Reach Beyond engineers have piloted a new project they call “Trash to Treasure!”  The project provides creative ways for the refugees to use the recycled plastic as construction materials and items to sell, all while cleaning the nearby creek bed.  Pray this program will work to their advantage and help the refugees.

 

Amanda Peck (North Macedonia) Amanda’s official last day with Greater Europe Mission is 31 Oct.  She has been busy coordinating her move, saying many goodbyes, and finishing a grant project she has been authoring. She is saddened by the knowledge there are so many people she has grown to know, yet to whom she will be unable to say a personal goodbye.  Please pray for her as she arranges her air travel.  Also pray for how the Lord leads her in the future.