Missions Prayer Requests

Week of 30 Aug 2020

 

HOME MISSIONARIES                                                                             

 

Kent and Elizabeth Slack: (COS) UCCS’s new guidelines to accommodate health practices dealing with the current pandemic impacted Christian Challenge (CC) in a major way, yet Kent says CC was not singled out and in many ways CC was treated well.  Kent asks for prayer that CC will be able to find new ways to make an impact on the campus despite new restrictions.  One of the major changes is that CC has decided to move off campus for this semester for their meetings.  They will meet this semester at VGBC.  Most students who attend CC Bible studies are commuters so hopefully this move will not affect them.  Pray meeting in a local church will not create a barrier for any student who wishes to participate.

 

Brooks Salgado: (COS) Brooks was recently approved by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to come on the Christian Challenge staff with Kent and Elizabeth Slack and serve on the UCCS campus.  He is an alumnus and already been helpful to the Slacks during this unique, turbulent period.  Pray for Brooks as he starts raising his own support.

 

Kevin Green: (COS) Kevin is a Field Implementation Worker with Evangelism Explosion.  His ministry encompasses training churches on how to share their faith.  During these unique times it has been difficult to encourage pastors and get their approval to speak to their church families.  The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused some difficulty in actually sharing Christ with others.  Pray for Godly wisdom for these situations as Kevin continues to seek opportunities to share the Gospel.

 

FOREIGN MISSONARIES

 

Amanda Peck: (North Macedonia) As of 27 August, Amanda is safely home in Colorado!  Thank the Lord for her safe travel.  Pray for her adjustment as she gets used to her new western culture.

 

K and B:  K is just back from a very productive road trip to visit team members and sink down deep root alliances with regional pastors and workers.  He participated in an all-day training seminar on the twelve elements of a healthy church!  He also visited new team mates – a husband/wife couple who are American citizens and of the minority target group to which they minster!  This visit included treacherous mountain driving through deep mud and K’s sharing the hope of Christ in a village and then later at a worship service where some hearers had never heard the Gospel!  K also attended a board meeting comprised of area pastors.  Important connections and partnerships were made at this meeting.  These pastors were grateful and encouraged to hear of K and B’s ministry among the Unreached People Groups in the hills and villages in their area.  Pray this trip will help K and B better understand the work before them.  Pray the Lord would use the connections and alliances made with their missionary team mates and area pastors to further God’s kingdom in this area of Asia.

 

Oswald and Amanda:  They are home in Colorado Springs!  Little Smoky is doing well – completely cleared by his doctors!  Because of the security breaches in their ministry area, O and A will not be able to return to their ministry country.  This has been difficult to hear and process.  They are working with their sending company to figure out other assignment possibilities.  In the meantime pray they will process this news well and use this time near parents and loved ones to enjoy those relationships.  Pray for O and A as they close down their apartment in their ministry area.  Pray they will be able to continue strong relationships with their national friends at their former home.  Pray for those friends to continue the work to minister to the lost.

 

Herb and Celeste: Pray H and C receive approval to return to their ministry area to complete the visa process.  Their neighbors in their ministry area have been attending church while H and C have been in the US.  Pray they will surrender to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Lift up the needs of H and C’s family.  H and C have several project deadlines looming and they feel pressure to get them done with excellence.  Pray for their time management and that they will be able to deliver an excellent product.  Pray for their company leadership as they seek new ways to reach East Asia for Christ.

 

Mark and Lona Webb: (Killarney, Ireland) Praise Madeleine has returned to work and Ian starts school next week.  Please keep them in prayer for protection and witness.  Grace Baptist Church will have their last “in person” church service on 30 Aug, to give St. Oliver’s National School time to start their school year free of any visitors in the facility.  If the school operates free of any sickness during September, Grace will likely be invited back to use their facility for church services hopefully in October.  Pray for the health and safety of the students and staff at St. Oliver’s National School.  Pray the Lord would soften hearts of those in Ireland who are lost without Christ and need Him as their Savior,

 

Dusty and Ashley Jackson and Family: (Near Seoul, South Korea) The school is starting a homeroom program.  Each morning Dusty will see the same group of 7th grade students.  Dusty wants to use this homeroom time to disciple and minister to the students.  Pray for Dusty’s wisdom as to how best to connect with these students.  Dusty is coaching the high school cross country team once again this year.  Pray for him as he trains the team and for their safety as they run.  Pray they will truly be a team, unified and encouraging one another.  Dusty also leads a jazz band after school.  Pray for him as he gets it started and how to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus.  Ashley and Dusty have joined a church closer to where they live and work.  They wanted to be involved in a church which was ministering to their immediate community.  The church used to meet in their school building but, because of the coronavirus, the church has had to meet elsewhere.  Pray for their church family as they determine the best place and way to meet.