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Thank you so much for your partnership, prayers and support as we set out for another visit to Kathmandu, Nepal and Imphal in Manipur, India.
We have just moved back to Siem Reap and are in the process of settling back into life up here. Please pray for us as we transition into new roles with NGOs that we haven't worked with before. Pray for good relationships to be built with workmates and neighbours and for God to open up possibilities for friendship and sharing. Kirstie has been having some health issues that may require further testing in a different country so please pray for wisdom and for favour with the insurance company to help cover the costs.
Please pray for Ate Mimi's brother-in-law, Regan (Ate Mimi is our language teacher). Regan is in acute care at local hospital here in Butuan due to a heart attack. Please pray for his recovery and as Andrew and Ate Mimi visit Regan tonight (about 11pm NZ time) to pray and encourage him and his family.
Baptisms are always an exciting and important time. Last week, there was a weeklong camp for deaf adults in Fiji at the Coral Coast Christian Centre, attended by about 100 deaf and hearing. On the Sunday afternoon, one hearing and eleven deaf were baptised in the sea and seven of them were young people from the Gospel School for the Deaf who stay in our hostels. This is something to praise God for but also, please pray for these young people, that they will stand strong and continue to grow in their Christian faith. Please pray for the leaders of the Christian Fellowship of the Deaf who organised the camp and as they continue their ministry with the deaf adults.
Until email there could hardly have been a greater impetus in prayer for world evangelisation and church planting, to God's glory. Give thanks in Japan alone there are several non-stop prayer meetings and Ken Joseph's estimated 500 daily emails. The Lord must have thousands praying. Excuse exceedingly excited exhortation. Today's request: that God will graciously grant intense intercessors.
The young man who will give his name only as ‘the wandering lamb’, continues to drop into the Wednesday night prayer meeting. Brother Takahara, the radio evangelist from Osaka, will again be with us from 20th to 22nd September for gospel outreach in the local meeting place and in a hired central public hall. Thank you for praying dear friends. You encourage us all.
My visa application is now under consideration. Please pray that I will have peace of mind at this time of waiting, and that everything will go through smoothly.
The missionary training centre is in full swing again. Orientation went well and now there are four classes running simultaneously (plus the pre-school class). The first-year class is going well but quite a few of the new students are struggling to adjust to life on campus. On top of being in an intensive training course most of the new students are from remote areas and so are also dealing with culture shock and language barriers (Indonesian being their second language). Please pray for them to persevere and for the Lord to encourage them.
Praise the Lord that our return flights went well, and my sprained ankle has almost healed. Please pray that the Lord will work in the hearts of all the Bible school lecturers, so we can begin the new school year with unity and vision for the Lord to be glorified in all our behaviour. One of the students has already caused problems and we aren't sure that the newly appointed lecturers will actually show up.
We have an urgent prayer request. Please pray that Dean and Pauline will sell their plot within the next eight days, we believe that our Lord would have this couple carry on the work with the 50 plus children that attend children’s Bible study here in Tshesebe.
Please continue to pray for the Life of Messiah Highlights series, that it will be a blessing to those who attend, and for our health. A week ago, our family got hit by the flu. I still have a persistent cough. Pray also for the continued planning and preparation for the upcoming summer outreach, that nothing will be missed. Thank you.
We have recently returned to NZ and are enjoying reconnecting with friends and family. Please pray for our transition back.
Pray for the Kaje people of PNG. They are just finishing their first week of Bible teaching, working towards soon hearing the gospel for the first time. I’m in the process of packing up my Wewak life before I head to Goroka for a couple of weeks, after which I will return to NZ for home assignment. There is much to do and many goodbyes to be said. Please pray that I’ll be able to keep serving and loving people despite the huge list of tasks I must accomplish in the next short period of time.
Please pray for Steve while he is undergoing investigations with heart issues. Pray for wisdom for the doctors taking care of him. Pray for Jemimah coming into her final year of high school exams. Pray for C, our newest staff member serving in West Asia as she raises financial support. Please also pray for our annual global leadership meetings in September. Thank you.
The women’s conference has just finished in Lubumbashi. This conference was very big with about 4,730 ladies attending. Many blessings were seen with 67 ladies coming to faith and 206 who responded in repentance and recommitment. CDLA were able to sell 365 Swahili Bibles they had recently received.