Mission Praises/Prayer

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests July/August 2022

Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
    • For the opportunity to lead and participate in 24 Hours of Prayer through ACTION. We had 200 colleagues from 32 countries join us!
    • For the ongoing opportunities ACTION has among Frontier Peoples. Looking forward to participating in the upcoming International Day of the Unreached.
  • Prayer:
    • For ongoing ministry opportunities among the Khmer, specifically among churches being trained with evangelistic materials our team has released for children.
    • For Gospel opportunities during the ongoing relief ministry taking place in Poland. and Ukraine through the ACTION team among local churches. The suffering and heartache is hard to imagine, our prayers and support go out to all those impacted.

Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That the weekly Capitol Bible discussions I teach for legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists have been going well and bearing fruit. This year, I am teaching through the encouraging book of Psalms. I rejoice that God is drawing people who work on both sides of the political aisle to learn of Him.
    • That the Capitol is busy with activity and God has been bringing about many unexpected “divine appointments” and opening doors for me to share about him with senators, assembly members, staff, and lobbyists, including with some who people would not expect.
  • Prayer:
    • For a state legislator I have been meeting with to share the Word of the Lord. God is obviously calling him to salvation. I recently gave him a copy of the New Testament and explained the Good News of Jesus to him. It is all new to him and he is considering it. Please pray that he reads the Word and trusts in Christ and is saved. 
    • For healing. I had a serious injury to my hearing at the end of March, and it has caused annoying tinnitus buzzing in my ears that comes and goes in intensity and can make communication in loud environments difficult. The doctors say they can’t do anything to treat it and that it might heal over time or could be permanent. I appreciate ongoing prayer for this condition.

Henry and Grace Banda—YOLEDS (Youth Leadership Development in Sport) (Malawi)

  • Praise:
    • For the Lord meeting us at our point of need as a family.
    • That the planning meeting we had with the local churches to plan for the sports and recreation ministry’s upcoming church leaders’ two-day sports seminar was successful. 
  • Prayer:
    • For the success of the upcoming sports seminar; now that the planning meeting has come and gone, we pray that the program will have the funds to be held, and that many children and young adults will come to Jesus..
    • For the recovery of our Malawi’s economy. My family—and many others in Malawi—are only living by the grace of God.

Jay and Karen Devers—Dynamic Church Planting International (Worldwide)

  • Praise:
    • Praise God for the healthy birth of our grandson, Levi Benjamin Josef Devers. Born June 3 in Sweden. 
    • For salvation for our extended Devers and Flory family members.  
  • Prayer:
    • For the many contacts Jay has made over the last 3 months all over the world. Pray for wisdom for the follow-up that will lead to training in countries yet to use DCPI training. Jay trained one American pastor in Denver in May that will take the House Church Planting training to Mauritania in October. 29 countries to go!
    • For our son, Jeremy, as he leads a short-term team to Indonesia.  They arrived July 1 and will be there for 9 weeks. They are a ten-person team with one young couple with their child. They will minister in Bali and West Java. The vision to reach Indonesia still runs strong.

Kennedy and Emily Salano—316 Transformational Sports Ministry (East Africa)

  • Praise:
    • For the success of two trainings for leaders in Kenya and Ethiopia. We were able to equip 75 future leaders to serve through the sports ministry!
    • For enabling Emily and I to move to a new house after many years of waiting.
  • Prayer
    • For peace and safety as Kenya goes through national elections in August.
    • For the success of upcoming sports evangelism to girls in our community. Pray for the success of our seminars.
    • For the Lord’s provision for a staff member who will be the right coach for our children and for our ministry.

Lincoln Christian Academy (formerly Community Christian School), Lincoln, CA (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That our summer program is in full swing and going great! Children are learning about God each day and having fun!
    • An amazing family has blessed the school with a donation of a huge fan called a Portacool for the gym and it now keeps the gym cool enough for our students to enjoy playtime during the hot summer months!
  • Prayer: 
    • For a family in the midst of a divorce who can no longer afford tuition for their two boys. Please pray that God will build our scholarship fund, so we can keep this family with us, offering consistency and support to their two boys. Prayers for the family are appreciated.
    • For God to bring the staff He wants with us as we move forward with planning our upcoming school year. Pray that God will continue to move us in the direction He calls us to.

Michael and Irina—Slavic Gospel Association (Asia)

  • Praise:
    • That despite uncertainty in the country, we are able to continue with our ministry and expand into other remote areas.
    • That the first village summer kids’ program was a success: Good turnout, good weather, safe flights.
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s blessing on the rest of the summer kids programs in the villages.
    • For guidance and wisdom. As we fly and visit further North, pray that God would open the door for ministry.

Paul and Grace MosesIndia Sports Ministry/Sangita Charitable Trust/Widows’ Program (India)

  • Praise:
    • That all our kids at the Sangita Home have joined school for the new academic year. 
    • That we had our widows’ ministry program and were able to distribute additional food provisions from this month onwards to all our widows even though we went through some challenges last month. 
  • Prayer:
    • That our 70 kids who have started the new academic year will do well in their studies. 
    • For our plans to buy some additional property for Sangita ministries.

Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • For answered prayers for the “Balaam” who was cursed after he became a Christian.  We asked for curses to be turned to blessings, and now at least five more “Balaams” of international influence have come into New Life in Christ. 
    • For the opportunity for discipleship. Some 3,000 Muslim refugees have fled to an IMANI refugee center from Muslim jihadist bandits who kill non-terrorist Muslims. All 3,000 of these Muslim refugees are open to Christian discipleship, and 400 of them have already become committed Christians.
  • Prayer:
    • For wisdom and receptive minds and hearts. Ruth plans to be in Uganda from August 9–30.  For the first 1½ weeks, plans are to interact with online students face to face and to begin teaching a course on engaging Muslims with the Gospel. Then she plans to join others in teaching during the CLEAR (Christian Leadership Education for Africa Revival) Conference. 
    • For ongoing resources to purchase Bibles and New Testaments for the Muslim refugees and other Muslims now so eager to read them and to live into the Truth of the Way of Jesus.

Steve and Dawn Liberti—NAB Conference/Proclaim Ministries (Germany/Global)

  • Praise:
    • For a very successful and fruitful time of training two church partners we recently worked with in preparation for several large-scale outreach events in Jacksonville in the fall. The training was to help our church partners prepare for God honoring and glorifying public evangelism, including a plan for sustainability to have every opportunity to make disciples!
    • That Bianca and Sofia have been able to be with us for the summer between semesters at Taylor University. Bianca will be a senior next year and Sofia a Junior. Both young ladies are gainfully employed for the summer and have internships associated with their majors. We thank God for His provision.
  • Prayer:
    • For Steve as he is travels for three weeks, co-leading an evangelistic outreach campaign in the Balkans (Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia). Pray for safety during travel for our team, our church partners. Pray that many will make an eternity-changing decision to follow Jesus!
    • For health. Steve and Dawn were recently diagnosed with COVID, but are recovering well. Steve’s mother Mary needs prayer for her chronic anxiety and Dawn’s mother Marilyn needs prayer for her cognitive ability to increase.

Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)

  • Praise:
    • For the life-transformation we are seeing on a daily basis in the lives of our students.
    • For every prayer partner, donor, and volunteer.
  • Prayers: 
    • For the preparation and success of banquets in the fall.
    • For our students and their families.

Ring Dilbung—East India

  • Praise:
    • That my beloved husband’s first HomeGoing Anniversary on May 31 was celebrated. The Lord’s name was glorified through his servant Dr. Thamsing in his short life.
    • That the “Self-Help Group for Missions” team could reach out to two orphanage homes for fellowship. We distributed sweets and clothes that we collected from group members.
  • Prayers: 
    • For the success of upcoming Pastor’s Wife fellowship of Lamkang Baptist Association in Manipur. Most pastors’ wives are neglected in my society, so I want to organize this program to make them feel special and important in their husbands’ ministries.
    • For the Self-Help Group as we plan for a mission trip to interior part of Assam, India. 10 members will visit the area. Pray for God’s wisdom and protection.