Mission Praises/Prayer

Missions’ Praises and Prayer Requests November/December 2021

Daren and Jodi Beck—ACTION International (Cambodia)

  • Praise:
    • That the New City Catechism translated into Khmer has been printed and delivered to churches here in Cambodia!
    • For the completion of the second printing of The Jesus Story Bible Book in the Khmer language! 
  • Prayer:
    • For teammates who are in quarantine here in Phnom Penh after returning from home assignment in Canada.
    • For our daughter Kamryn who is recovering from COVID; she is in her last semester at The Master’s University.

Frank Erb—Capitol Commission (USA)

  • Praise:
    • That God used me to guide an influential leader who was an agnostic to recently reading the Bible for the first time and trusting in Jesus and becoming a member of his church.
    • That an influential leader who is an agnostic who I have been meeting with says he is starting to trust in Jesus. 
  • Prayer:
  • For God to open doors and hearts as I continue to disciple and counsel senators, assembly members, leaders, staff, and lobbyists at the Capitol.
  • For God to provide end-of-year donations needed for the ministry in the new year.

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

  • Praise:
    • For God’s faithfulness to me, my family, and our ministry.
    • For the successful church sports leadership seminar held on October 23.
  • Prayer:
    • For God’s grace to be upon me always.
    • For God to continue to provide for our needs. Malawi’s economy has been devastated by COVID and by the political unrest over the last several years. Please pray for the pandemic to cease and for our economy to recover.

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

  • Praise:
    • For the great progress made with the finalization of Roy and Bonnie’s estate. It has been a difficult journey, but Jesus is being lifted up and He will bring us through. “Light dispels darkness as truth dispels deception. Move God in and everything else has to move out.”
    • That Jay is working with Sacramento-area churches to initiate a house-church planting movement among the large Afghani refugee population, currently about 12,000 with many new arrivals coming. Pray for the success of a winter coat drive on November 6 in Natomas and a welcome basket delivery November 20 in Elk Grove.
  • Prayer:
    • For Karen’s success and safety as she attends a conference in Orlando in November. This conference will equip her as a coach for support-raising missionaries. 
    • For one of our partners in India whose goal is to have a one-day coordinated baptism of more than 40,000 people in 1,000 separate locations! Pray for their success.

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

  • Praise:
    • For a successful sports camp in Nairobi for more than 150 children, with many of them recommitting themselves to Christ!
    • For the opportunity to connect with Ferdinand Omanyala, Africa’s 100-meter sprint record holder.
  • Prayer
    • For the success of the upcoming end-of-year outreaches to children and young adults.
    • For God’s guidance in everything we endeavor to accomplish as we end the year.

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

  • Praise:
    • That we have many families seeking a church to attend regularly (many for the first time). Several students have received Jesus, and God has been filling our open staff positions.
    • That our Grandparents’ Day event was a success! We welcomed over 150 grandparents who were thrilled to spend the morning with their grandchildren.
  • Prayer: 
    • For pray for a solution to our need for more classrooms.  We have utilized every area possible and will need at least two classrooms next year.
    • For our meal packing event on Nov. 5th.  Please pray the event goes smoothly and the meals are safely delivered to those who need them, both locally and around the world.

Michael and Irina—Slavic Gospel Association (Asia)

  • Praise:
    • For the help of others. Upon our return from the State side visit in September, we were assisted by a team from the U.S. to complete a couple major projects on our house (it’s still in the construction phase, but clearly moving ahead). They also helped me change an engine on one of our aircraft. Now it’s ready for the annual certification process. 
    • That the water has subsided from our old airfield, and we’ve started the clean-up process. We plan to bring one of our aircraft to our old location for the wintertime and keep the other aircraft at the temporary airfield. 
  • Prayer:
    • For a new permanent airfield in which to base our aircraft. We are continuing to operate from a temporary location. Fortunately, for the time being it’s working out well.
    • For the continued success of our visits to a nearby village that is only accessible by boat. We recently visited and had a good group that gathered for the Bible study and Sunday school lesson. It was an encouraging trip, and we are praying for their salvation.

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

  • Praise:
    • That God has protected us and our ministries during this entire season of COVID. All our ministries and people are safe and secure from this virus so far and we are thankful to God!
    • For our wonderful staff, who serve the ministries of Sangita well.
  • Prayer:
    • That the US Government will open the window to travel from India so we can visit Lincoln Community Church before the end of the year. Pray that God will guide us through the many new processes and procedures. We long to see all of you as soon as possible!
    • Pray that as the pandemic continues, we will never get discouraged.  

Ruth Veltkamp—Set Free Ministries (Nigeria)

  • Praise:
    • For a former Muslim professor in North Africa who is now translating portions of the Bible into the indigenous language of his people. Elders whom he has asked to “check” his translation have started becoming followers of Jesus.
    • For the IMANI missionary working among the 3.4 million Tuaregs, a Muslim desert people in Mali who has led 20 Tuareg men to follow Jesus.
  • Prayer:
    • For Akiza as he confronts another challenge. Eight years ago, Akiza was working to rehabilitate former Boko Haram members, and was very successful. He took out a loan to further his work, but it turns out that the lender is insisting upon Akiza’s return to Islam as a condition of repayment. The lender is putting a call in for the full amount of the loan, and Akiza only has half. Pray for strength and guidance, and for the courts to be fair, reasonable, and compassionate.
    • For blessings on an IMANI leader who plans to travel in November to join in the baptism and training of new believers in a North African country.
    • For God to expedite the production of audio Bibles in the Tuareg language. May there be a movement to Jesus among these unreached desert people.

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

  • Praise:
    • For great colleagues and friends that have played a key part in our transition back to America. We are coming out of the fog that is the byproduct of such huge life changes.
    • For the inspiration and encouragement we received from a recent visit of Daniel, a Croatian pastor. Last June, Steve led a team to Požega Croatia where Daniel is the pastor for a partner church. We hosted him for a week last month as he was here to see family and speak with leaders in this region of the U.S.
  • Prayer:
    • For our ability to respond to the increasing needs of our partners in The Balkan Peninsula as the world begins to open in a post-pandemic and opportunity-rich world. Churches and Church Planters are asking for help to reach their communities for Christ.
    • For the establishment of a Global Ministry Center here in our new base of ministry in Jacksonville. This will be a hub for training, equipping, and preparing teams sent out for evangelistic ministry both domestically and internationally.

Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge (USA)

  • Praise:
    • For our many faithful volunteers and donors.
    • For all who joined us for our in-person and virtual galas.
  • Prayers: 
    • For our students’ growth in the Lord and that they would enjoy time spent with family over the holidays.
    • For continued provision for the ministry.
    • For the right volunteers and God’s providence, as Alpha Henson House needs to expand their bathroom facilities from their single shower and single toilet in order to support fifteen to twenty people.

Ring Dilbung supports the underprivileged in the seven states of Eastern India. Her husband worked for Church Sports International but passed away from COVID in 2021. Ring continues his passion for ministry by cooking food for the homeless and destitute, as well as serving as prayer group leader and ministry treasurer of her church in Dimapur.

  • That my mother, for whom the doctor gave no hope for survival from COVID, is now in recovery. Her testimony has touched many to believe in Jesus and His great work. Praise God!
    • For all the love and support from Lincoln Community Church, which has been a blessing for my family’s survival and for the support of the ministry that Thamsing worked so hard for.
  • Prayers: 
    • For the family of my church’s pastor, Reverend Alen, who passed away from COVID on October 7. He leaves a wife, daughter, and son. Pray that my church will find the right leader to fill Reverend Alen’s position.
    • For all the leaders and members of our mission groups who are trying to resume effective missionary work despite the challenges of COVID.