Bill & Sally Dyck serving in North, Central, & South America - Pray for ongoing Bible translation projects that are being hindered by the pandemic. God continues to raise up new creative opportunities, but it is easy to get discouraged. Pray for our strategic internet ministry, providing access to Scripture in thousands of languages. May people find the resources that will help them in their daily relationship with God. Please pray for our daughter Laura, as she deals with oral cancer. A surgery to remove more tissue on her tongue along with the removal and examination of lymph nodes will help determine the spread of the cancer and treatment options. Pray for our youngest son dealing with issues after returning from service in the Navy.
Mozambique Outreach – (Director: Michael Boso) – Pray for wisdom, for Pastor Benedito, as he works with Young Life and equips the youth of Macalawane to lead, reach out to others and connects them with the church community. Give thanks to God for the new youth multipurpose center has been built as well as a new soccer field in Macalawane next to the new church. Pray that God would use these facilities to draw many youth and families to Christ in Macalawane and other villages communities. God has been moving in the hearts of many in the villages and there has been a need for more Bibles. We have sent support to purchase Bibles to give away. Pray that God’s Word would touch hearts and change their lives for HIS Kingdom purposes.
India Outreach – (Director: Doug Lauer) – After the suspension of church services in most parts of the country, the local income to the churches was greatly affected. This became a major financial challenge for the Pastors and their ministry. After the reopening of the churches and the continuation of the newly established Family Groups, we are seeing signs of local giving again. Please pray that God will provide for church members and that they will be generous in giving to the church so that the needs of the ministry will be met. Pray for the team that is actively engaged with the A.I.C.C. serving the persecuted pastors and churches. This team needs a lot of wisdom to handle the challenging and sensitive cases they face. Pray for the team as they serve the persecuted church and church leaders across the nation.
Tim & Judi Walton serving in NE Ohio - Pray for wisdom and creativity as we implement ways of engaging with international students in the midst of a pandemic. Pray for international students as they experience fear, isolation, and class pressure. Pray for them to know the peace that Christ offers. Pray for the church to continue to embrace the mission of reaching out to international students who God has brought to our neighborhood.
Chapel Urban Outreach – (Director: Lisa Marshall) – Please pray for opportunities to engage students and staff at the 4 Akron schools we partner with during COVID-19. Pray that God gives us wisdom as we plan for the summer ministry programs to reach out to kids and their families with the hope of Christ.
Nancy Ware serving Refugees in North Akron – Praise God for the children who recently received Christ as their Savior - Lidiah, Daniel, Blessing, Wah, Klo, Mooka, Sweet and Green. Pray that they will grow in their relationship with Christ. Ask God to open doors to make connections with more Buddhist and Muslim Burmese refugees and with the Congolese Refugees.
Gregg & Rawda serving in Middle East - Pray that we would be able to keep both of our schools open and operating normally during the pandemic. Pray that the Lord would provide funds to reimburse our staff for salary reductions made during the lockdown last spring and summer. Pray that we would be able to continue to meet the needs of Palestinians who have been hit hard by the pandemic through our Bethlehem Relief Project. Pray that we would succeed in obtaining a building permit for our new campus. Pray that the Lord would send the right person or couple to take over our leadership responsibilities for our schools in Bethlehem and in Hebron. Pray that the Lord would use our staff devotions and our morning assemblies to touch the hearts of our staff and our students with God's word.
Yucatan Outreach – (Director: Todd Lewis) – Pray that God would open hearts and ears of villagers as they hear the message of Christ proclaimed. Pray that they would see the hope of Christ in spite of the struggle brought on by the pandemic. Also pray for the Mission House staff that God would provide for their needs and give them wisdom to know how to minister to the villages. And pray that the Mission House pastors and ministers would grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and be equipped to share His truth.
International Outreach – (Director: Stephen Morris) – Pray for wisdom as we develop and adapt ministry for the Spring semester. Pray that as students have graduated and new ones arrive, we are able to build and develop good relationships with new students. Through this time, pray for creativity in how we share the gospel and that we have many opportunities to share about the hope we have in Christ.
S & A serving in North Africa – There are a few brothers are having undergone persecution in recent weeks. We thank the Lord for the attitudes of joy they have in this season. We are asking that more brothers and sisters would hear about this and join in choosing joy, even in seasons of persecution. The economy of our country was struggling before covid and things have only gotten more dire. We are asking God to provide work for the many young adults that know Him, so they can care for their families and support their communities. Our family is undergoing the transition of returning back home after our time in Ohio, but this time as a family of 5. Please ask God that each member of our family would adjust well with all the changes.
Cambodia Outreach – (Director: Kathi Ferris) – During the month of November, the schools in Cambodia were finally approved for meeting virus safety protocol, and school buildings were opened for the first time since last spring for in-person classes. Unfortunately, since then, in-person classes have been cancelled twice now due to outbreaks of the virus. Even though this is disappointing, we praise our Lord that our Cambodia family remains safe and healthy. Please pray that the children would not get discouraged, remain confident, stay focused on their studies, and more than ever their reliance and faith in Jesus would grow ever stronger. Also pray for wisdom and encouragement for the home parents and staff as they continue to face these ongoing challenges.
Vietnam Outreach – Please pray that God would reveal Himself and move in the hearts of the different tribal people’s group in Thai Nguyen and Ha Giang province of North Vietnam. Thank God we continue to partner with the local church in these provinces to bring the hope of the Gospel of Christ to those who are unreached and/or antagonistic to Christianity. Also thank God for the 25 Biblical churches in Thai Nguyen that we support. Pray that God would strengthen these churches where some do not have strong discipleship programs/systems in place. Pray that God would empower these churches to fulfill a vision to plant 25 new Love Homes-and grow into official churches (each church planting one new church) in the future.