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Two young believers from different ethnic groups marry, following God’s principles for marriage for the first time in Iski.
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Monday
Hurray! Give Thanks!

Dave and Fran Jordan minister in Thailand to the Prai people. “God gave us the joy of seeing the goal of Old Testament portions and the Prai New Testament ready for the typesetter to prepare for printing. There will still be wrinkles to iron out no doubt, decisions to make and then the printing to be done — more decisions. Early next year there will be a dedication/celebration service. Please give praise with us. So many have had a part in providing God's Word in the Prai language, and we know God is glorified as His people work together. Please pray that God's Word will continue to change lives and strengthen the Prai church.”

Tuesday
Ongoing Discipleship

Chris and Angie Walker minister among the Mibu people of Papua New Guinea. “We received word that one of the elders was stepping down for a time to help deal with some trouble that came up with his teenage son. This son, along with a cousin, has been personally mentored by another elder, and together they were being put through the ropes of one day becoming literacy teachers (kind of the unofficial first rung towards church leadership). The teen boy's parents and this other elder have both warned him that as he grows, Satan will try to trip him up by testing him in different ways. Well, true to their word, he was tested, and he made some foolish choices and fell into sin. The son has recognized the error of his way (almost immediately, it seems), and with the support of parents and others, [he] has allowed the Holy Spirit to convict him, and through prayer and humility [he] seems about ready to move forward once again. Discipleship continues faithfully, and how thrilling to hear of mature believers taking the next generation under their wings and showing them how the Christian life is done on such a personal level.” Pray for the ongoing discipleship.

Wednesday
Just Imagine…

Joel and Andi McMartin minister in Senegal, West Africa. They said, “This past month we celebrated the completion of the second New Testament here in West Africa. The Bulongish church now has a printed copy of [the] Scriptures and what a celebration it was. They had representatives from the government, the majority religion and so many others who came to acknowledge this great accomplishment, and each of the important delegates walked away with a Bible in their hands.” Pray for the Bulongish church to learn and grow in Christ. Read more.

Thursday
Bible Lessons

Mike and Sandy Lynch minister to the Phu Thai people of Thailand. They wrote, “Bible lesson writing is going well as Mike continues to work on the second cycle of lessons geared toward believers. We are still praying that God would draw people’s hearts who are interested in the teaching. In addition, Mike has been editing the audio lessons for cycle one and uploading these lessons each week to YouTube and Facebook.”

Friday
Exciting Times!

Jon and Janet Mitchell minister as church planters to the Lavongai people of Papua New Guinea. “The teaching program has been running now for about six months. During these months we have been teaching very clearly about God’s character, man’s sinful state and Satan’s character and outlining God’s plan of salvation. All these lessons are to prepare the students to repent and believe in Jesus as their savior. In the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on the death and resurrection.” They had planned to present the gospel on August 19 and 20. Pray that the students would understand and accept Christ’s finished work for them.

September 08, 2019

The Mechanics of Aviation

Aviation mechanics, like other strategic missionaries, are vital to spreading the gospel around the world.
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Monday
Sticking

Jonathan and Heidi Bamford Minister to the Isnag people of the Philippines. “If loggers gathering logs are logging, then [the Isnag boys that I see picking up sticks] must be stickers out sticking. They inspired me to think about sticking to the task of carrying the sticks we are responsible for. There are plenty of things that run competition with the task of translation. Most of them are good things and deserve a bit of attention. Last week, for example, we had a visit from the local government authorities. The important thing is to remember to get back to collecting your sticks. Currently these are my sticks. Yesterday I wrapped up the first draft of Titus. First and Second Timothy are ready to move on to the second stage of the translation process. There are still a lot of sticks waiting to be picked up. Please pray that we will have strength and endurance to complete the New Testament in the southern Isnag dialect. I estimate that it will take around four more years. That will take a lot of sticking.” Please pray for the Bamfords to persevere.

Tuesday
Of Goats and Goodbyes

Michael and Stacy Creech minister in Senegal, West Africa, among the Baynunk people. “I was standing in our bedroom, folding clothes as we prepared to leave our third ‘home’ in three months. I crossed to the window to see if I could find out who was wailing outside. It sounded like an animal but also made me think of a desperate child. It was a goat, pegged into the grass on the other side of the road, alone. It kept jerking and pulling at the rope, desperate to get back with the group that was farther down the road. I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the animal and felt tears welling up in my eyes. I wasn’t crying for the goat, although I did feel bad for it. Those tears were for [me]. In that moment, I felt very much like that struggling animal who just wanted to be with its herd. I suppose on the one hand, you could look at it and be in awe of how gracious God is to give us so many sweet relationships as we go from place to place. At that moment though, all I could see were the continual goodbyes, and I wanted to wail like that goat, my heart crying, ’Just let me stay with them!’” Pray for the Creeches.

Wednesday
Excel Through Hardship

Tim and Andrea Ullum minister in Asia Pacific among the Jelai people. “Recently I have been working on lessons through the book of 1 Thessalonians. I can definitely relate to the agony Paul felt and [to] his sincere concern that the small group of believers in Thessalonica (or in our case in the village) would fail to endure Satan’s onslaught (1 Thessalonians 3:5). I see in Paul a mix of confidence in God’s work [and of] concern that the believers would fail to excel through the trials they were facing. Pray with us that the believers would endure the trials they are destined to face. That they would excel through these things and reflect more and more the new life they have in Christ.” Read the full story.

Thursday
Lean Heavily

Caleb and Emily Arnold, enroute to Mexico, referenced a letter of acceptance that Ethnos360 sent out to new missionaries 70 years ago. “It is our prayer that your hearts would resonate with this exhortation and hear it being spoken to you as well — we are all in this battle together: ‘It will be vitally important that you lean heavily on the Lord … that He might guide and direct you as it pleases Him. … If you are not willing to lose your life for the cause of Christ, we must discourage you from coming.’” Pray for God to speak to you. Read more.

Friday
Notes from the Sulot

Rachel Searcy ministers as a Bible translator in Asia Pacific with the Punan people. She said, “And they said it was dry season, but such is life in a tropical rain forest. I am ever so glad for a dry house and dry clothes and hot coffee. Once I get back from the city, the team here plans to continue drafting I Corinthians. I am praying that we can get two drafts completed before my dad comes to visit in October. In between sessions of drafting I Corinthians, we are hoping to do comprehension checking of Galatians and portions of Proverbs. In November I will be returning with my dad to the USA for a time of home assignment. Right now, my plan is to stay in the USA until March 2020, sharing with supporting churches and individuals.” Pray for the translation team. You can help with Bible translation.

The river changed, but the church grew.
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Monday
Translation Checks

Bill and Debby Bosley minister in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. “Our translators in Senegal will be on home assignment, but in Guinea, we are rejoicing with the Bulongish people who [received] their first printed New Testaments at the July dedication. Another translator in Ivory Coast has two more translation checks scheduled before that translation is finished. It is exciting to have God’s Word in local languages! Please do continue to pray for our friends and others who received the French and Wolof New Testaments while Debby’s dad was here. God’s Word is alive and powerful! Please do continue to pray for peace and stability for West Africa.” You can help with translations.

Tuesday
The Pal Church Family

Chris and Maggie Hostetter minister with the Pal people of Papua New Guinea. “Teachers and believers from our local church [will] carry the gospel up and down the mountains to a ‘nearby’ (three hours’ hike away) Pal village! Three Pal believers and faithful translation helpers joined us out in town last month to finish checking some pretty awesome New Testament books. 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus are all now ready to be printed and distributed! Our next translation projects, which are currently in progress, are the books of Matthew and Revelation. Praise God people still have food despite the huge landslides. God continues to watch over and sustain us. Please pray for these Pal people who will hear the message for the first time, as well as for those who will be teaching them.” Read more.

Wednesday
Another whirlwind!

Jon and Angie Button minister in Southeast Africa. “After 31 hours of travel, we arrived safely to Tanzania around dinnertime on Saturday the 8th of June. … We started our month of meetings in Tanzania and Mozambique on Monday the 10th. Another whirlwind! One very meaningful and exciting development from these meetings was our team discussion about the options in front of us to begin our first church planting teams in Tanzania. As a group, we sensed the Lord’s leading to begin further investigation to narrow down which of the two or three people groups we will commit to work with and to determine our strategy for entering into a village among them. When we returned from Mozambique, our passports were stamped with 30 days, not the expected 90 days …” Update: “We went to the immigration office and with the help of a friend were able to get another 60 days on our visas. We will still need to leave the country and come back, but hopefully it will only be one time before our work and resident permits are completed. Thanks for praying.” View images of the Buttons' daily life.

Thursday
Translation

Jeremiah and April Markley minister to the Dinangat people in Papua New Guinea. “Every morning, Jeremiah meets with his translation co-worker, Basa, for four hours. While we were at the mission center, he was able to finish drafting the entire book of Luke. So now he and Basa are going over each verse with a fine-toothed comb and have completed the initial check on seven chapters so far as well another preliminary check on one chapter. He would like to complete the initial checking of Luke while we’re in here. His afternoons are usually spent on discipleship and lesson planning. I spend a couple of hours each morning doing a different phase of checking for each chapter as well. We are thankful for you who support us in so many ways. This job takes a team, and we are grateful to be able to serve Him with you!” Read more.

Friday
Halfway!

Clint and Ashlyn Teele minister in Papua New Guinea among the Uriay people. “As our little family sat on some logs next to the jungle trail, Clint pulled out the GPS app on his phone and announced, ‘We’re about halfway home!’ All of us were very excited at the news and felt a renewed burst of energy to finish the final one and a quarter mile to get back to our house. Just like facing that tough jungle trail when we were already tired, language and culture study often feels overwhelming and incredibly challenging. After we each completed an oral test with a variety of different speaking tasks, the consultants told us that we are at level 5 out of 9 on their evaluating scale, which means that we are over halfway! We were so excited and encouraged to hear this news!” Pray that Clint and Ashlyn will be able to persevere in language and culture study.