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At the same time as this door to the gospel was opening, God had placed a barrier-crushing machine in their midst.
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Monday
A First-ever Women’s Conference

Verne and Denny Johnson minister among a people group in West Africa in church planting and translation. Denny wrote, “Our next big push will be hosting the first ever women’s conference [in this people group]. Friends from our sending church are coming in order to walk the ladies through Old Testament stories, pointing them to Christ. I will be responsible to translate for the conference and would appreciate prayer for all that will entail [Some of the African] ladies are practicing in order to be able to read many of the Scripture portions which will be used at the conference. They really do want to be used of the Lord to give the knowledge of Him to their neighbors and families. Invitations have been sent out to surrounding villages, and we are expecting [quite a few] women to attend.” Pray for the planning and the travel for all involved. 

Tuesday
Are You the Richest Person in Town?

Katie Moore, Rachel Chapman, the Hypkis and the Husbands form the team to the Nahuatl in Mexico. Katie wrote, “Imagine that you are the richest person in your town. You don’t feel rich, but you are. You have things at your disposal that your neighbors could only dream of: ibuprofen, hammers (more than one!), a wheelbarrow, Scotch tape, fingernail clippers and other delights. … Our team spends a lot of time lending things to our Nahuatl friends. But lending stuff is a great way to show God’s love. It shows that we are part of a community of interdependency. It shows that we see the stuff we own as God’s, able to benefit a whole town.” Pray for the team as they lend from God’s love. Read more about lending.

Wednesday
‘We Don’t Speak Japanese!’

Macon Jr. and Katy Hare have ministered in various places in North and South America, currently with the Ministry Advancement Team in Sanford, Florida. He related a story from his childhood in Brazil which resonates with anyone trying to learn another language. He said, “Missionaries all over the world can relate to my story of a first attempt to communicate in another language. Language shortcuts, memorizing phrases and learning a low level of language is never going to get you the fluency you need to share God’s Word and His story of love, grace and salvation. Discipleship that leads to maturity requires fluency in the heart language of a people group. It is a long-term commitment. There are no shortcuts.” Pray for missionaries learning new languages and cultures. Read Macon’s full story.

Thursday
Flowering Stones?

Tom and Danielle Brendle minister as coaches to new missionaries as they prepare to head to their field of service. Danielle said, “Until this week, I didn’t know about ‘flowering stones.’ Someone had to tell me. I had the opportunity to sit in a class with a teacher who spoke my language.” [Note: “Flowering stones” are succulents called Lithops.] She went on to mention some people groups who will soon be able to hear the Good News in their own language because someone went to share with them. She continued, “We praise God that these people groups will soon hear about Jesus in their own language, but there are billions more who have no opportunity to hear. Please pray that God will send someone to tell them.” Will you go?

Friday
People Group Assessments in East Africa

December marked the end of over three years of Ethnos360’s global partner Integral Vision’s people group survey in Tanzania. Fourteen young men from one church/community along with various co-workers at different times have finished surveying 25 people groups in Tanzania. This survey has helped update information on and define various people groups in Tanzania that still desperately need the gospel. In December, it was the team's privilege to thank these young men for their work/ministry and challenge them as well to share the needs they saw with others and consider their role in taking the gospel to these needy places themselves. Pray that the Lord would raise up laborers to reach the unreached. Find your fit.

God’s plan to reach the nations is fulfilled by the Church. Let’s consider one example of a church doing it well.
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Monday
More Laborers to Papua New Guinea

Imie and Amy Mark III minister in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360 Aviation. Imie said, “The prayers of many are being answered as the Lord continues to draw people here whose hearts have been burdened with taking His gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. We have larger groups slated to come this summer and at the end of the year than our field has seen in years. With those new missionaries in mind, our field would like to see 10 new church plants begun in the next 18 months. Most of those will rely heavily, if not solely, on aviation to provide their logistical support. We see, then, an urgent need to increase the reliability and capacity of our helicopter program to meet the rapidly approaching need.” Pray for Ethnos360’s ministry in Papua New Guinea. See how you can help.

Tuesday
A ‘Normal’ Day for a Missionary

Katie Moore ministers among the Nahuatl of Mexico. She said, “I often get questions about what a ‘normal’ day looks like for me. … I am serving right now as a church planter, with special attention to literacy. But what does that actually mean? What do I do? I decided to make a list of 30 things that occupy my time.” Keep Katie in prayer as she faces each day with its challenges. Keep up with Katie.

Wednesday
School Staff Needed in Papua New Guinea

John and Amber Adams are ministering in Papua New Guinea at the school for missionaries’ children. Amber said, “After Christmas, we start looking at staff for the following school year. We need teachers for elementary, high school math and English.” They are looking for a guest facility manager, a print shop manager, nurses and people skilled in construction, tech services and mechanics. Amber said, “The needs are great. What’s holding you back?” Pray, send or go yourself. Find out where you fit.

Thursday
Equipping the Next Generation of Missionaries

Ken and Andrea Jack are at the Ethnos360 Bible Institute, helping to equip the next generation of church planters among unreached people groups. Seeing an old photograph of students triggered these thoughts from them: “One of those young men later enrolled as a married student here. Andrea cared for their boys while his wife attended classes. Today they are missionaries in an Asian country. This couple, like a growing percentage of Ethnos360 missionaries, serves in a country that is closed to traditional missions. Instead they run a business that country needs and then are free to start Bible studies or home-churches with those they build relationships with.” Pray for the Jacks as they continue to equip future church planters. Read more.

Friday
Dealing with Water

We began following Katie Moore’s “normal days” among the Nahuatl of Mexico. She said, “I spend time each week dealing with water. We haul water. Try to save water. Use water. Filter water. Move water from one storage container to another. Think and worry about where future water will come from. I am sure it is not very godly to admit that I stress about this, but I do. I think more about water here in this village than I have in all the rest of my life combined. Water is a big deal and it takes up our time. God has taught me a great deal through the absence of water.” Pray for the Nahuatl team as they live with the lack of water. Read how God taught Katie.

February 03, 2019

The Lolo Bibles Have Arrived!

After nearly nine years, the Lolo people will be receiving the Word of God in their own language.
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Monday
Discipleship Has a New Face/Place

Lourens and Marie Laureti have ministered among the Mengen people of Papua New Guinea. “Hausboi” is a Melanesian Pidgin term for a men’s house. Lourens said, “In Mengen culture, this is a house only for men. When the gospel impacted not just the Mengen people but also many other people groups, the men’s house became a place where we would meet and disciple the men into being godly men. It was also the place to teach and disciple young boy, teenagers and unmarried men. A few years ago, a co-worker of ours from another region had the idea to start an event for men and their sons, which we call ‘Hausboi.’ The purpose is to bring these young believers who are engaging with Christ together and see them identify better as a body and develop a Biblical vision for their generation.”  Pray for the Mengen church as they participate in these Hausboi events. Read more about them.

Tuesday
Rejoicing Amidst Tears

Darcy Berglund has been ministering in both translation and literacy projects in the Asia-Pacific Region. Referring to the new year, she said, “Our friend and co-worker of many years, Mr. Petrus Nerup, has gone home to be with our Lord and Savior whom he loved and served since the early 1980’s. His funeral last week was attended by hundreds of people from near and far, all gathering to give tribute to the testimony of a life lived faithfully for God. The family has felt overwhelmed by the outpouring of comfort and stories of the impact his life had on so many.” Pray for the family and for the Semandang church as they adjust to life without Mr. Petrus Nerup. 

Wednesday
Just a Door

osh and Candy Dalton minister with Ethnos360 Aviation in the Philippines. Recently, they have gone through the transition from fixed-wing aircraft to helicopters. They needed land, a hangar, a helicopter, specialized training and tools, and money. Josh said, “We found ourselves facing a wild array of emotions. Crazy excitement at what this tool would mean for our church planters, mixed with some fear and trembling. … I contacted a garage door supplier to request a quote for a main hangar door, and within a few days God had provided a top-of-the-line commercial grade overhead door, exactly what we needed for our hangar! We had no R66 helicopter, no hangar, and no land to build a hangar on, but God knew that we needed His confirmation that we were on the right track, so he provided a door.” Pray for the aviation team as they get ready for this tool for the Philippines. Read Josh’s comments.

Thursday
An Exciting Milestone for Ethnos Canada

For years, Canada has been a sending country, meaning they send out missionaries to the rest of the world. Now Ethnos Canada is a receiving entity within Global Partners. Ethnos Canada is beginning to send missionaries to the First Peoples in northern Canada. The official start date for the first e2 in Canada (field orientation) is February 11, 2019. During e2, a family from the Netherlands and another family and a single lady from the USA will begin learning about the Canadian context. Pray for the FirstStory team as they begin their ministry. Read more here.

Friday
New Co-Workers!

Bill and Debby Bosley have recently returned to their ministries in Dakar, Senegal. They write, “New co-workers! God is still in the business of raising up laborers for His harvest field in answer to prayer (Matt. 9:37, 38). This week we will welcome seven new co-workers – three young couples with children and one single man. Please pray for them as they get adjusted to life in West Africa, and for us as we help them with medical and security orientation.”