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August 18, 2019

Hope in Death

Stephen and Carolyn Crockett are witnessing the effect that God has had on the Moi through a recent tragedy.
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Monday
Language and Culture Evaluation

David and Vanessa Maynard minister among the Isnag people in the Philippines. The question came to them: “How do you unpack more than four years of language and culture learning in two days?” Vanessa responded, “With hours and hours of talking, that’s how! Two weeks ago, our language consultant, Richard, flew into the village to give me a language and culture evaluation. We spent hours talking about everything I knew about the Isnag culture, from traditions to lifestyle to mindsets. Afterwards, we went to my language helper’s house where Richard and David observed my language skills and listened to me speak. I am so thankful for my language helper, Andali. All in all, Richard’s visit ended with my getting two thumbs up on my evaluation and being officially ’finished’ with my language learning! Woohoo! Don’t worry though, real life will force me to constantly keep growing in my understanding and speaking abilities as I start helping our team with the Bible translation process.” Here’s how you can help.

Tuesday
Literacy Training in Peru

Katie Moore ministers in Mexico with the Nahuatl people. She teaches adult literacy and recently spent time in Peru. “I spent the month of June in Peru, doing some more training for literacy consulting. It was a joy to see the Peruvian men and the missionary team write the materials that will one day allow that people [group] to read the Bible in their heart language. [They were] learning some skills that will help [them] help others, like [how to make] primers. A lot of hard work went into these materials, but the payout will be priceless.” Pray for Katie’s continued training. Read more.

Wednesday
Tüpä

Emilio and Marlen Ychu minister in Bolivia among the Guarayo people. “We continue to work on improving the Bible lessons to teach the Word of God in Guarayo. We still need to do the New Testament lessons. Marlen is teaching the same material at women's meetings. One day she read Psalm 24:1 and taught (in Guarayo) that God is the Creator and Owner. That was obviously a new thought for the ladies, and they were very surprised. Many of them believe that everything has an owner. For example, when they go fishing, they ask the che ramoi for permission to fish. Formerly it was believed that the che ramoi (the grandfather) said: ‘Whom do our relatives ask for permission when they throw their hook into the water to fish? It is not to Tüpä, who is the true Creator God, but to another who is the che ramoi.’ Although the Guarayos say they believe in Tüpä (God), their true faith is in the che ramoi, not the true God.” Pray for the Guarayos to gain a good understanding of the true Word of God.

Thursday
Wings of Prayer

Karin Both ministers to one of the people groups in Asia Pacific. “I had the opportunity to fly into the village of the people group where, Lord willing, [our team] will soon move in. The team had planned a two-week building trip while Natalie, Steve Hutchings’ wife, our teammates and I could join the flights and visit … for a couple of hours. What excitement! First, we flew to the main village. The weather situation did not allow us to land. The runway was covered in clouds, and we had to circle for a while. We looked at each other — wordless agreement that we are going to pray. The Lord opened a small hole in the clouds where only the runway was visible so we could land. The pilots are part of our team, they are excited to see us move on, they are praying with and for us and often they go the second mile to make our flights possible. Without them our ministry in such a remote place would not be possible.” Pray for the pilots that fly the missionaries into remote locations and for safety. Read more about aviation.

Friday
The Wano in Asia Pacific

Tim and Rebecca Ingles minister as church planters to the Wano people of Asia Pacific. “Over the last few months we, along with the Wano, have been talking and praying about the possibility of a school coming here to provide education opportunities for the Wano kids. …. In preparation for the school coming here, we have had a very busy three days of testing kids, interviewing parents and determining who will be able to attend the school. …. Up until now, all the education and training here in the village has been done by us, the missionaries, in the Wano language. But this school will provide a much more complete education for the kids attending, and it will be done in the [national] language which means, at the beginning, the few Wano that speak [the national language] will have to help translate for a while until the kids get a grasp of [the national language]. Please pray with us for all the details that are still being worked out in preparation for starting classes next month.”

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Monday
It’s All Part of Church Planting

Tim and Rebecca Ingles minister to the Wano people in Asia Pacific through church planting. “Since getting back home a couple of weeks ago, it seems like I, Tim, have been doing more medical work than usual. Broken bones, large cuts, pregnancy problems, skin infections and sickness that are hard to diagnose are some of the things I have been dealing with. Please pray for wisdom as we diagnose and [for] healing for the Wano and for Rebecca as well. She has been slowly getting better over this week, and her low-grade fever disappeared in the evening, so we are hopeful that the fever is gone. We are still not sure what the cause of the sickness is, but we are thinking that maybe it was a mild case of dengue fever. Please pray for her to get her strength back and for all the pain to be gone. Thanks for your prayers, love and support!”

Tuesday
The Step of Faith

Hector and Amy Flores minister in Mexico. “We packed all our stuff up, at my parents’ house, in what was a grueling, stressful and slightly agonizing week. You see God had asked us to take a big ole step of faith – a scary, illogical step of faith. The Mexico field is having their missions conference, and we were interested in going, but when we asked about it, there was no space available. Then one day a friend on field leadership called my husband and said, ‘A room opened up, but you have to answer now if you want to come.’ This friend really challenged us saying: just start making plans as if it [were] going to happen.’ God brought so many people alongside us that helped point us back to God. Really a miracle in itself because more than one person, without knowing it, would bring up the same stuff. They reminded us of Noah who built [the] ark before it had ever rained …and how the priests had to pick up the ark of the covenant and step into the water before the [Jordan River] parted. We have packed up and picked up our ark and [taken] the first step into the water of our journey. For us this was so uncomfortable, but God has a body to do His work, and wow, did we start to see it working. We were able to go to the conference.” Read more.

Wednesday
Notes from Sulot

Rachel Searcy ministers among the Embaloh people, doing translation and church planting in Asia Pacific. “Akeq and I sat down the other day and did a comprehension check of the entire book of Ruth in less than two hours. Can't say that we have ever checked anything so easily. Says a lot for a good story. ... But I was thankful for the encouragement. We had a plan to … draft the rest of 1 Corinthians. And I was disappointed that it didn't work out because I really wanted to get that project finished. But instead, hinon Risa [that’s his title] said that she would check James with me. What I thought would be a quick check was not, but we made some very good changes. And in the end, hinon Risa said, ‘Sometime can I do it again? I don't feel like I have heard enough of James.’ Pray for faithfulness for our team. And for joy each day no matter what that day brings."

Thursday
In His Hands

Joanna Jansma ministers to the Nagi people of Asia Pacific. “With recent outbreaks of polio on this island, we were thankful for a clinic in town [that] helped send in vaccines so we could administer those to the Nagi. Another example to us of how God is not limited by remote mountain locations.”

Friday
Iski Romans Check

André and Aurélie Tousch minister to the Iski people of Papua New Guinea. “At the beginning of June, André was able to go to [the supply center for the Sepik region] with Dominik and Boni, two Iski friends, to check the quality of the translation of … Romans. You may be wondering: ‘How can a consultant check my work? He does not learn all the languages of Papua New Guinea, does he? And if he does not know the language, how can he appreciate the quality of the translation?’ The consultant's work is done in two stages. First … accuracy of the content … then … how clearly it communicates. If the text does not flow naturally, it cannot be seen in the ‘back-translation’ and the consultant does not know the Iski language. The consultant relies on Dominik and Boni, two Iski men who have a good level of Tok Pisin, the trade language. Paragraph by paragraph, I read the text in Iski, and they repeat it to the consultant in Tok Pisin. If they can retain and summarize an entire paragraph, it shows that it is consistent, understandable content. Thus, the consultant verifies that the translation is not only accurate, but also clear and understandable. The letter to the Romans having been [checked], we can now print it and distribute it.” Pray for the work of the Iski translation. How you can help.

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Monday
Sustained Through Hard Times

Gabriel and Rachel Nunez minister with the Ka’apor people of Brazil. “A poor local economy, along with significantly less government assistance, has left the Ka’apor hurting financially. The sale price of their staple crop has dropped by half, and many families haven’t prepared or planted as many gardens as previous years. Please pray that we would have wisdom in helping in the area of tangible needs. There is sometimes a fine line between helping and enabling.”

Tuesday
Mbinge, Jepun, and Nggomo

Jon and Jen Myers minister in Papua New Guinea with the Kaje people. “Because we have been seeing the results of your prayers to God's glory in their lives. Mbinge and Jepun are completely believing God's stories as truth. I have never seen people so whole- heartedly believe a message. The gospel truly is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Mbinge – ‘I am gonna try really hard to convince people they cannot miss any of these stories. They are too important.’ Jepun – ‘Mbinge, be careful as you walk home. If you die with your sins on your way home, then later when God holds His court, you will go to the 2nd death!’ Nggomo has been a bit timid. Early on he had many questions about different stories that [showed] his skepticism of them. But just recently we have seen a shift in his attitude and a halt to his skeptical questions. Mbinge even told me a story about him the other day that makes me hopeful he actually is believing.” Pray for soft hearts to receive the message. Meet the three Kaje.

Wednesday
A Nagi Testimony

Joanna Jansma ministers to the Nagi people of Asia Pacific. “A Nagi testimony after a Bible study: "I went in the house and nobody else was there, but I saw a plate of food. I grabbed it and thought, ‘Nobody will know if I take this food and eat it. I'm hungry and I want to eat it.’ Then the Holy Spirit reminded me, ‘It's stealing. And against God's Word.’ I knew what the Holy Spirit was telling me was true, so I went and put the plate of food back. I already had it in my hand ... but the Holy Spirit – He reminded me of what to do." Keep praying for the studies going on and for the Nagi Bible translation check.

Thursday
News from The Hangar

Paul and Andrea Wilson minister as aircraft mechanic and stay-at-home-mom in Papua New Guinea. “This month promises to be a very busy time for Paul and the maintenance team. One of our Kodiak airplanes needs some serious engine maintenance. Our helicopter is also scheduled for major avionics work. We have teams needing to move into bush locations, supplies and folks need flown in and out of tribal locations, [and] teaching and discipling must continue. And our aviation team is continuing to seek the Lord’s wisdom as to how to best help meet these needs. So many still need to hear the gospel.” Pray for Paul and the maintenance team as they diligently work on the aircraft. Read more.

Friday
Discipling

Kevin and DuAnne Ter Louw minister in Brazil in administration and IT. “A brother and sister were baptized recently. Their mother was saved several years ago and also baptized. A younger brother of another teen who placed his faith in Christ a few years ago was also baptized. It is exciting to see not only individuals but families come to know the Lord. We have been excited with the growth and the interest, but with growth comes more responsibility. Please pray that God would provide us with wisdom as we try to balance all the responsibility. We find ourselves being stretched to the limits. We do have some good helpers, but others have come and gone with the trials. Thank you for your part in these people’s lives through your prayers. The spiritual battle is very evident and real to us, so we covet your prayers.”