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Monday
A Rock Too Big

Peter and Liesl Hypki are on home assignment from the Nahuatl ministry in Mexico. Peter wrote this prayer request: “The road into Las Moras is yet to be repaired from Hurricane Willa, which struck the area back in October. There are multiple landslides on the road, and the main river crossing is blocked by a large rock too big to be removed by any of the machine equipment that has been brought out so far. Please pray that God would intervene and provide for the repair of the road ... and soon. Please pray it be repaired ... for the purpose of our team -- we plan to make a couple of trips into the village to move back to Las Moras in mid-February, and our coworkers, the Husbands, need to begin getting building materials driven in to begin construction of their home in March.”

Tuesday
Not a Tourist Visit

Tom and Beth Carlton minister in Mexico. Last month Tom was part of a team doing some people group assessing in southern Mexico. He said, “The purpose of our trip to Oaxaca and Chiapas was to obtain an overview of what the Lord is doing among the indigenous peoples of these two southernmost states of Mexico. Our hope was that through this trip, we would begin to gain an understanding of where the ‘edge’ of the church is there. What is the Lord already doing and how can we be a part? … Our trip was a major success and we have since decided as a field to move ahead on the recommendations our team put together for further exploration in the south. Christ is building His church!” Read Tom’s full report.

Wednesday
How to Be Countercultural

Barry and Denise Spor minister among the Guanano of Colombia and Brazil. Barry said, “Orlando, a leader in training and Bible teacher, and his wife, Mariela, have taken a stand that is very countercultural. They have withstood the bold and shameless life style of [a backslidden believer] to his face, trying to win him back to fellowship with Christ. Normal Guanano behavior would be to not confront so you don't upset the group nor get shamed.  … He does not have a like-minded believer to help him lead the group. He is asking for all of our prayers that God would give him a godly believer to work with who would have the spiritual maturity to share the load of leading the church and to continue to face [the backslidden believer].” Read Barry’s blog.

Thursday
Moving a House Would Be Easier

Steven and Ginger Jordan minister among the Agutaynen people of the Philippines. Even though they have the funds for a new church building, there have been hold ups in getting the land title and the building permit. Please pray that they can have at least the roof on before June which is when the rainy season begins. Read the full report.

Friday
The Continuing Kora Chronicle

Craig and Shelly Schafer are ministering to the Kora people group in Asia-Pacific. Craig wrote, “Today we were able to meet with the head of our regency here for about an hour and a half. It all went well, and we were able to get to know him a little bit better and also to inform him of all that has been going on in the Kora, and what the [other religious group] has been doing against the believers in there. He seemed to listen to it all well and said he was going to look into it and that he was going to talk to one of the guys who has been causing the trouble. … We ask you to keep praying with us that God’s will would be carried out through this man and that we would be able to see clearly what God has for us in the near future.”

Despite his seizures, Gabi traveled the jungles, reaching others.
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Monday
To Make Him Widely Known

“Yahweh was their only hope. None other could become their Savior. Only the self-existent, eternal, holy, all-powerful Sovereign could rescue them,” wrote Ken and Cindy West as they reflected on the birth of our Savior. “And once the shepherds met Him, those were the words they spread to others: ‘Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child’ (Luke 2:17).” Pray for more hearts challenged to make Him widely known. Read the Wests’ latest update.

Tuesday
The Journey Begins!

“In less than 3 weeks now, I take off and arrive in Papua New Guinea to start the real journey —  living in a new culture with all new people and learning a life different from what I’ve always known,” wrote Summer Zimmer in late December. “It’s going to be uncomfortable at times, but I’ll … live in a Christian community with people who are all working to support God’s Word going forth and being known among people who don’t know Him.” Pray for Summer as she arrives and adjusts to all things different in Papua New Guinea. Follow Summer’s Journey.

Wednesday
The Best Laid Plans

“2018 didn’t quite look like I had planned,” wrote Susie Locklin. In April she headed stateside to visit her ministry partners. However, her plans to return to Burkina Faso in October never materialized. When the family on their “V” team made the decision to leave, the door closed for Susie to head back to the village. As she waits on God’s perfect timing to return, Susie is making the most of the time, studying at a grad school. Pray for Susie with the uncertainties and that God would make His plan clear to her. Read Susie’s full update.

Thursday
A Different Type of Welcome

“Ten days after leaving America we touched down in Amdu,” wrote Benjamin and Missy Hatton. “As we tumbled out of the plane, the Amdu language came fast and familiar to our ears from the lips of so many friends. There were sweaty forehead rubs and lots of knuckle pops which translates into a whole bunch of affectionate greeting. For the rest of the day, we were greeted by those returning to the village from their gardens, each one excited to tell us where they were when the plane flew over and all of them saying,’I was dancing when you came!’ This is the ultimate showcase of Amdu approval.” Pray for the Hattons as they settle back into to ministry among the Amdu people of Papua New Guinea. Read their full update.

Friday
What about New Year’s resolutions?

“The I AM, the God who sustains His own existence from eternity past to eternity future, who was and is and will be victorious. ... He is our God, He is our Father and He fills our lungs with breath today. He has chosen to entrust us with another year of life. What specifically has He entrusted you with? …  I challenge you to resolve to do something greater. Dig deeper into your walk with Him this year, persevere through the challenges, cling to God in faith. ... May we live 2019 reflecting our Savior Jesus Christ to the world!” Are you challenged by these words from Candace Storms’ blog? Read the full challenge.

Gabi was no longer welcomed in his own village. But that led to an encounter with the gospel.
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Monday
Gospel Day Is Coming!

Benjamin and Missy Hatton have recently returned to Papua New Guinea to continue ministering among the Amdu people group. The time is drawing closer for when the gospel will be presented to the Amdu people. Benjamin said, “Translation of key Old Testament stories and portions of the Gospels is underway so that we can write evangelistic Bible lessons. Over the next eight months we will be focused full-time on developing this curriculum. Teaching the Amdu people God’s story from Creation through the ascension of Christ will give them a firm foundation for understanding how to get right with God and be free from the fear that controls their lives now.” Pray for the Hattons and their partners as they prepare to share God’s News with the Amdu. Read more here.

Tuesday
Learn by the River

Joseph and Erin Suttle minister to missionaries’ kids (MKs) at a mission school. But there are many more opportunities for service available. If you are a teacher in search of what God wants you to do, would you consider serving at an MK school? You will have an impact — and be impacted. Read more about the school.

Wednesday
Bible Translation Continues

Bible translation continues among the Isnag people in the Philippines. Jonathan and Heidi Bamford wrote, “We are thankful that Romans is ready for the next round of comprehension checking, and I expect that Ephesians will be ready in the next couple of days. Please pray that as we recheck Romans and Ephesians that we will find anything that doesn’t communicate well or accurately.” Pray for the translation of God’s Word. Read the Bamfords’ latest update.

Thursday
The Roots of God’s Talk

Translating God’s Word into the mother tongue of a people group is vital. That’s the language that reaches their heart. Jack Crabtree, missionary to the Wantakians of Papua New Guinea, shares how his Wantakian friend explains this. He said, “God’s Word is like this massive tree. When we hear it in the trade language, it’s like we’re just jumping around in these high branches up on top. But I just heard it in my own language, and I heard the roots of God’s Talk.”  Pray for Bible translators. Learn more about the Wantakia.

Friday
Another New Testament Translation Soon to Be Complete

As last year came to a close, David and Shari Ogg, missionaries to the Simbari people of Papua New Guinea wrote, “With your prayers and support we have been able to nearly complete the translation of the Simbari New Testament. … It has been encouraging to see the [Simbari] church continue to walk in the light of God’s Word and to reach out to people who don’t yet know Christ.” Pray for the completion of the Simbari New Testament. Read the Oggs’ full update.