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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.”

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Monday
God’s Penetrating Light

Jon and Jen Myers minister in Papua New Guinea with the Kaje people. “These last years have been the hardest, most challenging years of our lives. There have been times that we have felt so incapable and so not enough for the task at hand. And there have been so many times that we wished this wasn’t our life because it has just felt too hard. And yet, our God has always faithfully reminded us of His Truth. We know He has used the prayers of all of you to remind us of His worthiness. Please keep praying for the Kaje people. We cannot wait for God’s light to penetrate the darkness that they live in.” Read the full story.

Tuesday
Meeting Shelter

Taylor and Abby Goheen minister as church planters among the Kaje people of Papua New Guinea. “[The Kaje] village community is coming together to build a shelter that we will use as a place to host our Bible teaching. We plan to begin on August 15! This is a milestone for us, and we are very excited! The shelter is temporary. We will use it as a meeting place four days a week over the course of four months. Our Bible curriculum will teach the people from the Creation to the Re-creation. They will hear the Word of Life taught clearly for the first time!" Watch the video.

Wednesday
Unplanned Testimonies

Gabriel and Rachel Nunez minister with the Ka’apor people of Brazil. “The village population now has about 600 folks. On Sunday, over 135 men, women and children filled the church. A group of 40 men and women stood up, sharing their unplanned testimonies. Even one of the mute ladies got up and shared! Her testimony was powerful. Interestingly, she chose to make sounds with her mouth rather than using her usual hand motions. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We truly appreciate your taking the time to read this update, and we covet your prayers for the Ka’apor people and for our ministry among them.”

Thursday
First Literacy Course in Wantakian Language

Melanie Keeney serves in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, not far from the Wantakia people. She said, “The Wantakia team has started the first literacy course in the Wantakian language. These students will be the first to learn to read and write in their own language. …. Being able to read is the first step to being able to understand God's Word for themselves, which is why teams put such an emphasis on literacy. Please be praying for these classes.” The Wantakia team has also put together a video that details some of the steps of translating God's Word into a previously unwritten language. Watch the video.

Friday
Trip to Liberia

Martin and Janel Diatta minister in West Africa with the church planting team among the Joola Keerak people group. Janel is an educational consultant to homeschooling missionary families in Guinea, Liberia and Senegal. ‘’I think they're speaking English, but I’m not sure what they’re saying.’ During our recent [consulting] trip to Liberia, this was something I said to Martin multiple times. Since Liberia is an English-speaking country, I wondered how it would be for Martin since he is still learning English. In the end, neither of us understood when they spoke rapidly, since their English is more like a Pidgin English. However, while we were in the village, we could communicate with most people in French, since the village borders Ivory Coast, a French-speaking country. …. Also, although our trip to Liberia was so that I could visit one of our missionary families, I think they might have appreciated Martin’s being there even more as he helped them a lot in their garden.” Pray for the Diattas’ ministries. Let them know you prayed.

July 21, 2019

A Strategic Cook?

Sometimes strategic ministries don’t require another language learned, just a willing heart to serve.
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Monday
Northern Tepehuan New Testament

Kevin and Wendy Case minister in Mexico translating the Word of God for the Northern Tepehuan church. “It was evident that God was at work as Kevin was blessed to talk face-to-face with many friends attending the ordination service for Pastor Rafa and to spend time in [the village]. He went over some Old Testament translation with Marcelo. Translation update: While in Mexico, Kevin approved the final [financial] quotes for the printing of the Northern Tepehuan New Testament. The blue-line, a proof copy, arrived [and] Lord willing, 800 copies of the final version will [have] arrived in June to El Paso. We have the tentative dedication in [the village] set for November 2019.” Pray for the Cases. How can you help?

Tuesday
The Hewa of Papua New Guinea

“Jonathan and Susan Kopf have been living with the Hewa people in the rugged mountains of central Papua New Guinea since January of 2000. After studying the culture and language, they have devoted themselves to translating and teaching the Bible and assisting the Hewa in their struggle for survival in a changing world. By 2005, they had translated enough verses to start teaching an overview of the Bible, and later that year the Hewa church was born. Now, almost 15 years later, Jonathan said, ‘In this later phase of our ministry, our focus is to effectively pass the various aspects of the leadership baton to the new elders and deacons [as they come into increased contact with the outside world].’” Read more

Wednesday
June Bush Bite

Paul and Ellen Swenson are studying culture and language among the Tanguat people of Papua New Guinea. “This month we decided to make a short video of our culture and language learning experiences. The great thing about this video is we'll sound cool even though we made some language mistakes. But mistakes are part of the learning process.” Read more

Thursday
The Empty File Folder

John and Melanie Kerstetter minister at the Education Resource Center in Missouri. “In Bible school, one of our classes was dedicated to praying for the missionaries on the field. Each missionary family had a file folder, and in them were kept the prayer letters that they sent to the school. We were given their file folder to read their letters for prayer requests. One time I was given a folder that was completely empty! How I could pray for someone if I didn’t know anything about them? The son of the family I was given happened to be at the school, so I asked him about the empty file folder. I will never forget his response, ‘The missionaries with the empty file folders are the ones that need the most prayer. They are so busy that they don’t have time to write.’” Read more.

Friday
Another Disaster!

Alan and Rachel Whatley minister in Asia Pacific. “Some villages just south of our hometown were recently hit with massive mud flows and torrential flooding. Our mission has been involved in bringing relief supplies to some of the areas hit the hardest. Alan and his trusty truck have been a part of this effort. One of the biggest blessings for Alan was being able to pray for some of the folks whose homes were completely destroyed by the floods. [One of the ladies] started crying and kept saying ‘how much it meant to have someone pray for her and her family, so much more than just bringing supplies.’ The mud flow in one village was 2-3 meters thick.” Please pray for the relief efforts. You can help.