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Cameron and Katy Pryor are resting in God’s faithfulness during the overwhelming seasons of life.
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Monday
WHAT IF…

Dan and Sharon Rabe minister in West Africa where Dan is the Africa Coordinator for the International Ministry Team. “WHAT IF…God wanted to be glorified by our death? Would we be as ready for that as [we are for] Him being glorified by our life? These are not just theoretical questions for us. Rather, they are weighing heavily on us as we consider the responsibility we have as leaders to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. The Bolon and the Vigue peoples are but two of the many groups that now lie in a high-risk area of West Africa. Their need to hear the Good News is even more urgent given the high risk. These questions … weigh heavily on us as we consider the responsibility we have as leaders for those entrusted to our care – our co-workers. Please pray for discernment in knowing how God wants to use us. Pray also for courage to follow Him in seeing Him glorified among the nations. Please pray!”

Tuesday
Every Small Step

Josiah and Rachel Van Der Decker are assisting the Mouk people to reach the Anem people In Papua New Guinea. “We got the … floors done, so now we can live in the whole house instead of just part of it! [There are] projects on the horizon … bed frame, more interior walls, the last few window shutters, the concrete for the translation office and utility room under the house, and much more. Keep the prayers coming, please!” Read more about the Mouk reaching the Anem.

Wednesday
New Life in Las Moras

Peter and Liesl Hypki minister in Mexico with the Nahuatl people. “This past Sunday, [sixteen people] met with our team of four underneath the carport behind our house. The man sat with his girlfriend. One of the women read a Bible verse. Some of the kids did, too. And after we sang and prayed and talked and read together for a while, …[they] gradually headed home. It doesn’t sound or look like much when you write it down, but … [it] means more than you might think. That little group of people represents the Nahuatl Church that, just a couple of years ago, didn’t even exist. It’s the unreached having been reached. It’s a group of people who courageously decided to follow Jesus even though nobody else in their village would join them. Pray that they would continue to meet and grow, and that [they] would work to transform this community and grow the Church here in Las Moras.” Read more about the Nahuatl team.

Thursday
Help or Share

Lourens and Marie Laureti are church planters among the Mengen people in Papua New Guinea. Lourens said, “Recently Ethnos360 launched a project to help with the completion of the Mengen literacy and curriculum development. Donations to this project will help develop, finalize, print, transport and implement both literacy and teaching curriculum starting from Genesis through to Revelation.” Read more about the Lauretis’ ministry.

Friday
Loneliness

Jotham and Maria Van Der Decker minister in Papua New Guinea. “A friend recently shared an article with me, and there was a related mini-conference at the mission center here recently about loneliness. Pray for us (and other missionaries you know) as we get lonely. It’s hard to be away from family and friends. This Easter we especially missed our awesome churches that we’ve been blessed to be a part of and who are with us through this whole journey. We don’t have a normal ’church’ here. Although there are some national churches and we often get together with other missionaries, it’s just not the same. Pray for good friendships, great worship, effectiveness in ministry and the confidence that God will supply all our needs in every area.” Send a note of encouragement.

Some days, you simply need to do what needs to be done!
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Monday
Help Wanted

Did you ever wonder if your skills as a nurse or dental hygienist could be useful in the world of missions? Both of those are needed on the church planting team in Papua New Guinea. There’s likely to be a place for your experience on the church planting team, helping missionaries serving in remote villages who rely on dedicated missionaries who support their work. Find Opportunities.

Tuesday
To do – DONE!

Jerry and Joyce McDaniels are the international literacy coordinators for Ethnos360 based at the US home office. “Each of the steps on our new list can be used as prayer points. [We have to] get ready for the June literacy workshop in Peru. [We need to make] preparations for other trips this year to Bolivia and W. Africa. [We have been] asked to make literacy teaching videos …We want to be hearing our Lord’s voice, have His wisdom and joy, and be pointing everyone we meet along the way to Him!” Read more.

Wednesday
Scripture Memory

Adam and Julie Martin minister among the Akolet people of Papua New Guinea. “Each person who memorized the …weekly verse would either get a piece of candy or a point. The points would accumulate to earn a packet of instant coffee (which is like liquid gold here, let me tell you!) Friday a group of boys was practicing it together, and whenever one got it right, the others would clap and yell an encouraging ’You’re eating candy already!’ …. Paip, who’s probably pushing 70, sat quietly. I asked him during a lull if he’d memorized his verse. He got a disappointed look on his face and said, ’I accidentally memorized the wrong verse.’ I said, ‘Well tell it to me, you did the work on A verse even if it wasn’t THE verse!’ And he proceeded to rattle off three paragraphs to me from 2 Timothy. …. When all was said and done, 50 people (which is the vast majority of the Akolet church) had said their verse.” Read more about the Akolet Church.

Thursday
Good News

Jim and Kathy Tanner minister in Papua New Guinea. Jim is a church planting translator and teacher who is a consultant. Jim recently wrote, “We don’t know how long we will be able to serve the Lord in our host country which has been our home for 49 years, but He knows, and we leave that in His hands. Please be praying for a teaching team of four men who will be traveling to the Western Province in May to teach… [We are] trusting many will hear the gospel of grace and believe. … [After that there will be] a teachers’ training course to help those attending to pass on their faith. There are eight outreaches going on with people from [the] Gimi people group around the capital city.”

Friday
Still snowing. BUT in other news...

Andy and Sara Royer are training cross-cultural church planters with Ethnos360 at the Waukesha campus. “Ethnos360 has decided to close our sister campus in Jackson, Michigan, and consolidate both Bible campuses here in Waukesha. This will nearly double the number of students we receive and teach by Fall 2020. Consolidation brings exciting changes like classroom sizes, bursting-at-the-seams chapels, maintaining discipleship as priority as well as less-exciting challenges like parking, dining room capacity, staff housing, student housing, office space, etc. It is going to require a lot of work, planning and flexibility. We need wisdom from God to think through all the angles, making sure that we are not compromising the quality of our program. We want to prepare church planters who are competent in God's Word and who know the Word Who is God. Just a few weeks until graduation! Please pray.” Check out Ethnos360 Bible Institute

The final translation check was a good example of missionary life.
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Monday
Arranged Marriage

You wouldn’t think that arranged marriages were a “thing” in today’s economy, but in other cultures, it is a very real issue. As God’s Word begins to make inroads into their minds and culture, believers often must face difficult situations. Here is an example: “[Pray] for the young guy who is translating Genesis. When he returned to the village [recently], his uncle came to tell him that the family has found a wife for him! The girl is from another village, he has never seen nor met her [and] …she is not a believer. [He]… probably does not have a choice in the matter. …Pray for God to show him how to handle this difficult situation. Also pray that if he is forced into this marriage, that it will be for the girl’s salvation. Please pray that God’s will may be done and that He will be honored and glorified through it.”

Tuesday
22 plus 5

Albert Castelijn ministers among the Banwaon in the Philippines, translating the Scriptures. “Only five more books to go! Thanking the Lord for a good check of 1 and 2 Peter and James. Amay is a Banwaon chief and was one of the first Banwaon believers many years ago. We were waiting for the helicopter on Saturday morning when Amay came on the porch. He said to JJ, our translation consultant, ‘Thank you for coming to help Amay Biki (Albert). Because we know that what we really need to keep growing as Christians is God’s Word.’” We are in town for a week; then it’s full steam ahead on book number 23 – Hebrews!” Read more

Wednesday
Reaching the Finish Line...

Ned and Linn Beall minister with the Tigak people in Papua New Guinea. “We are back on our island after six long, very full weeks of translation checking with a few days of our annual regional missionary conference in the middle.” Two thousand nine hundred seventy verses of the Tigak Bible along with 4255 verses of the Lusi, Ivanga and Kaul Bibles were checked. “Pray that the Lord would use each verse to reach more people for Him!” Ned has a few weeks to finish the remaining 14 chapters of Genesis in the Tigak language. “Thank you for standing with us in prayer as we continue to be a part of reaching the Tigak people.”

Thursday
That sneaky little kufu-kufu!

Bob and Debbie Clark, Asia-Pacific region among the Tugutil people. “I was starting to feel sick again, just as I had the previous year in the same location. … We noticed something clinging to the surface of the walls and ceiling, a growth called ‘kufu-kufu’ in the local language, …basically, old cobwebs that have attracted …mold, mildew, fungi, pollens and/or dust. …[that] are not that noticeable to the naked eye. But they were certainly noticeable to my nose and lungs, as I was starting to feel congestion in my chest already. … Pray that we would be able to complete the final consultant check for the Tugutil New Testament later this year, and then have wisdom as we start the final editing before printing the entire NT, hopefully next year!” Read more

Friday
Change

Cameron and Katy Pryor serve in West Africa. “The more our lives change, the more we appreciate the fact that our God does not change (James 1:17). …When we go back to West Africa, we will not be going back to the same country at this time. Our field leadership has asked that we move to the country of Guinea [to] …serve as support workers …free[ing] up the missionaries in the village to be able to have as much time as possible to work on Bible translation, teaching literacy and teaching God’s Word. We plan to head back to West Africa at the end of June. Pray that each change [will] remind us of our unchanging Father who goes with us.” Read more