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The river changed, but the church grew.
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Monday
Translation Checks

Bill and Debby Bosley minister in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. “Our translators in Senegal will be on home assignment, but in Guinea, we are rejoicing with the Bulongish people who [received] their first printed New Testaments at the July dedication. Another translator in Ivory Coast has two more translation checks scheduled before that translation is finished. It is exciting to have God’s Word in local languages! Please do continue to pray for our friends and others who received the French and Wolof New Testaments while Debby’s dad was here. God’s Word is alive and powerful! Please do continue to pray for peace and stability for West Africa.” You can help with translations.

Tuesday
The Pal Church Family

Chris and Maggie Hostetter minister with the Pal people of Papua New Guinea. “Teachers and believers from our local church [will] carry the gospel up and down the mountains to a ‘nearby’ (three hours’ hike away) Pal village! Three Pal believers and faithful translation helpers joined us out in town last month to finish checking some pretty awesome New Testament books. 1 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus are all now ready to be printed and distributed! Our next translation projects, which are currently in progress, are the books of Matthew and Revelation. Praise God people still have food despite the huge landslides. God continues to watch over and sustain us. Please pray for these Pal people who will hear the message for the first time, as well as for those who will be teaching them.” Read more.

Wednesday
Another whirlwind!

Jon and Angie Button minister in Southeast Africa. “After 31 hours of travel, we arrived safely to Tanzania around dinnertime on Saturday the 8th of June. … We started our month of meetings in Tanzania and Mozambique on Monday the 10th. Another whirlwind! One very meaningful and exciting development from these meetings was our team discussion about the options in front of us to begin our first church planting teams in Tanzania. As a group, we sensed the Lord’s leading to begin further investigation to narrow down which of the two or three people groups we will commit to work with and to determine our strategy for entering into a village among them. When we returned from Mozambique, our passports were stamped with 30 days, not the expected 90 days …” Update: “We went to the immigration office and with the help of a friend were able to get another 60 days on our visas. We will still need to leave the country and come back, but hopefully it will only be one time before our work and resident permits are completed. Thanks for praying.” View images of the Buttons' daily life.

Thursday
Translation

Jeremiah and April Markley minister to the Dinangat people in Papua New Guinea. “Every morning, Jeremiah meets with his translation co-worker, Basa, for four hours. While we were at the mission center, he was able to finish drafting the entire book of Luke. So now he and Basa are going over each verse with a fine-toothed comb and have completed the initial check on seven chapters so far as well another preliminary check on one chapter. He would like to complete the initial checking of Luke while we’re in here. His afternoons are usually spent on discipleship and lesson planning. I spend a couple of hours each morning doing a different phase of checking for each chapter as well. We are thankful for you who support us in so many ways. This job takes a team, and we are grateful to be able to serve Him with you!” Read more.

Friday
Halfway!

Clint and Ashlyn Teele minister in Papua New Guinea among the Uriay people. “As our little family sat on some logs next to the jungle trail, Clint pulled out the GPS app on his phone and announced, ‘We’re about halfway home!’ All of us were very excited at the news and felt a renewed burst of energy to finish the final one and a quarter mile to get back to our house. Just like facing that tough jungle trail when we were already tired, language and culture study often feels overwhelming and incredibly challenging. After we each completed an oral test with a variety of different speaking tasks, the consultants told us that we are at level 5 out of 9 on their evaluating scale, which means that we are over halfway! We were so excited and encouraged to hear this news!” Pray that Clint and Ashlyn will be able to persevere in language and culture study.

How to pray for missionaries when you haven’t heard from them.
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Monday
Flight Service

Yuspiter and Fitria Yambung minister in the Asia-Pacific region with Ethnos360 Aviation. Yuspiter is an aviation maintenance specialist. “Since the earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction that God allowed to occur at the end of September 2018 up until now, there have been many helicopter flight hours to the south of the city of Palu. And the result is that there have been many people who were physically helped. … Through that, God has opened the door to so many non-Christian people to have the opportunity to hear the news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministries of pastors, missionaries and doctors whom we flew. Never underestimate the power of witnessing and planting seeds of the gospel. We have heard many testimonies that many of them have believed in Jesus.” Please pray for the spread of the message of salvation.

Tuesday
Tigak Believers Build New Church Building

Ned and Linn Beall minister to the Tigak people of Papua New Guinea. “We left to go to Christina’s graduation in May. At that time the Tigak church building was in shambles. There were lots of holes in the roof which made it difficult when it rained! In just one month they tore down the old building and almost completely built the new church building. Seeing the church come together in unity and make this happen was a huge encouragement to us! It is great to have a place to worship without worrying about whether the rain will hit or not. We are proud of the church for building the church with their own resources and efforts.” Pray that the Word of God continues to take hold of the Tigak people. Read more.

Wednesday
Reaching the Top

Stephen and Ginger Jordan minister to the Agutaynen people in the Philippines. “We reached the highest point with the completion of the roof installation. We are so excited with this milestone. Now that the roof is on the new church building, we have a list of things to do under the roof, beginning with electrical, plumbing, building and installing door and window jams, plastering the walls and so much more. Like the new church building, every week we desire to see the believers built up in the Lord. We are excited to meet with the ladies each week, in anticipation of each Sunday afternoon of Kids’ Bible Club. And we are excited to meet with the men each week, to talk about decisions that need to be made and to build each other up in the Lord. God is doing great things as He takes this small group of believers on their journey to being ‘rooted and built up in Him and stablished in the faith’ (Colossians 2:7). Thank you for your continued prayer!” Read more.

Thursday
Faimpat’s Story

Jonathan and Susan Kopf minister to the Hewa people of Papua New Guinea. “While living in Hewa we have been encouraged by many… testimonies of faith in Jesus. We [had] a man… arrive from New Zealand to try to capture Faimpat’s story of faith on video. Faimpat was one of the young men who initially did not show interest in our first Creation-through-Christ teaching session because he was participating in the witch doctor’s training, aspiring to learn the secrets of how to gain wealth and never-ending life by appeasing and manipulating jungle spirits. Then later, in 2008, he realized the witch doctor’s promises were nothing but empty lies and came to listen as we taught our second Creation-through-Christ lessons. He surrendered to his Creator and over the last years has grown strong in his faith in Jesus to the point that he has become an insightful Bible teacher and courageous leader of the Hewa church.” Pray for Faimpat.

Friday
Delight with Us

Jim and Kathy Tanner minister in Papua New Guinea as church planters. “I met Iteve when I taught him in ninth grade at a local high school. Today he is a grandfather, but he is much more than that. He is a servant of God and has touched countless lives around Papua New Guinea. He is also one of our biggest customers, [spending] thousands a year for selling them to others. He came by to get a couple cases of Bibles and gave us a great report. He is an elder of a local church and another leader told him, ’Missionaries should not be sent out by an organization. They should be sent out by the local church.’ He took the challenge back to the 10 small churches in his area, and they prayed over it and decided to take up a special offering so they could [send] out some families to reach others. They received K35,000 (about $11,000) that day. They have already sent out one family who has a fruitful ministry and they are preparing to send out two more families. Don’t you love that?” Pray for these 10 churches.

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.”