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The Akolet believers are beginning to take responsibility for the church upon themselves.
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Monday
Are We ‘Enough’?

Shad and Sarah Deal are ministering at the Missionary Training Center in Missouri, working in childcare, construction and mentoring. Amid the busyness of life, Sarah wrote, “Is God enough, even in midst of struggle and pain? Am I enough to meet the challenges and demands that God sovereignly allows in my life? God has been teaching me and challenging me so much lately on these points, and I am learning to rest in the fact that He is, in fact, enough! … we’d ask you to pray for us as we balance our daily ministry and family responsibilities.” Read more about “enough.”

Tuesday
Why Is She Chasing Animals?

The team among the Nahuatl live in a farming/ranching community. Katie Moore said, “We have to sometimes leave our desk or our company or our project to chase animals away. … We deal with goats’ lack of spatial awareness and donkeys eating our laundry off the fence and other peoples’ dogs in our trash pit and horses trying to reach the plants over the fence and cows wandering by.” But this is how the team becomes part of the community and develops relationships. Pray for them as they become animal chasers. Read about Katie’s chasing.

Wednesday
Map Creator Software Update

David and Kristen Burson minister on the International Ministries team from Sanford, Florida. He has been working on software that enables pastors, missionaries and others to create maps and other teaching aids. David said, “We were able to release a new version of our Map Creator software, which is used to create visual teaching aids in languages that lack such resources. The biggest new feature is that all the Bible resources and most of the world maps are now available in Tok Pisin, a national language of Papua New Guinea. [The other day] I needed to check some statistics on Map Creator software. …  We have received 988 Map Creator registrations, representing roughly 200 organizations in 69 countries.” Praise the Lord with us that these teaching aids are being used, and feel free to use them yourself! Map Creator is free. Try it here.

Thursday
God Is Good — All the Time

Imie and Amy Mark and their family have been ministering in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360 Aviation. They have recently been reminded again of God’s goodness. Because of health issues, they need to return to the USA. They desired to purchase a car and a home — before they left. They watched God meet need after need and were reminded that God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good. Pray for them as they return to the USA. Read their blog about goodness.

Friday
New to Senegal

Josh and Carissa Bell recently arrived in Senegal, West Africa, to begin their ministries. But first, of course, they need to learn to speak French. Josh said, “Pray that we would be flexible and continue to adjust to cultural norms here. For example, greetings are super important here. Even if you don't know someone that you're passing on the sidewalk, it's polite to greet them. No more rushing down the street like an efficient American!” Pray for the Bells in all the “newness” of Senegal. Watch a short video.

There is a secret ingredient that goes into reading materials.
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Monday
To Be a Part

Katie Moore, ministering among the Nahuatl of Mexico, made the following statement: “Part of being a good community member is doing the things that all the other community members do. This puts us in a position to be truly accepted as part of the community and not simply seen as random outsiders who happen to live here.” Sad, happy, boring, hot or cold weather – taking part in the community opens doors to people’s lives. Pray for the Nahuatl team as they live life with the Nahuatl community. See how they become a part.

Tuesday
An Isnag Translation Update

With all the busy-ness of getting rice fields ready going on around them, Jonathan and Heidi Bamford continue with their translation work. Jonathan said, “Heidi managed to fit all these ladies into our living room for a Bible study last week. [See picture above.] It is great to see the interest the folks have in studying God’s Word and a real encouragement to keep translating. This week, Heidi is working on the back to English translation of Ephesians, and I’m working on the recording draft of Galatians and the rough draft of 2nd Thessalonians.” Pray for the Bamfords and the continuing translation work. See more of their life.

Wednesday
Tanguat Trip

Chris and Maggie Hostetter minister in Papua New Guinea. Recently Chris went with Aaron Weatherl to get the Tanguat missionary team on their culture and language acquisition journey. Chris said, “Learning to speak a new language fluently and adapt to a very different culture is no small task, and we know that the forces of evil would love to see them fail. So please pray for Paul and Ellen [Swenson] and their children, and Derek and Chantal [Chen] and their children.” Read about the Tanguat church.

Thursday
Kodiaks to the Rescue!

Benjamin and Missy Hatton and their children minister in the most westerly work in Papua New Guinea among the Amdu people. Recently one of their sons was experiencing appendicitis-like symptoms. In coordination with the medical team and the aviation team, the pilot Josh Verdonck in one Kodiak was able to get their two sons and Missy out to a larger city, and then the second Kodiak transported them on to Cairns, Australia. The one son had his appendix removed, he has recovered, and the family is back in Amdu. We praise the Lord for His provision of the aircraft and the aviators needed to keep the flight program running. Pray for the Amdu team as they continue preparing for the day when they can share the gospel with the Amdu. Learn more about aviation.

Friday
Meanwhile, Back at Amdu . . .

While Missy Hatton was with the two Hatton boys, Benjamin was back in Amdu, writing Bible lessons. He said, “I have been working on lessons for [the initial teaching] and have just been overwhelmed with the character of God as it emerges from the story like a tidal wave in contrast to the finiteness of man and especially the sinfulness of Satan and fallen mankind. It's this version of the story, told [to] lay the foundation piece by piece and [to] draw out the implications of each truth as it emerges, that the Amdu desperately need to hear. … How could we manage without His presence and the extended network of fellow missionaries working with a single-minded focus on getting the gospel to people like our Amdu friends?  It's amazing grace that allows us to say, ‘It's been a very good day.’"  Pray for Benjamin as he writes the lessons and for the Amdu to have their hearts prepared. Read more about Amdu.

At the same time as this door to the gospel was opening, God had placed a barrier-crushing machine in their midst.
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Monday
A First-ever Women’s Conference

Verne and Denny Johnson minister among a people group in West Africa in church planting and translation. Denny wrote, “Our next big push will be hosting the first ever women’s conference [in this people group]. Friends from our sending church are coming in order to walk the ladies through Old Testament stories, pointing them to Christ. I will be responsible to translate for the conference and would appreciate prayer for all that will entail [Some of the African] ladies are practicing in order to be able to read many of the Scripture portions which will be used at the conference. They really do want to be used of the Lord to give the knowledge of Him to their neighbors and families. Invitations have been sent out to surrounding villages, and we are expecting [quite a few] women to attend.” Pray for the planning and the travel for all involved. 

Tuesday
Are You the Richest Person in Town?

Katie Moore, Rachel Chapman, the Hypkis and the Husbands form the team to the Nahuatl in Mexico. Katie wrote, “Imagine that you are the richest person in your town. You don’t feel rich, but you are. You have things at your disposal that your neighbors could only dream of: ibuprofen, hammers (more than one!), a wheelbarrow, Scotch tape, fingernail clippers and other delights. … Our team spends a lot of time lending things to our Nahuatl friends. But lending stuff is a great way to show God’s love. It shows that we are part of a community of interdependency. It shows that we see the stuff we own as God’s, able to benefit a whole town.” Pray for the team as they lend from God’s love. Read more about lending.

Wednesday
‘We Don’t Speak Japanese!’

Macon Jr. and Katy Hare have ministered in various places in North and South America, currently with the Ministry Advancement Team in Sanford, Florida. He related a story from his childhood in Brazil which resonates with anyone trying to learn another language. He said, “Missionaries all over the world can relate to my story of a first attempt to communicate in another language. Language shortcuts, memorizing phrases and learning a low level of language is never going to get you the fluency you need to share God’s Word and His story of love, grace and salvation. Discipleship that leads to maturity requires fluency in the heart language of a people group. It is a long-term commitment. There are no shortcuts.” Pray for missionaries learning new languages and cultures. Read Macon’s full story.

Thursday
Flowering Stones?

Tom and Danielle Brendle minister as coaches to new missionaries as they prepare to head to their field of service. Danielle said, “Until this week, I didn’t know about ‘flowering stones.’ Someone had to tell me. I had the opportunity to sit in a class with a teacher who spoke my language.” [Note: “Flowering stones” are succulents called Lithops.] She went on to mention some people groups who will soon be able to hear the Good News in their own language because someone went to share with them. She continued, “We praise God that these people groups will soon hear about Jesus in their own language, but there are billions more who have no opportunity to hear. Please pray that God will send someone to tell them.” Will you go?

Friday
People Group Assessments in East Africa

December marked the end of over three years of Ethnos360’s global partner Integral Vision’s people group survey in Tanzania. Fourteen young men from one church/community along with various co-workers at different times have finished surveying 25 people groups in Tanzania. This survey has helped update information on and define various people groups in Tanzania that still desperately need the gospel. In December, it was the team's privilege to thank these young men for their work/ministry and challenge them as well to share the needs they saw with others and consider their role in taking the gospel to these needy places themselves. Pray that the Lord would raise up laborers to reach the unreached. Find your fit.