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Can only superhumans or the mega-powerful make a difference? No, indeed!
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Monday
Say That Again?

Porter and Lexie Hampton minister in Asia Pacific with the Nagi people. “Life for our team right now is revolving around translation, so we would like to ask for specific prayer this week as we push to finish preparing for a translation check of more than 800 verses that has been months ... no, years in the works! In July, the Old Testament portions and a few of the New Testament portions that support the Creation to Christ Bible teaching will go through the process of being consultant-checked — the last in a long series of translation procedures before those portions of God's Word in the Nagi language can be officially printed and freely distributed. Up until now, we have been allowed to print Scripture portions so the Nagi have God's Word to read, but we watermark them as ‘incomplete.’ This update will focus on what everyone is pushing to finish by the end of this week so our translation consultant can prepare for the upcoming check. Thanks for your prayers along the way!” Please pray for the translation of the Nagi Old and New Testament portions.

Tuesday
Aviation Support – a Vital Lifeline

Ron and Tami James minister as Aviation Director of Safety (Ron) and Guest Hostess (Tami) in McNeal, Arizona. “The field of Papua New Guinea (PNG) hopes to place 10 new teams in people groups over the next year and a half. Almost all of these will rely entirely on aviation. Aviation support is vital in the work of Bible translation. Our helicopter there in PNG is currently down for repairs. Please pray with us for a long-term solution. There are teams who are planning their house-building stages, getting ready to enter a village for the first time to begin their heart language ministry among the people. They rely on the helicopter, as do so many other teams located in remote villages scattered across the regions of this vast, mountainous country. There are people waiting to hear the gospel!”

Wednesday
Time Travel, New Beginnings and Oleh-Oleh!

Eric and Cherie Daum are in Asia Pacific in national culture and language acquisition. “Traveling 13 time zones is pretty surreal. Our longest flight left Sydney, Australia, at noon on the 7th, and we flew across the Pacific Ocean and landed in Santiago, Chile, at noon on the 7th. Yep, you read that right; time travel is real, and it will mess you up. Even less than a day’s worth of time travel really messes you up. When they go back years of time in the movies and don’t even act like it affected them, it is evident that they are faking it. An important part of the culture here in this country is that whenever you go somewhere, you are supposed to bring back something important and relatively inexpensive from the culture you were visiting as gifts, called Oleh-Oleh (usually food gifts or trinkets). We brought back candy and hot sauce for everyone to enjoy, and everyone so far has really seemed to like their gift.” Pray that the Daums do well in learning the language. Read more.

Thursday
Separation Anxiety

Rachel Searcy ministers with the Punan people in Asia Pacific. “In January we continued to draft the letter of 1 Corinthians. February found the youth group checking James on one of their holidays from school. Then in April we finished the second draft of the book of Ruth. So, we continue to make progress, though at times it would seem like the interruptions take over. Please be praying for me in the coming months as I try to transition away from the youth ministry I have been involved with. The church leadership needs to be taking more responsibility for this, and I need to focus more on translation. As they say, the parent feels the separation more than the kids, and I hope and pray this will be true.” Pray for Rachel’s transition. Send Rachel a note of encouragement.

Friday
New Song unto the Lord

Eric and Wendy Stottlemyer minister to the Badyaranke people of Senegal. “The young man who is doing translation work has written three songs for the believers to sing. Eric has played the recorded songs in the meetings, and everyone has enjoyed listening to them. A couple of ladies have started to sing along when they are being played. In Badyaranke culture the men do not typically sing. When they go through initiation rites, they learn and sing songs that only the men know. Ladies and small children are never to hear these songs. In more recent years we do hear young guys sing along with songs they are listening to [on] their phones (not Badyaranke but done by professional artists they listen to). We are asking God to help the men overcome cultural barriers and learn to sing along too. Thank the Lord along with us for new songs being sung unto Him!”

“Without a chopper or an airplane ... the people groups they work among would be inaccessible.”
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Monday
More Steps from Faithful Men

Barry and Denise Spor minister to see the Guanano church mature in Colombia and Brazil. “We heard from Orlando, the lead Bible teacher in one village, that starting today [and] for the next two weeks, [he and] the other three Bible teachers will team-teach the next set of discipleship lessons on the book of Acts to Roberto, who was saved last June. Pray for Roberto for clear understanding and obedience. Also pray for the four Bible teachers, Orlando, Arnoldo, Leoncio and Rey, as they team-teach that they do that in the power of the Spirit and not from themselves.”

Tuesday
Adjusting our Goals

Aaron and Amy Speitelsbach minister among the Glarro people in Liberia, West Africa. “Aaron was working on lesson 7 with Patrick, his lesson helper, once a day. They got the first draft done, and Aaron is preparing the next lesson, which will be about the consequences of the Fall. That lesson is slightly easier so far. Nevertheless, it seems almost impossible to get enough lessons done by October so that we can start teaching by then. Aaron has realized that he can work physically just fine while under pressure, but his brain freezes under too much pressure. While we hope to teach as soon as possible, we might have to adjust our goals a bit.” Please pray for the preparation of Bible lessons and “that Aaron and Patrick will find good illustrations or short stories to get some of the more difficult points of the Bible lessons across.” Read more about the Speitelsbachs.

Wednesday
Bigger Picture

Payton and Grace Downing minister alongside the Taliabo church in Asia Pacific through Bible translation and mobilization. “[There] are the men and women who just finished a part of the training program here. They represent what God is doing here as well as what He plans to do. They are from a smattering of different people groups who have already been reached. They desire to serve in their churches and possibly among the unreached as well. What an amazing thing to behold! Sometimes I forget the bigger picture. We are melding with the larger narrative of what God is doing! This is the Faithful One we serve, and He is doing this amazing work among the nations. Pray for those that God is calling and sending out to share the Good News with their neighbors.” Read more.

Thursday
E2 Workshop

Joel and Andi McMartin minister in Senegal, West Africa as E2 coordinator and service leadership. “Three months ago, we received three families and one single to our field, they are currently in a time period we call E2. This is the time period where they learn French, start adapting to life in West Africa and become part of the local church here. Since they have been here for a while growing in French, they are all at a point of transition to the next phase of their program. We decided to try something we haven’t done in a while which was to do a workshop with them, helping them be better equipped for this new phase of ministry. So, we took them away for a week to a camp on the beach. Being the first time Joel and I have led this together; it was a lot of work. Yet, it came together really nicely.” Read more.

Friday
High Water

Barry and Denise Spor minister to see the Guanano church mature in Colombia and Brazil. “We look forward to visiting the church and leaders in one village in June! We postponed this once and now will be able to be there …11 days this time. Pray for the dangerous trip at high water when the rapids are totally treacherous. Our friend Jhoni and family are willing to take care of the property here while we are away! That is a huge blessing to us.” Read more.

“We are planning a … departure that will hopefully help the church thrive after our departure.”
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Monday
On the Move

Barry and Denise Spor minister as church planting consultants in Brazil. They are helping another team that is ministering as church planters to study the world view of the of the Sateré people. “To target the points where beliefs…conflict with God’s world view.” The Sateré people are driven by fear and power as they practice magic. “They are also strongly motivated by shame [and] honor [in] how [they] respond to life.” How will they respond to the life-changing message of Jesus? Please pray that the Sateré be hungry for the teaching and for Alexandro and Fran as they begin teaching in July!”

Tuesday
Guahibo Bible printing

Mark and Joyce Cain have been ministering among the Guahibo people since 1976. “Just think! You …now have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of the Guahibo people of Colombia. God raised up a donor who has promised a matching grant up to half the cost for the printing of the Guahibo Bible which is $115,000. Any money you give will be matched by this donor. To date we have $72,000 of the $236,000 needed. This includes printing, storage and distribution costs. If you would like to be a part of this, click here. This is an urgent need as all the copies of the previous New Testaments done in 1982 are gone.” Read more.

Wednesday
‘Send Us Some Women’

Wayne and Patsy Gibson minister among the Piapoco people of Colombia. “This is the request from a village upriver, since word has reached them that the Piapoco church here is training women for women’s and children’s ministries. The village leaders not only want the Piapoco Team to come and teach the Foundational lessons to all in their village but also to bring trained ladies who can teach and disciple their wives and daughters. There are now ladies with experience and engiftments, with more gaining proficiency in teaching and communicating God’s Word in the Piapoco language.” Please pray for this Piapoco team.

Thursday
Safety in Travels

DJ and Jennifer Searcy minister as orientation personnel and language consultant in Asia Pacific. “At the beginning of this month, I (Jennifer) made one last consulting trip before we start our home assignment. I traveled to the interior of the island where we used to serve and helped with two stage 3 evaluations for friends who are learning a local language. Once I got back, I helped with another evaluation here and then switched my focus to packing up our house and getting ready to be away for a year. DJ has been busy getting all his responsibilities transferred to our teammates for the year we’ll be gone too. Please pray for our teammates (the Corks and McIlroys and the Berglunds once they get back in a few months), as they will be carrying a heavy workload especially this summer.” Read more.

Friday
Becoming Yumi

Summer Zimmer ministers in Papua New Guinea, facilitating communication between missionaries and their sending churches and supporters. “One funny thing I find myself doing is referring to the other missionaries here in the ‘yupela’ (you all) sense, and sometimes I forget that it’s really ‘yumi’ (us). I am part of this group now. It’s strange, though, because I still feel like an advocate for ‘the missionaries.’ Just taking my role from WCC (Warsaw Community Church) and moving it to PNG. I am grateful to be here, with the help and prayers of many of you, learning what it’s like to be one of ‘yumi.’” Read more.