August 3, 2021
Peter and Esther (Restricted Access, DPG Day 30)
Pray urgently for Peter and Esther and Hohidiai as they’re in the midst of a delta COVID wave. 70% of children and staff in their residential zone are positive. Some became desperately sick, and now many of their nursing staff are ill, as is their doctor. Ane, a 34-year-old staff member who had worked with them for eight years, sadly died, leaving a husband and two children. They have also lost other friends. Pray for their physical and spiritual protection. Pray that the sick will recover well, and the bereaved will be comforted.
Byron and Lyn Johannesen (Colombia, DPG Day 4)
Pray for Byron, Samuel and Alissa as they visit Neiva and Acevedo from Thursday to Sunday, then return home on Monday, while Lyn looks after the grandkids. Pray for the Bible school to open again in 2022, which will depend on the authorities and costs. Pray for reconciliation within the marriage of Andres and Karen.
Ian and Leann Buckley (Nepal, DPG Day 8)
Praise God that Kumar and Niru found a suitable 4-room flat close to the training house where the girls live. They moved on Friday. Praise the Lord for allowing Dinesh to return to Nepal from Sudan for 3 weeks to spend time with his family. Pray for Ian’s back-translation of the Not I but Christ book with Dinesh. Pray that Pastor Kumar will be able to replace his motorbike that he had to sell to pay for his dying mother’s medical expenses. Pray that Ian and Leann will be able to make a start on their house soon, with the setting up of the profiles.
Steve and Roslyn Baird (Philippines, DPG Day 9)
Pray urgently for them regarding their return to Australia in October. Their flights have been cancelled. Although they found flights with another airline, the prices have tripled and they are currently having some difficulty with booking online. Please pray that they will have success and that their visas will be renewed in time. Pray for their daughter Amy and Stewart as they await the arrival of their baby who is now overdue. Pray also for their son Nathan and his wife Melanie. Their baby’s heart is not developing correctly and will require a number of operations, the first one within days of birth. Pray for wisdom for the surgical team. Pray that Nathan and Mel will draw strength from the Lord during the difficult days ahead. Pray for wisdom in working out many details prior to baby’s birth and in the early months while in hospital (somewhere to live, work for Nathan, carers for Malakai, etc.). Pray for Steve and Ros and the rest of the family as they seek to help and support. Pray that Steve and Ros can return to Australia before the baby is born. Pray also that they will achieve all that needs to be done in the Philippines before leaving for Australia.
Paul and Gerrah Kulikovsky (Philippines, DPG Day 9)
Praise God that nine people were baptised on 25 July. Praise God that Francis wants to commit his life to Christ. Pray for Karl as he speaks to him. Praise God that Emman has taken over the teaching/discipling role for the youth so that Karl can attend to other matters. Pray for Karl as he studies at the Baptist Theological College.
Scott and Songkran Breaden (Thailand, DPG Day 11)
Pray for Scott as he has further medical assessment of his chronic back pain.
Allan and Shelley Moss (Australia, DPG Day 15)
Pray for Allan and Henry in Piliga as they consider setting up a training program for preachers in small rural churches. Pray for Allan and Shelley as they plan to go to Normanton for the September convention. Pray also for a possible convention in Piliga when they return.
Daniel and Candide Weekes (France, DPG Day 17)
Praise God for the way He worked in lives this summer (campers and staff alike!). Seeing young people challenged and encouraged by the gospel is always great. It’s also great to see God answering prayer in the ‘small’ things, like stopping the rain and providing a sunny sky for the campers to pack up and get down from the high altitude plateau they had spent the night with 30 young adults.
Gavin and Janet Petersen (Portugal, DPG Day 18)
Praise God that Jonathan’s baptism went well, and it was encouraging that quite a number of supporters came along. Pray for Gavin and Janet as they consider doing the next level of the Portuguese intensive. Pray for them to be able to return on furlough in December.
Trevor and Manoli Allan (Spain, DPG Day 18)
Praise God the ground floor of the Ribadeo Building Project is almost completed, so they can begin using it for some of the ministries. They thank those who have prayed, encouraged and given. Pray for them to have the finance and workers to complete the whole job by 19 February 2022, which is when their work permit expires and their architectural firm closes down. To finish the ground floor area they need $2000, and for the whole project they need $95,000.
Neville and Dee Goodhew (Specialists, DPG Day 22)
Opal Ministries is responsible for the paperwork and some Bibles and Christian books that are being shipped in a 40-foot container to Zambia. Right now in the USA, both container bookings on a Namibia-bound ship and the needed US trucking are quite hard to come by. Please pray that the Lord will work out these details for the shipping of this container, as they have been waiting for more than a month already. (The plan is to ship from South Carolina to Namibia, then truck to Zambia.)
Elizabeth Pfeifer (Specialist, DPG Day 23)
Pray for good progress with Thai language and culture learning. Pray for Liz to find a ‘church home’ in Thailand. Pray for a good balance between her language/culture learning, her online IT course, and personal time.
Carol Luttah (CBMPNG)
Thank God Lynn is fully COVID-vaccinated; pray that she can travel to PNG soon. Carol took a break from Wewak and is working remotely from Port Moresby. Pray all goes well at head office.
Continue to pray for the resolution of the COVID situation and especially for those who have been directly impacted, both globally and locally. I strongly urge all those who are not allergic to the vaccine components (or who do not have a clotting disorder if you can only get AZ) to get the vaccine when it’s available to you. If you’re worried, please talk to your GP. The danger of hospitalisation and death from COVID far outweighs the risk of potential vaccine side effects. May God give us the wisdom and peace we need as we work through this crisis together.
NB: the DPG days will change on 10 August, when most readers should have the new DPG.