August 24, 2021
Richard and Anne Hoyt (Chad, DPG Day 1)
Pray for Rich and Anne as they step into the roles of Regional Member Care Coordinators (RMCC) for TEAM in Africa from January 2022. Initially, they will only cover TEAM’s ministry areas in southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini), with Chad being included in 2023. Pray for Rich and Anne to be prepared in heart, mind and spirit as they embrace this new ministry and seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to their TEAM missionaries in Africa. Pray for Anne’s health to keep improving and her COVID fatigue to go completely. Pray for her Green Card to be granted quickly, and for wisdom in how to best get US citizenship for her immediately thereafter. Pray for their team-mates in Chad who carry on faithfully in leadership and Acacia ministries.
Phil and Sandy Jones (Mexico, DPG Day 5)
Praise God Sandy had successful surgery and is recovering. Pray that she recovers fully and doesn’t need further radiotherapy.
Ian and Leann Buckley (Nepal, DPG Day 8)
Praise the Lord for Ian finishing the last study, ‘Looking for the Blessed Hope’, with Kumar; he has found it very helpful but wants to go over it again. Pray for Kumar as he organises other pastors to join in doing the study again and pray for God’s timing to be able to do it. Pray for Netra and four of the girls who have come down sick — not sure if it is COVID yet. Leann has also put her neck out, so pray it improves soon. Praise God for three of the girls who have just passed the SEE exams; they all got very good results. Praise God we tracked down our approval for the septic tank and all should be going ahead to start on the house.
Jason and Kim Job (Australia, DPG Day 13)
Praise God that the MAF team in Timor-Leste are continuing medevacs despite COVID. Pray for Jason as he does regular maintenance checks on aircraft used by the Flight Training Centre (there’s an article update on the Jobs in the October mag).
Farid and Parila Qurbanpur (Australia, DPG Day 15)
Farid is being stretched emotionally as many Afghanis are ringing him from overseas, even during the night, both believers and Muslims, asking for help. Many have gone to Kabul hoping to escape. He estimates there may be 350 to 400 believers in Kabul right now. Pray for God’s provision of food and shelter for these desperate people. As he cannot do anything for them, Farid is crying with them, praying with them, and seeking to share God’s love all at the same time. Pray for God’s emotional strength for Farid and Parila. There are many countries offering to take some refugees, but these numbers are very small in relation to the total number who would like to leave. These people need ID papers and passports, but many do not have them. Pray that some people will have the opportunity to resettle elsewhere. Pray that many Muslims will turn to Christ for salvation, peace and comfort during these troubling and desperate times.
Paul and Erin Strahan (Australia, DPG Day 15)
Pray for their indigenous friends out further west who are being affected by COVID. Some in Goodooga are anxious while awaiting test results. Praise God they are asking about church, and while Paul and Erin can’t visit, there are Zoom and Facebook Live. Pray that their faith in Jesus will continue to grow through these challenges.
Bill and Sandra Callister (Specialist, DPG Day 20)
Praise God the Saisai translators have continued to work through John’s gospel and exchange notes and suggestions over the internet with Bill. Praise God the Misima Language Committee finished checking the rest of 2 Kings, and Bill has gone over the suggestions and handed over to the translation consultant, who in turn will send questions to another checking committee. Pray for those who make up this committee, and pray that the questions will be clear to them and they can provide useful notes. Pray that all translators can be vaccinated against COVID — but there are no vaccines at Misima now.
Kevin and Eloise Dyer (Specialists, DPG Day 21)
Pray for Eloise who has had more falls, so that she now requires 24-hour care. Pray for Kevin and the family as they discuss care options for her.
Allison Howell (Specialist, DPG Day 23)
Rehab has been suspended because of the COVID situation in NSW — pray that COVID will be brought under control there soon. Pray for continued motivation at this time in what Allison can do with ACI and also as she ministers to those who contact her.
David and Stacie Coates (Restricted Access, DPG Day 27)
Pray for national believers and the PAIS community who still live in dangerous times. Pray for the possibility of a school at the Thai border that will cater for refugees. Praise God for online learning and inventive delivery of teaching; pray for carefulness due to security concerns. Pray that the nation can cope medically during COVID.
Colin and Marg (Restricted Access, DPG Day 28)
Pray for Colin as he teaches grade 7 geography and grades 9-12 health classes, and Marg as she teaches kindy. Pray for them to move into their new classrooms soon, after the renovations. Pray for two new teachers, who have visas, to be given government approval to enter the country.
C & A (Restricted Access, DPG Day 30)
Pray for those who are sick from cholera or food poisoning from eating rancid food. Pray for protection from malaria in the coming months. Pray that C & A and their family stay well too. Praise God for enough funds to complete the last side of the security wall. Pray that the rains, which have been a blessing to their new field of beans and corn, won’t hinder the construction. Continue to pray they can get flights to visit Oz later in the year.
Carol Luttah (CBMPNG)
Continue to pray that Singapore approves Lynn’s transit. Pray for Carol to have peace and not be anxious. Pray for protection from COVID in PNG — only Carol and another staff member have had their first vaccine dose.
Rob and Denise (Candidates, Restricted Access)
Pray for Rob and Denise as their departure has been postponed due to family illness. Their departure is now planned for July 2022. Pray for them as they continue to see God’s will in the roles they will take in their future country of service. Pray that they won’t be discouraged during these trying times.