Clarence Wagner Israel
A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a small lunch stand during the lunch hour about a block and a half from the Bridges for Peace office in Jerusalem. None of the Bridges for Peace staff were injured, and miraculously, no one except the bomber himself was killed in the attack, though five were wounded. The message about the attack ended by saying “We all know that God has smiled on us today as He protected us from injury or death.”
The Kuneys Honduras
We welcome one of our newest Faith Promise families. The Kuneys and their children work in a village called Seis de Mayo offering sewing, nutrition, child care and discipleship classes to young women in the area. Pray that the 14 new students will receive Christ and that those touched by the Lord through the efforts of a recent team would continue to grow.
Jeanette Dunse Malawi, Africa
Jeanette is slowly recovering from a severe case of malaria that required hospitalization. The disease has left her very weak. They are also investigating the cause of the disappearance of some money from her home. Pray for Jeanette’s speedy recovery and for help with her work at the orphanage.
The Coxes Botswana, Africa
The Coxes are recovering from bronchitis and Barbara reports that her pregnancy is going well, with good pre-natal care at a clinic there. The baby is due on Sept. 28. Pray for a man they’ve met named Paul, who is not a Christian, nor is his helper, Ozias, but they are very friendly and seem open to hearing about Jesus. Ozias asks lots of questions, especially of the Cox’s children, about why they would leave America to live in Botswana. Pray for God’s continued protection of the whole family. Please pray for ease of assimilation for the whole family, but especially for the children. They also ask for prayer for language study.
Chris Hena Kazakhstan
Chris has established an office in Semey and at their project site about 100 km away. Providing health care is such a challenge there. The unemployment is about 85% and hospital patients’ families are expected to provide their food since most hospitals no longer have meal service. Health care is not free and families don’t have the funds to purchase prescribed medications. Even local physicians don’t have the basic supplies they need to care for patients. Tuberculosis is a major health problem there. On a more positive note, Chris’ secretary and the accountant have accepted Jesus as their Lord and her language teacher has started studying the Bible with the three of them as well. She will begin her “peanut butter” evangelism with the children to feed their bodies and their spirits. Chris asks people to come teach English as a second language, small business start-up, share health information with local physicians, work with young people and help at the orphanage with 78 children available for adoption. Continue to pray for Chris' own health as it may be affected by the years of radiation contamination there.
The Purcells Peru
The Purcell family is on furlough for the next year. They ask for prayers for their family transition here in the US and on they return to an area in Peru with less than 2% Christian evangelicals. Upon their return, Samuel, Katie and Luke will be going to boarding school and Joel and Sarah ask for their protection and growth in the Lord. Pray for the effectiveness of the Book Set Conferences while the Purcells are away. They have three very dedicated people continuing their work. Sarah will be starting Kid’s Clubs and she and Joel will be mentoring new missionaries, Alan and Amy George, both doctors, and a woman who will be teaching Christian Sunday School teachers. David Quispiroca, one of their co-workers in Peru is now a missionary to China. Pray against the enemy’s strongholds of drunkenness and idolatry in Peru.
The Chackos India
Mathews is planning to be in the US in September and October and will be looking for people with materials knowledge and to start a Montessori school program in India. The Chackos are praying for workers to help them teach English, Art, Music, Computers, and physical education in grades kindergarten through 12th and Bible in their Divinity School. They also have several proposed development projects on the campus and with the people to whom they minister.
Allende, Mexico October, 2002
Pray that the Lord would supply members for a team from FUMC to help complete the church in Allende that has been under construction for quite some time.
The Beises France
Praise the Lord for GOOD NEWS from France. Five people have given their lives to the Lord as a result of an “Evening of Jazz” that Jim organized for their church and a subsequent Alpha course offered by a friend of the Beises. The Alpha course, which is offered in English, has the potential to reach people from all parts of the globe who live in Paris. Everyone who attended this first course, with one exception, received Christ as his or her savior. Gail, their friend, is finding that more people want the Alpha course than she has leaders to teach it! The Beises also sang on a worship CD in French that was released in mid June.
The Shamblins Afghanistan
Donald and Marlis have returned from a short stay in the Philippines, working with Pat Capwell and report that they had a fruitful time and are doing fine since their return. Donald has been invited to Afghanistan to teach English to the Cabinet Members for at least 3 to 4 months and possibly longer. At the time of this writing, he expects to leave “for sure” the middle August. Please pray for his opportunity to share the gospel and wisdom as he does so. Pray as well that he receive the finances he will need for his on-site expenses which will be about $700 a month for food, lodging and transportation.
The Banales Mexico Audrey expects to be released by her doctor in a few months following her successful back surgery. Because of her surgery, Audrey and Jose had the opportunity to share the Gospel with a good friend who accepted Jesus as Lord. Praise God who works in all things! Audrey got the results of her colonoscopy and endoscopy. She has no polyps or tumors in her colon. They also discovered the sphincter in her esophagus does not close properly causing reflux. Additional surgery is anticipated for Audrey the end of September to repair her esophagus. Also, pray for the preparations underway for a VIM team from FUMC to work with the Banales. We expect the team will go to Mexico City in early 2003.
Morses Thailand, Burma. China
Ron and Pat ask for prayers as their oldest son, Jason, makes decisions regarding which college he will attend. They also ask for prayers for him when he starts college and the certain culture shock he will face after having been raised on the mission field. Pray that the church in China can acquire the adjacent property to expand their ministry.
The Chandys Sri Lanka
Verghese has had trouble with his vision, which he says is improved to 85% of normal, but needs more prayer for full recovery. Pray for space for all the believers who come for worship at the New Covenant Church, which now has three services each week for about 200. Also, pray for their efforts to start a Christian radio station and recording studio for the area. Remember the government in Sri Lanka.
The Nassers Middle East
Joumana is continuing her work with Kids Club with 30 children in attendance. Pray that the youth and their families come to know Jesus as their Lord. Recently an Egyptian team came to work with the Nassers and converted a family who will be travelling to Saudi Arabia. Pray for this family and for believers to encourage them in their new faith. Pray for two of the believers there who were questioned about their faith. Also, pray that the Lord would draw men there to Himself. Their meetings are attended almost entirely by women. These women need believing husbands from a similar background.
El Salvador October 5-12, 2002
Pray for the families who will be receiving the homes we will build in El Salvador. We will likely be working in the Jayaque area, which was had major damage from the earthquakes in 2001. Pray for wisdom and a good working relationship with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador.
Faith Promise Missionaries
Please pray for the continued safety of our Faith Promise missionaries and God's favor for them. Pray for the effectiveness of their ministry and for their families here and abroad.
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