Prayer and Praise
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David and Eliza
are praising God for the answer to prayer they received as God revealed to them more of what He is already doing in their community. Out of the blue, Eliza received a text from a local woman, Anna, who wanted to talk to her about Jesus. They met up and Anna shared some of her story with Eliza, explaining that her Dad began following Jesus 20 years ago and that she is also a believer. Along with her family, Anna meets with a group of believers in a home each Sunday. What an exciting revelation! The team is praying that God will give them wisdom in knowing how to come alongside these believers and encourage them in sharing their faith with their neighbours and families.
- That as the team connects with this group of believers, mutual trust and understanding will grow
- For the team to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading as they build relationships with these believers and seek to journey with them
Candidates Gary and Shirley
spent the final months of 2019 lecturing at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Malawi where they are preparing to serve long-term. Gary and Shirley both had full teaching loads which was a significant help to the Seminary as they unexpectedly had three lecturers unable to teach during that time. In amongst the extra lecture load, stress of limited power and difficulties in adjusting to living cross-culturally, Gary and Shirley couldn’t help but be amazed at what God is doing through the college. They were particularly encouraged by students committing to serve in communities and lead faith communities with little or no remuneration. Gary and Shirley are prayerfully anticipating being in Malawi by August 2020, ready to begin Semester 1 at the Seminary. However, they need to reach full support before they can serve in Malawi full-time.
- Thankfulness for the opportunity Gary and Shirly had to contribute to the Seminary’s ministry in the final months of 2019
- For their partnership team to grow as people excited to journeying with them commit to praying and giving
- That Gary, Shirley and their family will know God’s presence and comfort as they grieve the passing of Gary’s Mum
Jit and Jan
are coming to the end of their Home Assignment in Australia. Over the past six months they have participated in training and connected with many of their partners across New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. They have loved the opportunity to say thank you, renew friendships, meet new people and share about their ministry in Thailand. While they are in Australia, the Lanternlight team is continuing to work with people with disabilities and their families. Jit and Jan look forward to returning to this ministry and recommence the gathering of local men through the men’s shed. In order to return to Thailand in February as planned, Jit and Jan need to return to full support.
- Thankfulness for the mutually encouraging partnerships Jit and Jan have built over many years with individuals and churches in Australia
- For God to be preparing Jit and Jan spiritually, emotionally and physically for their coming term of service
- That Jit and Jan will receive the full support the need in order to return to Thailand soon
Ian is moving into a time of transition as he concludes with Global Interaction in late February and begins in the role of Senior Pastor at his and Wendy’s home church in Melbourne. After 20 faithful years as cross-cultural workers in Malawi, Ian and Wendy returned and Melbourne in 2016 where Ian continued to lead the Ciyawo English Dictionary project. The dictionary for Ciyawo speakers was completed early last year and its counterpart to help English speakers, including cross-cultural workers, learn Ciyawo is in the final stages. Ian will continue overseeing this second side of dictionary which will be published later this year. As Ian and Wendy look back at their ministry among the Yawo, they are so grateful for God’s faithfulness and the steadfast partnership of so many individuals and churches.
- Thankfulness for Ian and Wendy’s heart for the Yawo and their obedience to God’s calling
- That the second side of the dictionary will be completed soon and support cross-cultural workers in learning Ciyawo so they can more effectively communicate the Good News
- That the legacy of Ian and Wendy’s ministry among the Yawo will continue through the team as they build relationships, share Jesus’ message and disciple believers