These posts to our prayer blog are actually e-mail messages that we send out every Tuesday to our prayer team.
You are really needed on our prayer team. You are invited to join our much appreciated team of prayer partners.
Hannah thanks you for your prayers for her driver's license! Her first driving test was a real trial. She waited hours in the hot sun for her turn to drive. Then the reverse gear in the exam car didn't work! She passed her driver's exam last week on her second try. She is thrilled, but still real nervous about driving on the wild streets of Abidjan.
Heavenly Father continue to protect Mike, Sue, and Joshua as they travel many miles by plane and train, learning how to improve their ministry skills.
Hussein had heart surgery
Tue, 24 Oct 2006
Hussein thanks you again for your prayers. He was checked out of the first hospital feeling much better. Then he disappeared for a week. He was actually gone to Ghana for heart surgery! Dear Lord give Hussein a smooth recovery.
We are on the road now for four weeks. We appreciate your prayers for safety and wisdom. Heavenly Father, send Your angels to circle around Mike, Sue, and Joshua everywhere they go. Make this a productive trip for Your kingdom.
Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power) is on one of the odd last ten nights of Ramadan (19,21,23,25,27,29). It is considered the holiest night of Ramadan. The Night of Power marks the date of the revelation of the first verses of the Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad. It is believed by some Muslims that if one offers voluntary worship on that night, all past sins are forgiven.
Dear Jesus use dreams and visions to reveal yourself as the only Savior of the world to those who are seeking forgiveness. Forgive their sins as they trust in You.
More about the Night of Power
Hussein in Hospital
Mon, 9 Oct 2006
Hussein called me this morning from his hospital bed. He is very sick and wants your prayers for his healing. He was very grateful that my niece Sara and I were able to visit him this afternoon. We prayed with him and asked him if he needed anything. He said all he needed was our prayers. I promised him I would write you now and ask you to pray.
We are also excited to let you know we will be visiting with friends in Africa and Europe. Our goal is to learn how to better minister to our new believers. We also feel the need to get some reprieve from the escalation of problems here in Abidjan.
Dear Lord, heal Hussein. Give Mike and Sue your grace as they work through all the details related to their upcoming trip.
Toxic Waste Update
Thu, 5 Oct 2006
As of today, 10 died and 91,393 consultations have been made at the Abidjan hospitals. The press in USA started talking about the problem this week. Articles are now appearing in the New York Times and our Omaha World Herald newspapers.
From our point of view, the crisis has been over for a couple of weeks. Many of the current consultations are return visits by those who are still affected. Clean-up is well under way, causing other problems.
Since the garbage dumps were polluted, they had to be closed while cleaning them up. So in this city of 4,000,000 the trash piled up pretty high in all the neighborhoods. Now it is getting collected again in our area.
Learning to drive
Tue, 03 Oct 2006
One important aspect of our ministry is giving practical help to those in need. We are just God's hands, feet and voice to many folks here in Abidjan. This week, we are helping Hannah get ready for her driver's license test. So with the help of Sara, my niece, who is here for a short visit, Hannah is learning to drive. Please pray for Hannah as she hopes to pass her driving test soon.
Heavenly Father, give Sara and Mike patience as they drive with Hannah each evening. Use them to proclaim the love of Jesus through their actions and words.
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." Romans 1:16