February 2024

 
Lead translator Rev Chang and Taiwan Bible Society General Secretary Rev Chung at the celebration of the publication of the Pinuyumayan New Testament, (Nov 2023)

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How can they believe in one of whom they have never heard?
And how can they hear unless someone proclaims him?
And who will go to tell them unless he is sent? Romans 10:14


Verses like these apply both to witness overseas and locally. Pray for Alpha, the popular 12-week introduction to faith in Christ that Knox is starting Feb. 7. Lift up the coordinator and all the volunteers and pray that many of those invited will respond. Who will you be inviting?

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Gord & Brenda Nickerson, Josiah Venture.
Gord is facilitating a 5-session Zoom discussing issues relevant for pastors in youth ministry. Also in early February, Brenda is helping to plan a Dallas missions conference for globally minded women. Pray as plans are made by Josiah Venture for over 120 youth camps to be held throughout Central and Eastern Europe this summer. Pray that God will already be working in the hearts of the thousands of teens that will attend and the staff and summer teams that will be leading these camps.

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Jack & Mary Anne Voelkel.
“Praise the Lord for His strong hand of healing, refreshing, and blessing on Intervarsity staff (USA) at their conference in January. In early February, pray for God's teaching and empowerment of selected staff from each region as they seek to grow in their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and depend on Him as they evangelize and disciple new generations of university students.”

SUNDAY
Ann Chow, Event & Project Management.
“Great news, I’m back on the Christian hackathon project for 2024 as their project lead. It’s a fantastic global team. They’re bringing everyone together Feb. 5-9 to Thailand. https://hack.indigitous.org” Pray-ers as we begin the project and meet in-person.”

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Colin & Rachel McCordic, AIM. “January we were in Kenya, first visiting some friends and then attending a three-week orientation. We praise the Lord for such a good time. February 7 is when we land in Chad. Pray for us as we settle into our new home and new life rhythms.”

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Leah Hopp, OPC, Uganda. “The Grimsley family (including four girls under the age of ten) will arrive in Karamoja at the beginning of February to begin a one-year term to help the mission with maintenance projects. Our small mission station will need energy to help them get settled in and they will need energy to adjust to their new sur-roundings.”

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Eleanor Crabtree. "The last CT Scan showed no signs of cancer. I have another follow-up in 6 months. Praise God for his healing power."
Glenn & Fern Byerly. Pray for the safe travel of their son-in-law to Cameroon to encourage Bible Translators. He returns in early February.

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Dave & Rani, Brampton. “Devanand will be in India (Feb. 14 - Mar. 7). He would ap-preciate prayers for being the Keynote Speaker (Zoom) at a diaspora (secular) conference in Lucknow…and will lecture at the U. of Lucknow on Feb. 27. Will also give lectures at several seminaries from Feb. 19-23. Will visit a Christian hospital outside of Varanasi. Please pray for Rani and Deepak during that time. (Praise God, Deepak seems more focused these days.)”

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Wayne & Helen Hancock, Threefold Ministries, Nicaragua. “Please continue to pray for wisdom and discernment for the staff and Board as they seek God’s direction for the future of this ministry. Pray too for some local staff who have been released and for the continued challenges of local regulations.”

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Elizabeth Matthias, Germany. “My heart and life overflow with gratitude in the full-ness of seeing the Lord at work while men-toring and training lay counsellors as we come alongside counsellees struggling to know God and live for Him. As our church expands, so do the requests! May the Lord grant all the wisdom, love and strength needed to edify His sheep!”

SUNDAY
Luke & Yuko Elliot, Aomori Christian Center, Japan. “Please pray for the stu-dent ministry retreat happening at ACC, Feb. 11-13. Pray for Yuko as she supervis-es language learning for new OMF workers in Tohoku and for Luke as he preaches at different churches (almost every week). Continue to pray for our ongoing construc-tion projects.”

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Khevna & Sharon, Knox Missions Hub. “Praise God for collaborations with student groups during the Relevant Series! Please continue to pray for students to take bold steps to engage missionally in follow up conversations in the days ahead.”

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C & K. “Request prayer for continued re-covery of companies in the portfolio bat-tered by COVID, post-COVID economic factors, and more recently by conflicts in Central Asia and the Middle East. Pray for the finalisation of details enabling our com-pany in Bangladesh to recover, continuing to provide jobs for over 300 employees, and have a widespread spiritual impact. Pray for us as we serve these companies with in-tensive coaching, relational support and prayer.”

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Laurie Armstrong. Power to Change. “I'm thankful for my (virtual) team's in-person gathering in Jan. It was refreshing, fun, and challenging as we paused for mid-year evaluation, discernment, and planning. Pray for effective follow-up of many local campus outreaches in Jan, and for the Reading Week mission trip in Honduras (partnering locally), for fruitful learning, connections, and ministry.”

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Susan Jeffery, CANIL, Abbotsford. “Pray
for the staff of Alloway Library as they
consider how best to merge the CanIL
Library collection into their library.
Especially pray for the Alloway person most involved with the merger—for wisdom, timely communication and God’s enabling to pull everything together by early June when CanIL’s Summer Term kicks off.”

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Chyrl Basa, FFM. “The Day of Prayer for the Muslim world is coming up soon—February 17th, Saturday, from 9 am to 2 pm. Our in-person meeting will be at Calva-ry Church. Pray that this day will be edifying for all! Ramadan is also coming up on March 10th! Will you join this focused pray-er movement for the Muslim world? There are still extra copies of the 30 Days Rama-dan booklets left. Contact FFM to get your copies.”

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Hanneke Cost Budde. Thanksgiving for a wonderful time with her kids over Christmas and the New Year. Pray for Baraka who had a tough time returning to school, structure and discipline, and for Faraja who dropped physics and needs to make good choices in his studies. Mahona will start teaching next month. Mfaume and Kiri are doing well in their studies, Jacky is getting ready for final exams and Hanneke is teaching 11 stu-dents in Bible School. “God is good!”

SUNDAY
Carluci & Christina Dos Santos. They are preparing a series on expository preaching in the GTA and in the Montreal areas, Feb. – Apr. and also beginning a Spanish-speaking on-line series. Carluci is setting up monthly days of prayer for missions in the Spanish-Portuguese community. “Let us pray for leaders and commitment to the work of prayer.” The family is doing well: Isabela at home; Hannah in Raleigh, NC; Nicoli and Erik in NFL. Christina and Carluci were warmly welcomed into the United World Mission missionary family.

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Bill Fitch, Listen to Learn. “Please pray for the financial well-being of our local workers.... We try to pay reasonably well... but it's never enough. Prices of food and fuel rise endlessly, transport is always an issue, and health care is available to those who can pay. Pray that our people make wise lifestyle choices. And pray that any staff who have necessary administrative access to ministry funds will be protected from the temptation of putting a finger on the scale to benefit themselves.”

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Gus & Marliese, London. “My Palestinian friend passed his citizenship test so praise for that. Continue to pray for our future meetings and the two Yazidi families, and the mall Bible study. I’m also hoping to meet a friend from public school days who now lives in London.”

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Elaine Esser, Owen Sound. “May the Lord provide protection, wisdom, and guid-ance to the new workers settling into the work the Lord has called them to do…. I just came across this verse that I think would be an encouragement to all our Knox missionaries. Psalm: 21:5 The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.”

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Sylvia Dresser. “Several young men from the south coast tribal areas are studying at the seminary on the north coast. Pray that they will return to their home areas to provide much needed leadership for south coast churches. There is more prestige and money if they serve a city church. Thanks for praying for my son Andrew. His sight continues to improve slightly. He is now going through many tests in the work-up toward a transplant.”

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Marg Roth. “Both our Bible study and chapel services are growing a bit which is so good to see. The sun stays up a little later every night and I’m a fan of that! So many areas in our suffering world need our prayers right now. Let us keep our prayers filled with thanks and worship and praise to the Lord. He is in charge, and we know He is still on the throne and we are His chil-dren.”

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I & S. It was lovely to have the family here with us at Knox for several days in mid-January. They were able to present a fuller picture of their new field of ministry and inform our prayers. Finances are an area of need at this point. More prayer partners to lift up their witness for Christ are always a blessing.

SUNDAY
Refugee Sponsorship. Our Afghan family of five may be arriving in Toronto in as little as a few days to a few weeks from now. Exciting times, and so much needs to happen. Pray for a smooth entry into Canada, for locating adequate housing in East Toronto / Scarborough and for a wonderful supportive welcome in Christ, from Knox and the Afghan Church of the GTA.

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Paul & Mary Beth McLean, PCC, Taiwan. “Praise God for all the Bible translation teams in Taiwan as they make substantial progress. May God bless Paul as he pre-pares to visit them all in person in March and April.”



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Jim Mason, Challenge Enterprises, Ghana. “The Sowutuom branch of the Church of Pentecost partnered with Cinevan for an evangelistic outreach in November 2023. Some 250 adults and 76 children received Christ. Pray for effective discipling!”

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Xerggyo & Hil. Xerggyo has fully recov-ered from his pneumonia. Hil's mother is well too. They are attending a training ses-sion for their mission in Spain this month. They plan to return to their work in June or July. Mary Jane Fandrich, Texas. “Pray for two conversations with my neighbors here. One went home with a desired Bible (English/Arabic), and one went out really mad about our discussion of Life and Peace in Jesus Messiah vs. fear and death as the issue of Mohammed. Pray for wisdom and safe keeping in this community.”

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Phase II Workers. John & Deborah Bowen, Gladys Linthicum, Norine Love, Patsy McCarthy (Patsy has moved into a fine seniors’ residence in Vancouver near her son Tim), Clarence & Cathy McMullen, David & Angela Morris, Barbara Rahn, Pamela Stedman, Diana Wadsworth, Rosemary Walker.








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Knox Summer Camp Program.
We heard from Wally Lee a few Sundays ago of the eternal impact that Knox summer camping programs made in his and many others' lives. Knox didn't receive government support for hiring student staff this year, but God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills is not over-ruled. Pray for the full $70,000 needed to come in, so another generation of church and local children can be reached and blessed with God's word.

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Elizabeth Matthias, Germany.
“Until June 7th, I'm on vacation with my relatives—including Mom and nephew visiting from Canada—to celebrate my aunt's 90th birthday. This is a welcome break after the appendectomy on May 6th! The Discovering Change class finished a week later than I planned—but was reported helpful to the participants. I'm trusting the Lord to keep up with the counseling and mentoring! So grateful for all your prayers for health, wisdom, and love!”

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Gus & Marliese Ketola, London.
“Due to illness and the weather, we haven’t met with the Metis family in the last few weeks. Please pray that we’ll get together soon. The same applies to the Yazidi family. Pray also for Marliese’s trip home to visit her family for two weeks starting May 31.”

SUNDAY
Eleanor Crabtree.
“I will be having visitors in early June so pray that I will be well enough to enjoy time with them. I expect to have my fourth chemo treatment sometime during the week of June 19th. Pray that this may be the last treatment needed. I am thankful to God for all his blessings.”

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Dave & Rani, Brampton.
Please continue to pray for Rani's health. Continual pain affects her sleep, her diet is quite limited, and she has lost a lot of weight. Please also pray for self-control for Deepak. With warmer weather, we can meet more strangers passing by our adjacent laneway. We say 'hi' to many, wanting to share Good News. “Pray for wisdom to know how to share about the Messiah. We are grateful for your prayers.”

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Susan Jeffery, CANIL, Abbotsford.
“Miriam, a CanIL faculty member, had cancer surgery back in March and is just beginning chemo and radiation treatments. Today is Miriam’s second chemo infusion. Please pray that her cancer will be fully eradicated. Also pray for arrangements to cover her work commitments this summer, should that prove necessary. She is scheduled to assist with the phonetics course, becoming course head for it in Fall term.”

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Hanneke Cost Budde, Tanzania.
Most of her kids will be home for their holidays, May 31-July 3. Pray for a good time with all of them. Services at the local church last 4 hours, without much spiritual input. Please pray. Makala, the friend with lymphoma, has watched four patients die in his ward and feels very sick and discouraged. Pray for the preparations Hanneke must make before travelling to Toronto and Europe.

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Luke & Yuko Elliot, Aomori Christian Center, Japan.
We are thankful for David Noble's building team from Ontario and praise God for safety and success, for their sacrificial labour throughout a whole month of 12-hour weekdays and 6-hour Saturdays. The multi-purpose refectory is on track to be completed by June 30, on time for the summer camp season. Please pray for remaining work, the July 8 to Aug. 2 summer camp season, and 8 camp staff.

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Khevna & Sharon, Knox Missions Hub.
It has been a joy over the past school year to see 15-20 students across fellowships (and even campuses!) come together weekly to pray for their campuses, each other, and the world. We're thankful for the many students who stepped up to lead our weekly times of prayer!

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Khevna & Sharon, Knox Missions Hub (cont'd).
“Praise God for a full month of planning and gathering leaders to learn from one another this past month. Please pray for us as we launch an 'Around the World' interactive 7-week series to experience what God is doing … in different regions of the world throughout this upcoming summer!”

SUNDAY

Today is the induction service and welcome for Alex Macleod, returning to Knox as Senior Pastor. Pray for the whole family (Alex, Judith, Chloe, Callum, Lily) and for the whole Knox staff as well, that God will knit all together beautifully and extend His Kingdom, as we all lean on Him.

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Carlucci & Christina Dos Santos, LAM. Please pray for Kayapo missionary Bep, his linguistic training, and the learning of the Enawene-Nawe language. Pray with me that God will move us to start prayer groups and adopt Unreached Peoples Groups. Pray for the impact of May's Spanish language workshops on Preaching the Old Testament. They are praying for 4 new expository preaching groups.

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Elaine Esser, Owen Sound.
“I would like to ask prayer for all the children's camps and Daily vacation Bible schools that will be held this summer. May the children not only hear about the Lord Jesus but be willing to trust Him with their lives.”

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Beth and Scott Hurd (National Director, OMF Canada).
Please pray for God's guidance in filling OM Canada positions: Lead Serve Asia Coordinator, Director for Finance and Administration, Guesthouse Manager and Lead Communications Coordinator.

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Ann Chow, Event & Project Management.
Please pray for the planning of Arise Asia (AriseAsia.org), as we count down the days until we begin on July 25th, hosting 1100 Christians, 18-30 years of age from across Asia and the Middle East to inspire towards missions and fulfilling the great commission. Much to do before then!

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Marg Roth.
Marg asked prayer last month for a friend who doesn't believe God exists. That friend is awaiting the results of tests, expecting bad news and preparing for MAID (medical assistance in dying). Marg's sister-in-law has rapidly progressing ALS. “Thanks for standing with me in prayer for these people who are special to me and in need.”

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Leah Hopp, OPC, Uganda.
“I have just made it through a few very difficult days overseeing the clinic while the clinic administrator is away for ten days...The clinic just switched over to completely digitally recording information, instead of writing in the paper registers. The clinic staff and I are still learning how to troubleshoot different areas of the software...Thank you for continuing to lift up the mission work in Karamoja before the throne of grace on our behalf.”

SUNDAY
Xerggyo & Hil.
They are travelling around in Chiapas, praying with and encouraging Christian friends and supporters, and hoping to be able to return to overseas ministry in September. Pray for God's open doors!

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Bill Fitch, Listen to Learn, East Africa.
“Please pray for Susan Tela and Paul Punyua, Listen to Learn's tireless communications staff, as they spend several days each week visiting our Local Bible Institutes, encouraging them in their studies and guiding them forwards. Pray that we can find a way to let Paul spend more time with his wife and two young children, as his work in Eldoret is several hours away from his home.”

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Mary Jane Fandrich, Arizona.
This past month has seen the pleasure of granddaughter, Anna, graduate Wheaton College cum laude and be commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army after completing the four years of ROTC and summer training. One friend commented: “The Army needs her. Indeed, the witness to Jesus Messiah has been suppressed in the US Army.” May she find her God-given assignment.

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Paul & Mary Beth McLean, PCC, Taiwan.
“May God bless Paul and all the Bible translation teams he supports as they meet in person this month. May God oversee typesetting of the Bunun Bible.”

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Jack & Mary Anne Voelkel.
“Praise the Lord for answered prayer: 80 leaders (including Carlucci) from 15 countries met with Jorge Atiencia and others in Lima for a profound conference on Expository Preaching. Pray for them as they lead preaching schools in their countries and begin new ones.”

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Laurie Armstrong, P2C.
“Pray for mission trips continuing in June - 'Desert Rain,' Vietnam, Nations Next Door (int'l students, Edmonton), Praxis Ottawa - for participants & those they will serve. Pray for staff not on these trips, who will be working on a variety of special projects over the summer, and for students in summer jobs - that they will continue to grow and continue to learn to trust God in daily life.”

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Sylvia Dresser.
“Thank God that my son Andrew now has a working catheter for peritoneal dialysis and is started on home dialysis. He is also recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Ask the Lord to call translators for the south coast tribes where TEAM worked from the mid 1950's until the beginning of the 2000's. Now there are churches, but many are struggling without Scripture in their languages or trained leadership.”

SUNDAY
Colin & Rachel McCordic, AIM.
“Even while we are here in Canada, our minds and prayers are often drawn to the people of Africa and Chad specifically. Please continue to pray for the terrible conflict in Sudan right now.” Many are fleeing, with thousands reported coming to Chad. Pray that the Church in Sudan, in Chad, and other neighbouring countries, will be Christ's hands and feet to the many refugees. Pray for an end to the violence.”

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Wayne & Helen Hancock, Threefold Ministries, Nicaragua.
“Please pray for the people of Nicaragua and specifically Christians and Christian ministries serving in that county. Pray that they may be able to continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus and serve the people there during changing government regulations. Pray that each would clearly have their focus on serving God by serving the people.”

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Jim Mason, Challenge Enterprises, Ghana.
“The Covid-19 restrictions that stopped chaplains from regular prison visits were lifted about a year ago. There is a full and regular ongoing ministry to the prisons. Inmates, prison authorities and chaplains are excited.”

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I & S. Perspectivas, Brasil.
“Thank God for the safe delivery of our son, despite some last minute complications. Please pray for our transition to parenthood and in our work here as we prepare to transition fields in just a few months.”

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Chyrl Basa, FFM.
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with another church which hosted the Day of Prayer for the Muslim World on May 13th. Over 30 people from their congregation participated in the prayer and equipping gathering, and the church intends to conduct further congregational training in outreach. Please pray that more churches in the GTA and beyond would participate and host the Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.

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Phase II Workers.
John & Debra Bowen, Glenn & Fern Byerly (daughter Becky arrives from China for a visit, July 2nd Visa, airport transfers, luggage, jury duty on July 6th. Pray for Becky.), Diane Dadian, Gladys Linthicum, Norine Love, Patsy McCarthy, Clarence & Cathy McMullen, David & Angela Morris, Barbara Rahn (“Pamela Stedman is adjusting to her new location. God bless you all as you serve Him in your various homes and communities.”) and Rosemary Walker.

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