I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 1:4-7 (ESV)
Pray for our family as you go about the daily tasks that life brings your way. I recall during our years in South Africa thinking often of our family, friends, our church community, the faces and the many other ordinary things we missed each day. We found that when we were removed from our home culture, the more we reminisced about the people and memories we cherish. That said, we will think of you everyday, without fail, after arriving in Africa and we will pray that God will strengthen, uphold and encourage you by the power of his Holy Spirit.
When you are at home…remember us.
When you are in the car…remember us.
When you are at work…remember us.
As you remember us, we ask that you lift these prayer requests up to the LORD…
- Pray for the Sakalava: For our dear friend and colleague, Rosina Ferdinand, and her tireless leadership of the Madagascar unit of AIM. She has served God faithfully and is a huge part of everything He is doing on Nosy Be. For the new believers and their faith to grow day-by-day. For the Band and their continued desire to create songs from scripture. For the translation team of Rosina, Herdiny, and Francois. For God to continue to draw Sakalavans to himself.
- Pray for our safety and for no serious injuries or diseases (include malaria) to harm us. Pray for traveling mercies and that no danger would come to us as we travel by vehicle (taxis), airplane, and boat.
- Pray for us as we continue to learn the Sakalava language, that God would be instrumental as we study and practice. Pray for diligence, organization, and for those who will be formally teaching us the language. Sakalava is a dialect of Malagasy.
- Pray for us as we homeschool the children, and that God would be over and in all that we learn and experience throughout our education. Our prayer is that, as their parents, we give them the tools they need to live in such a way that they will forever find delight, joy and increasing curiosity for God’s diverse world that awaits discovery. Pray for perseverance, love, patience, and that God will help us uproot our sin, which so easily pervades the routines of daily life.