International.
Cameroon, Africa

For many years, Dave and Stacey have served the Lord faithfully in Cameroon working to translate the Bible into a new language. As they engage in this work, they have become trusted members of their community and are actively engaged in church life and discipleship. The Christians in the people group they serve face many challenges. Sexual sin seems to be the greatest barrier to salvation and godliness among them. In the last year, there have been four people disciplined from their village church because of sexual immorality. Dave and Stacey even had to let a translator go from their translation project because of sexual sin. Thankfully, one of the young believers, Koo, recently publicly confessed some of his own hidden sins to the church. Since then, he has been renewed in his joy in Christ and in his relationship to his family and the church. This has seemingly led to a renewed pursuit of righteousness in others. 

  • Pray for Koo to remain steadfast and faithful for the rest of his life.
  • Pray for Dave and Stacey to have wisdom as they counsel people through difficult sin issues.
  • Pray that God would bring purity and righteousness to the local church.
North America.
Chris & Lisa Shipley // Mississauga, ON

The Shipley family are faithful members of Hope Church Mississauga where Chris serves as the Pastor of Sending and Counseling. The mission of Hope Church is to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19–20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37). In the past year, the Lord greatly answered their prayers and blessed the body by enabling them to appoint deacons for the first time, bring in one new elder, create a healthier church membership and member care process, and continue in unity among the elders and staff.

 

The church continues to need boldness to speak and live out the truth in love toward a Canadian society that is increasingly hostile toward Christianity and the gospel. As an elder, Chris is seeking to wisely equip families in the church for this  by reminding them of their identity in Christ, and preparing them to engage various secular forms of expressive individualism. Thankfully, God has continued to bless the church as it grows in prayer, care for one another, and giving despite the social pressures surrounding them.

  • Pray for the church to boldly live out the gospel in Canada and be a light to the nation.
  • Pray for Hope Church as they deal with a church discipline issue involving a former elder from four years ago that has recently and surprisingly caused a lot of disunity.
  • Pray that the church would generously give to pay off the mortgage they have on their building.
Kentuckiana.
Medical Response Team

Immanuel’s medical response team is a lightweight, on-call volunteer service that provides the welcome team with rapid, basic medical assistance and advice during Sunday morning services. These volunteers are the first point of contact via radio in case of an urgent medical situation.

  • Praise the Lord for those who willingly serve on this team and provide Immanuel with the behind-the-scenes care and support.
  • Pray that God would bless those on this team with wisdom every time they are called upon for advice.
  • Pray that God would raise up more members who are Basic Life Support certified to serve on this team on a regular basis.
Unreached.
Malay of Malaysia

Location:

Malaysia

Population:

13,951,000

Ev. Christian:

.08 %

Main Language:

Malay

Spiritual Beliefs:

99.2% Islam

Bible in Heart Language:

Yes

Islam was brought to Malaysia by Arabic and Indian traders  centuries ago. Since then, the Malay people have come to embrace and ardently follow the Islamic faith. All Malay people are considered Islamic though levels of devotion to the religion are varied. The Malay find much pride in their cultural heritage and place great emphasis on family and community dependence.

  • Pray that those from Christian people groups living around the Malay would faithfully share the gospel with them.
  • Pray that Malay Christians would persevere in the faith despite the threat of persecution.
  • Pray that the truth of the gospel would bear abundant fruit among the Malay.