In the beginning of 2020, Noah and Mikayla began learning language in their new city. This has gone well for the whole family. Their two kids are in school and are progressing well with the local dialect. Praise the Lord for this! Last year was really tough for them, due to all of the unexpected challenges that COVID presented. Alongside their goal to learn the majority language, they are working towards learning the local dialect. There are not many resources for this language, so most of their work is from scratch.
God is working in the lives of the people around them. This year, they are longing to pour into the lives of the people the Lord has provided relationships with. They are also eager to continue meeting new people.
During the fall of this year, Noah will begin linguistic training, which will provide him the necessary tools and resources to begin translation work in the future. They are grateful for your partnership in the gospel.
Pray for Noah and Mikayla as they seek to parent well.
Pray that the people they are spending time with would hear the gospel and come to faith.
Pray that their language training would go well and that God would use this to spread the knowledge of Jesus Christ to many.
Ten years ago, Dennis and Betsy moved to Wisconsin after spending time in Louisville preparing for the pastorate. During their time here, they were faithful members of Immanuel and the grace of the Lord was clearly upon them. A recent joy they’ve been experiencing is a major leadership transition in their church. For years, we have prayed for new godly leaders to be raised up and partner with Dennis. Praise God that has happened! Starting this month, they have two additional non-staff pastors. Dennis is thankful and excited! Serving alongside these like-minded brothers gives great excitement for the future direction of the church.
Additionally, they are rejoicing in a healthy unity while going through thisCOVID season. Praise the Lord that their people have really strived to obey Romans 14-15. They rejoice that, in spite of 2020 being so hard, their church’s giving has increased. Moreover, a few weeks ago, they received a very generous gift from the estate of someone who had never even stepped foot in their church. For their small church budget, it was about 1/4 of a year of offerings! Praise God!
They also rejoice that many of their people are sharing the gospel with loved ones, friends, and co-workers. Pray that God clearly saves many and brings them into their fold. Praise God that two of their children are growing in the Lord—Gabbi (19) and Nathan (17). On the other hand, their hearts are grieved over their youngest two who are still hard-hearted towards Christ. Pray for the salvation of Joe (15) and Sam (10). What's particularly hard lately is that Sam seems to be especially influenced by his older brother, Joe.
Pray that the leadership transition would be received well by the congregation.
Pray for their church to have gospel impact in their community.
Pray that God would protect the Anderson’s marriage.
Psalm 127:1 says “unless the LORD watches over the city the watchman stays awake in vain.” Each week, our congregation is cared for by a security team whose trust is the Lord. Pray that those who volunteer consider this task as spiritual service of worship. Pray for wisdom and clear thinking for those caring for our body via security.
Pray that God would draw near to each member of the Security Team.
Pray that our congregation and guests would feel well served by the Security Team.
Pray that God would lead more to join the Security Team as they seek to care for our body each week.
Bible in Heart Language:
South Asians in the UAE constitute the largest ethnicity living in the country. The UAE has experienced a tremendous increase in the population of South Asians who work in petroleum, finance, and other industries.
Pray that God would use healthy local churches in the UAE to evangelize the South Asians living there.
Pray that churches would be planted among these peoples.
Pray that those who are ministering in this region would be given a spirit of wisdom and of power.