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and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God..

Romans 8:27

  • Mary has been listening to a friend pour her heart out concerning her organization (not an organization that involves the Lotts). Many of their people have been unable to get into their village allocations for various reasons, primarily relating to one bureaucracy or another. Please pray for these roadblocks to be removed and that people can be discipled.

    I Thess. 2:18

    For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us.

  • Next week is the Spiritual Emphasis Week for the elementary grades. We do not know the agency the Holy Spirit uses to bring a person to Christ. Therefore, this week is crucial in presenting the Gospel to our young students. But, not only that, pray the 10-graders, who are the presenters, also have a knowledge of the Gospel and know how to become a Christian themselves. Please pray for this time is fruitful in the lives of all.

    John 1:12

    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

  • Praise God the Ketenban Bible is at the printers. We especially rejoice due to our personal involvement with some of the Ketenban people.

    Ps. 119:41

    But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
    I say, “You are my God.”
    My times are in Your hand;

  • We have two health needs which require prayer. This is concerning Mary's need. In the spring (sometime in Feb. - April), Mary needs to travel to the States to have her hematologist evaluate her condition. It is time now to schedule this and to purchase plane tickets. Please pray God will show us how this may happen.

    Ps. 31: 14 & 15a

    But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
    I say, “You are my God.”
    My times are in Your hand;

  • We have two health needs which require prayer. This is concerning Mike's need. He needs to have an implant made for a broken tooth. The nearest and least expensive way to do that is to travel to Jakarta. At present, we are unable to plan for this. Please pray that this need will be met, both materially and in the scheduling of the work.

    Pro. 30:8b

    Give me neither poverty nor riches;
    Feed me with the food that is my portion,

  • Pray the Lord will give wisdom to another translation team concerning suggestions from different dialect speakers. The team is considering changing several common words into words that can be spoken and understood by speakers of 4 different dialects. They are striving to be accurate in conveying the correct meaning of the texts.

    Rom. 10:17

    So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

  • This is the time of year when a spirit of unrest comes over this land. There are already whisperings of that. Please pray for peace so God's Word may go forth unhindered.

    I Tim. 2:1-2

    First of all, then, I urge that ... prayers... be made ... so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

  • One student from the Auyu workshop wrote, they understood [the workshop] very clearly. One church leader from a different dialect area said that he became able to preach in Auyu.

    Acts 2:8

    And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?

  • A recent linguistic workshop for this work had these needs met:  10 Auyu literacy workers were trained. The literacy team ) trained all the students (more or less 70 students) to read and write Auyu words and stories for 4 days. Praise the Lord!

    Nah 1:15

    Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news,
    Who announces peace!

  • The translator requests prayer for these needs, "[After being away for so long, this] was a rough beginning. No one i count on was here to help. No water in the kitchen. Most of the termite eaten flooring not replaced. I couldnt figure out how to replace the solar regulator. Praise God i had lights from another set of solar panels. I have water. We are working on the electrical things. Also i can start working Monday."

    Phil. 4:12

    I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

  • A long-term translator has finally returned after being stuck in the US for almost 2 1/2 yrs.  She writes, "It feels really good to be here."

    Ps. 126:1

    When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
    We were like those who dream.

  • Papua is rife with all sorts of snakes. The majority are deadly, including the death adder. Praise God that the wife of a local translator was healed of a bite. This is not normally the case; death adders live up to their name!

    Mark 16:18a

    they will pick up snakes with their hands; ... it will not hurt them at all; ...

  • We have made aware of colleagues who are suddenly leaving the field due to personal issues. While this is not within our sending organizations, moral failings do happen from time-to-time. Please pray for these friends as they return to their home country and deal with the situation. Please also pray for their friends within their organization as their leaving has left a considerable void.  Mike and Mary are not involved in this specific situation, except as praying friends.

    Col. 1:9

    For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

  • Please pray for our foster boys. They are pre-teens and have a few more opportunities open for them. Sadly, they are not always making good choices, smoking, vaping, and chewing betel (a mild narcotic which is indigenous to this area). Please pray for wisdom for us as we have not dealt with these issues before.

    I Cor. 6:19

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

All the names of people have been changed.