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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

  • Oh, goodness! We seem to have all contracted colds back in the middle of September and just can't get rid of them. Mary has been sick the most, and the boys and Mike just seem to be trading off illnesses. Please pray that we become healthy and stop sharing the germs!

    Ps. 30:2

    O LORD my God,
    I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

  • As the "S" translators work through the Book of Luke, they plan to record a native speaker reading it. This is so people can listen to it on an app on their phones. Pray this recording can be done before the New Year.

    Rom. 10:17

    So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

  • Translators for the "S" people tell us that they should be finishing the Book of Luke this autumn. Please pray for that. Pray especially that a workshop where they train native translators in methods of translation will be well attended (up to 8 people). The workshop is being planned this month and will be held in October.

    Pro. 20:18

    Prepare plans by consultation,
    And make war by wise guidance.

  • Hillcrest's Elementary school is offering two new programs designed to help students with their own learning and also with their homework. Please pray these get off to a good start and meet students' needs.

    Pro. 13:4

    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
    But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

  • Please pray that our financial account will be reconciled quickly. A major donation did not reach our Wycliffe account in time to be included in this month's
    income.  We also ask for wisdom as we re-budget our current resources.

    James 4:15

    Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

  • A translator writes, "Our training went well, but was interrupted by a local bully." Unfortunately, this bully is in the place of authority and is threatening to withhold needed supplies from the trainees. Pray that this difficulty will be resolved.

    Neh. 2:20

    So I answered them and said to them, “The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we, His servants, will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.”

  • Please pray for our foster son, Yemuel. He is already showing difficulty in maintaining his grades this year. Pray that we can help him in his study habits and in understanding the material. He is in grade 4.

    Ps. 35:10

    O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
    And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

  • Mike is preparing a presentation to our community on the history of our organization in Papua. Please pray that this will be a time of refreshing as we look back on God's work in sending His word to people who have not had a Bible to read until now. We know of 50 New Testaments and 7 complete Bibles which have been completed.

    Ps. 78:4

    We will not conceal them from their children,
    But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
    And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

  • Later in September, the HIS elementary and middle schools will be taking the MAP tests to help determine student progress. Pray that it will reflect accurately teaching effectiveness.

    Jer. 17:10a

    I, the LORD, search the heart,
    I test the mind,

  • Pray for Maxwell, a translator currently raising support. He is helping six languages here get oral translations of Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation.

    Ps. 4:17

    Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

  • Last spring we asked you to pray for a graduating student, Serena. At present she is working as a teacher's aide at Hillcrest. This gives her work experience as well as a salary as she contemplates further her life's direction.

    Ps. 33:20

    Our soul waits for the LORD;
    He is our help and our shield.

  • One of the translators here has married a national. They need to return to the US to raise support and gather prayer partners. They have begun to work through the process of receiving a US visa. Please pray that one is granted and they can come this autumn.

    Ps. 33:9

    For He spoke, and it was done;
    He commanded, and it stood fast.

  • Early every year, the high schoolers retreat to spend a weekend camping at a local beach. Friendships are cemented and they begin the year looking at the Word together. Pray that they well put down spiritual roots and draw closer to the Lord, and thus, closer together.

    Eph. 4:13

    until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

  • Mary had a GREAT time at the Ligonier Conference, "Fools For Christ." It is a joy to sit among like-minded believers and study Scripture together. Although she went alone, friendships were made, AND, in God's providence, a former pastor recognized her and they were able to chat together and catch up.

    Ps. 35:18

    I will give You thanks in the great congregation;
    I will praise You among a mighty throng.

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