“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Amen!” shouted a shrill, small voice at the end of the prayer. I glanced up to see who belonged to this tiny voice and saw little Xipi sitting in the middle of the teenagers at the Christian Training Center. When I asked Xipi how old he was, he pounded his fist on his bare chest in Tarzan-like fashion and responded, “I — four years old.” I was immediately intrigued by this little fellow who seemed to have a maturity far beyond his age. As Xipi left the room for a moment, the Director of the Christian Training Center told me his story: “Xipi was abandoned by his parents. They left him here in the river town when they went back to the village. His uncle, Chico, found him crying in an empty house and brought him to live with us here at the Center. Xipi is the first one up in the morning and goes around waking everyone else up, especially when it is time for our Bible Study. He has a tiny Bible that someone gave him and he carries it around with him.” I began to think of the plans that God must have for this young one . . . plans, perhaps, to be a great evangelist among his people. After the Storying session, I began gathering my things together, when I heard Xipi call out, “Mommy — mommy!” I quickly turned, wanting to see this mother who had abandoned her son — only to find Xipi looking at me. As our eyes met, he gave me a wink . . . and I suddenly felt “adopted” by this little child! “Sing to God, sing praise to his name . . . a father to the fatherless . . . God sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68: 4-6).
- Please pray for the Directors of the Christian Training Center as they raise little Xipi. Pray that God will give them wisdom and patience to educate him according to Biblical principles. Pray that God will use Xipi to take the Gospel to his own people.
- Thank you for praying for Kiko, who was bitten by a snake some months ago. Kiko continues to struggle with the restrictions of the witch doctors. When the medical doctor is allowed to treat the bite, the witch doctors undo the bandage and put their leaves and herbs inside the wound. For this reason, the bite has still not been able to heal properly. Please continue to pray that God would heal Kiko in such a way that the witch doctors and everyone will know that it had to be God’s power at work and nothing that they themselves have done.
- Thank the Lord that we have been able to hold Bible Storying Training sessions with several unreached and unevangelized people groups since March of this year. Pray for me as I will be going this next week to hold more Bible Storying Training sessions. Pray that God will give me wisdom to deal with the restrictions of the authorities, courage to continue teaching God’s Word and creativity to communicate the Gospel to those who have never heard.
- Please continue to pray for the Christian Training Center. This Center houses students from three unreached and unevangelized people groups who are studying in the river town. It is at the Center that they begin to study the Word of God for the first time. However, it is in the river town that they are also exposed to all of the worldly evils: drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Pray that the students would allow God to guide them as they make choices and decisions every day. Pray that God would give them a passion to study His Word and a desire to take the Biblical teachings seriously.
- Pray for us as we teach the Biblical Narratives to the students at the Christian Training Center weekly. Pray that God would open their minds to understand His Word. Due to the volatile situation with the restrictions here, we have begun to teach a shortened version of Biblical Narratives — which begins with the Spirit World/Creation and ends with the New Testament Church/Our Task Today — but which only takes from 10-12 minutes to tell. We have challenged the students to learn this version of Biblical Narratives in the national language by the end of October. They will, then, tell the Stories in their own languages. Pray that God will help them understand the national language well enough to tell these Narratives. Pray that through the Biblical Narratives, the students will come to know God and His power to save.
- Thank God for what He is doing among the N people. This people group has been plagued by manifestations of the evil one in their villages and much spiritual oppression among those who live in the river town. Now, after working with them for four years, I am beginning to see joy and peace on their faces as they are coming to know God as the “Only True God Who Is All-Powerful and Who Loves Them.” They are beginning to understand that God is much more powerful than the evil one — so, they do not need to live in fear. In our last Storying session two weeks ago, they just wanted to sing and praise God — so that is what we did!
- Please pray for my teammates Rita de Cássia Cordeiro and Davi Oh Sung Kwon who are in treatment due to medical problems. Pray that God will bring healing to both of them, so they can continue to serve Him here with our team.
- Thank you for praying for my family. Recently, my sister, Kendra, has had to have a couple of procedures done to help stretch the location of the colon surgery that she had done last year. She is doing well. God continues to give His grace and strength to my mother. It is a joy to talk with her on the telephone.
Thank you for praying,