Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything
. James 1:2-3

Dear Friends,
Please accept my apologies for not sending out the April Prayer Letter. March was an extremely busy and stressful month for us. Phil went to NYC with our Field Personnel during their orientation, while he was away I helped represent Sub-Saharan Africa at two candidate conferences, and Phil was in the hospital during the last few days of March. I continued serving in the SSL role and preparing for a Stateside Assignment conference while Phil was hospitalized. They kept him several days with what was suspected to be meningitis. In the end, it was determined to be a severe infection and he is now scheduled for a balloon sinuplasty. We realize how desperately we need your prayers! Here are some upcoming dates in May that we covet your prayers for:

May 1-31 Pray for us as we help train and orient new personnel going to Sub-Saharan Africa. Pray that we would be a source of encouragement for them as they prepare for living overseas in a new culture.

May 2 Pray for Caroline as she started a new, full-time job in April. We’re thankful for the part-time job that she had and are rejoicing at God’s provision for her.

May 3 Phil and Kimberly will be leading a worldview workshop on animism (or traditional African religion) today. Pray for us to communicate clearly and effectively. Pray that this time with new field personnel to be informative and encouraging.

May 5 This is a difficult month for the Zerma as the heat continues day after day, food supplies from last year’s harvest dwindle, and people struggle to make ends meet. Pray for the hungry, that they would find food, for the sick, that they would be healed, for the discouraged, that they would find hope in the Savior.

May 6 Pray for the new missionaries and missionary kids who will be receiving their first round of immunizations today in preparation for their arrival on the field.

May 11 Today Phil and Kimberly lead a group time with the missionaries heading to Sub-Saharan Africa. Pray that everything goes smoothly and it will be a fun and informative time of fellowship together.

May 14 Happy Mother’s Day! Pray for mothers around the world today. Pray that God would raise up godly mothers among the Zerma who will be an example to their children.

May 16 Happy 18th Birthday to Caleb Cain! Pray for Caleb to grow spiritually in the coming year. He got a job in April working at a local movie theater. Pray for him to be diligent in his studies and finish the school year well.

May 18 Pray for the Zerma as they prepare their fields for planting next month. Most of this involves hand labor, clearing the land and working last year’s crops into the soil. Pray for their health and strength as they work long days in the hot sun.

May 20 Lord, I praise You that You do not slumber as You watch over your sheep among the Zerma people. Grant them good health, and protect them from physical danger. Shield them with Your armor so that they can stand firm against evil. Remind them that You have given them a spirit of Fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (Ps. 121, Eph. 6:13, II Tim. 1:7)

May 22 Please continue to pray for the believers among the villages north of Niamey. Pray that they would guard their faith and be diligent in meeting together and encouraging each other in their walk with the Lord.

May 24 Pray for unity among the Zerma Christians, that their hearts would be united in love and oneness of purpose.

May 27 Please pray for our colleagues in Niger who are laboring to take the gospel to the Zerma and disciple those who are believers. Pray that God would equip them and fill them with His Spirit, strengthen them and bless them with good health and stamina.

May 29-June 2 Please pray for “Affinity Week” at the International Learning Center this week. Phil and Kimberly will be teaching and sharing daily with the new field personnel to prepare them for their coming arrival to the field.


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