The Hope Christian School, or Colegio Cristiano La Esperanza, is considering expanding, becoming bilingual, and looking for more environmentally healthy ways to handle the energy costs at the school. Please pray that God would give wisdom to those responsible for these decisions. The school is also beginning another school year and new teachers and students are finding their places. There are less students this year than they have had in a very long time. As the Lord has placed each of these people in the institution, please pray for spiritual growth and an impact for eternity.
The phrase, “First of All, Pray!”, inspired by 1 Timothy 2:1, is the name of our prayer ministry. It reflects the prominence of prayer within our community. It’s been a mark of our Mission for more than 100 years. The mark remains. First of all, pray—deliberately, intentionally, and in faith, with praise and thanksgiving.
Leadership Development often comes in the form of training. Many churches offer Biblical training through Bible studies during retreats. A missionary with South America Mission in Brazil will have the opportunity to teach a series through a local church at their 4-day retreat during the Carnaval holiday. Please pray for opportunities for growth in the Word among the believers as well as an outreach for non-believers who have been invited to participate.
Chris and Cristi Haylett are missionaries serving with South America Mission in Riohacha, Colombia serving with El Castillo Fuerte Church. Please pray for the English class that the Hayletts host in their home. They read out of sections of the Bible in English for pronunciation practice and then in Spanish for understanding of the passage. This class is for members of the church and people in the community. Pray for the young people and adults in the class who are not Christians, that as they read the word of God, their hearts and minds would be open to understanding and seeking him. Pray that as the word is planted in their hearts, they would have wisdom and be alert and aware of opportunities to talk more deeply with those who are seeking.
Please pray for the Indigenous Rural Outreach team in Bolivia as they host their first camp on the new land for the discipleship center. The camp will run February 10-13 during the Carnaval season. Pray for sweet times of worshiping together, working together and getting more done on the construction projects as national partners come to invest sweat equity into the discipleship center.
Julio Chiang is a missionary serving with South America Mission in Lima, Peru. Julio leads the Lima Initiative ministry which intentionally approaches the city of Lima with the hope of transforming its communities for God’s glory. Please pray for Julio as he travels to the US to attend several church planting and fundraising seminars. Pray for travel safety and that the knowledge he gains from these events will help bring growth and transformation to the Lima Initiative ministry.
Mark and Monica Voss are missionaries serving with South America Mission in Villavicencio, Colombia. Pray for the Vosses and their three house churches as they begin ministry again after a brief holiday break.
Art and Genda Freeman are missionaries serving with South America Mission in Bolivia. They currently attend Dios Viviente, a local church in their community. The church leadership is in need of dedicated members to help teach Sunday School and to participate in outreach initiatives. Please pray that God would raise up congregants that will teach Sunday school for the children and that the church would grow in maturity and begin to transform the local community.
Recife Redemptive Ministry exists to reach the least of these with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Two key areas of ministry are sports evangelism and a life skills platform in women’s ministry. Pray for the sports ministry though soccer with the 7-17 year old boys, that God would use the leaders as coaches and mentors to make the gospel real in their lives and bring true transformation for the boys and their families. Pray for the women’s ministry also as they start back up this new year with home visits and regular Bible studies. Praise God that the ladies are continuing the sewing classes and enjoy learning this new skill!
La Iglesia Castillo Fuerte is a church in Riohacha, Colombia. Please pray over this church body as they work to heal heart wounds and mend broken relationships. Pray for a spirit of humiliation and reconciliation to cover this gathering of believers.
Latidos de Esperanza, or Heartbeats of Hope, is a crisis pregnancy center in Pucallpa, Peru. Pray for Latidos as they send 10 volunteers to an international pro-life conference in Lima February 1st-4th. Pray that the volunteers would be encouraged, receive good teaching and ideas that can be put into practice in the ministry in Pucallpa.