Highland Park Baptist Church

12-11-13

*S. E. (Asia) asks for prayer for her mom in the U.S. who had a heart attack last week.  The doctors saw a ‘new’ 80% blockage and it is not affecting blood flow.  Further tests indicated an aortic aneurism near the original valve surgery done several weeks ago, possibly from a stitch that tore.  They were to operate yesterday to repair the aneurism and are hoping for no more post-op issues.  Pray for S’s sister, Lynn, who is her main caregiver in AZ.  Pray for God’s strength for Lynn and peace for all.  Pray for S’s passport situation—still at the Immigration office since Sept..  She was given a waiver till Dec. 23rd.  Pray that it will be released if she needs to make another trip home.

*John & Marilyn Rice (Christar in Netherlands) are happy to report that Shula, who has battled Crohn’s disease during her pregnancy and employment issues, safely delivered a healthy baby girl Monday morning – no complications!  Pray for their Christmas outreach this month and opportunities they will have to share their faith.  Pray for their health these winter months and that they would be able to end the year deficit free.

*Pray for Rick & Christy Gascho (Pioneers in Czech Republic).  Pray for Christy as she uses conversation classes as opportunities of sharing Christ.  They are thankful that they are able to continue their relationships with visits from friends in Brno and grateful for being welcomed by Czech friends, neighbors and ministry partners.  Thank the Lord for His provision of a new location for the Betanie church plant.  Pray for the church plant in Milovice and their relevance in the lives of new families, few of whom have ever heard the Gospel message.  Pray for direction and guidance, as they establish new work in Prague and pray for open doors into communities and workplaces with the Gospel.  Pray for their children to be strong in their faith in an ever secular humanistic Czech culture.

*Marc & Kim St. Angelo (CRU in FL) are so thankful for a home, after being ‘homeless’ for 6 months.  They are so grateful for the generosity of 2 families that allowed them to live with them, but anxious to move in and get settled in to their ‘new normal’ routines.  PTL!

*Pray for Jim & Karen Getz (Navigators at MSU) as they lead the Bible study with Int’l. Christian friends.  Pray that God would use this study to help them grow in their desire and devotion to know Christ and make Him known to others.  Pray for traveling mercies for their family as their kids drive to MI from South Carolina for Christmas.

*A.N. (Central Asia) asks for prayer for some water projects going on in 2 villages which could sooner or later cause fights between members in the communities (fighting over who gets a turn first, when water is scarce).  Pray for her colleague who is worn out with all of the technical side of these projects.  Thankfully, they have been able to work and go out and about despite recent security threats.  Pray for her visa to be renewed before she comes home to U.S. for the CROSS conference the end of December.

*K. & L. K. (Asia) ask for prayer as they serve on the senior leadership team for all of OM India and recently took forward a motion to build a 40-bed tertiary care hospital to focus on mothers and babies, as well as emergency cases.  Do remember this healthcare team as they show the tangible love of God and extraordinary compassion to so many people every day.

*Scott & Lorna Muha (TEAM in Spain) hosted about 30 people for Thanksgiving – some were English students, their family and friends, some neighbors, some friends.  Pray that their testimony of God’s faithfulness would plant and water spiritual seed.  Pray for opportunities of good spiritual conversations with their kids as they come to spend Christmas with them in Spain.  Pray for clear direction for Scott & Lorna as they need to make a decision about their next ministry assignment by the end of the year.