Each time we come home, we get a new prayer card made to pass out to ask for prayer. Recently, we “house-sat”, between services, for a family from one of our supporting churches. When I was getting ready for bed, I noticed the mirror in the bedroom was decorated with many, many prayer cards. It struck me that we will never know the power of those prayers or the miracles that happened because they were faithful to pray. We want to say thank you for your prayers for us, for the Malagasy church and the ministry there. We do not take your prayers for granted. We greatly appreciate your prayers.
A bed room mirror covered in missionary prayer cards.
Here are some of the specific things that you can join with us in prayer:
The Call to Missions Pray that the Lord will call more laborers to Madagascar. As a mission team, we have identified several key areas of ministry in Madagascar where we have strategic needs. These include children’s ministry, university ministry, an international church plant and regional missionaries who would be willing to live and work in different regions of the country to mentor and encourage pastors as well as help in church planting. We don’t know how God will meet the needs that we see, but we know that He has a plan.
Personal Spiritual Life Missionaries are in no way spiritual giants. We daily struggle to die to ourselves, to walk in obedience and to keep in step with the Spirit, showing the fruit of the Spirit, not only in ministry, but with our family and colleagues. We need to take the time to study the Word and apply it to our lives.
Our first prayer card in 2002.
Family Life Our family is going through several life transitions. Please pray for our son, Caleb and his new wife, Alyssa as they begin a new life as a married couple. Our daughter, Becca is adjusting to life in the USA and at Evangel University. We, Nate and Tammy, are dealing with an empty nest as well as traveling full-time this year. Pray with us that we not only adjust to these new circumstances, but that we glorify God and grow through them.
Team One of the top reasons that missionaries leave the field is because of conflict between missionaries. It is one of Satan’s oldest strategies, to divide and conquer. We are blessed with a great mission team, but just like a marriage, having a great team is a lot of work. Pray with us that our team will continue to learn to appreciate, value and respect each other. As our Africa regional director once told us, “One of the greatest gifts that we can give the Malagasy church is a united team.”
Relationships Pray with us that God will give us favor with the Malagasy Assembly of God Church. Pray for strengthened friendships with pastors and leaders. Pray that God will increase our love and understanding of them and their culture. Pray that we will value their partnership and their unique giftings and callings.
Safety and Physical Health Pray for traveling mercies for us as we travel and visit so many churches for the next 8 months. We have already put nearly 10,000 miles on our car! Pray that the car will keep running and that icy roads will melt before we get there! Please pray for our health, as we encounter new germs and viruses in the USA.
Our 2011 prayer card
Everyday Stress Living overseas brings a unique stress. We often tease that we have a flat spot on our foreheads from banging our heads against the wall. And while we joke about it, routine chores can be mind bogglingly difficult in a foreign context. This year, while we are in the USA, we are enjoying the efficiency and convenience of America. But our new everyday stress includes packing up our suitcases and moving them in and out of a hotel or home 3, 4 or 5 times a week. Pray for us that we can keep a sweet spirit and not become irritable with each other as we grow road weary.
Provision As we travel, we often don’t know where we will stay or what we will eat, but we know, most assuredly, that we will stay somewhere and that we will eat something! God has been more than faithful, providing homes, shared meals with friends (old and new), and even great hotel deals on Priceline.com occasionally. He knows just what we need and how to provide it! Even though we are traveling the country this year sharing what God is doing in Madagascar in order to raise financial and prayer support, it has to be about more than that! We pray for divine appointments with pastors, friends, believers in churches, maids in a hotel, or waitresses in a restaurant. We pray that God will speak through us to encourage, to bless or to challenge someone. We don’t need to know the details of how God uses us, but pray with us that God will use us in someone else’s life as we travel.
Our latest prayer card
Perseverance As we retell our story several times each week, the Lord confirms his call over and over in our hearts. It keeps us excited to get back to Madagascar. Training leaders and planting churches in unreached areas can be slow work. Day to day, it often seems that there isn’t much progress, but when we step back and recall all that God has done these past years, it is amazing. We want to be faithful to what the Lord has called us. Pray with us that we will run the race with endurance, fixing our eyes on Jesus. If you are praying for missionaries like us, THANK YOU!
Our November Travel Schedule:
Sun. AM Nov. 2- Central Assembly Great Falls, MT
Sun. PM Nov. 2- Fairfield AG
Wed. PM Nov 5- Bigfork AG
Sat./Sun Nov 8-9 Canvas Church Kalispell, MT
Wed. Nov.12- Light of the Valley Stevensville, MT
Sun. AM Nov. 16- New Life Christian Center Polson, MT
Wed. PM Nov. 19- Chi Alpha Missoula
Sun. AM Nov. 23- Christian Center Bozeman, MT
Sun. PM Nov. 23- New Beginnings Sheridan, MT
Tues. Nov. 25- Home Group Swant’s Deer Lodge, MT
Sun. Nov. 30- New Life Worship Center Missoula, MT