Ian and Leann Buckley (Nepal, DPG Day 9)
Pray that Ian and Leann can get tickets to return to Australia for the Christmas break, even as they continue to wait for their visas — pray for those also. Praise God that the café and bakery are doing well, and the beauty parlour girls have been taught haircutting skills.
Steve and Roslyn Baird (Philippines, DPG Day 9)
Pray for Gina, whose husband Toto tragically committed suicide. They have been attending the church for eight years. Pray for Toldo, Toto’s brother, who is recovering after having his badly infected left leg amputated recently. Praise God that Elnape and Gege, both Scripture teachers, have had cataracts successfully removed. When Steve and Ros returned to the village in October, most of the previous batch of piglets had starved to death and the adult pigs weren’t too healthy. Praise God that the adult pigs are better now. Pray that the new lot of piglets will continue to thrive.
Daniel and Candide Weekes (France, DPG Day 14)
Pray for France and the President, leaders and law enforcement, as many people are striking, blockading and rioting against increases in fuel tax (among other things). It's become very difficult for everyone, as there are no official leaders of these strikes/riots/blockades and many bad people are using this situation to wreck things and cause damage to other people and property.
Wendy Strachan (Specialist, DPG Day 22)
Praise God for the latest Leadership Experience cohort who graduated online last weekend. Pray that God will continue to bless them and their respective ministries. Pray that friendships will be maintained so that people will continue to encourage one another and share ideas and resources.
Simon and Ann (Restricted Access, DPG Day 25)
Pray for Simon and Ann as they prepare to return to their service country in January, without their children. Pray that their children will also manage this transition well.
Pray for missionaries who are travelling home during this time. Mark and Alex Ronalds (India, DPG Day 8) are returning to Australia on Thursday, arriving on Saturday. Pray that they can have a time of rest and relaxation as well as informing their supporters about their year. Pray for the many Christmas services and programs that are taking place around the world. Pray that people will be powerfully reminded that the main purpose is to remember our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth; to reflect on His holy life, love and death and resurrection; and to be reminded that He is our only hope of salvation.
Kian Watt and his wife Akiko are commended from an assembly in Singapore. The school they run is non-denominational, but they have started an assembly linked with the school.
Finally, I wish all GPM readers and supporters of our missionaries a blessed Christmas and a Christ-centred 2019.