NEW & UPDATED REQUESTs

 
  • Mary Skadahl had total knee replacement on Monday, April 1st. Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery.
  • Please remember to pray for Wayne Dwight, Tiffany Potter’s father, as he struggles with severe pain and weakness in his legs, due to a form of lupus.
  • Pray for Bertha LeGore, who recently suffered a stroke, and her family for God’s guidance and wisdom as they navigate the next steps in her journey.
  • Pray for Brett Larson as he continues to battle his cancer. Pray that God may use these circumstances to draw his family to Christ.
  • Please pray for Kirsten Olsen, Kara Wensink’s friend, who was recently diagnosed with a rare cancer.
  • Pray for Elaine Geissler’s granddaughter, who suffers from mental issues and doesn’t know Jesus. Pray for her mental health and salvation.

 

 

ONGOING REQUESTS

  • Continue to pray for your “One.” Pray that God would work in their life and soften their heart. Pray for God to provide an open door for you to have a Gospel conversation with your “One.” As God opens the door of opportunity, pray for boldness and courage for yourself as you step through the door. Remember, you go in the strength of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Nelson Stutzman, Shawn Stutzman’s dad, started treatment for leukemia. Please pray for him and for his family.
  • Pray for continued wisdom to know what steps we should take next for Emily Engstrom’s health. For more updates, visit her CaringBridge.
  • Please pray for Sali Bluse’s Family, as a member has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease, and that the family would be strengthened as they walk through it and this nephew would heal completely. 
  • Additional members of our Calvary family have health issues – Cody PetersonKathy HollomanBeth DietscheWilma ToyJana Nelson, Wyatt and Ainsley ColwellMarge Peters, Dennis Pond, and Mark Rieland.
  • Our Shut-ins: Cindy McGinnis, Marlene Cripe, Patricia Prissel, Chris Martin, Wilma Toy Hodges, Bertha LeGore, and Carolyn and Dan Milledge.
 

MISSIONS

  • Gary and Barb Bennett, Rwanda, Africa (WorldVenture): Pray for an opportunity to reach new families with the Gospel through a church service geared towards families with special needs. Pray for Barb as she identifies organizations for which she can volunteer and serve with music therapy.
  • Bruce and Carol Britten – retired Swaziland/Eswatini (TEAM)– Please pray for Bruce as he had a stroke. Praise he was moved to a nursing and rehab facility last week in their town. There is more movement on his left side! Please continue to pray for healing for Carol of Hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Steve and Debbie Nutzmann – Uganda, Africa (Global Outreach) –  Praise God, we have completed Phase 1 of the publishing project. Please pray with us as we continue to trust the Lord in all the remaining details and funds to complete Phase 2 of this project.   
  • Travis & Paula Barton – WI/South Texas/Mexico (More Rejoicing Ministries) – Praise for language gains made in Honduras for a 6-week language study. Praise Tori has expressed that the Lord is leading her to continue working with us in ministry after her graduation in a few months. Pray for this transition. There is a great need for the Gospel to be preached along the southern border. Please pray for us in this. The church plant in Cumberland continues to gain traction, and God has opened additional doors to Hispanic workers’ households nearby. Pray for continued growth in these relationships. Please pray for discernment for dates for the next visit to the southern border.  
  • Marty and Denise Shaw – Vice President of International Ministries (WorldVenture) –  Wisdom as ministry strategies are always being researched and developed; Safety and health in all of our travels; Leading the Global Initiatives team well
  • Midwest Bible Camp (Watertown, SD) – Praise for His provision for my trip to the Philippines. The day before leaving, we still needed over $2,000. Three individuals came to the office without knowing our needs, and God used them to provide the exact amount. Praise that a young boy in the Philippines has fully recovered from a tumor in his brain, and God has met the family’s needs. (see letter)
  • Tim and Cheryl Gilley – Eau Claire (MN and WI Awana)(update) – We are grateful for God’s grace and encouragement as we shared encouragement and updates with Fulton Church on Sunday. Seeing the 62-year legacy of Awana in their church was a joy. People who attended the same club as a child are serving now! Disciples becoming Disciplemakers! We will attend and have an Awana booth at the Forest Lake District Conference with the Evangelical Free Churches on Monday, April 15th. Please pray for great conversations about the importance of child discipleship as we are there. Please continue to pray as we plan Connect Events and Awana Ministry Conferences for this year. Please pray for the right churches to host, good dates, subject content, etc, as we plan. Family & Health Matters
  • Ben and Danielle Colbenson (River Falls, Navigators) – 1) That our children would be found faithful before Him, and we can raise them in the instruction and knowledge of the Lord. 2) That God would multiply our efforts on campus and raise up laborers who will go to the ends of the earth. 3) That our family would grow together in the grace and knowledge of Jesus
  • Aaron and Heather Jones (Twin Cities, CRU Global)- Please pray that Talash and many other students will come to see and know the God who radically loves and pursues them!  
  • Dave Johnson—Madison (CRU—Faculty Commons)—Prayer for 5 Christian faculty to help with a table in the Engineering Hall was answered by 8 professors who helped and connected with 150 students. Praise for these bold interactions. Praise for 3 professors on a Servant Team that prays each week. Pray for 2 more to join. Pray that 40 professors will attend the next Common Call Training Conference.  
  • Alex and Taryn Bell – Madison (CRU) –  For stewardship of new students with limited staff resources to connect with them all. Please pray students take ownership and have a vision to reach and love these new students. The Madison College movement has grown with many new and interested students this year. Praise God community is beginning to happen: students are discipling students, and fellowship is increasing. In the last newsletter, I wrote about Matthew. He trusted Christ on the first day of school and met each week with me. We have gone through 5 foundational Christian principles. Pray for his most critical need– Christian relationships to encourage and challenge him.
  • Tom and Tina Engstrom – Eau Claire (CRU) –   Please pray that God continues to raise others who will respond to His call to the mission field. The harvest truly is plentiful right now. The doors are open. Now is the time, more than ever, to mobilize as many as possible to take the Gospel message to a world in desperate need of Jesus! Pray for continued wisdom to know what steps we should take next for Emily’s health. She is in a much more stable place now where many of her symptoms are being managed, but she still has a way to go toward healing. For more updates, visit her CaringBridge site. Continued prayers for those who accepted Christ last semester! Praise God for the 12 students (so far) planning to go to Thailand on a summer mission this summer.
  • Nick and Jena Fast – Eau Claire (Athletes in Action)(update) – Praise Doris in Croatia for accepting Christ. The athletes must keep focused on living each day for Christ even as the semester draws close and they long to move on to summer. -For Sam and Ava to continue reflecting on their time in Croatia and thinking about how they could use what they learned on the UWEC campus. (see letter)
  • Jeff and Nancy Prior—Great Plains (Athletes in Action)—Pray for the doors to stay open for us and the many staff who serve with AIA and FCA on our nation’s college campuses.
  • Logan and Lauren Koerten – Stevens Point (Intervarsity)- Pray the Lord would allow us to engage with reach transfer students starting this semester through our outreach efforts and that many would say yes to our invitations. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Logan as he leads and begins training and incorporating the two new part-time staff members and incorporating them into the life of the chapter. Pray for the student leadership team. Pray for a handful of apprentices to say yes to serve next fall and be trained this semester (see letter re: this huge need). Pray that students in large and small group Bible studies would have soft and teachable hearts to receive from the Word this semester and that those who haven’t given their lives to Jesus would say Yes!
  • Good News Jail and Prison Ministry – Pray that the Lord Jesus will open the hearts of the inmates to desire and turn to God. Pray for wisdom and discernment as we meet individually and in groups with inmates.· Hope Gospel Mission – Pray for the additional volunteers needed. Pray for work on the new counseling and learning center.
  • APPLE Pregnancy Care Center – Pray for new volunteers and training.
  • WHEM Radio, WWIB Radio – pray that they reach people for Him through radio ministry 
  • Rescued & Redeemed – Pray for needed volunteers and provide housing. 
  • Gideons –  Pray as we contact area hotels/motels to restock full Bibles in the rooms. Pray for the management to be open to placing God’s Word in rooms where lost souls can find hope and eternal life! Pray for more local volunteers.
  • Undisclosed (update) – Pray for evangelistic outreaches happening!! One family: health, prep for re-acclimation (especially the children), opportunities to meet new people and churches for final support raising. Pray for the upcoming trip. Another: Wisdom and guidance for paperwork. Praise for spiritual conversations with those building relationships. Pray that your heart will be open and sensitive to deep and meaningful discussions about the truth and the Good News of Jesus. Pray for courage and strength. Third: New believers being disciplined, new workers to settle in; Pray for safety and God’s peace. Pray for open doors for the Word.  
  • Operation Christmas Child – Pray as boxes travel to their destinations. Pray the recipients and their families will be receptive to the Gospel message. Pray about what to put in your boxes this year; it is not too early to start preparing.