MISSION NANNYS PRAYER LETTER – JULY 15, 2017
“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:2-3 NIV
Currently in the field:
Valerie (53) Romania – writes: “I have been here at the River of Life Ministry for a month now. Before arriving, the Moore’s were in a serious situation with their visas not being renewed amid new regulations in Romania. Thankfully God answered prayers and the Moore’s visas were approved so they may continue to do amazing work here. I was a bit uncertain how I would be able to keep up with 4 children who are ages 3,7,8 and 12. God has provided me with wisdom and energy and lots and lots of patience. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. In addition to the four missionary children, there are a dozen other children to watch over and love on. It has been an activity-filled month full of crafts, swings, water balloon battles, soccer; hide-and-seek tag, and playing in sandboxes. I never expected that this summer would turnout to be this much fun. I’m so thankful for Mission Nannys and the opportunity to help out missionary families around the world.”
Heidi (23) Belize – writes: “Hi all! I’m so thankful to be back in San Pedro, Belize! I spent a couple weeks with family and friends and am now back to catching crabs, snails, and lizards. Please pray for me as I continue to learn to give unconditional love and discern proper punishment. Pray that I have
patience with them, daily energy and strength and that I will seek the Lord as I guide these two precious children. Also pray for health and safety from the mosquitoes. Faith is 3 and Josiah is 22 months.”
Abigail (24) Thailand – She has served the Blue’s family (and their 7 children) in the past and is again enjoying being in Thailand with them. Pray for her as she teaches them English and enjoys being able to educate the children while she is having a great time and a wonderful experience of serving a large family.
Marilyn (21) Italy – writes: “Hi! I am enjoying my time with the Baroncelli family and time is passing quickly. There have been some challenges but Jesus is so good to provide all that I need. I would appreciate prayer to grow in moment by moment dependence on Jesus and much wisdom in handling all the different situations that come up with the children each day. Thank you!” She is caring for 6 children in the family. Thanks for your prayers for her.
Planning to go soon:
Abby (23) Middle East – writes: “It sure has been a trying time back in the states, as I prepare to serve another school year in the Middle East beginning at the end of the summer! Researching & ordering homeschool curriculum, ministry Team building, and support raising has felt abundantly overwhelming and nearly impossible to accomplish. More often than not, I have felt entirely incompetent and not suited for the task; but, praise God for His mercy and faithfulness. When I fall short, Christ is my competency. The Holy Spirit has placed a deep desire to love and serve as a homeschool teacher in the Middle East, so He has kept me :in perfect peace,” just as it promises in scripture. Please continue to
Join me in prayer over my preparations to return at the end of the summer, Particularly that God would provide the funding that I need. I will be teaching 3 girls ages 10, 7 and 5 and with volunteering in English classes in the evenings.”
Rebecca (20) Italy – writes: “Thank you so much for your prayers! They are so valued! I will be leaving for Italy in January 2018. While there, I will be assisting the Baroncelli family with their six children. Currently, I crave prayers for financial provision and wisdom. I will also be looking into buying a plane ticket towards the end of this month. Please pray that I will find the best deal
and fit for me!
Kelli (22) Fiji Islands – She plans to go March 2018 and is very busy getting her support funds, and planning for a great time of fellowship with the Pittman’s 3 young daughters. They are looking forward to her arrival and she plans to stay for 9 months. Pray for peace as she prepares.
Do YOU have a Mission Nanny Story? Would you be willing to be part of My book? Writes LeAnna Lindstrom as she is seeking to hear back from many with your personal experience being a Mission Nanny. What did God do in your Life? How have your thoughts changed in serving and helping others? Did you struggle with emotions and spiritual needs. Please feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to document your story and the faithfulness of God while being a Mission Nanny. She would love to hear from you!
Need at Mpulungu Orphan School Base – Tanganyika, Africa.
The Water Tower at the Mpulungu school base is disintegrating and the 3000L tank which supplies water to the school and those living at the base is damaged beyond repair. We are temporarily using a 1000L tank which means frequent pumping from the lake. The water pump also needs to be replaced. We need someone with expertise about tanks and pumps and towers to help us plan a long-term water supply solution for the base and school. Please pray for a solution to this as well as for the funds necessary to complete the needed renovations. (Holly Steward – went over there in 2008 as a Mission Nanny and is still working to improve and glorify that area for the children & adults.)
Operation Mobilization – Lake Tanganyika. Nsumbu Village Bridge
Between our Nsumbu base and the main market there is a ravine. The bridge over this ravine connects the village to both schools and the main market. The bridge was washed away by rains and the temporary bridge was destroyed by hippos crossing it. After over a year of praying and strategizing, we have been blessed with funds to help the community by constructing this bridge. Team members have just purchased steel poles and beams for the construction of the bridge. They are being transported by truck from Lusaka to Mpulungu and then by boat to Nsumbu. Please pray for safe completion of this project.
We are happy to report that Lake T members including Melissa and Christopher K are in Nsumbu today overseeing the building of the bridge. It is being built a few meters away from the original site. This unfortunately meant they had to dig new holes for some of the poles, but we are glad the work has truly begun. They hope to finish this week (7/3/17). The complications between headmen and politicians have calmed down and the ranking chief has given permission for the bridge construction to resume. Evidently the pressure that the local villagers put on the people in charge led them to agree to let us build after all.
The team traveled to Nsumbu today in the Pelican boat. They also stopped and visited Kapembwa where we built two wells last year. We still have an urgent need for water at the site of the Kapembwa Preschool. Before this past rainy season, they attempted to dig a well at the school site and could not get deep enough to find water. Today a surveyor has identified another place where we would like to dig. If we do not find water here we may have to purchase other property to try to dig in another place and have to pump a distance from there to the school. This would be quite expensive. Please pray that we will find
water this week on the Kapembwa school property. Thanks & Blessings from Holly Steward, missionary for Operation Mobilization.
Letter from Holly: As time goes on and the work grows we find ourselves spending more time on legal and documentation issues. Logistics continue to Be a challenge as our team grows larger. At the moment we are arranging to get Printer cartridges for the office printer and spare parts for our cars from Lusaka.
That is a 14 hour drive south of us and the only place with stores that carry things we need here at the Lake. All of our cars have various mechanical issues at the moment. Zambian roads take a toll. Thanks for your prayers!
Ashley (36) Rovigo, Italy – writes: Dear fellow pilgrims, God be praised. God has answered many, many prayers regarding our outreach. Sunday p.m. We had a public conference on “Raising Children in a Digital World”. Ashley has been a Mission Nanny in Italy since 2007 assisting missionaries Marco and Sherrie deFelice witness for the Lord in a difficult area around Rovigo. She puts his sermons on the internet weekly, helps the current members in many ways and is constantly seeking to glorify the Lord with her life. They have a young boy Manuel who lost his father recently and they are homeschooling and caring for him and his mother to keep them close to the Lord and living for HIM.
Here is the rest of her letter on the Conference: Thank you ALL for your prayers and notes of encouragement. The conference was glorified by the Lord and guided Himself through it. One of the greatest works that He did through this Conference was uniting us and bonding us more as a church. Serving together truly is unifying and after setting everything up yesterday afternoon, we spent time in prayer and I believe that every single Church member prayed! That doesn’t always happen and it was GREATLY encouraging! God worked mightily!
Apart from one man who stood up and left near the end of the Conference, everyone else was riveted as Marco spoke for 2 hours. We had them fill out surveys at the end to share their thoughts: what struck them most, other topics that they would be interested in later, a space for them to give us their contact information, and a place where they could ask for a personal visit with Marco. There were several families of believers and “old” contacts who came as well. Manuel counted 31 attendees (this does not include our church or children). Many of the believers came (one from over 2 hours away) because they were desirous to meet Marco or other believers or be better equipped to handle struggles and problems (in the digital world and in other areas) in their homes and churches. Our “old” contacts, neighbors and students and the like, found the Conference very helpful. They want to maintain contact and are eager to hear more. We pray that this contact can also happen in settings where they can continue to see that the Word of God truly has answers for all areas of life and that we in turn are called to answer to HIM for our lives.
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Please pray for Eye of the Needle Foundation – David Malme as they assumed the running of Mission Nannys on January 15, 2017. They have two other websites www.MissionFinder.org and www.MissionMinder.com. Mission Nannys is only one of the many Mission boards they are working with. Their desire is to assist and help missionaries around the world by sending people to love and care for their needs. Usually younger children in need of loving care and school instruction. As Mission
Nannys served from 1991 to 2016 sending 325 volunteers to help out many Missionary families – we rejoice that more will now go through Eye of the Needle. www.EOAN.org
God bless you all as you commit to prayer for those mentioned in this letter.
Love in Christ, Betty Sullins E-mail: email@example.com
Director Emeritus of Mission Nannys
c/o Eye of the Needle Foundation
P O Box 2789
La Jolla, CA 92038