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“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Col.1:10-12


Abby (24) Middle East – “Hello from the Middle East! Our homeschool is in full swing, and my girls (ages 10, 7 and 5) are doing so well. Home-Schooling can be quite all-consuming for me at times, so I am abundantly thankful for the few friends God has given me in this city to remind me that life is more than math and grammar lessons! Please pray for my continued wisdom and patience with the girls, and perseverance and focus for their brilliant minds as well (distraction and lack of focus in their school work has been a particular challenge lately!!) With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m doubly reminded how blessed I am by living in this area of the world with such a precious community to do life with. Please join me in praying that our eclectic family that God has built here shines so brightly with the extraordinary love and truth of Jesus in this dark area of the world.” Abby is staying until next May-June to complete the school year.

Heidi (23) Belize – writes: “Hi all! I’m in Virginia nannying for the Esquivel’s. They live in San Pedro Belize, but returned to the states in September to have their baby, Benaiah Timothy joined the world October 14. He is healthy and well, and both he and mom are doing great. Please be praying for me as I help keep an eye on big sister and brother, Faith (nearly 4) and Josiah (2). Pray that I have continual energy to keep up with these active two, patience in aggravating situations and for wisdom as I lead and guide them. Thanks!” Heidi is planning to stay until the end of December with the couple – assuming they are flying back soon to Belize.

Valerie (53) Florida – writes: “I am still waiting for ANY news from Israel. My paperwork has been in for about six weeks now and I have not heard anything. I am assuming that this is a lesson on patience. Meanwhile, I am spending time with my children. This week I will be taking an excursion to the Arctic Circle in Alaska to do some exploring, some dogsledding, and hopefully, seeing the magnificent Northern Lights. If I don’t hear anything from Israel by early December, I will possibly head off to Albania and help out the Wakeleys (If they need me) until news does arrive from Israel. Blessings from Valeria.

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Kelli (22) Fiji Islands – writes: “Hello all! I ask you this month for your prayers as I start booking this trip to Fiji. I look back when I first applied and now where I am – and it’s finally getting close. It’s setting in that soon it’ll be my time to go! Prayers that everything will fall into place as I prepare for this opportunity of a lifetime! Pittman’s have 3 daughters to be homeschooled and Kelli will enjoy being there with them. Pray for contentment and organization as she diligently prepares for a 10 month stay and teach the 3 girls in the family the proper schooling for their age and time.”

Rebecca (20) Italy – writes: “Thank you all for your prayers! It is hard to believe that my trip is coming up so swiftly! I bought my return ticket from Italy and thankfully, that went smoothly. A few weeks ago, I was able to chat with the Mom of the family of 6 children that I will be working for in Italy. She asked me if I would be willing to teach an adult class on introduction English while I am in Italy. I agreed and I will be finding out more about that soon. I would greatly appreciate prayers for me that I would be able to find the time to prepare sufficiently and that I would have the wisdom to teach the class well. May God bless you all for the time you take to lift us up in prayer!” Do pray for her as she will be watching over Francesco 11, Filippo 8, Olivia 6, Margherita 4, and Costanza 2.” The 6th child was born in Feb. 2017. Pray as she plans to go January 2018 and stay for 3 months. She is scheduled to watch the children during the day and through the church times. Pray for obedience, cooperation and simple activities with the children and that she will be loved and appreciated for her efforts to help in every way. Thanks.

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Ashley (36) Rovigo, Italy – writes: So you wanted to know, rightly so, how its going with Chen and the English Course. I have wonderful news to share because our God is in the business of doing wonderful works. The English Course – We now have a total of 34 students who are coming weekly in two groups to our English Course and hearing the Gospel proclaimed weekly. We canceled our Sunday afternoon course, putting the students in other evenings. However, Miky showed up this past Sunday, not having understood that the class was canceled. The best part? Marco cleared everything up within 5 minutes and since he was free, why not come in to read the Bible and ask his questions? Miky agreed and Marco was able to spend several hours with him in Scripture. His mother was a Jehovah’s Witness and he attended their meetings regularly up until 17 years ago. He had lots of questions and is actively seeking the truth. Pray for Miky.

Chen & Matteo: Chen was able to see Matteo this past Sunday! Adriano, Roberta and Grazia took her to visit Matteo and although the visit did not go exactly as foreseen (there were plans to take Matteo to the local fair, but he didn’t want to go). Chen was still able to spend an hour talking together with Matteo outside his home. At the beginning he was very nervous and got upset easily, but after the hour together he hugged Chen twice and hugged Grazia. Continue to Pray for other opportunities and for Chen’s continued contact with Matteo by telephone. Chen is mother to Matteo but his father had him with him when he died and the family never told Chen of the death of the father and never gave Matteo back to Chen. So that is a court battle that is raging and needs lot of prayer.

We rejoiced as a church with tears of joy because we have begun to Pray more fervently and actively as a body. In fact, Alessandra admitted that they as a family had not been consistent in praying for Chen, and had started on Wednesday. As a result, she was extremely encouraged when she heard the news about God opening a door for Chen to see Matteo on Sunday. Continue to pray for Chen. She was with us today and is struggling with the timing of the court hearing, the fact that Matteo has refused to talk on the phone with her when she called each evening and the false, accusatory words that are constantly spoken to her by Damiano’s family. She is struggling to rest in Christ. Pray that she may practice thanksgiving (1Thessalonians 5:18) and have the abiding peace of Christ as she looks to HIM (Isaiah 26:3).

From my room/office at Marco and Sherrie’s I have a view of a large Field. Beyond the field is the treeling and the neighbor’s lone house. We are able to trace the seasons with this field as Mirko, the farmer, steadily repeats the cycle every year of land preparation, seed sowing, fertilization and harvest. The spiritual parallel with God preparing hearts is clear. Yet, while it is easy to see that Mirko’s field is visibly prepared for sowing seed, we are not able to see which of the souls around us is prepared for dark earth. Therefore, we have the privilege to sow in every soul around us and wait to see which field will produce a harvest. PRAY that I will be faithful to sow the seed of the Gospel through conversation with the people around me.

Holly (36) Lake Tanganyika, Africa – Free At Last:

“Thank you for praying for Ivy! Last Wednesday she went to Kasama (3 hours away) to try to get her temporary permit extended, but still she ended up having to travel to Lusaka on Friday and Monday to
see the main immigration office anyway. There they did finally give her a 3 month temporary permit. They say that it is likely the Minister is reviewing her appeal soon and we hope for an update next week for the news that she finally has a 2-year permit approved! Please pray for the Minister’s decision! Also please pray as well for our Zambian team member, Dorothy, who lost her baby two weeks ago. She has been told she has bronchial pneumonia.And for Sue Sutherland, our team member from the UK who will be taking the Zambian Nursing Council Foreign Nurse’s Examination in mid November. She needs to pass this in order to be able to practice in Zambia. This week we have had a total of $6,000 worth of unexpected Income Tax charges come to our attention which are supposedly owed by some of our missionaries. These are huge amounts and are related to a number of inconsistencies in the way the Zambian tax office functions. Please pray that this can be quickly and smoothly resolved. I would appreciate prayers also for my plans to fly to the USA at the end of November. I hope to be able to book flights next week. Thanks to all, Holly.
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Please pray for Eye of the Needle Foundation – David Malme

On January 15, 2017 they assumed the running of Mission Nannys. Betty is now 91 years of age and just unable to continue the functioning of Mission Nannys., Their website is and 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 – such as many with younger children in need of loving care and school instruction. Under Betty’s leadership, 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. Be sure to contact David at if you want to serve a needy missionary family. Thanks!

Love in Christ,

Betty Sullins
Director Emeritus – Mission Nannys E-Mail: