MISSION NANNYS PRAYER LETTER – November 15, 2016
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 “Many are the woes of the wicked but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” Psalm 32:10
Currently in the field:
Abby (22) Middle East – writes: “I have been here for just over 2 months now, and each day is still an adventure. I am so grateful to have found a couple of sweet, like-minded friends in the area to do life with while I am here Praise!
Beginning November 13 I will be teaching an evening English class at our local Community center, after homeschooling my girls during the day. Please join me in praying for strength to teach with wisdom and clarity, as well as for blessing over the relationships I will make in this new role.” Homeschooling 3 daughters ages 14, 11 and 9. Pray for financial support for Abby.
Anna (21) Romania – writes: “Well I’m off to Europe 11/10/16!! Pray that everything goes smoothly. Flights, transportation. I’m spending some time with a friend in Frankfurt and then off to Romania to help out Doug and Roberta Moore on 11/16. My heart is so happy and excited to start this new journey.
Pray for wisdom and guidance through this whole experience.” River of Life Ministry covers from birth to elderly helping local people survive.
Hannah (23) Poland – writes: “I’ve already been here for 2 months and the time is just flying by! I’ve gotten to understand their personalities so I am better able to care for and instruct them. Please pray that I can continue to teach the boys obedience and positively influence them during my time here. I also would appreciate prayers during this holiday season when I am missing out on festivities with my family at home.” Four active boys, Lucas 5-1/2, Elias is 4, Alex is 2-1/2 and Jonas is 2 months. Thanks for your prayers for Hannah.
Grace (18) Fiji Islands – writes: “I have been in Fiji for 3 months now and only have a week remaining. Hard to believe that my trip is coming to an end, but it has been so wonderful and I’ve learned and done so many great experiences while staying with my new family. Going skydiving, driving on the left side of the road, road tripping to the capital city (Suva), and everything in between. The girls are doing so well in their schooling and I’m very proud of them. I will miss them dearly and the fun times we’ve shared. Prayer Requests: for the Christians and missionaries in Fiji for courage and strength as they share the gospel and witness to their neighbors who don’t know the Lord, for me as I prepare/pack for my journey back home, and also for God to use me to my fullest ability to bless the Pittman family on my last week. Thank you for all your support and prayers, it truly is a blessing to me! Moce (Goodbye)”
Laney (18) Belize – San Pedro – writes: “God has been so faithful to me as I continue to transition into nanny life here in Belize! The days are long and can be exhausting but His joy is my strength and I’m soooo thankful. A couple weeks ago the whole week was just really hard; I felt drained and tired more that I felt that I should have been feeling. However, these past couple weeks have been so much better and I’m praising the Lord for providing me with exactly what I need! Since the Lord has provided so many funds that I feel like I don’t know what to do with, I have been able to find special ways to bless the people in the community I live in, and anticipate more opportunities! I’m so thankful and have been loving living here. I’d appreciate your prayers for continued strength, humility, joy, and purity of heart as I serve the Esquivels. I also want to constantly be improving and growing so pray that I’d be intentional and diligent with how I spend my free time that I have. Thank you so much! God is good. Two children to care for Faith 2-1/2 and Josiah 1 year.
Susan (25) Vanuatu Island – writes: “Homesickness! We have been here now since July, but it’s only recently that homesickness has settled in. Please pray for us that I will be able to entrust God with my family back in Canada, and enjoy the family He’s given me here. It has been neat to see these two little boys grow up since being here – it’s amazing how much toddlers can change and develop in 4 months! I had the incredible opportunity talk the 7 year old about her chance to respond to Jesus’ desire for a relationship with her. She is incredibly mature and insightful, and it’s neat to see God teaching her to open up her heart In ways she’s now learning to understand as she gets older. That’s why I’m here! To communicate God’s heart to these children every day and in every circumstance. Thank you for your prayers, please continue to hold us up for the strength and energy to carry on. Christmas break is approaching and we are thankful for the needed rest! God is our good good Father. “ Watching over 3 children ages 7, 3 and 2 years.
Valerie (52) Albania – writes: “Many special things have happened to me during my time here in Albania. God placed me with a family that needed my skills and He also placed me with this family to meet my needs and to change My Albanian family is quite the opposite of the way I was raised in my family. I have been exposed to a whole new way of thinking, living and thriving. I’ve learned new ways to love on people, different ways to interact with others, and how to really make a difference in other peoples’ lives. Watching over a mischievous 12 year-old has taught me how to develop unlimited patience. Teaching two boys, who are completely different in every way possible, has taught me how to be creative and flexible. Through my experiences here, I have grown into a new person and it has solidified my desire to become a permanent missionary. I have become a part of this family and we will remain a part of each others lives forever. Miss Betty, I would like to thank you for having the inspiration to create this organization to serve missionaries throughout the world. It has been life-changing.” Home-schooled two boys ages 12 and 15.
Siloe Ministries Baja, Mexico – Haley (20) writes: “Mexico life continues to be an adventure! I have about a month and a half left before I officially head home around January 5th, and I’m doing my best to savor each day as it comes. This season, although there have been definite challenges for my heart to work through, has been such a time of blessing and rest, as well. My love and thank-fullness for this place and the people here are difficult to express, and I hope that the Lord leads me back here someday. Prayer needs fall mainly along the lines of endurance to finish my time here well, with a heart full of patience and joy, as well as for my transition back home/into my last three years of college. Also, another nanny is badly needed to come take over my position here in early January, and to stay until mid June. (Reader, if you happen to be a volunteer going through the application process, please prayerfully consider coming to Baja! )” Ages of the girls are 10, 7 and 4.
Siloe Ministries Baja, Mexico – Morgan (22) writes: “Please pray for the Nanny transition this upcoming December. We are going from two nannys to one. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the family’s ministry and the Mexican community. Also pray for wisdom for me about future opportunities in Mexico.” Ages of the girls are 10, 7 and 4.
Guadalupe (51) Honduras – writes: “I am back home. My experience serving the Lord in Honduras was great! Everything was fine thanks to the Lord! I learned several things from the orphanages’ kids. For example how to cook some Gineos, bananas; these are the typical foods from the coast of Honduras! I also had the opportunity to meet and learn from the Garifunas’ culture; very interesting! These people escaped from the plantations when they were slaves. Others escaped from the ships where they were being transported! Now I am praying and getting ready to go back to work, and be ready for my next trip in my next vacation time. That will be in June. Praying which country the Lord will guide me to next!! Pray too for the Calderon missionaries; two days before I fly the husband of the missionary got into an accident and one person died! Please pray for the Family!”
Rachel S. (18) Bolivia – She has been in Sucre Bolivia for 6 weeks and homeschooling two older children Joel 8 and Joanna 7. She plans to stay one year. Pray for insight and creativity in her teaching and love for the Lord.
Rachel G. (19) Costa Rica – Serving the Smith family boys Luka 7 and Niko 5. Pray for her to be filled with His strength and ability to stay close in hearing HIM.
Natalie (25) Costa Rica/USA – Pray for wisdom, kindness to the children travel safety, open doors to go to Costa Rica soon and peace and family unity. Children are 11 and 8 being homeschooled in the travels in USA.
Planning to go soon:
JeriKris in process, Kelli to Fiji Islands.
Holly (27) Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, Africa. In 2008 Holly applied as a Mission Nanny and wrote: “After much prayer it seems like this is the perfect time to respond to God’s nudging to do something in-line with how I believe He is preparing me for the future. While I am free from obligations, I would love to use my musical and teaching abilities to invest in and be a part of the lives of another family serving Him.” She decided in September 2008 to serve a couple with Operation Mobilization living on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Zambia, Africa. They had a children’s ministry, adult literacy, prison ministry prayer house and a library. She would be there for one year from December 2008 to November 2009. Her round-trip ticket was $2,061. They had two children girl 14 and boy 17.
After she arrived the family decided to take a furlough from February to May and visit missionary friends in Zambia, Israel, Europe and England. They had not taken a furlough for 9 years and had promised to take the children before they left home. That weekend they drove 18 hours to Pretoria and left in 2 weeks for a tour of Israel. What a trip that was! Holly plays the violin and was able to end each day with a beautiful, short violin piece. She is also homeschooling the daughter Mariska during the travel time. Mariska’s schooling followed the theme of Church History and they started with the Hebrew roots of Christianity in Israel and ended in Rome, where a St. Ofah friend is studying to be a Catholic Priest. Really something to realize how much of the paganism that was introduced into the Christian Church when officially recognized by Constantine in Rome in the 300’s still remains in our churches today.
May 2009 they are finally on the way back to Zambia. They have been in Namibia, South Africa, Israel, the Netherlands, Belguim, Germany, England, France, Rome and back to Israel and then to South Africa. We have visited with all of Div and Eleanor’s circle of friends from when they were first married and also spent time with Eleanor’s parents and sister and Div’s parents and sister.
Now it is 2016 and Holly has been at Lake Tanganyika all of this time. She has established classrooms – 8 of them on the Mpulungu Base. They were originally built to have brick windows but the education office thought that they should be replaced with glass windows. A generous donation was received and now all have new glass windows in the school classrooms and the offices. The new windows provide fresh breezes and plenty of light.
They recently had a medical outreach to Crocodile Island where 3000 live and need to know the Lord. They took a team and began with children’s ministry and soon had the parents for a health talk. They had a medical and dental clinic and saw 279 patients and tested for malaria, syphilis , HIV and all three were low prevalence – Pray that they would understand the gospel and receive Christ.
Thank you Holly for your dedication to the needy and bringing many to the Lord!
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The grand total for volunteer Mission Nannys is now at 318. Praise God!
Grateful for your prayers for Mission Nannys and for more applications.
Love in Christ, Betty Sullins, Director, Mission Nannys