Barry and Terry Newman

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Praise & Prayer Subjects:

December 2019 - Here are our praise items and prayer requests for this month:

1) THANK YOU...you prayed and God answered! We asked you to PLEASE PRAY for us as we traveled and visited churches...for safe travel, good connections, good health, appropriate rest times...for Father's protection and provision. We are back “home” now after 9+ weeks of travel and visits, and it was AMAZING to see how God answered your prayers all along the way. We: had good travel experiences via planes, trains, and automobiles (and our luggage always arrived with us); had excellent times in churches and with individuals, sharing about faith, mission and ministries; stayed healthy enough thru it all that we never missed any speaking times; found enough rest along the way so that we weren't overwhelmed or exhausted; enjoyed multiple times of being encouraged and recharged by the people that we had come to minister to; renewed connections with people we had met in the past, and made new connections with more people who are engaged in missions and ministry! THANK YOU again for your partnership with us through your prayers; we can't do this without you!

2) Once again, we are asking you to PLEASE PRAY for God’s clear leading and direction in our lives.  As we've mentioned in past months, we will not be returning to Gabon after our current year of Home Assignment, but we don't yet know the place that the Lord has planned for our future. We know that God is faithful, and that He continually leads and directs our lives, if we will just listen for and to His voice, and follow Him as He directs.  PLEASE PRAY for the Lord’s leading as we pray, as we consider different possibilities, and as we interact with different mission leaders.  We only want to be where/who He wants us to be...to do what He has waiting for us to do, and we fully believe that He will show us these “next steps” as we continue to journey with Him.

3) We are again asking you to PLEASE PRAY for “divine appointments” to happen between us and different people that the Lord leads us to meet “along the way” in our lives. GOD HAS BEEN ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS on this request, because just this week, Terry walked into another one of these (what was supposed to be a simple doctor appointment, something that we thought was supposed to be solely for Terry's benefit, turned into a beautiful time of praying with someone who recognized Father's character in her) and the Lord used it to encourage all of us who were involved in it! We continue to see how seemingly insignificant and random connections have turned into times that only the Lord could have arranged and orchestrated, times where He has encouraged us, and where He has used us to encourage others.  PLEASE PRAY for us to have ears that hear His voice, leading us to and in these different encounters.  PLEASE PRAY that the Holy Spirit would guide us...in being quick to listen and slow to speak, and also in just being the Lord’s presence wherever we might be, and as we meet up with different people in our lives.

4) PLEASE PRAY for Bongolo hospital...for the financial needs there, and for a difficult situation with certain officials in authority who continue to restrict the hospital's medications orders. For several years now, the country's national health insurance plan has grown slower and slower in paying for the treatment that the hospital has already given to patients. The amount owing to Bongolo has grown very large, impacting the ongoing functioning of the hospital. PLEASE PRAY that the Lord would intervene, releasing the needed funds and revealing and enacting a long-term solution to this problem. As well, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY for a solution to the restrictions which have been imposed on the hospital's medications orders. There is a woman in authority who continues to block the hospital's ability to order good and reasonably-priced medications, and seemingly no matter how we work to satisfy all of the requirements she sets, the rules change again and once again we are blocked. PLEASE PRAY that God would change her heart (as he did when He changed Saul to Paul), or that He would remove her from this place of blocking such a critical part of the hospital's work and ministry.

5) PLEASE PRAY for healing for Terry. As we mentioned last month, over the course of several years now, Terry's right knee has become more and more painful, and now we have knee-replacement surgery set for the very near future. We asked you to pray for an early-December surgery date, and the Lord heard and answered with December 5th as the scheduled time...but that couldn't happen because Terry got "smacked" by a particularly nasty cold. We have a new date of December 9th so...PLEASE PRAY that Terry fully recovers from this cold and remains healthy enough for this new appointment. PLEASE PRAY for Terry's health and healing, for all of the details surrounding the upcoming surgery, and for the recovery and rehab time that will come afterwards. PLEASE PRAY with us for amazing post-op recuperation, that rehab goes great, and that our New Year schedule of church visits wouldn't be negatively impacted. PLEASE PRAY for the Lord's intervention in this felt need, and that He would give us peace during this time.

6) PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY for the ministries that we left behind in Gabon when we left there for our year of Home Assignment. PLEASE PRAY for our village church in Gabon (in the village of Moukoundou)...that the Believers there would continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus, and in living out that relationship right there in the village and surrounding area. PLEASE PRAY for our Mslm friends who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus...that they would encounter Him in powerful ways that resonate with them (through dreams, visions, etc) and that would lead them to an understanding of their need and His ability to fill that to full-and-overflowing!

And these are our prayer requests for this month.  As always...THANK YOU SO MUCH for your ongoing partnership with us, in our lives in/on mission, and throughout our year of Home Assignment; we can’t do it without you.  MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Blessings…

Barry & Terry

Updated: December 06, 2019

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