Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Please Pray for the Bennetts

- NCM LEADERSHIP: Please join us in prayer as we seek God regarding the leadership vacuum at New Creation Ministries. We believe that in God’s perfect timing, He will provide someone, or enable someone already on staff, to rise to the occasion and lead the school forward through the accreditation process and program development. Our missionary colleagues responsible for these tasks are currently out of the country…one on home assignment in the US and the other one stranded in Brazil due to Covid-19 restrictions. Our long term goal is to have a Rwandan in this position rather than a missionary. One of the most challenging requirements in this process of accreditation is finding Africans with PHDs to be on staff.

- REOPENING CHURCHES: Pray for wisdom for churches here to know what to do about trying to meet all the new government requirements in order to reopen. It feels as though churches are being held to a higher standard than every other organization. Requirements have been changed three times now. One of the requirements is that churches must install hands-free washing stations which are almost unheard of in this country. Another requirement is that churches can only meet on Sundays with a two meter distance between each person and they cannot hold more than three services. In a church like ours, that means only 20 percent of our congregation will be able to attend church in person, while the others will need to continue to participate online. Also, children under 12-years-old and adults over 65 are not allowed to attend church. So far only 20 churches nationwide have received permission to reopen

- BARB’S MASTERS OF MUSIC THERAPY DEGREE – Barb continues to plug away at fulfilling requirements toward her master’s program. One of the blessings of Covid-19 is that the school has moved all classes to an online format, allowing her to take classes she may not have been able to take while in Rwanda due to a required on-campus intensive. It has been a lot of work but the classes are going well and she is excited to be able to apply many of the things she is learning as she provides music classes to children being home-schooled.

- MEGAN AND MELISSA - Melissa and Megan are together in Minnesota and we are usually able to Skype with them on Sunday afternoons. After Gary’s brother’s wife passed away, Melissa went through a mini-crisis wondering how God could have allowed another significant person in her life to die, but through it all He has kept her close and she has really grown through it. Megan was blessed to work in the kitchen at a Christian camp this summer and will begin her final year of nursing school in the Fall (hopefully on campus). Her heartfelt prayer for the summer was that God would allow her to have a new friend that she could discuss deeply spiritual things with through her time at the camp. God answered that prayer in a beautiful way, encouraging both of them in their walk with the Lord. The girls plan to rent a place together with a few other friends from school so they can live together. Please pray that Megan has a great final year and for Melissa as she works extra hard to pay off school loans before embarking on entering flight school.

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