Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Africa in Revival

Big News: The government of South Sudan has issued the certificate of registration for the United Pentecostal Church. We realize that this is just the beginning, but we rejoice with the Patrick Groves family for what the Lord is doing. 

reported by Pastor Lesang Legotlho

Recently the ministers were challenged in a meeting to be soul winners through their lifestyle and living a life of influence. 

Central African Republic
 Mike Benson family

Five Bible school students are attending the Togo Bible School. It is truly the hand of the Lord that has made this possible. These students are receiving training to return and evangelize their country. 

Equatorial Guinea
Regional Missionary, Peter Mua family

Three were baptized in Jesus' name, and two have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Four were healed. One lady who could not have children is now expecting. 

Jim Poitras, Colleen Carter, & Nick Sisco families

The youth in one region held a camp meeting, eighty were baptized in Jesus' name and thirty received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the country, 105 were baptized in Jesus' name, 214 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, thirty-eight claimed healing, and two were delivered from demons.

There are ten new preaching places.

In another region, the youth got involved in evangelism and passed out 1,000 tracts. 

Jim Crumpacker & Patrick Groves families

Throughout the country, a total of thirty-two were baptized in Jesus' name, thirty received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and thirty-nine claimed healing.

Thirty-five pastors have been restored to the faith. 

David Kline family

Ten were baptized in Jesus' name.

Global Association of Theological Studies -Lesotho has completed the winter training course. A total of fifteen students have completed the certificate level training. This makes the total of eighteen certificate level graduates this year. The graduation will be used as an outreach to the young people's families.

The attendance drive, personal soul winning and  home Bible studies are doing well. A total of 3161 Bible studies have been taught so far. One young man, while attending a funeral, taught 138 Bible studies to his family. 

Albert Stewart family

During regular services in one section, twenty-six received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and sixteen were baptized in Jesus' name.

At two sectional conferences, a total of twelve received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and six were baptized in Jesus' name. 

Chris Richardson family

At General Conference, a total of 1,693 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

AIMers, Chris Gibbs family

The Certificate level of GATS was completed with nineteen students. The graduation of fifty-one students took place during the General Conference.

At the annual General Conference, a total of 185 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Two new branches opened from the headquarters church. The pastor of one of the new churches received a tract from one of the young people recently in the country with AYC. The pastor went to the headquarter's church asking about baptism in Jesus' name. He and his wife were then baptized. He began preaching Jesus name baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. His non-denominational church organization threatened to terminate his pastorate, his home, and his salary if he did not stop preaching. Three weeks ago he testified, "I have seen a light, and I cannot go back to darkness".  His church was taken from him, as well as his home and salary.  As he left the meeting with his old church organization, they told him to see if this new doctrine will provide a home for you and your children.  The Lord has provided him a home, and he has nineteen members attending his newly rented building weekly.  

Gerry McLean family

At a Oneness Seminar in a remote village area, eight were baptized in Jesus' name and twelve received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

One of our pastors baptized seven in Jesus' name in a newly opened work.

The first GATS certificate program with four students is completed. Two of the four were already baptized in Jesus' name, but on the last day of class, the other two were baptized. One is a Catholic man who has a position in government. One of the students also brought three members from her church to be baptized in Jesus' name.

Several of our Bible school students belong to another  fellowship. When the churches of that fellowship gathered for a communal baptismal service, 160 were baptized in Jesus' name. Fifty-two of the baptismal candidates were from the churches of three of our students. Sixteen of the fifty-two received the baptism of the Holy Spirit when they were baptized.  

Randall Richardson family ~ reported by Pastor Mamy Razanajatovo

At conference, one received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and many were encouraged in the Lord. 

Sierra Leone
reported by Superintendent Christopher Conteh

In regular services, a total of four have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and twenty were baptized in Jesus' name.

At the Africa Vision seminar, there were 126 leaders from all the churches in attendance.

A local church just concluded twenty-one days of revival services with fasting and prayer. Thirteen were baptized in Jesus' name, and four received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Richard Smoak family

Over the last two and a half months, the UPC completed Regional Conferences in thirteen locations that varied from small villages to large cities with as many as four million people. God blessed with great ministry of the word, seminar sessions and outdoor crusade services where 2,325 were present. There were ninety-two cases of miracles, healings or demonic deliverances during these conferences. Sixty-two were baptized in Jesus' name, and 169 received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Phil Tolstad; Steve Phelps families

During a conference, eighteen were baptized in Jesus' name and eleven received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

In one region, twenty-two received the baptism of the Holy Spirit during the Presbyter's trip.

Several miracles occurred during a special day of prayer in one region.

A total of thirty received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at a recent Evangelistic Crusade in yet another region.

Hello from Korea

Hello All,

I am glad for this chance to greet you and share the recent happenings with you.

Teaching at Wolpyeong
The semester is certainly in full swing, minus one English teacher. Pray for the continued speedy recovery of one of the English teachers here at Wolpyeong Middle School who injured his back. He will return to school soon. In the meantime, the rest of the English teachers are and have been covering his classes. A part of me is glad because it gives me a little time with some of the grade three students I was not supposed to be teaching this semester. I am grateful for this month more with them. This group of students boasts the highest number of class clowns, and I shall miss teaching each and every one of them. I am excited about my new bunch of students, many of whom I have now met and taught courtesy of the delayed division of classes.

Teaching in Gwangmyeong
My other, smaller group of students at the church in Gwangmyeong is using a little bit more English, and I am grateful for their increased comfort with me (and English, however slight). I look forward to watching them grow in God. I want to plant seed after seed in their hearts and watch God bring the increase. There is so much that I want to teach. I have been making lists and taking notes for future lessons. The upcoming lesson will about the joy and importance of coming to church.  Be in prayer with me for wisdom and direction for this and all upcoming lessons and moments of interaction.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Bro. Oh for serving as my translator during these lessons. I am truly grateful for the support and assistance of all the teaching team at the Gwangmyeong church. I look forward to all that is in store for the children's ministry at Kwangsan UPC. The best is yet to come!  

A Random Note on Life in Korea
As I stood and listened to a conversation the teachers in my office were having in Korean the other day, I felt an overwhelming sense of place. Not even the fact that I could only understand bits (small bits) of the conversation could dissuade me from the assurance that I am exactly where I should be. It is simply natural that I am living in Daejeon, South Korea.

I know that in this I am supported by your many prayers. Living here, I am increasingly aware of your importance to me. I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to have such an amazing group of people in my life. Thank you for everything--in all the years we have known each other and today! I pray for you all and for God's perfect will to be done in your life and in the lives of people around you, the ones you know and the ones you do not.

Pray with me for all the people around me that I know and that I do not know yet. God has a plan for their lives and for Korea, of this I am confident.

The best is, indeed, yet to come!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Praise and Prayer (9.6.11)

Praise Reports

From Joseph and Jean Collins (Portugal):

Eastview Pentecostal Church Ladies prayer warriors sent us prayer cloths to help us here. As you know, we are all carrying our prayer cloths with us—the men in their wallets and the women in their clothes or purses.

1.  Antonio is Portuguese, and he and his wife Patrocina are not baptized, nor do they have the Holy Ghost, but he has been scheduled for gall bladder surgery for a few months.  (It is socialized medicine, and they do not get in a hurry here.) We gave him a prayer cloth which he put in his wallet, and we also prayed for him a couple of time. (He is 67 years old, and the gall bladder has give him a lot of problems.)  Well, they finally scheduled his appointment, and they made some new tests and said there is nothing wrong and he does not need the surgery anymore.  The prayer cloths and your prayers are working and Jesus is answering.

2.  Sister Vaneisa has had a serious problem with ovarian cysts and could not conceive. She said, "No more doctors. I am giving this over to Jesus.” She found out that she is pregnant.

3.  Sister Margarida was crossing a big boulevard in the crosswalk .  A car was coming very, very fast and did not see her. When she realized the car was going to hit her, she screamed "JESUS."  She was frozen and could not move.  When the car stopped,  her hands were on the hood and the bumper was touching her skirt (THANK God for Skirts) and did not touch her legs. She was not injured or does not have any bruises.  She knew the Lord saved her alive.  (All the other people on the sidewalk screamed with fear when they saw the incident.) God is so GOOD.  The angels  are working overtime. She said that the car was coming too fast to stop in time, that only God could have stopped that car.

From Gary Landaw (Trinidad-Tobago/Spanish Caribbean):

After many days of debate, the Trinidad Parliment has decided to change the curfew . Now, we will be able to have the crusade .  Thanks for all the prayers.  Now, let's pray the people will get back out and go to event September 23-24.

From Phillip Rhoads (Suriname):

There was a good move of the Holy Ghost at the Suriname youth camp.  Thanks for praying.

From Barbara Abernathy (FMD):

On a praise note, I definitely received a touch in my shoulder during School of Missions, and even my physical therapist has witnessed the difference! My husband is doing much better also, and the surgery site is healing very quickly.   Thank you for all your prayers; the Lord has shown His power and given us the chance to be a witness.

Prayer Requests

From Sharon Abernathy (Zambia): Please pray for my mother.

Over the weekend, I received word that my mother has been hospitalized.  After running tests, it appears to be her heart and looks as though she is going to need open heart surgery.  I've been told it will be this week, but they aren't sure of the day yet.

From Joseph and Jean Collins (Portugal): Please pray for a young lady named Nilza.

Thank you all for praying for us here.  We have folks that need the Holy Ghost.  One young lady by the name of Nilza  needs the ladies' special prayer for her.

From Barbara Abernathy (FMD): Please pray for my sister-in-law Denise Crabtree and my great niece Ella Crabtree.

Please remember my sister-in-law, Denise Crabtree.  Some months ago she fell and broke her foot very badly.  She was bed ridden for six weeks, followed by six more weeks in a cast.  At her follow-up appointment today, the doctor was not pleased with the progress and is now discussing doing surgery to insert a screw.

Also my two-year old great niece, Ella Crabtree, is still undergoing major testing for her digestive problems, including an EKG and CAT scan.  This is very traumatic for her and emotional for her parents.

Prayer Focus for Monday, September 5, 2011: John and Nory Cogan (Philippine Islands)
Prayer Focus for Tuesday, September 6, 2011: Lynden and Kathy Shalm (RD, Asia Region)
Prayer Focus for Wednesday, September 7, 2011: Mike and Diana Tuttle (RD, Europe/Middle East Region)
Prayer Focus for Thursday, September 8, 2011: Bob and Judy Addington (New Zealand)
Prayer Focus for Friday, September 9, 2011: Roger and Becky Buckland (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Prayer Focus for Saturday, September 10, 2011: Jim and Karen Crumpacker (Kenya)
Prayer Focus for Sunday, September 11, 2011: Sim and Judy Strickland (Greece/Armenia/Macedonia)
Prayer Focus for Monday, September 12, 2011: Stephen and Yvonne Nix (Nicaragua)
Prayer Focus for Tuesday, September 13, 2011: Richard and Margaret Carver (South Pacific/Papua New Guinea)
Prayer Focus for Wednesday, September 14, 2011: Filippo and Brenda Ciulla (Belgium)
Prayer Focus for Thursday, September 15, 2011: Ted and Pat Grosbach (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Prayer Focus for Friday, September 16, 2011: Jim and Linda Poitras (Ghana/GATS)
Prayer Focus for Saturday, September 17, 2011: Mark and Mariann Starin (Middle East)
Prayer Focus for Sunday, September 18, 2011: Joseph and Loretta Bir (Paraguay/Peru)
Prayer Focus for Monday, September 19, 2011: Harold and Helen Kinney (Faith Promise Ministries)
Prayer Focus for Tuesday, September 20, 2011: Charles and Charlotte Stoval (Faith Promise Ministries)
Prayer Focus for Wednesday, September 21, 2011: Terry and Cheryl Riddick (Cameroon/AIT)
Prayer Focus for Thursday, September 22, 2011: Monte and Dianne Showalter (International Evangelism)
Prayer Focus for Friday, September 23, 2011: Steve Willoughby (Singapore)
Prayer Focus for Saturday, September 24, 2011: Stanley Scism (South Asia/United Kingdom)
Prayer Focus for Sunday, September 25, 2011: David and Donna Flowers (Philippine Islands)

Dorsey L. Burk
Executive Assistant, FMD/UPCI

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Georgia August Newsletter

Down by the Sea

This month we took a trip over to Kobuleti. Kobuleti is a small city near the Black Sea with a population of about 88,000 people. Kobuleti is a beautiful little town with a fantastic view of the Black Sea. While there we met several people that we hope to have further contact with. One person we met was a young man named David. David is a computer programer who lives in Tbilisi and was visiting family in Kobuleti. After talking with David for a few hours, I could see God opening the doors to reach David. It is so awesome that God sent us on a five hour car ride to meet a man who lives in a part of the city not so far far from me but whose path I would have never otherwise crossed.

The morning I met David, I set in the veranda of the hotel praying and thinking. I said, "Ok, God, you sent us here for more than beautiful sunsets, so who is it that we are here for?" Not more than two hours later, I sat on the rocky shores of the Black Sea talking with David and three of his friends. If we take the time to find what God is doing, then we will see his kingdom being established. Winning others flows naturally in this situation. That is my goal. Now if I could just do that every day, then I would be more like Jesus and less like me.

Revving Up for Revival

This September we will be launching Tbilisi Training Center (our Bible School). We are looking forward to having a few new students this year as well as a new program to follow. We are expecting 10 people this year. It is so exciting to see God giving the increase.

The curriculum we have been so fortunate to be apart of is provided by GATS. The courses we will be using are called Revival by Design. We are so excited to see what God will do in our local church here this year.

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In July, a brother in our church approached me about giving us some property. The land is in a good part of town not to far form the metro. He has been trying to sell it for three years to no avail, so he felt that maybe God was trying to tell him that the church needed it. With this, we will be able to build a Bible School and our headquarters in Tbilisi. The catch is that in order to build we will need building funds. The one thing I was unable to raise on deputation was building funds. I have a total of $500 dollars. If anyone feels the tug of God to help us build our Bible school, we are looking for 250 people to help us with a one time gift of $100. In return, we would like to put your name on a plaque that will be on the wall in the main lobby of the new facility. If you wish to give, please make sure that you name and contact info are included with the donation sent to UPCI headquarters for the Staten Building Fund Republic of Georgia.

Our Prayer Needs

1.  Vision for our leaders
2. Continued direction
3.  Facilities
4. A spirit of worship
5. Excitement in the church
6. Freedom of the HolyGhost
7. Building funds
8. Binding of false doctrine
9. Continued safety

Jared R. Staten

Thank you all for your great support. We can feel your prayers aiding us at every turn. Without you it is impossible to do what we are doing here in Georgia

Buckland 3rd Quarter Newsletter (Eastern Europe)

Region Wide Europe/Middle East Leadership Conference

Occurring once every 5 years, nearly 200 leaders of nations from across the Europe/Middle East Region gathered together in Vienna, Austria on August 17-19.  The Word of God was profoundly imparted by Rev. David K. Bernard (UPCI General Superintendent), Rev. Raymond Woodward (Canada), Rev. Bruce Howell  (Foreign Missions Director),  and Rev. Michael Tuttle (EME Regional Director)--under the unction of the Holy Ghost.

With “Capturing Cities For Christ” as the Conference theme and day sessions on "The Apostolic Process," everyone departed with a renewed vision and equipped for Apostolic ministry.

Join us in prayer for open doors across our region!

Very First E/ME Region Wide GATS Faculty Education Seminar

51 Delegates from across the Europe/Middle East Region took advantage of the GATS sponsored Advance Educators Seminar for Bible School Instructors and Administrators on Saturday, August 20, 2011. 

Having a beautiful campus, excellent curriculum or many students does NOT make a great Bible School!  The INSTRUCTORS are the KEY to a successful Training Program!

Thank you, Brother Jim Poitras (GATS Coordinator) and Brother Raymond Woodward (Canada) for your outstanding teaching! 

As a result,additional nations across Europe have made plans to join GATS!

Prague Furlough Replacements

The Prague Church has indeed been blessed with various seasoned ministries during our absence due to furlough.

Special thanks to Brother and Sister Galen Thompson (of MN) for serving as our Furlough Replacements in Prague for the months of June, July and August. What a tremendous blessing they were in building up and edifying the body of Czech believers.

 THANK YOU for your faithful support and your prayers for us personally, as well as for our ministry.

We sincerely APPRECIATE each one of you! GREAT things are taking place!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Uruguay Update: Michael and Ivonne Walmer

Thank You!

Hello from Uruguay, South America! Praise the Lord!

I wanted to sit down today and write a few lines to you, see how you are doing and let you know that we are enjoying the blessings of the Lord here in Uruguay. We are always very busy with different things, and it seems we never have dull moment.

The work is doing well; I have traveled a few times this month, one for the Bible School in Nuevo Berlin, on the western border, right on the Uruguay River, and another to a church anniversary way up north on the Brazilian border. I am planning another trip up the east side of Uruguay to visit several churches and pastors. I haven't been to these places since January. They need some attention.

Also in the month of August, we celebrated Children's Day at our local church; we invited the churches in Montevideo, and we had over 70 children come, many for the very first time including some of the parents as well. Sis. Ivonne and her team did an excellent job with puppets, clowns, music, drama presentation, games etc. Through this ministry, we got two new Home Bible Studies and many new contacts.

This coming September we have our "regional" conferences which would be the equivalent of district conference in the states. I will be attending but not speaking. We have an evangelist coming from Argentina to minister to each district. We look forward to his ministry.

We want to let you know we are on Facebook, and we are always posting news from the field, video clips of the different activities and churches where we are working, and also, prayer requests. We want to share with you what God is doing in Uruguay. You have a part in this work. Please feel free to visit us there and leave a comment. We sure appreciate you and your prayers on our behalf.

Greet your church for us and express our gratitude for all they have done for us. God bless you today and always!

With appreciation,
Michael & Ivonne Walmer
United Pentecostal Church International

Africa Network of Prayer - September 2011

What are YOU - what is YOUR CHURCH - doing to train this generation to pray?

"Jesus told us that children are of the essence of the kingdom of heaven. Children can exercise great faith, and children can become effective intercessors. Let's introduce our children to Apostolic prayer while they are young, so that when they reach the teenage years and adulthood they will be established in faith and equipped for victory in spiritual warfare."
- David K. Bernard - General Superintendent, UPCI

The generation that is following in our footsteps has more potential than any generation to date. But to meet their full potential, they need more than a routine prayer before bed or an occasional time in the altar service at church or during a Sunday school crusade. This generation needs an influx of people leading and training them on a daily basis how to travail, intercede and find their own relationship with God. It is time you and I stand up and go the extra mile to train, mentor and truly LEAD our children in prayer. By doing so, we will change the world!

For information and resources on Kid's Prayer
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01-04 Sept TANZANIA Iringa Regional Conference
01-08 Sept NIGERI National Superintendent's visit to Lagos-area churches
02 Sept IVORY COAST National Day of Prayer/Fasting for Revival
02-04 Sept ZIMBABWE Midlands Regional Crusade- Gokwe
05-07 Sept TANZANIA Dodoma Reg Conference
05-07 Sept MADAGASCAR Ministers and Wives' Seminar
07-11 Sept MADAGASCAR National Conference at Campground in Ambohidratrimo
09-10 Sept ZAMBIA W.I.S.H Leadership Meeting for Lusaka Region
10 Sept IVORY COAST Day of Prayer for the families
12-18 Sept GHANA Men's week
13 Sept LIBERIA Maranatha Bible Institute opening
14th of each month GLOBAL Special Focused Prayer for the French-speaking countries in Africa and around the world
14 Sept KENYA National Ladies' Fasting Day
14-18 Sept ZAMBIA W.I.S.H. and Regional Conference for Western Region
15 Sept IVORY COAST National Board Election
15-17 Sept ZIMBABWE Midlands Regional Crusade - Mbizo
15-18 Sept KENYA Nairobi Convention/Sacrifice at Headquarters
15-18 Sept KENYA Lake Convention/Sacrifice in Kisumu
16 Sept BURKINA FASO National Board Election
16 Sept LIBERIA Section III, Sectional Leaders meeting
16 Sept LIBERIA National Leadership meeting
17 Sept BURKINA FASO Bible School Graduation
17-18 Sept NIGERIA Oneness Seminar in Anambra, State
18 Sept ZIMBABW Midlands Regional Big Sunday - Mbizo
18 Sept BURKINA FASO Revival service with all Ouagadougou-area churches Regional Director Jerry Richardson will be speaking
18-25 Sept NIGERIA Lagos State Crusade
20 Sept ZAMBIA Zambia Presidential Elections-Pray for peaceful elections
21 Sept TANZANIA Mwanza Bible school begins classes
22-24 Sept KENYA River Yala Leadership Seminar in Ibokolo
23-25 Sept ZIMBABWE Matebeleland Regional Conf. - Gwanda
25 Sept CAMEROON Special Fund Raising in Banga Church to cement their floor
28-30 Sept NIGERIA Edo State Convention
29 Sept-01 Oct ZAMBIA Regional Conference for Copperbelt Region


AFRICA'S CHILDREN - Focus prayer on a more regular basis on the fourth day of every month at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) on the 1.2 billion children around the world the world between the ages of 4 and 14. Seventy percent of these children are in the most unreached areas or the World in the 10/40 Window!

CAMEROON - During the first three weeks of September, there will be a special Daniel fast for the Banga-Kumba Region.

BURKINA FASO - * National Board Election * Bible School property paper work needs to be completed. The Government has suspended all property transactions and will not give any indication how long it will be before things will start back up again. We need a miracle!

LIBERIA - Please pray for Bro Edwin Konah. He has hepatitis C. He really need a miracle.

NAMIBIA - Pray for the executive board meeting that will be taking place the end of the month. Also pray for new door that is opening in Otjwarongo, one of our larger cities.

SOUTH AFRICA - Pray for the youth of South Africa. There are so many who are enslaved by drugs and alcohol which creates so much crime.


BURKINA FASO - The General Secretary of our church in Burkina Faso just announced that he has baptized over 90 souls thus far for 2011. Which is more than doubled of how many were baptized the entire year of 2010 with all 6 of our churches combined. To God be the Glory!

CAMEROON - * Twelve received the Holy Ghost in Fako Sectional Youth Convention * At month-end prayer night in a local church, 3 received the Holy Ghost and 9 were baptized *A teen was healed after 11 years of living with chronic pain *Twelve received the Holy Ghost in Operation Total Impact Revival

IVORY COAST - We praise the Lord for his protection and thank you for your prayers on our behalf during our recent political and military crisis. The churches in Abidjan are gaining strength and we are seeing new converts as revival is taking place.

MAURITIUS - We praise the Lord for a great national conference which took place last month. There were ten who received the Holy Ghost and two were baptized.

ZAMBIA - We praise the Lord for a great National Conference. With peak crowds numbering 3,740, there were 81 filled with the Holy Ghost and 35 were baptized in Jesus Name. Thank you Bro. Bruce Howell for your ministry.

Thank you so much for your continued prayer support for the Africa Region,
Vickie Richardson
Africa Region Prayer Coordinator

John & Deborah Wolfram Summer Newsletter

Once again, ACTS Bible school was blessed by Bro. & Sis. Mangun, Bro. & Sis. Shock and the Pentecostals of Alexandria, La. This is the second year in a row that the POA has supported our students by paying half of their school year’s tuition. They also supplied four new computers for student use in the library and LCD screens in our classrooms, not to mention hundreds of library books, Bibles, concordances, kitchen supplies, student lockers, mattress covers, an air conditioner, fans, rice, and school supplies––just to name a few.

We were also blessed to have FMD board member, Bro. Raymond Woodward from Canada with us, who, along with the Manguns and Shocks, spoke to our Filipino leaders at this year’s leadership conference.

Our school is especially blessed this year to have Bro. & Sis. David Flowers join our staff. They are career missionaries who come to us with over 20 years of Bible school experience.

We have 74 registered day school students and 21 night school students this year. Among our day school students are three Vietnamese students who we are praying will return to Vietnam and impact their nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.