2017-Prayer Requests

December 2017

  • Pray for Youth Camp 8-10 December.  Umfundisi Mpungose and his wife are organizing the weekend. Stephen and Rebecca Langley will be speaking. Pray for each one, for clarity of purpose, and that the young people will be challenged in their walk with the Lord.
  • Pray for Greg’s cancer treatment on the 15th of December. Pray that the procedure goes smoothly, for good results, that side effects would be minimal.
  • Praise God for abafundisi Mpungose, Shobede, and Mbonambi. They very capably handle running ZEBS in our absence and will be doing so on the 16th of December at Jozini, kwaNgwanasie, and Mbazwana.
  • Pray for safe travels for Kyle and Graham Edwards as they travel to South Africa on the 18th of December.

November 2017

  • Pray for the couples the couples we are mentoring.  We are meeting with couples, some married, and another about to get married. Pray for God to guide our conversations and that these couples would be a testament to Christ’s love for the church.
  • Pray for the church leaders and teachers we influence.  ZEBS are Bible schools for church leaders to study God’s Word. Pray that these leaders will take the Gospel back to their churches.
  • Pray for our ZEBS teachers. Our Bible schools are influential. Our teachers live and minister trusting God to provide for their families. Some have regular jobs, others do not. Pray for God to bless and provide for those who regularly assist with our Zion ministries.
  • Pray for physical health, healing and wisdom. 
    • This week we found out Greg has prostate cancer. We have good medical care in SA and will meet with an oncologist on 30 November.
    • Greg’s mother was also hospitalized this week (on her 90th Birthday-🎵🎂🎵Happy Birthday Mom!), because of blood clots, which at this time are primarily affecting her vision. She is in good spirits and being monitored closely.
  • Pray for our children.    -And take a look at our Photo Album for recent pics!
    • Ryne and Amy are expecting baby #3 (🎊a girl🎊), in February. Pray for continued health and strength, wisdom and love as they parent their growing family.
    • Corbin and Madeline seek to serve God where He has placed them, for now in Chicago, IL. Pray for God’s continued blessing and direction in their lives.
    • Kyle is moving into the end of his first term at Berea College. He’s had a heavy load between science classes and work. Pray that he would finish well.

October 2017

  • Pray for wisdom, encouragement, and clarity as Greg is taking on the responsibilities of the Field Director for ZEMA.
  • Pray for God to send more workers to SA.
  • We along with Andrew Sisson and Reidar Fostervold will represent ZEMA during the missions conference at the University of Northwestern on 9-13 October. Pray for God’s leading as we share and speak during this time.
  • Pray for two young couples we have been in contact with who are considering joining ZEMA’s ministries.
  • Pray for Kyle as he settles into a new chapter in life at Berea College in Kentucky. Pray for his studies, new friendships and that God would continue to encourage and guide him to those things which He has planned. It has been a difficult couple of months so far, pray Romans 8:28 for Kyle.
  • Once again we will say goodbye to our family and many friends on Oct 18th. Pray for safe travels, and God to continue directing our paths.
  • Amy and Ryne are expecting grandbaby #3 and BaByGiRl #1 in February! Pray for health, safety, and wisdom for them and their growing family.
  • Corbin and Maddie are also a blessing to us. They are doing well, working and living in Chicago. Pray as they establish themselves and share their lives in their community. Pray for God’s blessing and encouragement. They are a couple who intentionally extend their tent pegs into their communities and places of influence.
  • Pray for us and for the Restore the Joy” couples seminar we will be teaching at on Oct 28th. Pray for Marius and Nozipho Swart as they organize and lead this conference.

July 2017

  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel at the all night services we’ll be attending. These churches mix forms of Christianity and ancestor worship.  The people we meet are zealous for God, but many don’t know Him personally.
  • Pray for safety as we travel.
  • Pray for the transition as Greg takes on responsibilities for the Field Director from Richard. Pray for wisdom and clarity.
  • Pray for ZEMA’s home office. Pray for those leading the stateside ministry of ZEMA.
    • … for direction for Andrew and the USA board as they make decisions.
    • …for God’s provision of resources both financially and the skills for this development project.
  • Pray for staffing needs at Sunbury, and that God would direct us to the right people to fill these needs.
    • Long term, a couple desiring to take on responsibilities in Sunbury’s camping ministry.
    • Short term, people to cover for hosting camps and oversight of Sunbury’s staff when the Hoffman’s are away next year. (April thru June 2018)

June 2017

  • Pray for the couples and families represented at our ZEBS Alumni Conference. Ask God to lead us to reflect Him in our families, marriages and relationships.
  • Pray that we would empower one another as leaders and congregations, to live in restored relationships, as one.
  • Pray for provision and  wisdom as we minister to those facing great need in homes and families.
  • We have considered new responsibilities in our ministry, and are looking for God’s clear direction from fellow missionaries and the field council. Please pray for us regarding this matter.
  • Praise God for Kyle’s acceptance at Berea College! We will travel to the USA to accompany Kyle when he moves to Berea, Kentucky the end of August.

    A new day near Sunbury, 2017

April 2017

  • Pray for direction. We need God to direct our decisions as well as those who are advising us at this time. We want to develop our ministry in a way that is responsible and beneficial as we continue passing on the baton to others.
  • Pray for clarity as we write and edit. There are so many distractions when it comes to writing and editing. Carlene is the writer, Greg is the sounding board and companion as we clarify our thoughts and digest what is already being said in other
    Kyle last April when he decided this was the place he wanted to be!

    literature. Mostly we want to honour God as we share how He, our redeemer created new life in our relationship through a Biblical and relational understanding of the gospel that applies to every area of our lives.

  • Pray for our kids.  Leaving all of our children and grandchildren made our departure from the USA more difficult than ever before. They are doing well, though communication with an 8 hour time difference is a challenge. And it’s especially difficult to explain to a 2 year-old why we can’t visit one another like we used to. Pray for us to effectively support as we love them from this distance.
  • Praise God! Kyle was accepted at Berea College in Berea Kentucky for the fall of 2017. We are thrilled, and so thankful!

February 2017

  • Pray for direction. We need God to direct our decisions as well as those who are advising us at this time. We want to develop our ministry in a way that is responsible and beneficial as we continue passing on the baton to others.
  • Pray for clarity as we write and edit. There are so many distractions when it comes to writing and editing. Carlene is the writer, Greg is the sounding board and companion as we clarify our thoughts and digest what is already being said in other literature. Mostly we want to honour God as we share how He, our redeemer created new life in our relationship through a Biblical and relational understanding of the gospel that applies to every area of our lives.
  • Pray for our kids.  Leaving all of our children and grandchildren made our departure from the USA more difficult than ever before. They are doing well, though communication with an 8 hour time difference is a challenge. And it’s especially difficult to explain to a 2 year-old why we can’t visit one another like we used to. Pray for us to effectively support as we love them from this distance.

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