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Brethren, Pray for Us! 5/28/2021

Lynda Neuman on June 7, 2021

Dear friends and partners in prayer,

This is one of those times where we urgently need your prayers, yet  life is so terribly busy it is very difficult to stop to get out a prayer update.  Here are a few ways you can cooperate with us in prayer.

This semester, Jerry unexpectedly needed to teach the missions course that our colleague, Tim Blazer, could not due to his bout with and recuperation from Covid-19. Gratefully, Tim had much prepared and ready for this class, yet many books and materials were new to Jerry, meaning he needed to race to keep ahead of the students. and deal with preparing for teaching three hours online each Monday. Then two weeks ago, the class Jerry was always slated to teach, Panorama of the OT, began on the same night as the missions class!  The challenge was to record three hours of teaching for this class so the students could listen to them each week.  Thankfully, just the week before it was to start, we were allowed to have classes in the classroom!!!  Jerry's shout of Aleluia probably could be heard clear across the ocean!  With this he was also able to reschedule the OT class for Thursday night, though since some students still can't come out, he must record this as well, but during his classroom teaching. The prep for these classes, the added work involved in editing slide presentations and getting the recordings out has ended up taking most all his time and energy during the week. (Not quite the spring chickens we once were!)  By Friday he is really tired and other responsibilities like financial accounting and correspondence have piled up.  Please pray for strength to make it to the 28th of June which is the end of the semester and that God would use Jerry for His purposes in the life of each student.

I continue trying to help Jerry as I can, planning out a weekly pre-marital counseling we have, as well as my counseling and prayer/encouragement times with several ladies from our church. Next month, I have two opportunities to minister to ladies from other churches, so please pray as I prepare for these ministries as well as the counseling/encouragement opportunities.  In the midst of all this busy-ness, we have four birthdays and our anniversary -- this year being several significant markers: both our girls enter into new decades!  Lydia continues counseling, serving in various ministries at church, while teaching English classes. Pray for her in these as well as researching and writing her dissertation for the Biblical Counseling Master's Degree and direction as to what God has for her after graduation at the end of this year.

Prayer for Colleagues in Ministry

1. Please continue to pray for Tim Blazer as he slowly begins to get back into ministry, especially for the complete restoration of his lung capacity.

2. Our ABWE Brazil administrator, Cal Clark has been fighting pancreatic cancer for a bit over a year and has just learned of further metastisis.  Please pray for wisdom as he and Carol consult with doctors and seek joy in their journey even though it is not taking them in the direction they had hoped.

3. Friends and former missionary colleagues here in Fortaleza, Dave and Nancy Eldert, some years ago moved to minister further south in Maceio. He was struck by a motorcycle three weeks ago after prayer meeting, ending up with 6 broken ribs and other internal injuries.  His body just became too weak and God called him home to heaven yesterday afternoon.  Please pray for Nancy and his four children, (all who were able to get down to Maceio to see him) as they work through all the details that must be cared for.  Also for grandchildren and all who will greatly miss Dave.

4. Our pastor's wife, Lilika, here in Fortaleza, has been suffering for a long time with health issues that have gotten worse and don't have clear explanations. Their family has a trip to the US for a conference and she hopes to be able to consult with doctors at Mayo Arizona about her condition.  Please pray that her appointment is confirmed and that a diagnosis and treatment plan will be reached.

How grateful we are that our Lord calls us to draw near by the blood of Jesus and take our requests before Him with thanksgiving for His sovereign control and working in and through the difficulties that we face!  Knowing that we have a team of prayer warriors on whom we can call to join us in this sacred work encourages our hearts and lightens our burdens.  Surely it will do the same for our colleagues as you pray for them.

Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers!

Jerry and Lynda Neuman

Dear friends and partners in prayer,

This is one of those times where we urgently need your prayers, yet  life is so terribly busy it is very difficult to stop to get out a prayer update.  Here are a few ways you can cooperate with us in prayer.

This semester, Jerry unexpectedly needed to teach the missions course that our colleague, Tim Blazer, could not due to his bout with and recuperation from Covid-19. Gratefully, Tim had much prepared and ready for this class, yet many books and materials were new to Jerry, meaning he needed to race to keep ahead of the students. and deal with preparing for teaching three hours online each Monday. Then two weeks ago, the class Jerry was always slated to teach, Panorama of the OT, began on the same night as the missions class!  The challenge was to record three hours of teaching for this class so the students could listen to them each week.  Thankfully, just the week before it was to start, we were allowed to have classes in the classroom!!!  Jerry's shout of Aleluia probably could be heard clear across the ocean!  With this he was also able to reschedule the OT class for Thursday night, though since some students still can't come out, he must record this as well, but during his classroom teaching. The prep for these classes, the added work involved in editing slide presentations and getting the recordings out has ended up taking most all his time and energy during the week. (Not quite the spring chickens we once were!)  By Friday he is really tired and other responsibilities like financial accounting and correspondence have piled up.  Please pray for strength to make it to the 28th of June which is the end of the semester and that God would use Jerry for His purposes in the life of each student.

I continue trying to help Jerry as I can, planning out a weekly pre-marital counseling we have, as well as my counseling and prayer/encouragement times with several ladies from our church. Next month, I have two opportunities to minister to ladies from other churches, so please pray as I prepare for these ministries as well as the counseling/encouragement opportunities.  In the midst of all this busy-ness, we have four birthdays and our anniversary -- this year being several significant markers: both our girls enter into new decades!  Lydia continues counseling, serving in various ministries at church, while teaching English classes. Pray for her in these as well as researching and writing her dissertation for the Biblical Counseling Master's Degree and direction as to what God has for her after graduation at the end of this year.

Prayer for Colleagues in Ministry

1. Please continue to pray for Tim Blazer as he slowly begins to get back into ministry, especially for the complete restoration of his lung capacity.

2. Our ABWE Brazil administrator, Cal Clark has been fighting pancreatic cancer for a bit over a year and has just learned of further metastisis.  Please pray for wisdom as he and Carol consult with doctors and seek joy in their journey even though it is not taking them in the direction they had hoped.

3. Friends and former missionary colleagues here in Fortaleza, Dave and Nancy Eldert, some years ago moved to minister further south in Maceio. He was struck by a motorcycle three weeks ago after prayer meeting, ending up with 6 broken ribs and other internal injuries.  His body just became too weak and God called him home to heaven yesterday afternoon.  Please pray for Nancy and his four children, (all who were able to get down to Maceio to see him) as they work through all the details that must be cared for.  Also for grandchildren and all who will greatly miss Dave.

4. Our pastor's wife, Lilika, here in Fortaleza, has been suffering for a long time with health issues that have gotten worse and don't have clear explanations. Their family has a trip to the US for a conference and she hopes to be able to consult with doctors at Mayo Arizona about her condition.  Please pray that her appointment is confirmed and that a diagnosis and treatment plan will be reached.

How grateful we are that our Lord calls us to draw near by the blood of Jesus and take our requests before Him with thanksgiving for His sovereign control and working in and through the difficulties that we face!  Knowing that we have a team of prayer warriors on whom we can call to join us in this sacred work encourages our hearts and lightens our burdens.  Surely it will do the same for our colleagues as you pray for them.

Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers!

Jerry and Lynda Neuman