January 2018 Prayer Requests

Ideas on How to Use This Prayer Request List
Joel Garcia would like to share with you how he and his family use SGWM’s monthly prayer request list and to cast vision to help you incorporate this prayer request list into your daily prayer life. We hope you are blessed by this!

Joel and Amy Garcia – California, USA

Prayer Requests:
1. For continued financial support to come in and build to a point that is sustainable for us to continue this ministry in the long run.
2. For the Lord to bless our labor in making sure people know about the amazing things SGWM is doing for the gospel worldwide, as this is a major part of my role here at SGWM.
3. For the Lord to grant wisdom and vision for our team here on how to best bring Him glory in 2018. The new year is always a great time to rethink the best ways to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth!

Thank you for faithfully praying for us!

Love in Christ,

Joel, Amy, Maggie, Harrison, & Jude Garcia – Email: joel@sgwm.com Blog: http://sgwm.com/garcia/


Jana Sandbulte – USA

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray that God will help me to serve workers in South Asia in the best way possible.

2. Please pray that I will have good time management in balancing missions and family.

3. Please continue to pray for my daughter, Rose’s, development, hearing and feeding/growth. She is now 8 months old.

4. Please pray for our health during the winter months.

Thank you!

I hope you are doing well! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jana – Email: pandj@generalmail.com


Brad and Melissa Miller – Amazon Jungle, Brazil

Merry Christmas, and may He bless each of you abundantly according to His riches in grace!

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for the Apurina people, the indigenous group where we minister here in the Amazon Jungle.  Pray specifically for Guerlermi and Elsimara, Oscar and Analucia, Valdicis, Pedro and Eliete, Makao and Aimpa, Analia, and Nilza.

2. Please pray for the upcoming Medical outreach Melissa is organizing.  On January 27th, 2018.  The goal is to show the love of Christ, letting Him use us in the gifts He has given to edify, bless, and encourage.  There will be Doctors, Dentists, Hair Stylists, Massage Therapists, Cosmetologists, and more, Including several churches.

3. Please pray for our family.  Brad, Melissa, Josiah(13), Veronica(8), Benjamin(6), and our eldest children living in the U.S., Junior and his wife and new baby Ashley and Charlotte, and for Andrea.

4. Please pray for our time of rest in the U.S. during the month of February.  One of our supporting churches in Maryland has graciously bought airline tickets and provided a place for us to stay, procuring winter clothes (as we own none here in the jungle), wanting to be a blessing to us and those we minister to.

5. Please pray for Esther.  She is a young lady from Costa Rica, living with us, searching out the will of the Lord for her life.  She will also take care of the mission base as we are in the Indian village over Christmas and New Year.

Thank you and God bless you,
Brad and Melissa and Family  – millerstobrazil@yahoo.com  Blog: millerstobrazil.com/


Mike and Sarah Vincent – Rosarito, Mexico

Prayer Requests:
1. That God would bless our New Believers class and use it to plug people into our church that profess faith at our services!

2. Pray for our two 2019 church plants that are being planted by our church plants! (Escuinapa and Todo Santos)

3. Pray that God would provide financially for the rest of what we need tocompletely purchase our church facility!

Thank you for faithfully praying for us!

Con mucho amor de Mexico, (with much love from Mexico)
Mike,  Sarah, Grace, and Daniel ~ Email: calvarychapelrosarito@yahoo.com  Blog: sgwm.com/Vincent

Record Family – Cambodia
Thanks for your faithful prayers. God continues to lift us up.
Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for Darryl’s two week intensive Christian Apologetics course in Cambodia in January and another intensive one-week course teaching pastors from Myanmar in Thailand.  Please pray for strength, anointing, and clarity of mind for Darryl.
2. Please pray for the volunteers who are working with Darryl to make the video “If God is Good Why is There Suffering?” In Cambodian language.
3. Please pray for the group of volunteers who are forming to make the video “If God is Good Why is There Suffering?” in Chinese.
4.  Please pray for Kayo’s ministry to at risk women, that she would have strength and wisdom.
5. Please pray for Kayo’s ministry to Japanese, that she would be able to encourage them in the Lord.
6. Please pray for our long term financial needs.
Thanks and God Bless You,
Darryl, Kayo, and Benjamin – Email: darryl@sgwm.com Blog: http://sgwm.com/record/

Mike and Erin Thiemann – California, USA

With the addition of new staff here at the SGWM home office, we have been able to tackle a lot of tasks that have been on the back burner for years. There are a few primary ones that I would like prayer for:

Prayer Requests:
1. The weekly missions training blog – I have launched the train4missions.com blog. This is where I am posting all of my weekly missional blog posts. Please pray that the Lord uses these articles to spread a passion for His name, to spark a fire in the church to engage in the Great Commission, and to bless missionaries and senders with valuable information that will equip them in their ministries.

2. In January we will be starting a monthly SGWM E-Newsletter where we will be highlighting a few features stories, posting all of the missionary’s updates, introducing any new missionaries, and providing training resources. Pray that the Lord grants us the wisdom that is needed to accomplish this task. Also, pray for our skills in writing, editing, graphics, etc. will grow so that we can achieve more.

3. Once we accomplish and smooth out the administration of the E-Newsletter we will jump the hurdle and design a print newsletter. This is a different level of a task that requires unique skills and a lot of time. Also, printing quality material is expensive. Please pray that the Lord would provide the needed finances and talented laborers to help complete this task.

4. In January we will be launching an SGWM fundraising campaign. It is our prayer that the Lord would bring in the needed financial resources so that we can provide better service for our missionaries and reach farther into the unreached places of the world.

5. The book that I am writing for missionaries is well underway. Please pray for vision and direction as I write each chapter.

6. Erin and the kids are always working hard and plugging away at school work. Please pray for wisdom and vision for Erin as she home schools our three kids every day. Also, pray for our kids that they would fall in love with learning.

7. Please pray for Erin’s photography business as it is steadily growing. Pray for more clients and that the Lord would use her not just to bring in extra income but as a ministry opportunity.

8. Lastly, please pray for our financial support. Serving as full-time missionaries in the U.S. is challenging. Our cost of living is triple, if not more, than that of overseas missionaries. We know that God is radically using the SGWM home office to bless and advance the ministries of our missionaries and of SGWM’s ministry to the unreached, so we covet your prayers and thank you for your financial support.

Thank you and God Bless,
Mike, Erin, Malachi, Kyla and Alaina – Email: erinthiemann@sgwm.com    mike@sgwm.com  Blog: http://sgwm.com/thiemann/

Vincent and Melissa Aniku – Midigo, Uganda

Praise Report:
-We are currently all healthy.  My test results came back from the last biopsy and all moles are benign.  Zachary is doing great with his therapies.  All our Ugandan children are doing well during their holidays although all of them being home makes Vincent miss me more.

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray that the transition from Go Ministries to SGWM will be smooth.  That God would go before all the changes.  We are very excited to be part of the SGWM family.

2. Please pray for us as my husband, Pastor Vincent is in Midigo, Uganda taking care of the church and all of our Ugandan children.  Our 2 biological boys and I are in the states.  Vincent hopes to be here in January which means we will be apart for Christmas, birthdays and the Missions conference.  He is very busy and asks for prayers.  Since we are new to SGWM I will share that our oldest son Zachary (5 years) has Autism due to all the medications to keep me alive during pregnancy due to repeated attacks of resistant malaria.  He is very boarder line so we have come to the states for his therapies and to train me up.  We may have to do this again next year but pray God will bring someone to help since this is very hard.

3. We are in the midst of purchasing the land this week for the stadium, library, community center, etc.  God amazes me!!!!  The Muslims try to kick us off our land and God just gives us more.  We are taking everything slow through lots of prayer to make sure God is directing every step of this new venture.  Our prayer is that the gospel will go out and unity will grow all for the glory of Christ!

Thank you for praying for us!

God bless,
Vincent and Melissa – Email: faithinthebrokenhearted@yahoo.com         Blog: http://sgwm.com/aniku/

Matthew and Noelle Harris – Gulu, Uganda

Prayer Requests:
1. Prayer for our young girls adjusting to America during our time back to prepare for our long-term move to Uganda.

2. Prayer for safety as we travel from city to city to share with different churches, friends, and family.

3. Prayer that people’s hearts would be turned towards Jesus, and the church in the USA be stirred for good works during our time back.

4. Prayer for building a partnership team in the US, for furthering the Gospel in Uganda.

5. We were able to teach through 1-2 Chronicles on our short visit to Gulu. Please pray that the pastors in the Terebinth school would let the truth of Scripture sink into their hearts, to be doers of the Word, and that it would in turn it would change the hearts of their congregations.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

In Christ,
Matthew, Noelle, Emma and Madeline – Email: noelle.harris813@gmail.com
Blog: http://sgwm.com/harris/

Bond, Heather and Breanna Gaona – South Asia

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for our family to adjust quickly to our new ministry location in South Asia. We will be traveling in mid- January. Pray that we would have favor with the community, connect with the staff the Lord is putting together and be a huge blessing to those in the area where we will be working.

2. Pray for the new Bible College that will be launching Jan. 29th. Pray for Bond and the other teachers as they prepare to teach the Word. Pray for the students as they are accepted in January and travel to come and study to prepare for ministry. Pray for the completion of the construction of the campus. Pray for the many details and purchases that need to be made to furnish the kitchen, classrooms, dorms, etc.

3. Pray that God would give vision for how to use the new campus for His glory. We have a Bible College that will start in January, but we are also praying about other ministries that will provide a platform to reach the community and open doors to share the hope that we have.

Bond, Heather and Breanna – Email: hlgaona@yahoo.com Blog: sgwm.com/gaona

Mitch and Christine Sorensen – Nice, France

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for us that we don’t get discouraged even though there might be a lack of fruit.
2. Pray that our efforts would be multiplied and there would be laborers coming alongside
3. Pray for our health and that our lives and marriage would be a witness.
4. Pray the people we are trying to train to be able to share the Gospel in truth and love.
5. Pray that our provision would not be an issue as we trust God for all of our needs.

6. Pray for revival in the churches in France.

Thank you for praying for us.

God bless you as you serve Him!
Mitch and Christine – Email: heart4france@gmail.com   Blog: http://sgwm.com/sorensen/

Baby Family – Southern Asia

1. Please pray for the continued construction work of our new bible college in South Asia. Our 1st semester starts the end of January and there is still some serious work that needs to be done in order to be up and running. Things like piping and electrical and a roof! We also have just a week or two before the semester starts to get everything furnished. Please pray for these details. Pray the Lord would lead my husband to the right shops, with fair prices and quick delivery.  Pray also for our staff housing to be completed as there is still tiling and furnishing to be done before our first staff family arrives the second week of January.

2. Please pray for travelling mercies and logistics of our two national staff who will be joining us the beginning and middle of January. Pray also for the safety and preparation for the students the Lord has called to study here. They will arrive the last week of January.

3. Please pray for continued good relationships with our Hindu and Muslim community. Pray for continued peace and good favor with our neighbors once our school is up and running.

4. Please pray for favor and a good rapport with local authorities.

5. Please pray for continued clear leading from the Lord and vision with open doors for the paths He would have us walk in. We need to find ways to bless the community in order to open their hearts and ears to us. Our vision is to train up nationals, but we also want to reach those on our doorstep.

1. Please pray for our growing family! We are 20 weeks pregnant with baby Baby number 2! We are planning to do a VBAC in a birthing center about 10 hours away from our location. Pray this baby will remain healthy and strong and that mom will be healthy and strong for delivery.

2. Please pray for good health physically as well as mental and emotional peace during times of stress and business. Pray for closeness in our marriage despite lack of time together and stability for our son even though his routine is often disrupted. Pray for safety on the roads as there’s a lot of motorcycle, car and train travels on a weekly and monthly basis.

3. Please pray for our finances. From the beginning of this venture of faith we have known and trusted the Lord as our Provider. He has never failed us and never let us fall. That being said, we know He still allows us to face needs- if nothing more than to seek Him in prayer and grow in dependency on Him. We seek Him first and only for provision, but also know the blessing in sharing with the Church of Christ as it allows our brothers and sisters to be the hands and feet of Jesus. For this reason, we make known to you some very practical needs in our family. 1) The biggest need is to raise finances to build a 1000 square foot home for our family in the staff housing section of our compound. 2) We are thrilled about our current pregnancy but also laugh at the impossibility the Lord wants us to walk through. We found out about our newest blessing just a few months after we went through a change in insurance companies. Due to a new start with this company our pregnancy and delivery will not be covered.  We used up all our savings when we moved to this location and have been struggling and mostly failing to make ends meet financially each month. We need to pay around $1500 to our birthing center sometime in the next 10 weeks. We’re not sure how the cost will be covered, but we know our Father will not remove His care from us! 3) My husband is applying for his US permanent residency and my son and I are applying for permanent residency in the country which we serve. We need about $2,500 to cover all the submission and processing fees as well as travel to various locations to submit documents. We would like to visit the US in 2018 and thus are praying we will be able to process his documents within the year. It is also required to submit my son and I’s documents within the next month, or pay huge fee’s and wait another year, which would really limit our ministry opportunities. Trusting the Lord’s will to be done!

Thank you all for your prayers and support as we follow the Lord and seek to do His will.

The Lord Bless You as you seek Him!
The Baby Family

Tim Pappas – California, USA

Praise Report:
– Praise God for the incredible team I get to work with.
-Praise God for financial partners  assisting me in the calling He has upon my life. Thanks to their generosity I am nearly 1/4 of the way to where I need to be for my monthly support needs.

Prayer Requests:
1. Prayers of praise to God for his grace in helping me adjust at SGWM headquarter
2. Please pray that seeds planted and conversations had during Christmas outreaches would be fruitful unto Salvation

3. Please pray that the upcoming Calvary Chapel missions conference would be a sweet time of refreshment and focus. And that those attending would be drawn near to the Lord.

Thank you for your prayers!

God bless you,
Tim – Email: tim@sgwm.com Blog: http://sgwm.com/pappas

Alex Gray – Ensenada, Mexico

Prayer Requests
1. For the students as they seek God during the upcoming Christmas break
2. For safety as I travel back to Florida
3. For more support so that I can move off campus
4. For the graduates to listen to God’s calling and to find a place of ministry after this semester
5. For me to listen to God’s direction in my ministry

God Bless,
Alex ~ Email:  alexinmexico88@gmail.com   Blog:  http://sgwm.com/alexgray/


Jon and Allison Brechtel – Preparing for Oaxaca, Mexico
Prayer Requests:

1. Please pray for continual guidance for our preparations to move to Oaxaca and start ministry there

2. That getting our visas will be a smooth process

3. Financial provision

4. That 2018 will be our greatest adventure for Jesus and His glory

Thank you for lifting our family up in prayer!

Jon and Allison Brechtel – Email: jabrechtel@gmail.com  Blog: http://sgwm.com/brechtel/

Nadeem and Farah Massey – Pakistan

Greetings! Thank you very much for always covering us with your prayers. We praise God that we are safe by His grace and are serving our Lord. Our prayer requests are as bellow:
Prayer Requests 
1. Please pray for the families of the victim of Bomb blast in the church in Quetta city, pray for the heath and recovery of those who are inured badly.
2. Please pray for the protection of Calvary Chapel Pakistan’s team while we live and serve here, we work and serve in very uncertain atmosphere everyday.
3. Please pray for the printing of my Urdu Book on Christian Apologetics. The printing cost per copy is $2.5 and we need to get 1000 copies printed.
4. Please pray for the support of iron sheets’ shelter and basic needs like chairs, pulpit and carpet for our newly planted church. please visit our page to learn more about this (www.sgwm.com/massey)
5. One more need we have is a printer for our office, we need to print notes and many other things on weekly basis,  a reasonable printer is for $170.
6. Please pray for the continual financial support of the ministry throughout next year also as Lord has faithfully provided for the needs of this year.
Thank You very much, we love you and pray for you!
In Christ Jesus,
Pastor Nadeem Massey and family- Eamil: jsm.pak@gmail.com  Blog: http://sgwm.com/massey/

Brian and Jill Kanyike – Kampala, Uganda

Merry Christmas

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for all the Christmas programs we have planned this week.
2. Pray especially for our Christmas eve carols concert as we are expecting many people to come and Brian will be giving a gospel message.
3. Pray for Jill as she broke her back tooth so deep the dentist just pulled it. Pray for healing.
4. Pray for health and safety as we enter into the holidays and new year.
Thank you for praying for the Kanyike family and the ministry in Uganda.
God bless you,
Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee and Liana ~ Email: jillwiencke@gmail.com    Blog: http://sgwm.com/kanyike/

Brenna Kulla – Preparing for Hungary

Prayer Requests:
1. I would ask for prayer for strength and wisdom and perseverance in this season of support raising and preparing to move to Hungary; Wisdom in how to step and who to connect to.
2. Pray that the Lord would raise up people who have heart to partner with the gospel going to Hungary & pray that I will be able to share clearly with people & trust God continually & depend on Him always throughout this season. A lot of days I battle discouragement in the waiting and feel too small for what is in front of me, yet I am often reminded that it is about God’s ability and not my own. Blessings!
Brenna Kulla – Email: brennakulla@gmail.com  Blog: http://sgwm.com/kulla/


Andrew and Niki Russell – Melbourne, Australia
Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for wisdom, discernment, protection, provision, and fresh vision and direction for the ministry.
2. Pray for our Family – Niki, Joshua, and Christian
3, Pray for revival in our church and for a fresh out pouring of the Holy Spirit.
4. Pray for more leaders in worship team, children’s and youth ministry, and young adult ministry.
Hope you all have a great and blessed day 🙂
Blessings to you,
Andrew, Niki, Joshua, and Christian – Email: ccmelbourne@gmail.com

Rebecca Alaniz – Zagreb, Croatia

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray that the Lord would continue to teach me through this waiting season2. Pray for Jesus to be known in the Roma(gypsy) villages3. Pray that the veils of Catholicism would be removed from the hearts of all Croatians4. Pray for the financial provision that’s needed for returning to Croatia5. Pray for the continual strengthening of the saints. Thank you!!!


Nancy Schipke – Mazatlan, Mexico

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for Additional financial support: for myself, our church and our new church plant in Esquinapa.
2. Transportation: need to sell my Subaru Outback in the States and purchase a used car in Mexico
3. The Lords direction and blessing on the plans we have made for Calvary Chapel Maranatha Mazatlan as we start into the New Year.
Thank you all for your prayers!
Your co-laborer in Christ,
Nancy – Email: nancyandkishon@gmail.com


P.M and V.M. –  Southern Asia

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray that God would raise more people to help us financially.  Our monthly support coming in has gone down sharply, as some of our donors have stopped their support.
2. Please pray for God’s wisdom and strength to do ministry.
3. Please pray for the students, that they would be equipped for the work of the gospel.
4. Please pray for our health. I am forgetting things so quickly.  Pray that God would give me good memory.
Thanks for your prayers!  God bless you!
Co-workers in Christ,
P. and V.

Joni Houser – USA

Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for my health. I am continuing to have back pain.
2. Please pray that God would use me to help encourage the national pastors and their families and further the Gospel in South Asia.
3. Please pray for my financial support.
Thank you so much!
God bless you!
Joni – Email: standing613@gmail.com


D.K.and L.K. – Southern Asia
Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for the new believers that God is bringing to our house fellowship.
2. Pray for a safe location to have church services.
3. My wife, L.K., is expecting a baby! Please pray for her and our new baby.

4. Please pray for our finances.

God Bless,D. and L.

The Buescher Family – Cajamarca, Peru

Praise Report:
-Praise God for His incredible faithfulness to provide for us. For His kindness toward us.
-Praise God for His incredible love and grace, that He uses broken people like us for His glory. And for the furtherance of His kingdom.
Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for continued growth in the students as they are away for their vacation months. Pray that the Lord would continue to draw them nearer to Him during this time away from the protected environment that comes from being in a community of believers.

2. Continue to pray for peace and healing as we learn how to do holidays without our son Israel who passed away this year. There have been many tears shed in the past two weeks.

3. Pray for Jessica and Eva as they travel January 23-February 13. They will accompany the students of the Bible college for their first class, a Bible Study tour of Israel.
God Bless you,
Romeo, Jessica, Eva, Romeo, Anya, Avalina,  Email: z3wildfire@gmail.com    blog:  sgwm.com/buescher

R.K. – Southern Asia
Prayer Requests:
1. Please pray for the people in my home village. They are under bondage of their god.
2. Please pray for me and my ministry.
3. R.K. was in a motorcycle accident and hurt his hand. The other rider was hurt more badly. Please pray for both of them to quickly recover. Please also pray for safety on the roads as they minister in the villages–it is very dangerous to travel.
Thank you for your faithful prayers!


R.M. – Southern Asia
Prayer Requests:
1. God recently used R.M. to share the gospel to many through the Jesus film, including in some new villages. 12 illiterate people accepted Jesus as their Savior! Please pray for these new believers.
2. R.M. has 12 house churches. He recently had a large outreach with the youth from those churches. Please pray that God will raise up these youth to leaders for the houses churches.

Thank you for faithfully Praying!

God bless you,

R.K.(2) – Southern Asia
Prayer Request:
1. Please pray for R.K., as he was recently accepted to join SGWM and begin working with the college ministry in south Asia.2. Please pray  for my health and God’s protection over my life. Thank you for your prayers! God bless you,



S.K. – Southern Asia


Prayer Requests:
1. R.K. (1), R.M. (1) and myself did a Christmas program outreach in R.K.’s home village area. Please pray that God would continue to work in the hearts of the villagers who heard the Gospel.S.K. was also in the motorcycle accident as well and was  unconscious and had a bad concussion. He was taken in an ambulance to the hospital. He is out now, but is still having some trouble and is going for more testing. Please keep him in your prayers.
God bless you and thank you for praying!


R.M.(1) – Southern Asia


Prayer Requests:
1. R.K. (1), S.K.  and myself did a Christmas program outreach in R.K.’s home village area. Please pray that God would continue to work in the hearts of the villagers who heard the Gospel.
2. Please pray for God’s continued provision.
Thank you for remembering us in your prayer!
God Bless you,


Marc & Linda McSweeny – Frankfurt, Germany
Praise report:

Our Christmas market outreach on Dec. 17th went very well! The whole church came together and we had a great time serving the Lord and the community. Please pray for the seeds that were planted.

Prayer Requests:
1. It is now 2018 and the New Year is very much in my mind. Pray for wisdom for how to move forward and what to do this year.
2. Please pray for my headaches, they appear to be coming less frequently but are not gone. Pray for healing and wisdom for the doctors.
3. It is becoming increasingly difficult to juggle all my responsibilities with family, work, and the church. Please pray for humble servants who will help carry the burden in the church.

Thanks for your prayers!

Marc, Linda, Sofia, & Zoe – Email: mcsweeny@me.com 

Blog: http://sgwm.com/mcsweeny/

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