A Psalm. Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him (Psalms 98:1, ESV).

Happy New Year! We enjoyed watching fireworks from a rooftop in Dakar. It was a beautiful display. It is great that the year begins on the Lord’s Day. We need a day of rest before we begin to delve into the business of 2012. We are in need of your prayers more than ever as we prepare for the cataract surgery later this month. In addition to the daily prayer requests please lift the following

  • It is time for important equipment to be shipped to Senegal from a neighboring country. Please pray that it will arrive on time and without any problems with customs.
  • Travel mercies for the surgery team and the follow-up team and all necessary supplies.
  • Travel mercies for the surgery candidates and their families. Many of the patients live in villages that they have to walk or use a donkey cart to get to a place that they can take a “taxi”.
  • Physical and Spiritual life changing experiences for the patients.
  • Good relations with hospital and local governing officials.
  • God’s name will be glorified in all that is said and done.

Thank you for praying for the Dickinson family. They are preparing to come to the field to work among the Mandinka people. They will be going through an orientation program soon. Please continue to lift them in your prayers as they say their “good-byes” and begin this next step to prepare for their ministry among the Mandinka.

We want to thank all of you who have given to missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Please remember that 100 % of your gifts to Lottie Moon goes to the field. We really appreciate your willingness to give sacrificially to enable the Gospel to reach the lost.

We want to give you an update on Richard. He is still improving. He leaves early morning of January 2 to go to South Africa for tests. We are praying that he will get the OK to return to Sedhiou and continue working among the Mandinka there. We know the Lord is sovereign and are trusting Him for the outcome.

1 God-sized growth amongst MNK believers during the 2012 year!

2 The director of the local hospital will be changed through the love of Christ.

3 Doctors and hospital staff will seek to know God with all of their hearts.

4 Many families will listen intently to the Sila Tilindingo (ST) radio broadcast.

5 Families of the candidates for cataract surgery will seek to more of the love of Christ.

6 The candidates for surgery will be able to arrive in Sedhiou promptly for their surgery.

7 Governing officials will be favorable toward our outreach efforts.

8 Good health and stamina for SD and his family during this great witnessing opportunity.

9 BbC, health care worker, will see the peace of Christ in the volunteers.

10 MS, MyS & JS’s dad, will realize there is no peace in Is.

11 Open hearts to receive the words of truth through the ST radio broadcast.

12 Peace of God will rest on each of the translators and their families.

13 DD, a seeker, will realize true peace is found only in Christ.

14 Our Heavenly Father will be honored by the gifts and sacrifices of this volunteer team.

15 Surgery candidates and families from SED and MS and witnessing opportunities

16 Surgery candidates and families from BB and MK and witnessing opportunities

17 Surgery candidates and families from MK and SED and witnessing opportunities

18 Surgery candidates and families from Ddj, witnessing opportunities, and ST radio broadcast.

19 Surgery candidates and families from DjT and witnessing opportunities.

20 Ddj chief, Ndj, will have physical and spiritual healing through the Son.

21 DS, a MNK believer, will be strengthened as translates for the team.

22 IS, the voice of ST, will have many opportunities to share his testimony.

23 MK, a baptized believer will have fellowship with the translators.

24 LS, from Djd, will realize he is spiritually blind and seek Christ.

25 ST radio broadcast will be heard in many villages surrounding SED.

26 KaF, chief of DjT’s, spiritual eyes will be healed through Christ.

27 Many “doors” will be opened for ministry through the cataract clinic.

28 The Lord will open the eyes of TjB, mayor of SED.

29 KF, pastor from Guinea Bissau, will help many find hope and healing through Christ.

30 IF & AK will realize only Christ can meet their most basic need.

31 AdM, DD’s friend, will seek the gift of salvation through Christ.

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January Prayer Verses:

Jan. 01-07: May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ (2Thessalonians 3:5, ESV).

Jan. 08-14: The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (Romans 16:20, ESV).

Jan. 15-21: But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall (Malachi 4:2, ESV).

Jan. 22-28: …the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous (Psalms 146:8, ESV).

Jan. 29-31: And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight (Mark 10:51, ESV)."


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