Dear Prayer Partners,
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I
will exalt him (Exodus 15:2, ESV).
prayer is that this verse will be sung by the Mandinka. That
will realize salvation is a gift of grace and claim
Christ as Lord and Savior. We thank you so much for persevering
in the task to pray for the Mandinka. As you know we are rejoicing
that in the last year, several young Mandinka men have made professions
of faith. These young men are answers to pray, but your work
is not over. They are still babes in Christ and need to mature
so that they are not swayed by the world and persecution. Please
continue to lift the Mandinka believers in pray so that they
will look to God for their needs and not put their trust in man.
Please pray for the missionaries who have the privilege of working
with new/”young” believers to have the gift of discernment
and generosity. (Can be a tough combination!)
Thank you for praying for the Dickinson family. Trisha writes:
the newest members of the Mandinka team, we’d like
to introduce ourselves and thank those who have praying for us
even before you knew our names! We are Josh and Trisha Dickinson,
and we have 4 children: Brooke (6 years), Conner (5 years), Jenna
(2 years) and Piper (7 months). We arrived in Senegal the last
week in March and have been so blessed thus far. Our family adjusted
to the time change and culture quickly. We were able to move
into our own place within a week and we have even begun language
learning! We cannot tell you how excited we are to be here and
how thankful we are to those who are praying on our behalf and
for the Mandinka who do not know the One who can save them. Please
continue to lift our family up as we establish relationships
with those in our neighborhood; that we will get a chance to
share Jesus Christ with them as soon as possible, for our language
learning and for chances to interact with Mandinkas.
Since in Dakar, I have had the privilege of teaching English
as a second language classes (ESL). The first class was mostly
Mandinka speakers, but the new class that started in April is
a mixture of ethnic groups. They are a fun group. A couple of
weeks ago I shared the story of creation with the class. They
asked a few questions, but then one of the Mandinka students
asked me if God had a child. This really highlighted our need
for prayer for the Mandinka. Mandinkas have been taught that
Christians believe certain things that we know are not true.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share in groups like the
ESL class. We talk freely and discuss significant issues in a
safe environment. It is through your gifts to Lottie Moon Christmas
Offering and prayer support that we are able to do this.
Thank you for continuing to pray for Richard. He is doing well.
He is enjoying working with the Mandinka believers here in Dakar.
Please pray for opportunities to cross paths with more Mandinka
Alex and Daniel are wrapping up exams. Alex has plans to work
at a park in Virginia. Daniel will be working in South Carolina.
Patrick is finishing up his last high school subjects! We appreciate
you including our children in your prayers. I know Josh and Trisha
feel the same way. Their little ones are precious.
Your sister in Christ, Fran
1 KJ, young man in Dakar will realize that Christ is seeking
fellowship with him.
ANb, young woman, who is listing to God’s Word, will
accept Christ’s invitation.
MS, MyS & JS’s
dad, will believe that Christ has prepared the Way of Righteousness.
DD, who had heard the Truth for many years, will open the door.
friend, will trust Christ with his heart.
6 Continue to guide Pastor SD and his family as they minister
in and around Sedhiou.
7 YM, chief of MK, will cry out to you Lord and seek you with
all of his heart.
ALN & FN,
mayor and his wife from MS, will turn to the Lord.
9 KC a believer that you will strengthen her heart.
10 FS, assist mayor of MS, will read your Word and turn from
11 Thank you, Lord, that you incline your ear to do justice
to the fatherless and the oppressed.
12 Ndj, chief of Djd, will realize his heart is empty without
13 IS, voice of ST, will daily be in tune with the Spirit.
14 LS, from Djd, will realize he is on shaky ground without
the Spirit of God.
15 DS a believer will be comforted by the Spirit from the loss
of his daughter last month.
YD, a believer will search the scriptures daily to discern
17 MG, a mature believer, will be willing to mentor young MNK
believers in Dakar.
18 SS, a young believer who moved to another city will be lead
by the Spirit of God.
AJ, our host in Dj, will realize she is lost without the teachings
from God’s Word.
20 MNK believers will desire to gather together and worship
our Heavenly Father.
KaF, from DjT, realize that the god of Is. is not the “Rock.”
The students in the ESL classes will encounter our awesome
23 NC, our host in BN, will have dreams revealing Christ as
our faithful God.
VT, a “young” believer, will grow in his faith
and trust in the “Rock”.
25 YT, a recent believer, will share his faith in Christ with
26 SB, a neighbor in SED, will read scripture portions and believe.
27 AN, a believer, in Kolda, will continue to grow in her walk
with the Lord.
The ESL students desire to know more about the Lord and His
29 BbC, a healthcare worker, will realize he can never become
righteous in his own strength.
30 FC, who professed faith, will seek the Lord and trust Him
to provide for his family.
31 BD from DS, a nurse, will seek the steadfast love of Christ.
Prayer verses for May:
May 01-05: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and
eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20, ESV).
May 06-12: O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you
will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do
justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who
is of the earth may strike terror no more (Psalms 10:17-18, ESV).
May 13-19: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let
your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalms 143:10, ESV)!
Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A
God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he (Deuteronomy 32:4, ESV).
May 27-31: Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast
love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek
the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you (Hosea