Barry and Terry Newman

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

January 2019 - Here are our prayer requests for this month:

1) PLEASE PRAY for peace and full restoration of “life-as-normal” here in our host country.  It seems that a handful of younger military personnel decided on Monday morning (07-JAN) to try and overthrow the government, but they did not succeed.  From what we have heard, two men of the group have been removed, and others have been arrested.  PLEASE PRAY for a return to complete calm, order, and life here in our host country. PRAISE THE LORD with us that WE WERE NOT IN DANGER throughout the whole affair!  Sometimes we go through the storm, and sometimes He removes us from the storm, BUT ALWAYS HE IS WITH US regardless of where we are!!! PLEASE PRAY for the health of our country's president, as he is still recovering from the effects of a stroke that he suffered during the month of October last year (his absence from the country was cited as part of the reason for this overthrow attempt).  PLEASE PRAY for the comings-and-goings of several of our missionary coworkers, and also the visitors that will be arriving in-country during the next few weeks (things are still feeling a little “upturned” and we don’t want our visitors to have negative experiences, yet nor do we want them to cancel and miss out on what God has planned for them here).  It really and truly is SAFE here where we live, without a question or doubt, but as we saw from that Monday’s events, sometimes things change in a VERY short turn-around time.

2) PLEASE PRAY for the administrator of our mission hospital; his father just passed away.  Pastor Serge has been a HUGE blessing to the hospital over the years that he has served here at Bongolo, and we weep along with him (and his wife Jacquie) as he mourns the loss of his father.  Due to the unrest in the country caused by the attempted overthrow, Pastor Serge was not able to make it back to his family home to see his father before his death.  PLEASE PRAY for the Lord’s comfort, peace, provision, and strength as our national co-worker walks through this difficult chapter of his life.

3) PLEASE PRAY for renewed strength and passion as we complete these last 5 months of our current mission term here in Gabon; we leave for Home-Assignment in May.  PLEASE PRAY for Terry as she works through the last semester of teaching and admin work in the nursing school. PLEASE PRAY for the students…that they would finish well in their program of studies to become quality, Christian nurses.  PLEASE PRAY for Barry as he strives to “work himself out of a job” as he teaches some of the leaders/elders out in the village church, teaching them to take over as the “story-tellers” (taking over the role of pastor/teacher) in the weekly church meetings there. PLEASE PRAY for both Barry and Terry as we look for more and deeper, spiritual interactions with our M*slim friends and contacts in our local area.  PLEASE PRAY for renewed and ongoing passion and strength, so that we can finish our current mission term with the same level of energy that we started with; we want to finish WELL! PLEASE PRAY for us to have wisdom and understanding as we navigate through a multitude of decisions that will impact our year of home-assignment in North America; it feels very overwhelming to have to do all this while at the same time working through this term's last push to finish well!

And these are our prayer requests for this month.  As always...THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your ongoing partnership with us in our work here in Gabon; can’t do it without you!  Blessings…

Barry & Terry



Updated: January 15, 2019

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