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Gabon

My husband, Zachary, and I are surgeons at Bongolo Hospital. Zach is the head of surgery and a residency program director. The hospital is also a training site for the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). As international workers and volunteer PAACS faculty, we train and disciple African doctors to become surgeons to serve across the continent.

Last year, one of our residents, Dr. Alliance Niyukuri, completed his surgery training. While he was with us, we shared many happy times together but also grieved the deaths of his baby daughter and both parents. In his graduation speech, he said all the painful moments of his life, including his years as a war refugee, would have made no sense without Jesus’ presence.

Dr. Niyukuri has since begun work at a Christian mission hospital in another African country, serving alongside a medical missionary team. In that nation of more than 10 million people where there are a little over a dozen surgeons, he may be the first to work in a rural location. Intercede for him and his family as they adjust to their new life. May God use them to further the Kingdom! Pray also for the supply and staffing needs of the surgery residency program and Bongolo Hospital.

—Dr. Jennifer O’Connor

Japan

“My son will be the 28th generation of our family to become a Buddhist priest,” said the mother of a classmate at our children’s elementary school. Her husband is a priest at a local temple. As we listened, we were alarmed as we pondered the spiritual oppression that comes with 28 generations of Buddhist worship. However, Jesus has overwhelming power to deliver this family and others like them from spiritual bondage. We praise Him for His victory over darkness. And we thank Him for the gift of these relationships and for shining His light through our lives.

Continue praying for our friends who are drawn to Christ but feel they are unable to follow Him because of family ties to Buddhism. This is a very real obstacle and a powerful spiritual stronghold in families; another is ancestor worship. Pray that God will tear down these barriers in peoples’ hearts and minds—and draw entire households to faith in Jesus.

—Jill and Alan Kropp

Spain

In the 40 years The Alliance has been in Spain, to our knowledge there has never been a C&MA missions conference at the national level. It may be because the work here is so challenging, but the time has come to lift our eyes to the nations.

With the blessing of our leadership, my wife, Claudia, and I are laying the groundwork to mobilize our more than 25 churches for a missions emphasis scheduled for September 2019.  Several speakers have committed to join this effort. Our vision is for Christ to be exalted in our Alliance family of churches—becoming more intentional in reaching the nations. Pray for us as we form the team for this huge undertaking.

—Steve Irvin

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