Current Prayer Requests

Thank you for praying for us!

The process from deciding to come to raising support to living in Malawi and returning home has been unbelievably humbling for us. Will you continue join with us in prayer, asking for the things that we need and the things that please God?

Here are some specific prayer requests have right now (updated 8/26/18, new items in purple):

General

  • Chris’ seminary studies, teaching math at Whitworth (starts 9/5) and teaching an OT Survey class at church. This is a lot of work. Please pray for him!
  • We are serving in college ministry at FBC this year. Pray that we would integrate quickly, connect with the students, and serve them and our fellow staff members with Christ’s love.
  • That we would be a blessing to Heritage Bible Church (HBC) this summer as Chris interns there. It’s going well but we still need wisdom and clarity for the future with this opportunity. Update: the summer went really well! The church was incredible welcoming. We hope and plan to return a few times this academic year and again next summer.
  • Jobs, health insurance and housing for when we return to Spokane. Update: We have a wonderful duplex in North Spokane, Chris got a job teaching math part-time at Whitworth, Ashley has a job offer and should start soon! Praise God!
  • Provision for CAPA as they are without extra help for next year and are planning to scale back their incoming classes. Update: at least one new missionary couple was able to make it for the start of the new year! They will be helping with IT (a big need) for a few months. Praise God for their ability to help!
  • Intentionally maintaining our relationships with the missionaries in Malawi.
  • Pray that we would be daily finding our joy in Christ and being dependent on the strength of the Holy Spirit. It is so easy to become anxious and self-reliant. Update: this is a daily struggle that we continually need prayer for. Thank you!
  • Growth in our marriage through all of the transitions we’re still in.
  • Direction for future ministry (post-Malawi and post-Seminary). It’s no secret that we expect this year to help mold our vision for future ministry. Pray that we would be open to whatever God has for us and that we would have a firmer direction at the end of our time here. Update: so far we are pursuing open doors and seeing where the Lord leads us. Right now, HBC Boise is that door but we know that God could redirect us at any point.

Ashley

  • Ashley has a job offer but also had an interview for a different job that would pay a better hourly rate, start health insurance sooner AND (very important) would allow most of the summer off – allowing us to be in Boise again. Pray that God would provide this! And mostly that she and Chris would be content and trust in God no matter what.
  • Ashley’s overall health. Recently struggling with a lot of pain (not kidney stones but related to another health issue). Pray for relief, endurance and wisdom. And good medical care when health insurance is available!
  • Prayer for sweet times in fellowship with the Lord in word and prayer.
  • Wisdom in figuring out good medical solutions when returning to the States.
  • Pray for spiritual growth, that the physical trials would not be wasted and she would draw closer to Christ in this time.

Christopher

  • So many things to do! Seminary studies, preparation for teaching at Whitworth, preparation for teaching at FBC. Chris needs your prayer and encouragement!
  • Prayer for sweet times in fellowship with the Lord in word and prayer.
  • Prayer for help in dealing with sin that God has exposed through the time in Malawi. That he would be able to kill it to useful and effective in the service of the Lord.
  • Wisdom and humility in when to rest.

Answers to Prayer

  • We found a wonderful home! We are mostly settled and really love our space!
  • Ashley has a job offer! With health benefits!
  • Chris got a job! He will be teaching math at Whitworth!
  • We made it back to the US safety and have (mostly) recovered from reverse culture shock. We’re glad to be back but we keenly miss our friends in Malawi!
  • We moved our things relatively smoothly from the LA area to Spokane. And we were able to purchase a car from a friend there as well – another answer to prayer!
  • We have both been growing in our knowledge and love for Jesus and the gospel this year. The hard things have driven us to Christ and we’re grateful for that!
  • Ashley’s RA is much more under control after making some diet changes earlier this year.
  • God helped us have a restful, peaceful and sweet holiday time. We got to spend time with some of the team who stayed in Malawi for the holidays and with some new Malawian friends. We were certainly homesick but it wasn’t overwhelming.
  • We made it through hot season! It is still hot but rainy season has started and is bringing frequent rains that significantly cool things down. It’s so nice!
  • Chris’ TEP process has been completed so we have current Visas to be here this year!
  • The Hebrew intensive in August seemed to go very well.
  • Chris has been able to be helpful to the team here and is working hard at getting all of his projects completed which is a big help to CAPA.
  • The team here is amazing and we are growing in friendship with them already!
  • All of our luggage arrived in Malawi with us, nothing was lost or broken!
  • We needed storage for our stuff (so we don’t have to replace everything when we return). A friend offered to let us use her garage to store our belongings! Praise God!
  • Chris finished all of his end of semester assignments. There was a LOT of work to get done and it GOT DONE!
  • Ashley’s surgery went well and she is recovered! (Surgery was in May)
  • Workable solutions seem to have been found for medication in Malawi (she has rheumatoid arthritis)
  • We reached 100% support!!!

3 thoughts on “Current Prayer Requests

  1. Sharon Mullins

    Hi,
    Did you eat the rooster? We had to eat something so plane like turkey. We were a small group. Melinda and Paul went to Tiffany’s along with your parents. Misty and the kids come over that was
    really nice to see them.
    We got some kitten that hid almost all the time everyone was here. Never thought I would ever get
    pets again. It’s been many years that we haven’t.
    Christopher we hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!
    We keep both of you in our prays.
    Love Grandma Mullins

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