July, 2015 Update from the Howell Family

We are preparing this week for MTT to be ministering with us. We are using them to reach into our local nursing homes, trusting this will open a door of continued ministry for us. Pray for them as they have been under the weather, coming from Summer in the USA to Winter here in New Zealand.

A prayer request on my heart that did not make it into our printed/attached prayer letter: Pray for our church that God will send men to train for the ministry. Culturally men take no responsibility here in New Zealand, even more so in Maori families where culturally the wife runs the home and leads in their religious activities. I know the world in general is facing the most slothful generation ever, but with this worldwide epidemic we are praying hard for the power of the Spirit of God to break through this cultural barrier here in New Zealand. I am proud of our Deacon who has a hardworking attitude. Though nervous he is doing well in the pulpit, giving me opportunity to preach elsewhere in New Zealand through the year. He does not feel a call into the ministry, but as we continue to train I am praying God will work in his heart. We need Kiwi men like him in the ministry here in New Zealand.

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July, 2015 Update from the Aholt Family

Greetings from Steve and Sandy Aholt,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support during our home ministry.  According to ABWE records, we are about $840 per month under supported.  God will provide for all of our need.  Please add this to your prayer list.

We have begun our travels following Steve’s recovery from his carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, on both of his hands.  He is still experiencing some pain and numbness in his right hand.  Thankfully, the surgery was to prevent this from getting worse.  The doctor wants to do more nerve testing due to the continued numbness.

We have started our travels for our home ministry.  Our first stop was Indianapolis, IN where we enjoyed a delightful visit with Rich and Marcia Ernst.  They are a retired couple that we worked with in Papua New Guinea.  We then pushed on into the night to arrive in Columbus, OH, where our daughter Stephanie and her family live.

One afternoon there, we enjoyed a lunch meeting with Josh and Jodie Greve and their growing family.  They will be going short term to Papua New Guinea soon and were filled with questions.  Please pray for them as they continue to prepare for their trip.

We were able to visit our daughter’s family for a whole week.  What a blessing it was to be able to spend time with their extended family and them.  God gave us some great weather to enjoy the outdoors playing, visiting, and working, during that week.  Please continue to pray for them.  Aaron works third shift and is in school days, to get his accreditation to teach in the Ohio public school system.  Stephanie is busy taking care of the children and keeping them quiet while Aaron sleeps during the day.  Coralee is being tutored for severe dyslexia.  The tutor and Coralee are very encouraged with her progress.  Coralee has also started treatments for her neck and lower spine misalignment, with some nerve impingement.  This could be from a fall she had at a young age.  There is no permanent damage and the doctor believes that this will be able to be treated successfully.  Thank you for your prayers for their family.

Our next stop was McLean, VA for our ABWE annual “Missionary Enrichment Conference” from Monday to Thursday.  We enjoyed some preaching from the Word of God on the theme: “Broken Beggars under Grace”.  We shared some special times together with Brian and Phyllis Hovey, and their new son Gunner.  They have completed a two year short term in Chile, SA.  They are now headed to Papua New Guinea for about five weeks, this year, to survey the possibility of working with our team of missionaries there.  Please pray for this young family and the decisions that are before them.

We also had some personal fellowship with young and older missionary colleagues from all over the ABWE world.  Hearing the stories of God’s working in and through our missionaries and national partners has surely brought glory to our heavenly Father.  We also heard some amazing accounts of God’s grace in the Islamic world where tens of thousands have turned to Christ for salvation.

This past Thursday, we travelled to Greensboro, NC where we are staying at Community Baptist Church’s prophet’s chamber.  Salem Baptist, our home and sending church, has a mission house available for us to use.  We will be moving over there on Monday August 3rd.  We will be based at Salem for our time of reporting to our supporters in this area.  Our schedule is filling up before all of our supporters are contacted.  This will require us to return to this area again in the spring of 2016.

In Christ’s love,

Steve and Sandy