12 Oct Phillip & Sarah Pritchard Prayer Letter September – October 2018
We pray that you are well. We apologize for the delay in getting you our most recent updates. We have not forgotten you, however over the past few weeks things have been out of their normal pace. As most of you may know, during the month of August, my father had a heart attack and spent three weeks in the hospital because of further complications. He is doing better and recovering from the surgeries and we are thanking the Lord for His grace. The Lord allowed me to be home a few weeks to assist in areas of need while he was in the hospital. Thank you to all those who prayed and helped during this time. Especially, Bible Baptist Church in Buffalo MO. Your kindness made a difficult time less troublesome. Your actions brought peace to our hearts. Thank you.
I have a few things to share with you concerning the ministry here in Cape Verde.
In the month of August, we rented an auditorium for the church in Praia. We are pleased with the growth of this young church. We have seen the Lord save a few of the neighbors and many more who have invited us into their homes. We praise the Lord for the work and continue to pray for God to establish this church firmly upon His Word.
We ask for your continued prayers for the other churches started here. We are only as effective as our prayers. We need pray more, and we ask that you pray, as well, for God to continue to break up fallow ground and do His will amongst these churches.
In ending I request specifically that you pray for pastor Julio Nanque. He is a dear brother and faithful servant of the Lord. He is the pastor of the church plant in Pedra Badejo. For the past few years he has struggled to help his wife Elizete with her ongoing mental health. She has suffered from a lot of childhood trauma and the recent deaths of multiple family members has sent her into some dark days. She is currently admitted at the psychiatric hospital. When I say hospital, you think hospital, like the one down the road. However, the hospital here, especially psychiatric, is nothing more than a glorified prison. This has been very hard on both them and their family. We are often comforted in the United States by what we can do for our loved ones when in need. But imagine with me, how you might feel if there was nothing you could do, but watch. Knowing that if you were somewhere else our problems would be completely different. As a whole, the struggle of Cape Verde and other nations and regions alike, daily wrestle with hopelessness. Pray that God will strengthen our hearts and theirs alike to the fact that we have a blessed hope in Christ.
For His Glory,
Phillip, Sarah, Mason, Micah, Sofia and Sadie
Praise the Lord last week we saw three young people baptized in the church in Praia. Pray for these believers as they grow in grace and truth.
We started studies with the Bible College three weeks ago and will be in studies daily, until December. We have three students from Cape Verde (Clovis, Edson and Edimilson) and one student from Guinea Bissau (Pascoal). These men are, God willing, future leaders, pastors and missionaries. Please pray that as the Word is taught and preached it will do a work in their hearts and transform their minds for the sake of the glory of God.