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Dakota Lawrence

I want to start off by saying thank you again so much! With out your help i wouldn't be here in Germany today. I has been an amazing experience so far and i am looking forward to the next three weeks. I must say though that Germany has a real need. I want to briefly share with you what is common to see just walking down the street here. Its not uncommon to see people walking down the street with beer and even hard alcohol. Also almost all of the advertisements here are of nude females and to the people here that is no problem. Catholicism is so strong in this part of Germany and unfortunately it has great power with the people.  It has been great to get to know many people here and to learn how they have come to know Christ as their Savior. While we are here in the churches we have been doing remodeling, singing, working with children, giving our testimonies (in German of course), and much much more. I can't wait to see you all again and to tell you all about what a blessing this trip has been for me and also the great things that God is doing in this country. Thanks! :) 

In Christ's Love,

Dakota Lawrence 

Jodie Clark

April 2012

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers as I have been back in the US on furlough.  The Lord has brought me safely through many miles.  It has been so good to see all the folks at my supporting churches and share with them the wonderful things God has done and is doing in northern Queensland.

Please pray as I wrap up the final month or so of my time in the States.  Lord willing, I fly out of Norfolk, Virginia, on May 23.  Between then and now, I have a long trek out to Colorado and back.  I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I undertake that long journey.

Please also be in prayer for me as I work through all the arrangements of settling in back at home in Australia.  There is a possibility of a place in town that is within my budget, but the details are complicated.  If this particular place does work out, it will clearly be by the hand of God alone.  I know God delights in showing Himself mighty on behalf of His people, so I am continuing to pray and ask that you would do the same.  I will also need to purchase a car soon after my arrival in Ingham and work through a number of other issues that come with shifting from one country to another.  Please pray for me that I would clearly follow the Lord’s guidance as I work through all of the details.

I praise the Lord for some increase in support that has come in during my furlough, but I do covet your prayers for God to continue to meet my financial needs.  With the drop in the value of the US dollar and the increase in expenses that would come with living in town, humanly speaking, I need more than I presently have.  Please do pray that God would show me exactly what He wants me to do upon my return to Australia and how He will meet the needs that I encounter there.

I have had good reports on the progress of the building projects at camp.  The Teens in Training building is nearly completed.  There was a bit of a snag in some of the plumbing work that delayed things on the building for a while.  But the problem has been identified, and work should be able to progress again soon.  The addition to the one side of the Blakes’ cottage has been fully completed and looks great.  (I can hardly wait to get back and see it!)  The office and guest suite on the other side is almost done, with just a few little things here and there left to be completed.

I am truly looking forward to returning to my church and ministries in Ingham.  Please pray for a good transition back into the religious education classes, school teaching, etc., there.  And please pray for Tana Gills as well.  She has done a fantastic job of “filling in” for me while I have been away.  She now faces some decisions of her own as she seeks the Lord’s will regarding future ministry.

In His service,

Jodie Clark

Richard Simonsen

Dear Praying Friends,
I want to begin by thanking you for praying for me last week. It took a couple of days but by Wednesday I was back to normal. On Tuesday Sue and I went to the sports club gym but I was only able to do 20 minutes on the treadmill (I normally do between 30 and 40) so I knew I wasn't yet "back". On Thursday we tried it again and I was able to get in my usual exercise. On Friday the whole family worked together and canned 28 quarts of tomatoes. They are very cheap right now and I estimated that we saved about $100 over the cost of buying canned tomatoes. We hope to do another batch next week and we will have all we need until furlough. Sue also dis a batch of sauerkraut because cabbages were only about 15 cents each!
Friday afternoon we went to a near-by retreat center to check into its possibilities for our January college Spiritual Life Retreat. It looked good. Much nicer than the place we used last year but will cost about $500 more. With about 35 attending that really isn't too much. Pray for wisdom in making this important decision.
When I was feeling up to it I also did some work on developing course materials for another new course - "Classroom Communication." Sue and Phyllis Gathaara (one of our Master's students) will co-teach the course during the third term. With both of them busy writing research papers for their last Masters class and reading assignments for the next class I volunteered to put the materials together for them. Praise the Lord for the internet! It has been very helpful in putting this material together. If any of you education majors have some material in electronic form that you could sent our way I'd be very grateful! Pray for wisdom as I finish the materials and as the ladies prepare to teach.
Our visitation at Happy Valley on Saturday was the best in quite awhile. Finally it was warm enough for people to be out and about and cool enough for them to want to be out. Today attendance at church was about normal but two children who we contacted on visitation were there early for Sue's SS class. These two live in a complex of over thirty 2-room homes where there are probably 30 or more children living. Pray as we follow-up on Saturday and that more of these children will come next week. We are also planning to begin a SS class for the older children (probably 5th grade and up) with Pastor Nyaga, Ted daub and I sharing the teaching. Pray that this plan will come together in the next few weeks.
Finally, please pray for our College Faculty and Wives Retreat (actually Sue will be the only wife attending). Tomorrow through Wednesday we will gather at a small lodge about 3 hours toward Mt. Kenya for our annual planning session. This meeting will be especially important one. Brent Halstead's family is still on furlough - he returns to the States right after the retreat - so we need to make all of the necessary plans for the college graduation at the retreat. With our family planning furlough for next year we will also be going over the entire academic schedule through March 2014. As Academic Dean I need to make sure all of the right courses are scheduled and taught by the right people.
Next Sunday, August 12, Pastor Josiah Wambua will be at Happy Valley Baptist Church to teach and preach on Christian Marriage. There seems to be much interest in the community on that subject. Please pray that the interest will be turned into attendance on that day!
Have a wonderful week with the Lord Jesus Christ,
Rick, Sue, Aaron and Daniel Simonsen

Philip Peace

May this find you abounding in the many riches that you have in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3)

Dear Friends,


As you know Gecila’s due date is quickly arriving. We are praying that all will go well. Our plans are to leave for Brazil after we get all of the new baby’s paper together. We are hoping to leave by mid October. We will need to buy airplane tickets that at present cost $5200.00. Our mission board also requires that we have a months support reserve on hand ($5750.00) at abwe headquarters. We are praying that the LORD will provide these funds. This is a onetime Outfit and Passage donation. Please pray as to how the LORD would lead you to contribute to this need.


Donations can be sent to abwe at P.O. Box 8585, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8585. Our account number is 0132163-022 and should be included on the memo line and specify if your donation is for Outfit (support reserve), or Passage. Donations can also be made online by going to http://www.abwe.org/give/online/ and following the instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me (5156617387). I will be happy to chat with you.


May our LORD’s grace be upon you.

The Peace Family



Philip & Gecila Peace

222 E Broadway St

Polk City, Ia 50226

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69685-000 Tonantins

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