January 2016 Missionaries

Kris & Kathy Russel
Wycliffe Bible Translators
The Russels have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for the past 26 years and worked in Papua New Guinea until moving to the States in 2004.  While in Papua New Guinea, they worked in the area of print media where Kris was manager of the department and Kathy did the writing for some of the publications as well as editing. They feel blessed to have worked closely with the translators in the final stages of the New Testament publication.
After returning to the States, they were assigned as the Directors of Sourcing Events among other responsibilities.  They are responsible for leading a team to help design and facilitate a number of different sourcing events in an effort to raise up “Laborers of the Harvest” in the ministry of Bible translation with Wycliffe.  Kris and Kathy are always looking for opportunities to speak with kids….our missionaries of the future.
Pray for wisdom and insight for the leaders with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Pray also for people to respond to God’s Word as they receive it for the first time in their mother tongue language.  Finally, pray for safety in their travels, good health, and the Lord’s touch in everything they do. “Unless He builds the house we labor in vain”. 


David & Cathleen Strong
World Gospel Missions, Peru
David and Cathleen are in Cusco, Peru serving and pastoring at Agape Church. After two years of collective prayer, the church was able to move to a larger location last year.  They are praising the Lord for this answered prayer!
David & Cathleen have a strong focus on the youth at the church.  David opens the church doors every Friday night and hosts a ping pong club.
Instead of year-long homeland ministry assignments, they will be making shorter, more frequent trips to the USA.  Beginning this year in mid-January into February, the Strongs will be visiting Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  They are underfunded by $1,500 per month.  This is a big prayer need, and they are hoping you will join them in prayer  that the Lord will meet this need.
Another need is their concern for the many Peruvians who are anxious about the predictions of an “El Nino Phenomenon.”  Pray that they will seek the Lord with their fears and that they will see His hand of protection and peace.
Finally, pray for the youth of their church.  Some of them are making poor choices.  Pray that the Lord will protect them and draw them to Himself.