Dan & Esther Penney's "Rejoice & Request" Update -- April 2006
The big event of this last month was our
two-week trip to
PERSONAL & FAMILY
Esther's pregnancy continues to go well. Praise the Lord that she is beginning to feel much better, with significantly more energy and only occasional nausea.
We praise God for the good family vacation in
Pray for wisdom in dealing with our current electricity shortage. One of the city's four main generators burned up a couple weeks ago, and so we are now enduring daily power outages of 8-12 hours. As you can imagine, this makes it challenging to get work done (especially since much of Dan's work is on the computer), not to mention keeping refrigerated food good. Because the government has announced that this situation will continue for at least another two months, we are considering purchasing a generator for basic electrical needs when the power is out. But that would be a significant expense, and we do not want to waste the financial resources God has provided. So pray for wisdom to know how God would have us respond to this need.
Since it has
happened somewhat gradually, we have forgotten to tell you that our oven has
finally settled down. We
slowly figured out that we cannot use it in the same way we would an oven in
Please pray for Dan's computer. As we were working on this update, our laptop's
LCD display began to black out periodically. We do not yet know if this
is a serious problem that will require sending it back to the
Continue to pray with us for a new
Pray for Dan's trip to
Christian leaders report that
Continue to pray for ITES (Institut de Theologie Evangelique du Senegal; formerly known as IED). We continue to have significant needs, but God has provided in two wonderful ways, as the following two points indicate...
The director's team has found an 8.5 acre plot of
land that looks very workable.
This is even bigger than we'd dared hope for, and the owner (nearby village)
seems ready to sell at a good price. Pray for the smooth finalization of
this transaction that could have a far-reaching, positive impact on the
future of church leadership training in
The board of
directors for ITES has yet to meet with the two parties who are offering
potential short-term solutions for our facilities needs in
Pray for the next ITES board meeting, set for April 5.
We have a short-term team coming this month from one of our supporting churches. They will be here for 12 days, doing maintenance work on missionary homes, seeing and praying for our WorldVenture-Senegal ministries, and getting a first-hand view of missions. Pray for safety, and especially for the Lord's will to be accomplished in their lives as well as ours during their visit. We'll admit that short-term teams are a lot of work for the hosting missionaries, but they can also have a major impact for the cause of missions, both in the host country as well as in the lives of the short-term team members themselves. Pray that both will be true for this team.
After a brief dip below 100% last month, we are again fully supported! God is good.
Thank you for your prayers. Your financial support allows to BE in
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