Dan & Esther Penney's "Rejoice & Request" Update -- February 2006
The thing we most enjoy telling you about is
the expansion of God's family here in
PERSONAL & FAMILY
We learned last month that we are expecting another child in August! While this is exciting news, it is quite unexpected and we are having to adjust our thinking and some of our plans. (Dan's Mom is hoping for a sister for our three boys.) Pray with us for a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Pray also for wisdom for us as we anticipate the changes this event will bring into our lives and our ministry.
already had her first
Pray for strength and stamina for Esther. The pregnancy has brought with it a lot of fatigue and almost constant morning sickness. We believe both are gradually diminishing, but we would appreciate your prayers for her.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday house guests (Esther's family). For almost three weeks we went from our usual five people to ten in the house (six adults and four kids), and so it reverberated with even more of a joyful noise than usual.
Thank you for praying for the many meetings at the
start of the year. These went
particularly well. Our field team is doing well. Relationships
are healthy, team dynamics are working well, and WorldVenture's
Praise the Lord that a bit more money came into Adama Diouf's accounts. But continue to pray with us for this. He still does not have enough for the purchase of a reliable vehicle. He is managing to travel to his many commitments and do his ministry, but he is doing so with a borrowed jalopy that is very old and rickety, and which in our estimation really should no longer be on the road. We are concerned for his safety. (Account #6470 922 "IPM-Adama Diouf," in case you want to give to this.)
Dan just finished two days of board meetings for the
January 10th was "Tabaski", probably the biggest holiday of the year for Muslims. We purposely stayed away from the ceremonies of slaughtering a ram, but in the afternoon we visited several of our neighbors to wish them a good holiday. We were very warmly received. They seemed genuinely pleased that we had come. We were particularly encouraged by the reception we received at the home of Mbotch, the local imam for our neighborhood mosque. We hope this relationship will lead to opportunities to speak with him about Jesus, his prophet, but our Savior. Your prayers could bring it about.
Continue to pray for ITES (Institut de Theologie Evangelique du Senegal; formerly known as IED). This month, allow me to quote from the newsletter of a colleague and fellow professor at the school. She expresses the needs and the opportunities so well:
"I, along with
my colleagues at the Institute, are feeling the need for a place for our
library especially, but also for some classroom space. Please pray with
us for a solution to this pressing problem. We are renting a place for
classes for now, but our books are still in storage. It is exciting to
have the problem that we have, not enough room! Praise report: ITES
hosted a seminar both in
Pray for the upcoming meeting of the board of directors for ITES, which will be Feb. 15. Dan, as interim board chair, will lead the meeting. There are several significant decisions on the agenda, for which the board will need wisdom.
God is so good! Due to the anticipated new addition to our family, our support had to be adjusted slightly. Yet despite this, we are still fully supported!
Thank you for your prayers. Your financial support allows to
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