Dan & Esther Penney's "Rejoice & Request" Update -- March 2006
How can two or three "missing" days make the month feel so much shorter? February flew by. Of course, a few "extra-curricular" activities didn't help. Between Esther's pregnancy and a couple other matters, we fit six medical visits into the month (some were merely lab tests, but they take up just as much time). But we are well, and praising the Lord for his goodness. (For those of you reading this in black-and-white, the blue "Rejoices" are also italicized, and the red "Requests" are bolded).
PERSONAL & FAMILY
As far as medical science can determine, Esther's pregnancy is going smoothly. We are grateful for that, and for your prayers supporting us in it. Esther says she is starting to feel movement, and this one is just as active as his/her siblings!
Continue to pray for Esther. By this point in her other two pregnancies she had begun to feel much better, but she continues to struggle with both nausea and fatigue.
We will be among those participating in WorldVenture's worldwide Leadership Conference in South
Africa this month. Since whole
families were invited (there will be a kids' program during the conference
days), we will take advantage of the trip for a week's vacation in
We praise God for the provision of utilities. One is made more aware of the benefits of such resources when they are taken away now and again. This month our electricity has gone off every day or two, for periods of anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours at a time. And just this week, we lost our city water for four days straight. After the third day, we had run through our two large reservoirs on the roof, and were begging jerry cans of water from colleagues in another part of town who still had water. But as He always does, God provided as much as we needed, and we praised Him for that. And today (this very morning) we're praising Him that we have both water and electricity (including two full reservoirs once again!). Many in this country have neither running water nor electricity, at any time.
Continue to pray for Adama Diouf's financial support. (Account #6470 922 "IPM-Adama Diouf," in case you want to give to this or know someone who might.)
On the plus side for Adama, we believe we have found enough money to purchase a vehicle for him. Praise the Lord for this needed provision.
Continue to pray with us for a new
Praise the Lord that the Senegalese have not reacted
violently over the caricatures of Mohammed in the European press. In fact, no one has even mentioned them to us,
and the single demonstration about it in the capital was peaceful. God
continues to watch over us here in
Pray for WorldVenture's
global Leadership Conference in
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 this month, as the following two points indicate...
With $16,000 now
in-hand for land/construction, the board approved the directorial
team's plan to spend up to $5,000 on a moderately large plot of land (3-5 acres) outside of
In a separate
development, two different workable options have come to light for a short-term
solution to school's immediate need for facilities within
The neighborhood mosque across the street from our house continues to go up (they have completed the foundation). Continue to pray with us that this structure will soon be dedicated to the worship of God's one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
God meets all our needs! How have you seen him meet yours lately?
Thank you for your prayers. Your financial support allows to
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