August 28 (Day 18) — Pray for Marsha Miles today as she is working with Aruamu co-workers on checking portions of the Old Testament. Translation checking is difficult and can be tedious and tiring. Pray for Marsha’s physical and emotional reserves as she works with the Aruamus not only on checking, but as the preparations for the dedication and crusade progress.
August 25 (Day 15) — Sunday. “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31) In Papua New Guinea people rarely do things alone. Jesus, here tired and need to restore his inner man, invited his closest followers away to a quiet place to rest. Pray today for the missionary community, for the Christian leaders, and for those heavily involved in the war for the souls of men and women. Ask God to give them wisdom to take rest when it is needed. Ask God to bless their times of rest, making them useful for restoring the soul. Pray that for those in Madang, when they need to rest, power will be on so that fans can run, air conditioners can run (for the office), even the cricket match on telly (some relax to sports) can be viewed. Also ask God to reach down to the depths of the missionaries’ souls and do His work of healing and empowering. Pray also that God will minister deeply to them through the power of his mighty Word in their own heart language.
August 24 (Day 14) — Saturday. Pray for PBT’s missionary community in Papua New Guinea—that they will enjoy the kind of rest this weekend that Jesus refers to when he encourages us “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Missionaries often feel hard pressed by shortened resources and many demands. Pray for God’s mercy in bringing unusual rest and refreshment to the team this weekend.