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2019 Prayer Guide

June 2019

Letter from the Executive Director

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).

August 2019

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers which make the work of Rafiki possible. God so faithfully answers our prayers for the support we need, both for finances and for people.

I am grateful to report that seven new missionaries just completed their training here at our Home Office in late July and will, by God’s grace, be headed out to serve in our Villages in the coming months. Please consider supporting these in prayer and financially.

Husband and wife Girum Jiru and Tigist Jima, with their two children Rebecca and Josh, will be headed back to their native land of Ethiopia to serve as RICE dean (Girum) and administrate the orphan care and widow’s programs (Tigist).

Allison Cannon will be leaving for Rwanda in late August to teach art in the Rafiki school. 

Amber Jackson, a college softball coach, is hoping to head to Kenya in September to launch an athletics program in our school and teacher’s college.

Sarah McMahon will be going out to Tanzania to teach music as soon as her support is raised. 

Doris Anema has been assigned to Zambia as to assist with the RICE program and is planning to leave in January.

And finally, Kiley Bronke will be serving at the Home Office for a year before going out to her country of assignment in the summer of 2020.

Please pray for these new Rafiki missionaries as they follow God’s call to serve His beloved people in Africa.

Perhaps their willingness to fully give their lives and go serve overseas has inspired you!

We have specific needs in these countries:

Malawi: RICE dean, Headmaster, and Plant Manager

Liberia: Assistant RICE Dean

Kenya: Plant Manager

Rwanda: RICE Dean

And we are anticipating needs for headmasters and RICE deans in other countries in the coming six months. We also need teachers, finance managers, artists, musicians, widows program coordinators, and those who love the Lord and have servants’ hearts!

I would think there is someone reading this who is sensing God’s call to serve with Rafiki in some capacity in Africa.

Remember, your life is short—don’t put it off. And the question you need to ask yourself is not: “Am I called to Africa?” But rather, “Are you called to stay in America?”

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose” Jim Elliot, missionary, martyr.

In Christ’s Service,

Karen Elliott

Executive Director

Ethiopia

Rafiki Village

Updates:

The rains have arrived and all is green and lush around our Village.

We thank God for the peace and stability in our area (Modjo) and region (Oromia Region) as last month a failed coup attempt of the Amhara Regional State was quelled by government forces. Pray for peace and unity in the country of Ethiopia.

Praises:

The zonal court decision was in Rafiki’s favor; pray for a final resolution to the case if the plaintiffs appeal to the regional court.

Our older boys are eager to help with the tough and dirty jobs of maintenance, landscaping, and mowing around the Village.

We have received funds for a new vehicle!

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

wisdom for Amy as she writes new project agreements and as we seek to renew our operating license from the Federal Ministry of Charities and Societies.

the new missionary family currently raising support to serve in Ethiopia, Girum, Tigist, and their two children.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

During the school break the children have been busy helping around the Village as well as participating in music classes, improving their basketball skills with drills and tournaments, and completing sewing projects—all with the help of short-term missionaries. Now the thirty oldest children are preparing to visit their extended families’ homes for three weeks. It will be very quiet here without them!

Praises:

We are thankful for the help of short-term missionaries Jane Keller, Emma Jo Wedeven, and Linda Briggs.

We have seen general good health of the children.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

Biruk who has had several more seizures; please pray for the doctors to have wisdom in how to treat Biruk’s condition and whether or not he should be put on anti-seizure meds.

a full-time missionary to head ChildCare.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

Our school year ended with a sweet and fun preprimary three graduation ceremony and an informative and entertaining recitation program for the primary school.

Many students doubled their efforts to improve their academic performance and earned honor roll or high honors.

Praises:

We hired a great preprimary teacher candidate who is fluent in three languages.

The number of students who achieved honor roll this semester increased dramatically from twenty-eight to forty-one!

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

wisdom in hiring and training a language arts teacher for the upper grades.

our students and teachers to continue their own personal Bible studies during the school break which is two months long.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

this program to get started.

Rafiki Widows Program

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

this program to get started.

Ghana

Rafiki Village

Updates:

The Village is back to running at full speed as the school term has begun. All of our missionaries who were gone for furlough are back.

The Village is green and lush as the rain continues.

Praises:

All missionaries are back from their time in the States.

We are thankful for the national staff and their work at the Village.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

consistency with the electricity and water.

God’s wisdom, strength, and perseverance for the national staff and the missionaries in their particular area of service.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

The Village is full again as all the children that went out for their family visits are back and started the school term.

Praises:

God is our Provider of all that we need and His Word is truth and is unchanging.

We are thankful for a safe school break.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

a clean bill of health soon for a child that has had repeated clinic visits for an ongoing health issue.

the resident children to accept that to work towards the upkeep of your home is a normal and expected service.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

We are happy to report that we have received a valid registration number from the Regional Education Office for our secondary school registration.

We had a good beginning of term three.

Praises:

We are thankful for additional teachers for the schools. Preschool, junior secondary and senior secondary teachers have joined our staff.

We are thankful for a music teacher that can play the trumpet.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

spiritual growth among students and staff.

those who do not yet know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Praises:

Paperwork for the accreditation process is in the works.

Praise God for the ongoing help from the Wisconsin International University College in the accreditation process.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

requirements to complete accreditation to be communicated clearly as the process moves forward.

our Lord to provide students for RICE once it is accredited.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

The program is on hold as the widows have fulfilled their orders and we await more full-time missionary help.

Praises:

Please thank God for the help this program has been for women over the years.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

current Ghana products to sell through the Rafiki stores (brick and mortar as well as online).

more full-time missionaries so we can continue and strengthen our Rafiki Widows Program in Ghana.

Kenya

Rafiki Village

Updates:

We are very excited that our junior boys and mixed choirs have advanced to the national level! The competition will be held in Nakuru August 3-6.

Progress continues to be made toward government approval of our school curriculum.

Praises:

Invitations for the November Classical Christian conference have just gone out!

Our second container of the year processed very quickly thanks to our Home Office team making careful preparations!

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the conference registration to work well and for us to have 400 participants by the end of August! Please pray for many organizational details to be finalized.

wisdom as we prepare documents and a half-day presentation for the approval of our curriculum by the Ministry of Education.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

All the resident children and Rafiki Mothers got to use their hard-earned money from working on the farm for an outing of their choice. The cottages and dorms went to various locations around the city and enjoyed culture, nature, and fun!

Praises:

Some of our graduates are finding small jobs to earn money as they go to school.

About forty children are attending confirmation classes.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

our children to understand more about their culture and extended family life during their homestays. Please pray for God to provide homestay families for those without family ties.

the children in confirmation classes to deepen their conviction and strengthen their knowledge of the Word and love for the Lord.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

Week ten progress reports went out to the parents last week. Results were slightly better than last term, and teachers have been meeting with many parents to discuss their child’s progress.

Praises:

Short-term missionary Linda Lim was instrumental in helping to train our preprimary teachers; David, Michelle, and Nathan Graves focused on developing a reading culture in our staff; and Salome Parker helped with music and taught some Latin!

One primary resident girl (soccer) and two secondary school resident girls (table tennis) and our junior choirs have progressed to national level competitions.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

safe arrangements to be made regarding transportation and accommodation for the choirs and sport competitors later this month.

teacher training to continue to improve lesson preparation and presentation.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

Students are collaborating!

We are praying for thirty-six new students in September.

Praises:

We continue to make progress with the government on certification for our graduates and approval of our diploma course with the University.

Seven more students have completed the Certificate Course.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God to provide for our graduates to receive national certification without taking a national exam.

the PUEA Senate to approve our diploma course by August of this year.

Rafiki Widows Program

Praises:

We thank God for people who have carried products back to the U.S.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the bags for the conference in November to be completed with quality and in a timely manner.

Liberia

Rafiki Village

Updates:

Things are going well at the Village.

Our shelter for the day students to wait for the school day to begin is completed and in use.

We now have a twenty-two-passenger minibus to transport children to church and other activities. This will be of use for many years to come.

The maintenance crew has been making improvements on the entrance to the Village where there are issues due to the rainy season and are working hard to keep the Village safe during flooding.

Christie VanKuiken has been holding down the fort while Julie McKeighan and the Eaglemans have been on furlough. Jeremy Eagleman is recovering from knee surgery in the U.S. Soon all will return and the Village will be fully staffed.

Praises:

We praise God that Jeremy’s surgery went well and he is on the road to recovery.

We are thankful the Lord has sustained Christie and the national staff as they have worked together throughout the last four weeks.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

unity among our staff workers and for God to work in their lives.

the RICE program to flourish and the building contractors to satisfactorily complete building details.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

Our children have just completed a fun three-weeks break from school in which they enjoyed special activities with Christie VanKuiken as well as helping with the care of the Village. Sandbagging for flooding being one of those activities. Now they are ready for term three.

Praises:

Junior high children reflected their upbringing as they represented Rafiki during the national exams. We thank God for His impact on their lives.

Praise God for our team of Rafiki Mothers and our assistant ChildCare administrator Emma and all she does.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for: 

discernment, wisdom, and strength for the Rafiki Mothers in the cottages training the children in the ways of the Lord.

our children to have an attitude of gratitude as they recognize God’s blessing in their lives.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

Our preprimary now has four classes of nine students in preprimary one and preprimary two. Two of our RICE graduates are doing a second term practicum in these classes getting more teaching experience. They are loving working with the little ones.

Our primary students continue to hone their reading and math skills through extra reading time and math drills.

The national exams went well for our junior secondary students and although we do not have the results we were informed that our students demonstrated integrity, maturity, and academic confidence as they participated in the exams. Rafiki students made quite an impression on the observers!

Praises:

We thank God for our new shelter for the day students.

We thank Him for the willingness of RICE students/teachers to supervise these children.

We continue to praise the Lord that we see spiritual growth in many of our students.

We are thankful for dedicated teachers who believe in our mission.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the health of both students and teachers during the rainy season.

peace and unity among our preprimary and primary teaching staff.

a continued and serious desire for academic excellence in our junior secondary students.

our students and teachers to have a vision for the future.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

We have begun our third term of the year with a new class and a total of sixteen students eager to learn and become excellent classical school teachers.

Praises:

Five new students started in the program. They are excited and already participating in the Rafiki Bible Study.

We had a successful move into the RICE building over the break. It is spacious and beautiful!

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the United Methodist Church and our other church partners to hire our teachers as they graduate from the program.

students to remain healthy and for God to supply their needs to stay in the program.

Rafiki Widows Program

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

this program to get started.

Malawi

Rafiki Village

Updates:

Short-term missionaries Donna and Dennis Read, whom the Village Administrator affectionately calls “seasoned workers,” came to assist the Village in plant and maintenance systems, security training, the training of the Rafiki Mothers, and a new national couple appointed as Hall parents for twenty youths in the Boys Residence Hall. The Reads spent five weeks with us investing the same boundless energy as before at Rafiki Village Kenya! Another short-term missionary, Wong ChiaLee from Singapore, returned for the second time within the year to give us three months of service. All glory to God as we wait for long-term missionaries to be trained and assigned to Rafiki Village Malawi.

Praises:

Many essential Village projects including perimeter drainage clean-up, playground equipment maintenance, fence line enhancement, and agricultural layout were completed by the residents during the school break.

God kept the Village and employees safe throughout the post-Presidential election civil disobedience.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

long-term missionaries to fill the positions of school Headmaster, RICE Dean, Plant and Maintenance Manager, Financial Manager, and ChildCare Administrator.

protection and good health for all the residents against virus infections and careless accidents.

wisdom and strength for the Village Administrator, Yeen-Lan Lam, as she holds down the Village until more full-time missionaries come.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

Eighty-six residents had the opportunity to visit and stay with extended families and partner church hosts during the school break. During that time, they were able to use some of their Rafiki training to benefit others.

A number of the older youths stepped up to support the security guards one Saturday evening when reinforcement was necessary. We appreciated their sacrifice of sleep!

Praises:

Gabriel Ngulube, who has had elective surgery to remove an implant from his right leg, is recovering well.

The second quarter sponsor reports on the residents’ educational growth have been written up and sent to the Home Office.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God to call another Malawian woman to be trained as a Rafiki Mother for the oldest girls.

all ninety-eight Rafiki residents to desire to know Jesus Christ better and to imitate him.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

We are educating 298 students daily from a biblical worldview and teaching them God’s Word.

The teachers have had a great break and are thankful to return for the two-day in-service. The head teachers have worked well as a team and are taking more responsibility in the absence of a headmaster.

Praises:

All students and teachers are grateful for the Rafiki Bible Study as we study 1 Timothy. Some teachers have been able to take their learning from the RBS to benefit their respective churches.

God has added two fulltime teachers and two teachers’ assistants to the faculty.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

students to pay greater attention to their learning process and be enabled to love the truth and live it out in their lives.

teachers to improve on student-centered teaching instead of chalk board delivery only.

primary grade level day students to comply with the school uniform requirements.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

We completed two more rounds of the RICE-University of Livingstonia Curriculum Review taskforce conference on June 7 and 25. The documents are being put together for submission to the Senate. RICE students are praying earnestly for the entire process for accreditation to be completed within the year.

Praises:

Three students graduated on June 21 and have already been earmarked for employment in one partner church school and in our Rafiki Christian Classical School.

Kim Yeo served as interim RICE Dean for seven weeks and appreciated the opportunity for a RICE experience.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

Bill Wood who has come to help with RICE for a month in term three. Pray for God to keep him strong and healthy for the assignment.

A full time RICE, RIA, and RIM Dean to be appointed soon.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

There has not been much activity in the Widows Program.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the widows to be patient as they wait for feedback on the product samples delivered to the Home Office.

Nigeria

Rafiki Village

Updates:

God has provided abundant rains for the season. The new grasses planted last year have yielded abundant cuttings for many barren areas all over the Village.

Praises:

The rains are falling and the entire Village and countryside is lush and green.

We are thankful for God’s protection and control over many obstacles that could discourage.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God to give Rafiki favor with the federal government and their review of our taxable expenses.

wisdom on what to do for the primary bore hole on site which collapsed and needs to be replaced.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Praises:

Nineteen of our resident children graduated from secondary school on July 20.

Lydia, Joy, and Joanna graduated from Bingham University and are awaiting assignments for their mandatory one-year Nigerian Youth Service.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

graduates Alex, Charity, Chloe, Christopher, Dorcas, Elizabeth, Job, John, Jummai, Leah, Micah, Moses, Naomi, Patience, Paulina, Phoebe, Rebecca, Tabitha, and Vivian to glorify God with their future careers or further education plans.

our remaining resident children as they go through additional guidance counseling.

Rafiki Education Program

Praises:

The third term has been a very positive one so far.

We have received some great resources from the Home Office through the Society of Classical Learning and the Association of Classical Christian Schools to use in teacher development.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

junior and senior secondary students as they go through guidance counseling this term and outline or adjust their plans of study.

our recent graduates as they await their final set of national exam results and plan for their futures.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

The vision for Christian classical education is starting to develop in many of the RICE students. The idea of mastering a subject is very foreign to many of them.

Praises:

All qualified to return for the new term are on site.

Our students’ singing is very good and can bring tears to the eyes.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God’s choice for the eighteen to thirty-six new students who will apply for the new cohort to begin in January.

grades to continue to improve and for those who struggle with English and math to apply themselves to master the subject.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

Women are having a struggle to find the needed materials at a price they can afford.

Praises:

Beautiful products continue to be produced.

We see joy in trials for many of the women.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

additional buyers of the products so the women can sustain their inventory and product development.

completion of the Rafiki order so it can be shipped to the Home Office in time for the holidays.

Rwanda

Rafiki Village

Updates:

We are now halfway through our school year and nearly ninety percent finished with the construction of our new senior secondary school and laboratory buildings.

Praises:

All of our 240 students and twenty-six teachers were very happy to be back in school for the start of term three.

God’s care of this Village and the “resident” students who were all away during the school break.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the contractor and crew to continue their excellent quality of construction for a quick finish to the senior secondary school and lab buildings.

God’s continued provision of dedicated men and women to serve Him here in Africa with Rafiki.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

Our last empty cottage has been emptied of supplies and is in the process of being remodeled for school use.

Praises:

All the children had a safe and healthy term break.

Eleven resident girls and one day student were able to attend a Teens Worthy Christian conference in Kigali during the break.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

Emmanuel, who thinks no one cares about him due to a situation that occurred during the break. Pray he will feel God’s love and draw nearer to him.

one of the Rafiki Mothers who needs to improve her discipline techniques and use her words wisely.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

Thank you for your prayers. Donatha won the Secondary Section of the National Spelling Bee and will be competing in the African Spelling Bee in Uganda. Ivan placed third in the Primary Spelling Bee and may also be attending the African Spelling Bee. Praise God for their poise and perseverance, and for twelve supportive teachers that attended to cheer them on. To Him be the glory.

Praises:

We had a successful end of term two, with a wonderful recitation in English, French, and Kinyarwanda. It was well attended by the parents.

We held a spirited field day, filled with great sportsmanship with the students winning the basketball tournament, defeating the teachers this term. We knew the time was coming when this would happen.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

academic success for the students struggling with grades. Please pray for Daniel, Joseph, Eliya, Bebeto, and Olivier, to develop a passion for learning and apply quality study habits to their lives.

continued spiritual and character growth of our students. Pray for them to be ambassadors for Christ through their words and actions here and at home.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

this program to get started.

Rafiki Widows Program

Praises:

Most of the Anglican widows’ embroidery order is complete.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

the ladies to continue to work with excellence in completing the order.

enabling to continue to get the supplies they need to complete the work.

good basket sales so we can give a new order to the widows who make them.

Tanzania

Rafiki Village

Updates:

It has been a time of sadness at Rafiki Tanzania as we mourn the sudden death of Reverend Swai, our district pastor from our partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. He was a great friend to us: always encouraging, always praying, a constant support. While we are thankful for the certain hope we have for him in Christ, we grieve for his young family and for our own loss. He will be missed.

Praises:

We thank God for the saving power of Christ and the gift of faith.

We thank God for the years that we enjoyed the friendship and support of Pastor Swai.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God’s comfort, guidance, and provision for Pastor Swai’s widow and children.

approval of the registration of our secondary school.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

The children had a wonderful four-week break from school with nearly ninety percent going for two weeks to visit close relatives. All came back on time and in good health.

We were blessed with a team of five short-term missionaries who led two weeks of various GAMES activities for the children after their return from family visits.

Praises:

Praise God that the children had good times on their family visits.

Praise God for friends at the local hospital who help us when we need emergency care for a child.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

one teen who is in the hospital fighting appendicitis.

safety for our secondary students who are still walking to the government school early every morning.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

The second half of the school year is off to a strong start after teachers and students enjoyed a four-week break in June.

Our teachers are encouraged that our Standard VII students scored fourteenth out of the 126 primary schools in our district on the mock national exams, further providing evidence that the classical education model prepares students for success, even on national exams.

We are continually thankful for the rich learning materials that God has provided through Rafiki for students in pre-primary all the way through secondary school.

Praises:

God protected all of our teachers and students during the break and brought them back with enthusiasm for school.

God kept our soccer girls strong and healthy as they competed at the national sports competition in Mtwara and came back with third place, representing Rafiki and the Kilimanjaro region very well.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God to comfort and encourage our two precious day students, and their family, as they grieve the unexpected loss of their father, who was also a school board member and valued partner of Rafiki.

God to give us wisdom in preparing for a secondary school and help us to trust in his perfect timing for the registration.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

One of our promising students, who completed two years of our teacher training program, applied to a government teacher college since we have yet to successfully register ours. Not only was this student accepted into the college, she was placed in the third and final year of the course based on the excellent training she’d already received at Rafiki. We are so happy for this young woman, but all the more eager to be registered so that we can issue credentials to our own students.

Praises:

Our students are learning valuable skills while growing in their knowledge and love for God and His Word.

We thank God for opportunities He gives our students to use what they learn at RICE.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

personal spiritual growth in all of our students as they study God’s Word in the Rafiki Bible Study.

renewed progress on the path toward registration for RICE so that our graduates can be officially recognized as qualified teachers.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

The women are ready for the next order.

Praises:

The women continue to provide a community of support for each other in times of sickness and need.

The bowties were transported to the U.S. in June with a missionary who was traveling back to attend a conference.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

God to provide a way to transport the scrub tops and caps to the U.S.

interest from medical offices in the States for African fabric scrub tops and caps.

Uganda

Rafiki Village

Updates:

The rains have come and as a result we are enjoying cooler temperatures and a flourishing garden. The rains can also cause damage to the dirt roads surrounding the Village, but this has turned into a positive opportunity for our resident students to join the community in repairing the roads. A good service project!

Praises:

Three short-term missionaries served during the month of July and were a great help to the school and RICE programs.

Our beautiful Village grounds are marveled at by all who visit!

Prayer Request—Please pray for:

a fruitful time with the Home Office team that will be visiting at the end of August.

enriching, encouraging, and deep conversations to occur amongst the employees, missionaries and students (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

We had forty-seven residents go for homestay for two weeks of the three-week term break that started on June 22. The residents that stayed in the Village were involved in a variety of activities including study sessions, board game afternoons, special movie nights, basketball tournaments, gardening, harvesting work, cooking lessons, and helping with many jobs that are part of our daily life here at the Village. All of our residents returned safe and healthy from homestay and we have begun term three as of July 15.

Praises:

There are no health issues with any of our residents who went for homestay. All forty-seven returned safely.

Resident student Flavia, who had an eye procedure, is doing well and received a great progress report from her doctor. She has also been fitted for prescription glasses and reports that she can see better than ever! She is very thankful to Rafiki and to God for the treatments.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

our gardens to continue to produce well and for us to be successful in protecting them from the monkeys.

our students who are preparing for national exams coming up in November. These exams are very important in Uganda and we are encouraging our residents to study diligently.

Rafiki Education Program

Updates:

Term three is off to a great start! Long-awaited computer and language arts teachers joined the faculty; a new stream of preprimary one opened; and government inspection of the upper school is underway. We look forward to a great term of pursuing God’s truth, beauty, and goodness.

Praises:

We are thankful for the new computer and language arts teachers who joined our faculty.

Two picnic tables have been added to the school grounds and the teachers and students are utilizing them for outside study sessions.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

primary five to grade level twelve to improve their grades this term.

the teachers to continue to grow in respect and honor for the national school administration and their leadership in the school.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

We are working with the Westminster Christian Institute Uganda to finalize a response to the questions and comments from the Ugandan National Council of Higher Education regarding Westminster’s application to bring the RICE campus under its accreditation.

The RICE program has started the third term and the students have returned with enthusiasm.

Praises:

Almost all the students have returned from term break, and we have an additional seven new students.

Repairs and cleaning have been done to the RICE building in preparation for the new term and we have received new books for our library. In God’s providence, we are being visited by a short-term missionary who is a librarian and is getting our library in great shape.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

a successful reception of our responses to the inquiries from the Ugandan National Council of Higher Education at their next meeting in August.

protection from accidents and illness of all students during the remainder of term three and especially for one of our students who is struggling with an illness.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

The Uganda Rafiki Widows Program craftswomen have completed all outstanding orders.

Praises:

Many of the craftswomen in our various groups keep in touch as they wait and pray for new orders.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

encouragement for the Rafiki Exchange marketing team in their efforts.

Zambia

Rafiki Village

Updates:

Peace reigns in Rafiki Village Zambia. The Lord continues to bless us with protection and provision. His word from the Psalms is being read and heard throughout the Village.

We are blessed to introduce the work of Rafiki to a short-term missionary, Lindsay Bardin, and appreciate her helping hands.

Praises:

We are thankful for consistent and good internet connection through microwave antennae.

The Lord is working out some conflict that has arisen amongst the staff and using it to draw some to depend on Him more.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

prosperous and profitable visits for six short-term missionaries who came in July.

a planned outreach to the Rafiki staff and the community to present “Farming God’s Way”.

Rafiki ChildCare Program

Updates:

All children and Rafiki Mothers were blessed to attend a celebration/worship service commemorating 120 years of the Reformed Church in Zambia.

Praises:

We rejoice over thirteen young ladies and gentlemen confessing their faith in Christ in baptism.

We see perseverance in the instruction and discipline for respectful, godly behavior.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

our children to put full effort in their school work as the third term of school begins.

our older children, especially, to understand the importance of obedience and respect of those in authority over them.

Rafiki Education Program

Praises:

We are thankful for the Rafiki Bible Study which is nearing the end of the book of Psalms.

God’s protection and provision of strength during this school term.

Praise God for the opportunities for our older students to participate in co-curricular activities (sports, academic competitions) with other schools.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

a good, smooth beginning for term three and for the students to adjust quickly to the routine of school and study.

perseverance, determination, and success for all students, especially those taking national exams later this year.

Rafiki Advanced Learning Institute Program

Updates:

We are halfway through our second term. We have a brand new 1A class that has taken a LOT of work but we are finally seeing them come along and do well on nearly all tests, papers, and exams.

We have had to challenge five students with academic pressures. They seem to be responding well to the “challenge”, but we continue to monitor carefully. All other forty-three students seem to be doing well.

We have a total of forty-eight students this term in levels 1A, 2C, 3A, 3C, and 3D. We have been led to start another 1A class if God brings them in.

Praises:

God has blessed us with getting to the half way mark this term well. We have had several serious challenges so far—academic warnings, plagiarism issues, and serious health issues as one boy has gone blind in one eye suddenly! But we have seen God work in so many ways—including this week’s diploma issue but now we have good, certified diplomas for our past graduates!

We really are working hard this term and with two assistants no less! God is good and He is keeping us in good spirits and good shape as we continue to tackle the term's work load.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

us to be strong deans of RICE and to encourage the students to learn as much as they can to become future teachers in Zambia.

Karen as she teaches music to 1A students and for Richard as he teaches art to 1A students.

all students to stay on the steady strong track for the next five weeks.

the five marginal students to continue to succeed or realize this is not for them.

us to have regular, steady internet. It has been a very difficult month with virtually no outside communication for us.

Rafiki Widows Program

Updates:

Judy Stokes and her five sewing students have completed twelve weeks of training. The ladies are progressing in their skill and confidence in various sewing projects. They are facing challenges with reduced electrical supply and sewing machines requiring frequent adjustments.

Judy and the ladies made a visit to a women's group at a church outside of Lusaka and taught basic hand sewing skills, shared the gospel, and joined them in a time of worship.

Judy and the ladies are discussing how to continue their sewing training after Judy's planned departure in August.

Praises:

All of the students and Judy have been able to attend consistently for the past twelve weeks.

The students have a good attitude despite various trials.

Judy and the ladies had a successful outreach to a women's group outside of Lusaka.

Prayer Requests—Please pray for:

wisdom for planning for the ladies continued training after Judy's departure.

wisdom for Judy in planning training with reduced power available.

solutions to keep sewing machines in proper working order.