Greetings from Steve and Sandy Aholt,

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. This Thursday will mark the last day before our retirement from ABWE. This truly is a short life that we live here, and only what is done for Christ will last. Live and witness for Christ daily!

Yesterday, we were made aware of two urgent prayer concerns:

1. Please pray for Vero. She is a pre-teen daughter of Mathew Taku, one of our Goroka Baptist Bible College (GBBC) graduates. Vero has two very severe sores on her right foot. Mathew sent me a photo. It has the appearance of MRSA – a flesh eating bacteria. She will likely lose her foot, leg, or life if that is the case or if proper treatment is delayed. They are at the nearest small hospital for treatment.

Please pray for wisdom for the doctor treating her to know what to do and to have the proper medicine and equipment to treat this. Please ask Jehovah Rapha – The LORD who heals – to heal her foot and strengthen her to get through this.

2. As you know, Bundi Baptist Church is a church that God allowed us to start in Papua New Guinea. Mathew is a convert who graduated from GBBC and returned to Bundi with his family to work as an evangelist in the that area – where six additional churches have been started. One of the deacons, Kasi, of Bundi Baptist, fell into sexual sins that have disqualified him as a deacon or pastor. Kasi refuses to admit to the allegations brought against him by several women. He is a fugitive from the law, and he is causing problems in the growth of the church in the Bundi area. Bundi Baptist has called Mathew as their pastor, but Kasi continually threatens violence against Mathew, his family, and other church members, if Mathew comes as their pastor. Mathew’s wife Priscilla died several years ago from severe cerebral meningitis. Her death left Mathew with the responsibility to raise and care for their children.

Please pray for God to remove this hindrance, Kasi, from the spread of the Gospel.

Just as a sore left untreated will become infected and will affect the whole body. Even so, the sin of one will affect the whole body of believers. Please live righteously and pray fervently about these two situation that are going on right now in Mathew’s life. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16b).

Listening for the trump,

Steve and Sandy Aholt