Sunday, May 26

Hanneke Cost Budde, Tanzania

“Thanks to all our supporters who help me with prayers and financial support which pays for the kids’ schooling and their basic needs. God is so good!!” Hanneke thanks God for a lovely time with the kids at home. They are performing well at their schools or, in Mahona’s case, enjoying his new teaching job. Pray for Ngassa as he tends to make unwise decisions. “Pray for my health. Pray for stamina.”

Sylvia Dresser

May 23

"Everything went well with my heart operation today. Thanks for praying. I'm home but still feeling stupid from the anesthetic."

Hanneke Cost Budde

May 17

"Hi again! Yes I was feeling better but now I am not doing so well. I think my Covid came back with a vengeance. Feeling tired, sweaty, congested. Just love my bed! I had to skip my classes today. Thanks for your prayers!

"But some good news: This is Mfaume's first day of his research project [photo] as a pharmacist."

Carluci & Christina dos Santos

May 16

We praise God for the good number of attendants and the great time studying the letter of Paul to Philemon, in Toronto (April 26-27), and in Montreal (April 29-30).
We had about 50 participants at the workshop in Toronto and nearly 30 in Montreal. We are very encouraged for we had several pastors join us in both workshops and have their support to start the small preaching groups in their churches. Three of them (including myself) already have started these small groups associated with our local churches. As you can see in the picture we have several ladies and young men also attending the workshops and accepting the challenge of becoming expository preachers of the Word of God.

Please pray for the logistics of setting up and keeping these preaching groups ongoing.

Since March, I have been able to attend five prayer breakfasts. I was at the Toronto Prayer breakfast in March; and at the Canadian National Christian leaders breakfast, in Ottawa. PM Justin Trudeau and Pierre Polievere (leader of the Opposition) also attended that breakfast (along with other MPs) and they all heard the gospel and songs of worship. I also attended three prayer breakfasts with Spanish leadership in the GTA), one every month. There is a sense of the need to ask God for forgiveness and to work towards Christian unity. God is moving in our midst! 

Sylvia Dresser

May 14

Remember Sylvia: "They cancelled my heart operation for the May 9th and it is now scheduled for May 23rd, Apparently they wanted a different type of valve than usual. Guess that's because I'm a bit odd??"

Luke ^ Yuko Elliot

May 11

We are painfully conscious that this Prayer Letter is long, long overdue and apologize for the drought of information. For a short while after our last Prayer Letter in November it didn't seem that there was really much to report and then, all at once, it seemed that there was much too much to report and every effort to write it down and select photos ended with me being overwhelmed by some new project.

Mary Jane Fandrich

To Die For

Key lime pie and chocolate mint ice cream, ‘to die for’.

Some would wear a bomb filled belt and make Islam to die for.

God’s word by Zechariah says, “Not by might nor by power, but by my
Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. That’s the prophet Zachariah, son of Berekiah,
whom Jesus notes, was murdered in the temple for his witness about 500 years
before Jesus’ arrival. The prophet Micah about 200 years before Zechariah
predicts the details of the coming of a ruler, from a minor town called Bethlehem,
in Judah. Matthew in Jesus Messiah’s time tells us that an entourage from the
East arrived with politically disturbing news asking for the whereabouts of the
birth of the King of the Jews. They were directed to Bethlehem, because that’s
where the prophet said He would be born, a short trip from Jerusalem.
A researcher named Luke of the same time records the reports (which he could
have received from Mary, mother of Jesus) that Jesus, the Savior, was born and
witnessed by shepherds after a huge angelic alert to the happening.

So why all these details? Believing all this stuff is not automatic. One individual
Insisted that he would not believe until he had visual and tactile proof. To him Jesus
said “ Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” John 20:29
This week is Mother’s Day celebration in Beirut, and the American Women’s Club
was planning a lovely luncheon. Via WhatsApp, I wished I could join them in more
than just spirit, and I shared that I had warm memories of my grandparent’s home
in Bab Touma, Damascus. There was a quick response from two of them that they
had been in Bab Touma, so I shared with them the text of Jesus interaction with
Thomas and texted the passage from John 20. I just happened to have been
memorizing it in Arabic that morning.
We who have believed without seeing are blessed indeed.


Enjoy a few minutes to review this YouTube video-testimony of Mahona completed five years ago. The message remains strong. Mahona now is a teacher and spends his evenings working at a children's orphanage.

Mary Jane Fandrich

April 26

Bless you! It's prayers like yours that keep me going.
Hamas hit my neighborhood hard. Some doors closed. One gentleman of long acquaintance dropped in as he always used to do (between trips back to Yemen or wherever) and suddenly in our conversation jumped up furious, eyes blazing,
and stormed for the door, then caught himself, turned and stuck out his hand to shake good bye.

I haven't heard from him since, but think I may. It was early on in the retaliatory Israeli response, and I mentioned "Better not to attack someone bigger than yourself ", which didn't process well for him. I had mentioned that that was what we learned in kindergarten. (Do I sound like a dumb American?) My frequence using UBER is about twice a day, and every third driver is Muslim, which has offered opportunities for rich conversations, and scripture if they speak Arabic. By the day after the Hamas attack, no Muslim UBER drivers have turned up. Did they all quit out of fear or did the company call them off driving? Don't know.

February, March I had some poor health that made life challenging, but seem to have gotten over it. By March, my family decided that they didn't want me living alone in the neighborhood, and we booked a Senior Independent Living place. It's working out well, takes some time to adjust. The new place: Reserve at Dallas, has a mixed crowd, a number of committed Christian women and a good contingent of Jews, not messianic. Most are still fully capable, some not. We have at least three that are 100 years old, and still coming and going. Currently ladies 60 odd to 85+ are running a very successful large garage sale. The proceeds are given to the unsalaried staff at Christmas.

Meanwhile, there are still visits to Afghani neighbors, and others back in the old place. Pray that these continued connections will bear fruit. I have about bi-weekly contact with the secretary of HOH and the former staff member who pastors a church in Sidon. I also keep close touch with a group in the American Women's Club ' Bookies'. We read and discuss some interesting stuff. Also here in Dallas, I'm currently reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Keep praying that the Holy Spirit will move mightily amongst the people in the two very large mosques here. Their fear and darkness are appalling. 

Carluci dos Santos

April 26

Meeting at Celebration Presbyterian Church, Toronto, with the leaders of escuelitas (small biblical expository circles associated). On my left is Alex Chang from Peru. The ministry of expository preaching in Canada is being supported by Langham preaching Latin America as a ministry to the Spanish diaspora. Today and tomorrow we will have a workshop on the book of Philemon, focusing on preaching epistles. On Monday and Tuesday we will be in Montreal to do the same workshop.

Canada Institute of Linguistics  


There is cheetah 🐆 around our college campus. He has caught some animals, so we need to be careful especially at night.
Now the Serengeti is our college 😄😄!
I'm trying to be careful, but there some bushes from school to my home.
Especially at night--like now! 

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