Category Archives: Prayer

Erin In The Hospital For Two-Days

Saturday morning Erin went to the emergency room with a rapid onset of a strange numbness and swelling in her face. The ER couldn’t figure out what it was so they admitted her to the hospital. Following a few tests and consultations the doctors came to the conclusion that Erin was allergic to a prescription medication she had been taking for almost a year.

The attending physician kept Erin in the hospital for two nights to monitor her condition. The swelling, which was focused on her upper lip, increased dramatically (no, we won’t be sharing the most extreme pictures), but by Monday morning all the swelling and numbness had subsided. The doctor changed her medication and released her from the hospital. Erin is feeling fine and has an appointment with a specialist.

It was very scary in the beginning and we appreciate your concern and prayer. Erin is back to sleeping normal and exercising. Praise God.

Pray Through May, 2017

We are calling all prayer warriors to action. May is going to be a very busy month for the Pettengill family and our ministry in Equatorial Guinea. We covet your prayers and value the role you play in God’s work in Central Africa.

As Paul said in his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2)

Please print this PRAYER CALENDAR and tape it to your computer, refrigerator, or dashboard and pray each day for God’s work in Equatorial Guinea. Send the prayer calendar out via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter to share with your friends, family, and at church.

Farewell To Our Missionary Teammates

We are both saddened and thrilled to announce our fellow missionaries, the Carter family, have left our ministry in Equatorial Guinea. Jason, Lisa, and their three awesome boys have been forced to permanently return to the U.S. due to health issues. Last week, Jason and Lisa returned to Equatorial Guinea, packed up their home, said many tearful goodbyes, and flew back to the U.S.

It is thrilling to announce that Jason has been hired as the new head pastor at Trinity Wellsprings Church in Satellite Beach, FL. This a wonderful calling for the Carter family and it is exciting to know they will continue to minister to others, and will be closer to the medical resources their family needs.

It is sad for us as the Carters were the only other missionaries associated with our IBCP seminary. They had been in Equatorial Guinea serving as WEC missionaries for most of the last 15 years. They were experienced in Africa and they were involved in the early days of the ministry. We came to EG to work alongside the Carters and be guided by their wisdom. We were excited to work with the Carters, and to be honest, we never would have joined the ministry if they weren’t here. But, God’s plan is perfect. In the end, we actually only got to serve alongside the Carters for our first two months. Since June of 2016 we have been flying solo as the Carters were in the U.S. tending to unforeseen medical needs.

Please pray for the Carters. Their hearts are breaking as they are forced to leave Equatorial Guinea and a culture they intended to serve for many years to come. Pray for them as they move their family to Florida. And, pray for Jason as he loves and serves the new culture to which God has called him. Pray God, the perfect physician, will care for their family.

Pray for Erin and Mike and the national run IBCP Seminary. Pray we all work well together to serve this culture and glorify God. Pray Mike and Erin lean on God as he continues to help them to maneuver the culture and love the people we serve. This is a hard environment in which to live. It is even harder to do without experienced mentors.

30 Days Of Prayer In November

wp_20161023_009November is MTW’s “30-Days Of Prayer” for missions. In an effort to provide you with an easy way to pray for the Pettengill family, and the people we serve, we are providing you with a daily prayer guide for the month of November.

Please download and print THIS CALENDAR and pray each day for God’s work in Equatorial Guinea. We are asking you to pass it out at your church, put it in your church bulletin and give it to your friends and family. Tape it to your computer screen, refrigerator or dashboard and pray every day. Post the calendar on your blog and forward it via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

Our ministry is not simply our family. You, our prayer warriors and supporters, are just as valuable as the missionaries on the ground. The Pettengills were called by God to go, and you are called by God to pray. Together we will serve God’s purpose for his work in Equatorial Guinea.

Honest Update On Our Little Family

img-20161004-wa0001In the past year God has placed a few thorns in our family’s side. Unlike, Paul, we shouted, “Ouch. Stop it God. No, take it away.” God, in his perfect wisdom, has pushed and pushed and always has been there waiting to receive us when we are ready to trust him. Some of the thorns were obviously hard, and other bits surprised us with their sting.

In the past year Maddy has had the rollercoaster ride of learning how to deal with some speedbumps. Her struggles have been hard on all of us, mostly on her. But, while our beautiful blue college junior has not left her problems behind, she has developed the skills to subdue them and learned how to trust herself and Christ. Her GPA has earned her academic scholarships, she is owning her Christian faith and politics and honestly becoming a pretty amazing adult. Her art is reaching new levels, she has great friends and she even communicates daily with her parents. It has been a hard 18 months, but we couldn’t ask for more in a daughter.

wp_20160912_023Erin and Mike followed God’s leading away from Central America to Central Africa. We underestimated how hard it was going to be on us to say goodbye to the home and friends and ministry we had created in the previous 8 1/2 year. When we arrived in Honduras in 2008 it was just the three of us. With the help of dozens of amazing teammates, dozens of nationals and thousands of stateside partners God used us to create something amazing that was truly part of our souls. It was hard to say goodbye, it was just as hard to say hello to a new culture and a new ministry in Africa. The language, culture, food, government, etc. are very different here and that has been hard to adjust to.

wp_20161012_003In March Erin’s father unexpectedly died less than a month before we left for Africa. Her mom died three years earlier and the loss of her second parent hit her hard. The death made everything around us harder to adjust to.

Erin experienced two unforeseen health issues in the past eight months that caused some stress and required her to return to the U.S. for a few medical procedures. It is almost all over, but it added to the anxiety.

While we have been very busy and active during our nearly seven months in Africa, it almost feels like we are just now hitting our stride. Our only missionary teammates left for the U.S. two months after our arrival, so much of our learning has been on our own. We spent much of the first few months setting up our home, doing language learning, taking exploratory trips and studying and translating for our seminary classes. The seminary started the fall semester six weeks ago and we are busy teaching classes, preaching, hosting medical clinics, doing admin work for the seminary and more.

Death, drama, trauma, sickness, culture shock, saying goodbye, saying hello, and distance are all hard things. But, being all rolled into one 12-month period is a lot to handle. We are starting to breath and are getting closer to “normal” and hitting our stride. We aren’t quite 100% emotionally and spiritually and we could use your love, prayer and support.