Prayer is like Oxygen


A Word from Curt:  Prayer!
It’s true. Prayer is like oxygen.
We must have it to survive spiritually.
We thank you for your praying.

Your prayer is like oxygen for those of us in Africa.

We simply cannot make it without you lifting us up.

Pray for God’s guidance, vision, and protection.

Pray often!

Pray passionately!

We beg for focused prayer for the work here.

Key Prayer Need:  Wisdom and open doors as we begin drilling boreholes (water wells) among the South Sudanese in Uganda’s refugee camps.
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“Praying is not the only thing you can do,

but it is always the most important.”

These are our current prayer needs:

My wife DeDe serves as our Chadan cluster prayer advocate.  Here, in story form and her words, are our greatest needs.


A great crowd pressing around a man

Main Characters: 

  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God
  • Woman—sick for 12 years—poor spent all her money on physicians and no better-weak from losing blood for 12 years


  • Problem-hopeless woman
  • Essential detail-“She had heard reports about Jesus” Mark 5:26 ESV
  • Climax
  • she makes a decision to risk touching God
  • Solution
  • immediate and complete healing

On our recent trip to northern Uganda we saw hundreds of refugees in deep need and hopeless situations.

That is only a small portion of the story; there are thousands.

They are fleeing people from their own country and leaving everything behind.  As you know there are many physical needs.  However the most urgent need is for God to walk among them and give the complete healing that only He can give.

Notice the essential detail in the plot.  This is the part of the story where it ends for people from an unreached unengaged people group.

DeDe with Storying Cloth

In the Chadan cluster there are 118 such people groups.  Strategies were underway, people were planning (and some are) to live in the country and then war broke out.

We, the Chadan Cluster in Sub-Saharan Africa, are in desperate need for desperate prayer.

Our cluster leader asked us to commit to a weekly time of prayer and fasting for a movement of God is South Sudan.

We are asking individuals, prayer groups, Bible study groups, and families to join us in this serious and urgent need. Please set aside a meal each Wednesday to focus prayer on South Sudan.



Pray for your IMB personnel:

David and Renee Crane-Cluster leaders

Echelon Team-Leader-Jeremy and Susan Taliaferro and their children: Victory, Memphis, and Ember.  They live in NE Uganda.

  •  Robert and Maridith Lane, son Shepherd-living in the country
  • Selvin and Laurel Jeremiadoss, and children: Abigail and Daniella-living in the country.
  •  Jonathon and Holly Lesley-on stateside but will return to Kenya soon

Echelon Team members also in Uganda: Ervin and Connie Andy (Ready Reserve); and Jeff and Elaine Johnson (long term volunteers)

Engagement Team-Bob and Nancy Calvert, Team Leaders

  • Curt and DeDe Iles

Toposa Team- Shannon and Carrie Lewis-Benton, Davis, and Walker-living in country

Pray for South Sudan

  • Peace
  • Local Pastors
  • Work in refugee camps
  • Wisdom in travel to the country

Pray for you and your church:

  • What would God have you do so that these tribes will hear reports about Jesus?


“Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31




Psalm 40:16-17 “Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love your salvation continually say, ‘The Lord is great!’ I am afflicted and needy; the Lord thinks of me.  You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.

 Thank you for praying.  You prayed for the branch of the Dina in South Sudan and for two missionary families with young children to be able to move there. They are now in their homes.  Recently seventy-five people from this tribe were baptized.

As you know this country is in great turmoil.  Continue to lift up these new believers and these young families as they serve the God of salvation and our helper.  Pray they are constantly aware that the Lord is thinking of them, that He helps, and He delivers.


DeDe Iles


Chadan Cluster

Title: Unreached People Groups-Dinka and Nuer

Category: Request


Isaiah 18:2 “Go swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and near, a powerful nation with a strange language, whose land is divided by rivers.”

 Messengers came to the nation and more had plans to come.  Then war broke out.  Pray for the IMB missionaries that serve in South Sudan.  Pray for the national pastors of may different tribes that have sacrificed and trained to reach these unreached tribes, and pray for the churches in American that are praying about engaging South Sudan which is hungry for the gospel.


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