Last week, I had the pleasure of spending several hours with a new friend as she taught me this traditional handicraft (we’re making a wool scarf!). Her love for the art shone through in her care and attention to detail. These opportunities to build relationships and share His love are answers to your prayers, and we are so thankful!
As we walk through this city, not only do we pass many people in the streets and see the hurting and pain “written” on their faces….we can also see the words of brokeness and hopelessness expressed in graffiti. 19th century English poet, William Blake, expresses the tension between innocence and evil…we pray for His love and truth to overcome all doubt.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
Please pray for hearts of stone to be replaced with new hearts!
We recently spent a snowy day with one of our English students at a sledding hill. Several team kids were running up and down the hill, while we stood at the bottom and talked. It was fun to hear his memories of riding on the same hill as a kid years ago. We worked on conversing in our “weak” languages, and I found myself grateful for friendships that are safe places to make mistakes as we learn!
We hosted our monthly University event on February 6, 2015. Thank you for praying for the relationships we have begun with these students. They are just beginning a break over the month of February, representing a split between semesters.
One way that we are pursuing continued connections during this time is by hosting an English intensive course for the next two weeks. Our team and individuals from two other like-minded organizations will lead participants through a variety of activities and lessons. Please pray for God to use this time to begin new relationships, to strengthen existing bonds, and to make His name known.
What shape is a line? In this country, a line might best be represented by a circle. At a recent restaurant opening, people gathered in a cluster while waiting for the first customers to be served.
We’ve noticed that the older men here have a similar posture as they walk the streets of our city. Please join us in praying for the generations–old and young–as we walk alongside them each day.
Our family visited a town about 90 minutes away. There were street vendors around every corner, and the women at these tables were selling very cute, hand-made items. As we stopped at each table, we could tell they took pride in their crafts as they excitedly talked with us (they even gave the kids a gift). Please pray for boldness for us to share who we are excited about with those we meet.