Month: November 2017

Stomped But Not Crushed

I recently had the opportunity to go to a vineyard where we could pick grapes off the vine, then take what we gathered and stomp them to make our own fresh juice. Later as I sat and sipped the sweet juice it produced, I thought of how sometimes the sweetest moments come after we have endured what can feel like we’re being “stomped.”

God is doing some amazing things in the lives of our students here, and I believe our enemy is feeling threatened.  I personally have endured some pretty intense spiritual warfare lately. But in His goodness, He drew me back to His promises that “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair…..” Therefore we do not lose heart…for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all!”  2 Corinthians 4

Prayer Point: First Fridays

Every first Friday, our team hosts a university event at our Center. This month, we had an egg theme complete with egg games, an egg drop, and the chicken dance. Take a peek, and mark your calendars with a reminder to pray for our next even on December 1st!


                                                                       Supplies: 15 plastic cups.  4 rubber bands.  4 pieces of string.
Objective: CIMG_1327reate a cup pyramid without touching the cups.
The national motto for this country is “Strength in Unity,” so we offered a “teamwork task” at a recent student event.  Students were so excited when they came up with creative solutions and accomplished a task together.  Various personality types were on full display during this challenge, and using English was not easy for many of the participants.
May you experience tremendous unity in each team setting you find yourself…your family, your church, your workplace,  and your neighborhood.


Fun Fact Friday: Waste Not

On a recent trip to the junk yard for a car part, I was struck by the reality that nothing goes to waste in this country.  Mechanics strip old cars to fill their stores with  partsIMG_2778 for people to buy.  I searched from store to store holding out the part I needed until one worker brought me to an old car, and stripped it down in front of me to get the right part. It was a new experience at the car market!

Prayer Point: Peace and Protection


In a country that has experienced invasion after invasion, it’s easy to understand the anxiety that abounds here. Unsure about the future, people often don’t believe that they can be certain of anything—including their eternity.

Prayer Points:

—Pray for protection for this place. That despite terrorism all around, it will stay open and free.

—Pray for true Peace to reign in people’s hearts, and for the spirit of anxiety to be crushed and replaced with Hope.

—Pray for protection for our team and our children as we serve. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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