Every day our students are learning new English words. We document their growing vocabulary on our Center walls with multi-colored sticky notes, which serve as great conversation starters throughout the course. Please pray that our students will grow in confidence in their speaking and in awareness of our Father. This morning one of our team members led all of us in praying for a fellow teammate. Join us in asking that many seeds will be planted during our time together, and that nothing would hinder their growth.
We’ve had a great start to our two-week English course–thank you for praying! Please continue to lift up the students and teachers as we spend time together building friendships and English skills. May our conversations go deeper as we share stories from our lives over the coming days.
The pattern of this walkway caught my attention and reminded me of the story in Matthew 13 of the farmer scattering seed. We often feel like we are doing just the same here in the city, and this photo is a good illustration of what we experience. Some of the connections we form are like cement–there is no response. But others are like the little patches of grass in the photo, and we see the thrilling signs of new life and growth. Please keep praying for “new patches of grass” as we connect with people here!!
This is an example of the “benches” at the park by our house. They don’t exactly beckon us to come and sit on them…especially on a cold day! But, when my children are playing so well on the slides and making obstacle courses, I do love just sitting and watching…and ‘being’. This has been a season for many of us on the team to learn to “sit” better. To meet with God in a deeper way. He has provided ways for us to engage with each other and with challenging messages to go deeper into His word. Sometimes, it’s hard to sit. Location and geography hardly make a difference– everyone has a park bench to photograph! How do you “sit” and meet with God? Would you pray for our team as we seek Him first? Would you pray for our hearts to quiet easily before Him?
One of our favorite parts about the Christmas/New Year’s season here is that it is a great time to get together with friends! Most people have some time off, and it’s always interesting to share different traditions. This year was no exception when we had our good friends over. Mari and Nana are a daughter and mother who have been an incredible encouragement to us in our time here. On December 23rd, they lost their Grandma – the third lady in the three-generational home. This lady, Grandma, was mostly bed-ridden and didn’t talk much. Somehow, in our different visits, she had seen me enough to give me a nickname: ბეღურა (beghura), meaning sparrow. A few weeks after her death, Mari and Nana came over. This is the cookie Nana decorated. She borrowed our tweezers and spelled out ბეღურა with sprinkles!
Would you pray for Mari and Nana as they continue to deal with the grief of losing a Grandma (and mother)?
For the fourth year in a row, we will be hosting a two-week, intensive English course in February. Please be in prayer for this very special time with students, and join us in praising God for what He has already done!!
- We already have 19 students registered! We hope to have 24 attend!
- There is a great mix of students: some we already know and others that we don’t, locals and people from nearby, closed countries, and a range of ages as well!
- Four of us teach at a local university, and we have been praying for those students to become more connected at the Center. As of now, 4 of them have registered! Please join us in praying that they do attend, and that those relationships grow.
- This will be the first intensive in our new Center. Praise God for such great space!!
- Please pray for the 5 short-term team members joining us: Emily, Brian, Jen, Charlotte, and Jim.
- Finally, we desire that our students know Christ. Please pray for wisdom, boldness, opportunities, and the work of the Holy Spirit as we pour into these men and women.
Please join us in praying these verses this month! Pray for believing leaders of the national religion to be bold and courageous in proclaiming the Truth.
“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.” John 12: 42-43