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Prayer Point: Standing Room Only

IMG_4450 2Last Thursday night we had a record-setting evening–34 students showed up at our Thursday night class! That’s more than double our usual number (almost triple!).  Please join us in praising God for each one who attended. This number is a testimony to what He’s doing–people brought friends, family members, neighbors, and one guy showed up because he’s in our city on vacation!  As we prepare for the week ahead, please be in prayer. The discussion topic is “Are You Happy?,” and we are longing for our students to find true happiness! May the Holy Spirit guide us as we teach!

 

On Guard!

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This flock of sheep gathered by a river that smelled like toxic waste, but they did not even seem to notice. Let’s pray for one another as we seek to live lives of holiness in a world full of darkness–that we will stay alert and aware!

Glimpse of the City: Proceed with Caution!

Sit down gently.  Get up slowly.

(Note: Right after I took this picture, there were people actually using this seesaw).

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Prayer Point: Thriving

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Brick walls are man-made and only as strong as the materials used. This tree found a way to grow and thrive despite the obstacle in its way. As new creations in Christ, we have His life and power of  in us. That’s great news–we can thrive, even through the obstacles that life throws our way. Please pray that our team will walk in this truth, and that our local friends will be forever changed by Giver of all good gifts!

Light of the World

Our team had the privilege of traveling to Athens this summer for a week of spiritual and relational renewal.  One day we visited the ancient Acropolis, and I was fascinated by all the lights I saw around the grounds.  In the blazing afternoon sun, they were an afterthought and hardly noticeable.  When the sun dropped below the horizon and the sky grew dark, those lights went to work and the result was spectacular.
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Jesus reminds each of His followers that “you are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under basket.  Instead they set it on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).” May our lives illuminate and glory our Father in heaven!

 

Fun Fact Friday: Leadership

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This year the Lord has opened doors to an exciting new aspect of ministry: leadership development.  There are five local members of the first cohort that launched this spring and they meet weekly with Team Green coaches.  Mentoring relationships are much more common in the US than here–this is a very new idea and unknown territory that has led to deeper conversations and relationships.
In addition to the weekly one-on-one sessions, there are quarterly seminars where the entire cohort gathers together for a presentation on leadership from an expert in the field.  Recently, we gathered for dinner at a local restaurant and enjoyed learning about leadership styles from a pastor that was visiting from the US.  The whiteboard was covered with diagrams and illustrations about leadership and the resulting dialogue was helpful for each of the attendees. Our latest guest is a judge in Ohio, and he shared his expertise on decision making.
Pray that God continues to open hearts and use this leadership development ministry in the lives of our network of relationships here!

Prayer Point: Life

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During Soviet times, abortion was a common method of birth control. This practice continues today, along with gender selection by means of early ultrasound and termination. We know that many women carry with them great pain and guilt, and we long to see them and this nation find healing.

Prayer Points:

—Pray for people’s eyes to be opened to the reality of lives being ended through abortion.

—Pray that we can display a love and value for all life and all people.

—Pray that we can minister to women who have chosen abortion—that they would find healing and redemption through Christ.

 “This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by myself,” Isaiah 44:24

Praying for the Harvest

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I’m not much of a gardener, but I want to be. I set out to have a garden on my back patio, and I imagined that I would have baskets and baskets of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and spinach by the end of the summer!  I even thought I’d get enough pumpkins so each child on the team could come and pick their own.  Um… I have picked a tomato and a zucchini.  My plants are done….that’s it.
I got to thinking about the “harvest” here.  This isn’t exactly how I thought my experience overseas would look.  As I type, I’m a part of a small group, where we are discussing the Bible.  We were hoping for 7-8 people.  We have 2.  God has been good and these are the two He has chosen for this chapter.  We are moving forward with faith that His harvest is in His hands.  We also believe that the harvest is moved by prayer – will you continue to pray that God will grow the harvest here?

Prayer Point: Welcome!!

We are so excited to welcome a new full-time team member on Wednesday evening (our time)! Please pray for her as she travels and settles into life here in GM!

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Praise Him!

Look what God has done!! Thank you for praying, here’s just a little of what happened at the two-week intensive:

–We saw a lot of growth and improvement in our students’ conversational English. Everyone did very well on their presentations, and even smiled and laughed along the way!

–We reconnected with one student who had formerly attended a COF group. During the course of the intensive she shared some struggles with a team member. In turn, that team member was able to share her story of redemption, and challenge the student to ask God for help. The student did, and reported that as soon as she cried out to God she felt at peace. Please continue to lift Sofia up as she makes decisions and turns to God.

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–Three students expressed interest in reading the Bible, and were invited to a COF group. We are so excited to hear how God has been stirring in their hearts! Please join us in praying for these three young women–that they will be able to join us this Friday night!

–During the culture presentations, several students shared about how Jesus is important to them during Christmas. One believing student, whose topic was Easter, shared the heart of the Gospel during her presentation! Praise God!

–There’s so much more that we could list: deeper conversations about why we’re here, praying with a student for a sick family member, concerns and hope shared, connections made–He is so good and He is at work!!! Thank you for being a part of it!

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