G.O. Team Quarterly Prayer Meeting

Two weeks ago, we had our quarterly prayer meeting in the Fireside room to seek the Lord's goodness on behalf of our global outreach ministries.  If you were unable to join us, please consider praying on your own time or inviting others to join you in lifting up these requests before the Lord.

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Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

It was May 16th when Heidi Ansiel set out for her Josiah Venture Internship in Slovenia with the new communications team there. She served in the local church in the city of Celje to disciple youth and equip them to fulfill the great commission (especially through Fusion). Additionally, she served on the communications team to support their work of inviting students in the community to Fusion and English camps.

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Praise Born Through Trial

It was two years ago that our church received a concerning email from Eitan and Orit Kashtan, our missionaries in Israel. There had been a fire in their home started by some bad electrical wiring. Much of their home had to be rebuilt and the Kashtans spent several months renting an apartment in Tel Aviv. Yet, I remember their initial email telling us about the fire. After giving the practical details of what had happened and what needed to be done, they ended with thanksgiving.

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From Summer Ministry to Autumn Harvest

With the cooling weather, the shortening days, and kids back in school, it is clear summer is hastening to an end. And while I am tempted to bemoan the eventual loss of warm sunny days, my inbox has been filling with updates from some of our Josiah Venture global partners. They are updates that recount stories of the clear work of God in the lives of young people in central and eastern Europe this summer. These stories represent a different kind of harvest time. One I can't wait to tell you a little about!

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VBS in Artashat

Earlier this summer Grace Church donated $300 toward the VBS program at Grace Baptist church in Artashat. Pastor Ray was able to deliver this money in person during his recent trip to Armenia. Early last week we received an email from Asatur with pictures from their week of VBS.

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An Update from the Kashtans

One thing you can count on with Eitan and Orit, they always seem to be juggling multiple projects at a time. It is incredible listening as they recount the latest project at HaChotam Publishing House, the most recent conference they are planning, the next youth group camping trip--each deadline approaching one right after the other.

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HBC's First Graduating Class

This June Hanoi Bible College will hold its first ever graduation. This establishes a landmark event in their history that we pray will continue for years and decades to come -- the sending of young men and women impassioned and equipped with the Gospel message into the towns and cities of Vietnam.

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God’s Faithfulness through the Ups and Downs of Life

“Life is a storm my young friend, you will bask in the sunlight one moment be shattered on the rocks the next.” These are words spoken by Edmund Dantes in the movie rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I think we can all resonate with Edmund’s words. Life is filled with turbulence of experiences and emotions which threaten to rob us of peace and joy.

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Update from the Hoglunds

In a recent update from Jon and Andrea Hoglund, we learned about the Lunar New Year (known as Tet) celebrated on February 5th in Vietnam. There are many fun, celebratory elements to this holiday, but also much superstition in the observance of it.

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Interns in Slovenia!

There are many voices and pulls competing to claim the identity and capture the love of these young people. In just 10 years, the percentage of Slovenes who professed to be Catholic dropped from 90% to 46%. This incredible fluctuation only points to the volatility of the overall conviction in the hearts of the people.  This is where the Lord of the harvest steps in to make His move (Matthew 9:38)!

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