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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SloveniaHeidi Ansiel
Slovenia Team 2018

Our team includes four people who have been to Slovenia before and seven who have not. It is made up of five guys and six gals. We have seven high schoolers going this year, two college age students, and two post college . . . ummm . . . people - it is debatable as to whether they are adults yet.

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Pray for the Bigelows

This past June we had the exciting opportunity to hear from Matt and Susan Bigelow. Matt and Susan were a part of our Global Outreach focus month and brought a mission report on their time in South Africa from 2016-2017. At that time, they had hoped to return to Cape Town, South Africa in June 2018 to take part in local church planting in Cape Town. However, due to unanticipated health issues that have arisen for their family, they will be needing to postpone further planning to return to South Africa.

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Prayers for Tyler and Lara Patty

We rejoice with Tyler and Lara who have reached 100% of their monthly support! In less than a month, the Lord provided the last 10%, answering their prayers that He would send them to the Czech Republic in January 2018. Their family flew out on January 17th.

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Now Accepting Slovenia 2018 Applications

Short-term missions have four subordinate aims in light of gathering Christ-worshippers. Short-termers go 1) to support, encourage, and edify Grace Church missionaries, 2) to prepare the ground for the potential establishment of a career missionary team, or church partnership, 3) in response to a discernible leading in their lives in pursuing a potential career ministry in missions, and 4) to become vibrant, passionate world-Christians who feel the urgency of the spread of the gospel.

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Christmas for our Global Outreach Partners

Each year, our church family likes to bless our Global Outreach partners with personalized christmas cards and a monetary gift.  There’s still a week left to sign the cards that are out in the church lobby.  You can also donate to their Christmas gift on CCB, by dropping payment in the offering boxes, or by leaving in the church office.

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Ray's Trip to Armenia

I arrived in Armenia very early Saturday morning Oct 7.  Sunday Oct 8, I preached at Central Baptist church in the capital Yerevan.  Asatur and I had lunch (lahmajo - kind of like a personal pizza) followed by baklava & coffee with their Youth Minister (Roman, a seminary student) and his unsaved brother-in-law.  Much of the time was spent in sharing the gospel with him.

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Global Outreach Prayer Overview

Yesterday, 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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Pray for Karis Wadsack

It has been a long, busy, but rewarding summer in Slovenia. After the Fusion camps that our Grace Church team was apart of, Karis took a weekend trip to Croatia with some believing friends for a much needed time of fellowship and R&R. She is now in the throws of the start of the school year, Fusion and JV planning for the year, continued discipleship and mentoring relationships with students from camp, and a JV conference in the Czech Republic.  Additionally, Karis received news last week that her grandfather had passed away. She flew home to Texas yesterday and will be there until the funeral on Saturday.  You can also be praying for...

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Report on the Worleys' Trip to Germany

Some 300 people were in attendance, several returning from as far away as western Canada. Representatives from four “adopted” churches were present. And thanksgiving was offered to God for them as well as several other house churches that benefit from sermon podcasts made available online. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were exalted in every expression, to the praise of God’s glorious grace.

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Germany, PrayerPastor Daryle Worley
Twenty Years of the Lord's Faithfulness in Germany

In 1997, Tim and Linda Kelly were sent out from Grace Church of DuPage to plant a church in Germany. Twenty years later, we rejoice with them in the clear and evident spiritual fruit the Lord has brought through their ministry. Pastor Daryle and Jean Worley along with Pastor Ray and Bobbi Glinski will be traveling to Germany this Thursday, September 14th. They look forward to joining with our brothers and sisters in Meine, celebrating the Lord's faithfulness to the Free Evangelical Church.

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Speedy Recovery & Effective Ministry

Prayer Requests for this Week:

  • Please join with us in thanksgiving to our Lord for answered prayer and a speedy recovery for Pastor Nadaban.
  • Please continue to pray the Lord would strength and heal him.
  • Pray for the congregation of Pregeteria Baptist Church, that they would continue to see fruit born through their ministry in Arad, Romania.
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