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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VietnamThe "GO" Team
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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The "GO" Team
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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