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!
"These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever" Joshua 4:7b
Theresa Kerns reflected on the use of stones as a memorial from Joshua 4 in her latest update. After the Lord parted the Jordan River for the Israelites to cross, He commanded Joshua to have one man from each of the tribes of Israel select a stone from the riverbed. They piled them up at the location they camped by the river. The stones were intended as a reminder of the Lord's ability to do the impossible. In what ways has the Lord worked mightily on your behalf and in your life? Hearing some of the stories from JV camps this year, the Lord has worked in remarkable ways there also!
Please be in Prayer
The JV Fall Conference is fast approaching. The theme will be Good News: Hope-filled Answers for the iGeneration. As you can imagine it will be a current and applicable topic for the JV workers. Please be in prayer for them during this time.
The summer craziness has ended, but Heidi would like prayer transitioning into the more structured fall ministry schedule. Please be in prayer for direction for her as her internship only has a couple months left. She also asks for prayers that the Lord would fill her with creativity and joy in the gifts he has given--that he would strengthen and enable her in the tasks before her.
Claire was a part of the planning and teaching team for the JV Kids Camp. They studied Ephesians 5:1-21 "Walking Worthy". Please be in prayer for these kids, that the word of God would root itself deep in their hearts and that they would walk worthy in their communities.
Also, as most of you are probably already aware, Karis Wadsack is engaged! Nate Jones proposed August 17th while Karis was visiting the states. We are so excited for them! They ask for prayers as they begin planning a wedding with an ocean between them.
These are just a few of the many things we can be in prayer for in the coming weeks. The Lord has surely been at work in the lives of His children this summer! May He receive all the glory!