Updates, Praises and Prayer Needs

GCE Advisory Team The last week of September our advisory team met for a few days to reflect on this past year and brainstorm for what could be next. The team exists to serve the network of churches in Europe in areas of equipping, expansion and events. This past year our equipping focused on pastoral care and trauma counseling. Having passion for our vision and development, I am thankful for the opportunity to participate and learn more ways to serve our network in tangible ways that we can see further steps taken.

GCE Leadership Summit There were about forty leaders gathered, a mixture of European and American, to dive deeper into Ephesians four. It was a great time to be together face to face, but of course we were missing our network from Ukraine. Thankful for the opportunity taken to have videos created by our Ukrainian leaders providing an update on their situation, and their lives personally. Having boots on the ground, all financial aid is given directly to trusted leadership to meet direct needs. Thankful for the team of volunteers that continues to oversee this work.

A new temporary roommate As you may be aware, there is great persecution if a Muslim decides to leave Islam. Through my friends, it has come to my attention there is a woman in need of temporary housing as her current situation is no longer safe for her. Please pray for her (we will call her Holly) in the transition to my place this week, for provision in long term need and for our ability to communicate.

Speaking of persecution… You may remember me asking for prayer for a Barbara a few months ago. Sadly, her family moved her back to Syria permanently and she wrote me last month saying she can no longer have any contact with me. Please continue to pray

for her, for protection and for Jesus to appear in dream guiding her on her way.

Friday Night Bible Study One of the prayers these past months of teams has been for a new discipleship group to start. It is happening! We have two young adults who are curious to learn more, have a safe place to process and figure out what steps they want to take in figuring out their beliefs. Please pray for N and A as they take steps forward. Pray for me to listen and love well.

Financial Update The Lord continues to provide for my needs and then some. With some of the gifts that have come in, I am no longer in the red zone for the moment. Still praying for 5 more financial partners averaging $100 a month. I will also be putting together my budget for next year and soon announce an end of the year goal to cover whatever remains for next year’s budget. So celebrate with me in how the Lord continues to provide for this work! If you are able and interested in joining the team, you can click here to get started.

It is a privilege to get to be about this work. It could not happen without the prayer and financial support as well as the friendship I have with so many of you. Let me know how you are doing. Let me know if you’d like a video call to catch up or to share about the work with a home group. It is a gift to keep you in my prayers, so please update me on any specifics!

Results of Workers in the Harvest

Because of the investment of time, energy, money, and vacation days, many more people got to hear more about who God says He is, what He has done for them, and have further opportunities for conversation. A Friday night bible study was able to get started where N is soaking in every story, and A (currently professed agnostic) is getting to wrestle with his questions. Because of the teams that were here, we got to do coffee table outreach for four weeks in a row which provided an opportunity for other local workers to come and join us and develop our presence among the community in a very tangible way. Although I think I could sleep for a week, I wouldn’t have changed it! There is more and more fruit of labor being seen as the days unfold. Thank you teams for coming, and thank you all for praying!

Ella is setting out some literature on our coffee table in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Dari, Hindi, and English just in case someone would like to take some reading material with them. This past month, we had more people take literature than ever before. Ella, a recent nursing graduate, has decided to step into our 3-month internship, which provides intentional objectives for her personal walk with Jesus, introduction to Muslim ministries, and experience being a cross-culture worker. She will split her time between Stockholm, Sweden and Cologne, Germany to see if being sent overseas may be part of her story. Pray for her these months and for us as we continue to learn how to see people further equipped to expand God’s Kingdom wherever He sends them.

An update on me….

I have entered into another term of my doctorate studies. This next month, the prayer is that I will get to start interviewing refugees. I am nervous and excited for this opportunity to learn and grow and hopefully find ways to help equip us to better disciple and raise up leaders of different cultures.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FINANCES! The generosity of one-time gifts these past two years is coming to an end. In order for me to get a full-pay check and to stay on the field, I will need to find 12 new supporters averaging $100 a month or a $14,400 yearly gift! Anything is possible. I have no doubt that God can provide and I am excited to get to be about His business. Please join me in praying for this need and if you or someone you know wants to help answer, click here.

Let me know how your fall has kicked off!

Summer Recap

One of the highlights for me this summer was getting to work on a team, got to travel to different cities, got to come alongside an existing church to encourage and assist in different components of their vision, and deepen friendships among laborers. In each location, it was a gift to rub shoulders with new friends and to see the local church motivated and excited in what God was doing through them. Dortmund – we got to help launch their first youth camp and help the community know who they are, where they are and see new people attend. In Berlin, their desire was for training on foundational components of being a disciple of Jesus. We were all extremely excited in what we saw God do (will elaborate with the next picture). In Cologne and Stockholm, we continued to engage the community and see new people open up for deeper conversations.

Story from Cologne…While out talking with people, some of our team got to talk with a man who at first was not sure if he really wanted to have a conversation about deeper questions. Yet as the discussion continued, he shared that he had recently had a terrible accident that left him and the doctors hopeless in his recovery. He then had a dream where a man in white, who seemed to be glowing, healed him. He woke up miraculously healed. The team was able to share that this man was Jesus. Hesitant, but curious, pray for him as the local team to follow-up and share more about the truths of Jesus.

Evangelism can be a strange word today. What does it mean, whose job is it, and what does it look like. One of the most striking things to me these past four weeks was how many people thanked me for opening up conversations that helped them think about deeper questions. Yes, there were many people who said no thank you to a conversation, but there were over three hundred people that said yes. And not only yes to answer questions about their worldview and belief system, 64% of the people wanted to hear what the Bible had to say. People were curious and stayed in conversation wanting to ask questions and learn why Jesus matters. It was amazing to get to part of many of these conversations. Please join us in praying for the seeds that were sown these weeks and that they would grow in good soil!

What’s next? Friday the next team comes! Here is Stockholm we will receive two more teams to build on what has started. We have kicked off a language cafe, to build community and meet a practical need on Monday nights. Tuesday afternoon the neighborhood kids have requested we resume kids club. Friday nights we have a bible study. It was great to already see new people show up to these activities and looking forward to seeing what can be built up these coming weeks!

Financial update. I am still looking for/praying for new monthly commitments so that I can stay in the harvest full time. This past summer project confirmed once again that there is a great opportunity to work full-time towards the vision of engaging least reached people. Please join me in praying for this need. If you know someone, please put us in touch. If you’d like to join the team, you can get started here.