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!