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Pray With Purpose This August


Written by Plant With Purpose on July 31, 2014 in Prayer Letter

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This summer our San Diego staff has been reflecting on the Psalms during our weekly devotions. Psalm 33 encourages us to sing praise to the Lord—the Creator of the starry heavens, earth, and seas—whose purposes stand throughout time. It speaks of His care for creation and His care for those who put their hope in Him. Verse five says:

The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.

On the first Friday of the month, Plant With Purpose’s international body lifts up prayers and praises from across our programs. Please join us in bringing these before the Lord as we seek His heart for righteousness and justice in the world.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • The return of Bertrand, our administrator, from his master’s program at Hebrew University in Israel.
  • The safe arrival of a new baby to Daphrose, our bookkeeper.
  • The safety of Benoit’s (board member) family after a car accident.

We pray for:

  • The willingness of people to open their homes and share information about their families as we conduct monitoring and evaluation surveys.
  • Seedling growth in our tree nurseries so they will be ready to plant during the fall rainy season. Pray for specifically for the indigenous trees, which farmers plan to plant in the Nakayazu Watershed to provide alternative food sources for baboons who otherwise take food from their farms.
  • The upcoming Theology of Work seminars. Pray that people’s hearts and minds will be open as we continue engaging local leaders to dream of a sustainable future where everyone has enough.
  • Continuing talks with potential partners including Action Aid, World Vision, ASARECA, ICCO, and IFDC.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The communities in Hondo Valle who are planting their coffee plots with new disease-resistant varieties.

We pray for:

  • The border communities of Descubierta and Hondo Valle as they continue their efforts to replant coffee plots that were affected by the coffee rust disease.
  • Pastors and leaders as they put on Vacation Bible Schools for the children in their communities. Pray for enthusiasm as they share the values ​​of the Kingdom.
  • Wisdom for Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) leaders to efficiently manage their savings groups. Pray for good ideas as they engage in the development of their communities.
  • Members of savings groups to be proactive in creating new income-generating businesses that will increase their financial stability.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • Improvement in the health of Catule, one of our community promoters.

We pray for:

  • The rainy season to come soon. Farmers are waiting for the summer rains to water their nurseries and crops.
  • Success with the pilot VSLA group in Fonds-Verrettes.
  • Wisdom for new staff members in their areas of expertise within the program.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • His care and provision for the staff of Plant With Purpose.
  • Rain that has fallen in the Mixteca region and has watered crops.
  • Workshops on comprehensive health that have been a blessing to the participants.
  • His blessings and safety during the visit of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church to partnering communities.

We pray for:

  • Physical and spiritual strength for our community promoters.
  • The work in Altos de Chiapas. May God continue to bless families in this region as we establish a full program.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • A good end to the 2014 fiscal year.

We pray for:

  • Constitution reform in Tanzania. Please pray for peace during this process.
  • Continued wisdom and knowledge for both Plant With Purpose staff and farmers at the start of the new financial year.
  • Further market demand and opportunities for farmers to sell their organic produce.
  • The success of an upcoming event where we will present an organic label and certificate program to our farmers.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • The opportunity to share about the Creation Care movement in Thailand and other parts of Asia. Please pray for wisdom as Plant With Purpose joins Lausanne Creation Care Network to promote the concept through publications.

We pray for:

  • The implementation of Impact Evaluation monitoring and evaluation surveys, which are currently being conducted.
  • The submission of a proposal to the current government on improving the process for legal status and citizenship.
  • A new bookkeeper to join our staff.
  • The many conversations taking place in regards to collaboration, training, partnerships, and outreach in the Chiang Rai and beyond.
  • The preparation of a 7-year strategic plan (2015-2022) to serve marginalized people.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • The arrival of our director of field operations John Mitchell’s family to San Diego. Please continue praying for the finalization of his wife’s visa.
  • A meaningful time in Mexico for the group from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.
  • Our summer interns who will be completing their internships with us this month. Praise God for the time and effort they have dedicated to the work of Plant With Purpose.
  • A fabulous time with supporters during our Open House. Praise God for His blessings on our organization and for friends who believe in this work.

We pray for:

  • Technical Director Robert Morikawa is continuing the triennial program evaluation in Burundi and Tanzania. Please pray for the processes.Corbyn Small is traveling to Oaxaca in August with Vision Trip group. Pray for a safe and encouraging time together.
  • Africa Program Officer Christi Huizenga’s time with the staff in Burundi. Pray for wisdom as conversations continue on expanding the program into the Democratic Republic of Congo and the details involved in hiring a new country director.
  • Preparations for our 2014 Planting Hope Gala that is taking place on October 11. Pray for attendance and that the details for the evening will come together.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We are deeply grateful for your partnership.

 


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