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Pray With Purpose This December


Written by Plant With Purpose on December 3, 2015 in Prayer Letter

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At the news of becoming the mother of Jesus, Mary sang out to God:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
… He has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things …”

This month, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, may we sing out to the Lord and ask for him to lift up the farming families that partner with Plant With Purpose. Pray that their hunger—whether in their stomachs or in their hearts—would be satisfied with good things.

On the first Friday of every month, Plant With Purpose’s international team pauses to lift up praises and prayer requests. Join us.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • His protection of staff and their families during this period of unrest and insecurity in the country.
  • The successful celebration of the International Peace Day in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots program. The theme was “Peace and Environmental Education” and launched the planting year for Plant With Purpose. Local officials from the province of Makamba and Dr. Anthony from the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania participated.
  • Noé’s (Burundi’s Country Director) improving health after being diagnosed with glaucoma – a disease that is negatively affecting his vision.

We pray for:

  • God’s protection in this time of great fear and violence in Burundi. Pray especially for staff as they continue to travel to partnering communities.
  • Gentle and consistent rain. Recent rains were very violent, destroying nurseries in Makamba and ruining roads and houses.
  • God’s blessing and protection as two staff members, Méthode and Noé, travel to a meeting in Tanzania. Pray that the meeting will be fruitful.
  • A new strategy to access finances in order to get a better exchange rate. The Central Bank is requiring that organizations exchange money at the same location foreign currency is withdrawn, which is putting pressure on our budget.
  • The opportunity to partner with the World Food Program to start a food for work program, which would assist communities during the tree planting season.
  • Our agronomist Mr. Terence Sindakira lost his father. Please join us in praying for his family.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for

  • A successful outreach event in the Kakumba watershed where hundreds of people attended.
  • Office construction is progressing well despite its remote location.
  • The positive involvement of the government in our activities.

We pray for:

  • Joyful wedding celebrations and preparations for Birori, DRC’s program manager.
  • The opening ceremony for the office that will hopefully be held this month.
  • The security situation in South Kivu especially in Gomba.
  • Safe travel to Tanzania and a productive time of learning for program staff.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The rains that have come after a year and a half of drought.
  • The communities of La Guásuma, La Rosa, and Los Brazos de Hernando Alonzo as they start savings groups.

We pray for:

  • The quick recovery of cocoa crop production, which was affected by the drought.
  • The upcoming workshop on the social impact of the church for pastors and church leaders in the Ozama region. Please pray for leaders to engage in transformational development in their communities.
  • Estela, our director of economic development, to have a quick recovery following surgery.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • Motivation and harmony amongst staff.
  • Agronomist Edvard’s safe trip to Jamaica for training on breadfruit propagation and its value chain.
  • The cisterns that two families in Cornillon received. They formerly walked four to six hours to access water for their household. The cisterns will also be used to plant 30,000 trees.

We pray for:

  • Mrs. Paulette, our cook in Fonds-Verrettes, who continues to suffer after her surgery. She is at risk of losing her leg.
  • The rain to continue in Fonds-Verrettes as farmers are facing food insecurity. Crop production has decreased by 50 percent according to the National Coordination of Food Security.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • Churches in San Cristobal de las Casas whose Bible studies are teaching creation care to their congregations.
  • The community of San José de el Carmen in Los Altos de Chiapas for completing the first stage of construction on five cisterns. We also praise God for Carmen Hernandez Vasquez, the promoter facilitating work in this community.
  • Progress in
  • “Manos a la Tierra” (Hands on the Earth) projects as participants are greatly motivated in their environmental conservation efforts.
  • The birth of a daughter to our promoter Alier Acevedo from the community of Nuxiño. The entire family is blessed and doing well.
  • Families, projects, and advances made toward program goals for this year. Praise God for His help and every blessing.

We pray for:

  • Work with churches in the State of Los Altos de Chiapas during political and social tensions. Please pray that all obstacles will be overcome and the Lord open doors.
  • The health and safety of our team and community promoters especially as they travel to communities.
  • Families in the community of San Jose del Carmen as they begin working on ecological projects and start forming a savings group.
  • Families participating in savings groups as they deal with family issues.
  • The beginning of the new year, that God’s wisdom will guide our work and will be a blessing to both participants and donors who make the program possible.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • Granting us good weather that is favorable for tree planting.
  • Taking us through election season peacefully.

We pray for:

  • Good health for all staff as we participate in tree planting projects and prepare for the group competition celebration.
  • Peace and harmony as we prepare for Zanzibar elections.
  • Wisdom for the elected leaders to lead the country with integrity.
  • Reliable rainfall for success of the ongoing tree planting campaign and events.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • Our Prayer Cycling bike ride through Thailand. There were eight people on the team–cyclists and filmmakers from Freedom Film Production. The film will be broadcasted soon. Fourteen Christian organizations joined in praying for Thailand and for one another along with 2,000 people during the weeklong bike ride. The Second Prayer Cycling for Thailand was a movement of Christians to share the love of God, promoting creation care, and integral mission ideas to people and local churches along the way. Please pray for the Third Prayer Cycling for Thailand in 2016. Also pray for a two-day Bike For Creation from Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Riang (200 KM), denominational leaders and local churches will be invited to ride and plant trees together.
  • A productive workshop where programs, approaches, and implementation were revised.
  • Finishing the first version of Church and Community curriculum for Payao Bible Seminary. The next step is to select six students to join the project for spring 2016. Please pray for the selection of students and the steering committee of the pilot project.

We pray for:

  • The preparation of a pilot project on watershed management in northern Thailand and Myanmar and Laos. Pray especially for the development of the Watershed Management Strategic Plan in Southern Chin State with Mara Evangelical Church. Pray for funding and safety of staff. The seven-day project, Water as Mission, will include:

a) Water source survey and a short-term management plan.
b) A training for two local Christian organizations on water source management and construction of small dams and reservoirs.
c) A meeting on family food production with a clean water component.

  • Please continue praying for the workshop in regards to vision, mission, values, programs, approaches, and target areas. The conversations will continue on December 16-17.
  • The Palaung Network and a gathering of Palaung people on December 9-10. The purpose is to strengthen the network and advocacy. We expect 3,000 people during those two days. Both local NGOs and GOs staff are invited.
  • Pray for the event called “Thailand Environmental Day” on December 2-3 in Chiang Mai. Plant With Purpose is a member and co-organizer of the Thailand Environmental Network and will participate. Pray for our staff for the preparation of the event.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • 2015 being a year of strengthened partnerships and transformed lives. We have so much to be thankful for from donors, to an amazing international team, to partners who are making a difference in the lives of many. Join us in praising God for people who are actively being his hands and feet to a world in need.
  • Bringing us a new program officer for Africa. Please pray for Jared’s transition as he completes his current responsibilities and steps into this role.
  • Our fall interns who wrap up their time at Plant With Purpose. We are grateful for their service, their dedicated hearts, and all the hard work put into helping move Plant With Purpose forward.
  • Generosity of supporters and donors during year-end fundraising efforts.

We pray for:

  • The upcoming meeting in Tanzania where the new African program officer will be welcomed to the team and oriented to the program. There are many details, components, and conversations that will be taking place the week of December 13. Please pray for safety, strengthening of partnerships, and positive outcomes from our time together.
  • Wisdom in filling the current staffing needs of regional representatives in the San Francisco Bay area and Houston, Texas. Please also pray for the preparation for these additional staff.
  • The many outreach events that Plant With Purpose is participating in during the Christmas season. Please pray for interactions that will be taking place and for generous hearts to support the work of Plant With Purpose.
  • Great conversations and enthusiasm during year-end fundraising efforts that will sustain the international programs.
  • Rich times celebrating the birth of our Lord during this Christmas season.

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


One Comment

  1. Thanks for posting your praises and the prayer requests of those you work with. I’m currently working with poor subsistence farmers in the lowlands of south-east Nepal and I understand just how dire the situation is for so many neglected and oppressed populations (so many of whom are farmers), and how heavily they can be affected by fragile situations. I will be joining in prayer.

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