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Pray With Purpose This February


Written by Plant With Purpose on February 4, 2016 in Prayer Letter

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Plant With Purpose’s monthly prayer letter binds our network together. Having programs in seven developing countries makes for exciting work especially when field visits are involved. Yet travel can be dangerous and complicated.

Plant With Purpose’s international staff members are constantly riding motorcycles to remote communities, spending long hours on unimproved roads, and taking international flights. God’s travel mercies are essential for our team. Would you join us in praising God for His protection over the years and ask for daily safeguard of Plant With Purpose’s staff while hitting the roads and airways?

Thank you for supporting Plant With Purpose with the power of your prayers. Country-by-country specifics are listed below.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • His protection during several months of unrest and tragedy in Burundi.
  • Partnering families planted 295,000 trees last month.
  • The contract with World Food Program that will provide “Food for Asset” compensation to 500 participants who will plant 180,000 trees in the Nyakazu watershed.
  • The board meeting held in Bujumbura after many challenges on member’s availability due to the unrest in the country. Some board members left the country because of the conflict.
  • His protection during two nearly fatal accidents involving our staff. The staff members were injured but are recovering and are able to continue working while they heal.
  • Safe travel for two staff members who traveled to Thailand for the international technical meeting.

We pray for:

  • Peace in Burundi. Please pray for greater safety and security especially as people continue to lose hope. Others have left the country because of unrest.
  • Steady and consistent rain during this tree-planting season.
  • The financial situation of Burundi. There has been a general rise in prices due to a decline in the value of the Burundian currency against foreign currencies. This will affect purchasing power.
  • A solution to the political negotiations that continue so Burundi can recover from political unrest.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

We praise God for

  • The completion of the office in Gomba and the all-staff celebration held at the start of the new year. We praise God for the resources for constructing a building that is essential for reaching families in the Kakumba watershed.
  • The program activities that were completed this month.
  • A successful meeting with external groups on environmental protection that took place in Katongo.
  • The progress of the program in the Kakumba watershed in reaching many families.

We pray for:

  • An upcoming meeting focused on peace and reconciliation that will take place in Gomba.
  • Our upcoming visit to Kamembe, Rwanda to observe and exchange ideas about sustainable agriculture.
  • Peace in our region, and particularly in the program area of the Kakumba watershed.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The creation of mutual help associations that will assist families enduring the death of loved ones in the communities of Lechería, Maizal, Reparadero, Hormigo, and Mayor de Ley.
  • The growing acceptance of savings groups in rural communities in the Dominican Republic.
  • The rains that have started after a long period of drought.

We pray for:

  • The new church partnership in the community of Los Arroyones as they learn how to incorporate Plant With Purpose’s program into the spiritual development of their congregation.
  • Savings groups to put into practice the methodology, which will help community to develop.
  • The Lord’s help as we work toward improving the lives of the rural poor and meet our goals during.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • A safe and fruitful visit of Plant With Purpose staff member Doug Satre and a delegation from our corporate partners tentree.

We pray for:

  • The Cheridan community that had a group member pass away. Please pray for Maxene Exume’s family during this time of grief. Please also pray for Secule Nicolas’ sickness to be healed.
  • Borno Jean Baptiste, a leader of Savanet group, who is in the hospital. Please pray for his healing.
  • Staff member Jean Robert Midi’s wife’s upcoming surgery. Please pray for God to guide the surgeons.
  • A quick recovery for staff member Jean Delcius Cantave following a motorcycle accident that injured his knee.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • The new church partners in the community of San Juan Yuta in Tamazola. These churches are interested in incorporating environment stewardship into the spiritual development of their congregations.
  • The health of Eduardo López Cortés, a staff member who is recovering from eye surgery.
  • Safe travel for Jorge Lopez Lopez and the opportunity to participate in the international technical meeting in Thailand.
  • The interest of new savings groups in the communities of Chaná and Majosik in Chiapas.

We pray for:

  • The community of Santa Cruz Mitlatongo is still recovering from a huge landslide that took place in 2013. Families were forced to relocate. Progress and development projects have been slow. Please pray for those still feeling the effects of this natural disaster.
  • Partnering churches in San Juan Monte Flor to produce the fruits of unity, dedication, and stewardship in their community.
  • The upcoming organizational planning workshop. Please pray for creativity, guidance, and wisdom for projects that will focus on: the environment, economic development, holistic human development, and responding to the needs of partnering communities.
  • The workshop on the construction of ecological latrines and the implementation of this project in the development of the community of San José del Carmen.
  • The Stewardship of Creation workshop in the community of Chijtal, Oxchuc in Los Altos de Chiapas. Socio-political conflict has prompted clashes and roadblocks, which prevented the workshop from being held in January. Please pray for the town of Oxchuc to resolve the conflict that has affected project progress and our work in the area.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • The success of the January 14 group competition award ceremony and agriculture festival where thousands of partnering farmers attended to exchange ideas and celebrate accomplishments.
  • The blessing of ongoing rainfall, which benefits partnering farmers especially in tree planting efforts.
  • Safe travel for two staff members who attended the international technical meeting in Thailand.

We pray for:

  • As the program expands into new communities, please pray that the organization will be welcomed. Please also pray for partnerships with new groups and institutions.
  • The groups that did not perform well in last year’s group competition to increase their effort in implementing environmental conservation, spiritual growth, and economic empowerment initiatives.
  • Team unity amongst Plant With Purpose staff.
  • This new year to be more successful than ever before in empowering impoverished families.
  • The preparation and execution of a refresher training on monitoring and evaluation.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • A meaningful international technical meeting held in Thailand. Please pray for program improvements and continued development of the services provided to partner communities around the world.
  • The safety of the program team during a field visit to survey the upper Maekok watershed. Please continue praying for the possibility of reaching communities in this area.

We pray for:

  • The preparation of a pilot project on watershed management in northern Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.
  • The continued development of the Watershed Management Strategic Plan in Southern Chin State with Mara Evangelical Church (MEC) to launch in April 2016. The WaM (Water as Mission) approach will focus church and denomination leaders on adopting the Watershed Management Plan into their long-term strategic plan.
  • The success of a three-year grant proposal on organizational improvements that will be presented to Tearfund. Please also pray for the five-year grant proposal on advocacy that will be presented to Diakonia.
  • The preparation of a roundtable discussion among Christian organizations serving in the Mekong region that is expected to take place in May 2016. The discussion will focus on future collaborations and the roles of Christians, churches, and denominations in reaching Thailand.
  • A meeting with Swedish Mission Council and Uniting Church of Sweden to discus the possibility of partnering.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • The Thailand team for hosting a large group of Plant With Purpose staff for an international technical meeting. We praise God for the fruitful conversations that took place and pray for implementation of new things learned.
  • Our new regional representatives for San Francisco Bay Area and Houston, Texas. Please pray for Dave and Valerie’s transitions as Plant With Purpose team members and fundraisers.
  • Generosity of supporters and donors whose partnership allows Plant With Purpose to impact the lives of many around the world.

We pray for:

  • Jared, our Africa program officer, as he transitions from Uganda to San Diego and takes on the responsibilities of his new role. His wife will stay in Uganda as visa documents are obtained. Please pray for this time apart and that paperwork would come through quickly.
  • The weeklong training and orientation for new staff members taking place the week of February 8. Please pray for their understanding of Plant With Purpose’s program and that they will quickly adjust to their new roles.
  • God’s provision as Plant With Purpose seeks out new funding opportunities. Please pray for favor and generous hearts as individuals, foundations, and churches learn about Plant With Purpose’s life-changing program.
  • Wisdom as Plant With Purpose launches an international fellowship program. Please pray for the right candidates to fill these positions.
  • 2016 to be a year of impacting even more families as lives and land are transformed through the Plant With Purpose/Floresta family of organizations. We praise God for the opportunity to daily do His work.

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


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