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Pray With Purpose This July


Written by Plant With Purpose on July 3, 2014 in Prayer Letter

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This month we celebrate Plant With Purpose’s thirtieth anniversary. For three decades we have been at work restoring lives and land in rural communities. This is a testament to God’s steadfastness – His goodness in using Plant With Purpose as a vessel to accomplish His kingdom work. As Paul shares in 1 Thessalonians, “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

Our dynamic team of development professionals, community leaders, and supporters like you have committed Plant With Purpose to the Lord, which gives us confidence going forth and continuing in our calling to transform the lives of the rural poor. Thank you for the part you play.

On the first Friday of every month, Plant With Purpose’s international family comes together to lift up our country programs in prayer. Join us!


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • The partnership with local agriculture research programs focusing on avocados. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn new ways to build and strengthen agroforestry farms. Please pray that this will bring new financial opportunities for partnering farmers.
  • Open doors to share the Theology of Work program. God is at work in Burundi and it is exciting to watch Him move through our local church partners.

We pray for:

  • Wisdom and guidance for the staff especially at the start of a new fiscal year. Pray that this will be a fruitful and successful year.
  • Peace and stability in Burundi.

 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The rains that have allowed crop growth.
  • Protecting our staff as they travel to remote locations to serve our partnering farmers and communities.

We pray for:

  • The recovery of coffee crops along the border region. A disease known as coffee rust is affecting the plants and farmers’ livelihoods.
  • The creation of new Bible study groups in the community of Yamasá en la Cuenca in the Ozama Watershed.
  • An end to the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus that is affecting our farmers and partners in the Dominican Republic. Please pray for quick healing for those infected by the virus.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • A good rainy season. Because of the rains, crops were productive, farmers were able to earn an income, and loans were paid back.
  • A strong end to the fiscal year.

We pray for:

  • Jean Catule Augustine, our agriculture educator, who is experiencing complications from being infected by the chikungunya virus. Continue praying for a solution to this virus in Haiti.
  • Wisdom and guidance for our staff to increase effectiveness and efficiency as the new fiscal year begins.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • His care and protection over our field and office staff, and the addition of our new staff member Elvira Duran.
  • Plant With Purpose’s participation in a meeting with Living Water International and the Kellogg Foundation.

We pray for:

  • The group visiting from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Pray that it will be a good trip and that all will be blessed.
  • God to bless and protect all our promoters as they accomplish their work in their communities. Pray for God to keep them healthy. And praise Him for an enriching and productive meeting with these leaders last month.
  • The work taking place the second half of the year. Pray for God’s blessing and wisdom on all projects.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • The partnerships, open doors, and program growth that took place during fiscal year 2014. Tanzania has seen great success and program growth in reforestation efforts, watershed protection, family gardens, and starting new savings groups over the last four years.

We pray for:

  • Partnering families as we enter the dryer, cold season. During this time, many families rely on savings that have been accumulated throughout the year.
  • Continued peace and stability in the country.
  • The upcoming visits from supporters and friends of Plant With Purpose as they come to see our programs.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • The productive visit of an Amerian team who provided assistance at the training center and worked with a partnering community.
  • A meaningful conference for Plant With Purpose Thailand’s directors at the Asia Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. Pray for implementation of what was learned at this conference.

We pray for:

  • The preparation of farmers and staff in the areas of agroforestry, soil conservation, establishing tree nurseries, and planting in the coming months of rainy season.
  • Staffing needs as we look for a new bookkeeper to join the team.
  • The program’s role in promoting Creation Care in Thailand as the team shares with other Christian organizations, networks, and denominations.
  • A peaceful resolution to the political unrest in Thailand.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • Thirty years of restoring lives and land. July 2 officially marked our 30th anniversary as an organization! We praise God for all of our partners, supporters, and friends who have made these past three decades possible!
  • Blessing us with a beautiful new office space. Pray for the upcoming Open House as we celebrate with friends on July 16.
  • His faithfulness in the completion of another fiscal year.

We pray for:

  • Technical Director Robert Morikawa starts our triennial program evaluation in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Burundi this month. Please pray for the processes.
  • Director of Field Operations John Mitchell’s family, who is finalizing their visa process so that they can join him in San Diego.
  • Africa Program Officer Christi Huizenga’s time with the staff in Burundi. Pray for wisdom as conversations regarding program expansion continue.

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

 


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