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Pray With Purpose This May


Written by Plant With Purpose on April 30, 2015 in Prayer Letter

 

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Plant With Purpose functions as an international family. With programs in six countries, the U.S. office is constantly keeping our eyes on the news while receiving direct reports from national program staff. News of unrest in Burundi started over the weekend and led us to initiate a 24-hour prayer vigil.

In addition to our monthly program prayer, would you join us in praying for Burundi and ask for God’s help and mercy to rest on this country and its beautiful people? You can sign up for a half-hour prayer slot starting on Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. (PDT) at this link. A reminder email will be sent one-hour prior to your prayer time.

Thank you for being a part of this international family and going before the Lord with these praises and prayers.


 

Burundi

We praise God for:

  • His hand in the completion of program activities, especially the 443,100 trees planted.
  • Staff member Aline’s wonderful wedding.
  • The birth of a baby boy to staff member Gerard.
  • Our colleague Bertrand finishing his master’s degree with honors.
  • The partnership agreement with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots organization.

We pray for:


 

Dominican Republic

We praise God for:

  • The positive response from pastors and church leaders in the Central and Hondo Valle to the idea of integrating creation cares projects.
  • The launch of Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups in the communities of Caobal, Los Núñez, and El Llano.
  • The achieved program goals in January, February, and March.
  • The rain that fell during Easter.

We pray for:

  • New farmer groups in the communities of Caobal and Los Núñez to implement sustainable agriculture techniques.
  • Partnering pastors and church leaders from across the program to participate in creation care projects.
  • The communities of Los Caboríes, La Majagua, and El Siete to be receptive to the savings-and-loans method and starting new VSLA groups.

 

Haiti

We praise God for:

  • Partnering farmers’ success in their VSLA groups. The majority of our VSLA groups just finished their first cycle.

We pray for:

  • The rainy season to begin soon in Fonds-Verrettes. Farmers are worried as the rains are late and it has been a long dry season.
  • God’s help for the staff to have a strong and successful finish to the fiscal year.
  • God’s hand to heal and provide relief to partnering farmers Ducane Charmand and Daniel Saint Louis who are terribly sick.

 

Mexico

We praise God for:

  • Local churches that are incorporating stewardship of creation into their programs.
  • The abundance of crops in partnering communities, and the blessing they are to families.
  • The birth of Mateo to staff member Jorge this past April.
  • The Vision Trip led by Cathi Lundy and Annie Jolley. Their time with us was a blessing and brought joy to all communities visited.

We pray for:

  • Accomplishing the remainder of the goals for this fiscal year.
  • All six international programs to embrace changes in planning and methodology that will begin in July 2015.
  • Continued implementation of the new approach to working with communities located in the same watershed.
  • The upcoming rainy season. Please pray that it will be timely for the planting of crops and reforestation activities.

 

Tanzania

We praise God for:

  • The rainfall in Moshi Rural and Same Districts that favors tree planting.
  • The improvement of health for our Same District Field Officer Ediltruda following an accident on public transportation.
  • A safe and successful trip for donors who visited the Tanzania program in April.

We pray for:

  • Peace, unity, and a strong finish of program targets in this last quarter of the fiscal year.
  • More rain especially in the dry Siha District so that crops and trees can flourish.

 

Thailand

We praise God for:

  • A successful trip for the Hong Kah North Youth Group from Singapore as they partnered with a local church in Omkoi to build four ecological latrines and a meeting place.

We pray for:

  • God to strengthen the partnership between Plant With Purpose’s international programs.
  • The collaboration between World Vision Thailand, Payao Bible Seminary, and Plant With Purpose Thailand on the development of seminary curriculum focused on holistic ministry.
  • Staff and farmers as they prepare for planting trees and establishing new agroforestry plots.
  • The partnership with new communities in the Huay Lu watershed and nearby areas. Please pray for these communities and our staff as they build relationship.
  • Training on Village Savings and Loan methodology in new areas of Chiang Rai.
  • The political situation in Thailand.

 

USA

We praise God for:

  • Safe travels for the two Vision Trips that took place in April.
  • A successful trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic for our program team.
  • Our spring interns who have served Plant With Purpose with their gifts, time, and talent. We are excited to see doors opening for their futures.
  • New partnerships established during April events and online campaigns.

We pray for:

  • New team members. Please pray for wisdom in finding the right people to fill current staff needs.
  • The exploration and groundwork being conducted that will launch a new program in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The board retreat this weekend. Please pray for the U.S. board as they spend time connecting and investing in the organization.
  • U.S. team member’s upcoming trips including Tanzania, New York, and Mexico.

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


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